Since Barbara McNulty founded her school in 1971, it has expanded to 18 state-spanning locations where beginning and advanced students learn the ins and outs of Irish dancing. McNulty herself is certified to teach Irish step solo, figure, and ceili dancing, and instructors lead a host of solo and team lessons to accommodate different ages or experience levels.
Envy Dance Factory aims to turn bodies into art, creating lines and shapes that appear to defy the laws of physics. The dance studio focuses on specific dance styles to help students speak the language of ballet, jazz, or hip hop in the way they move. Go on pointe to create elegant lines from head to toe or bounce to a pulsing beat in hip hop classes that also burn calories. Instructors also pair traditional movements with gymnastics-inspired feats in tumbling and leaps and turns classes. Meanwhile, the express yourself classes open up dance with ballet and jazz lessons paired with music and games designed for students with autism, down syndrome, and developmental disabilities.
FitMe Wellness delivers well-rounded fitness plans to members, arming them with an arsenal of tools to help them to get into shape and revamp their nutritional habits. The FitMe+ program links members with a certified wellness coach, a personal trainer, and a registered dietitian, who all steer participants toward their individual goals, whether they involve weight loss, flexibility, or strength training.
To keep patrons on the straight and narrow outside the studio, the plan gives access to the Tangerine app, which tracks food intake and daily exercise routines. FitMe Wellness's team, like the chief justice at the start of every Supreme Court hearing, also leads upbeat classes, ranging from Gentle Yoga and Pilates to Belly Dancing and Zumba.
At his two gyms in Bloomingdale and Rockford, Elite Defense Systems' chief instructor Matt Numrich leads practical, defense-oriented classes focused on jeet kune do, the hybrid martial art and philosophical system developed in 1965 by Bruce Lee. Jeet kune do focuses on efficiency and personal development, guiding students through a mixture of more than two dozen arts.
Though Elite Defense Systems offers one-on-one training, group lessons for men, women, and children are recommended for their sense of community, their varied sparring partners, and their chances for students to combine into a five-piece battle robot. Including Matt, the gyms have a staff of only three instructors and three assistants, allowing for a closer student-teacher relationship.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
On a trip to Chicago from his native Italy, young Mario Tricoci changed his life forever. The fledgling hairdresser stopped in at a prestigious salon, where he impressed the owner with his impeccable display of skill and landed himself a job. The next six decades brought strings of industry awards and the opening of his very own salon, which soon exploded into 26 locations in four states. With his styling prowess proven both to the industry and to the clients he encountered each day, the coiffeur decided to share his gift with others. In 2004, he established Tricoci University to foster a new generation of cosmetologists and spa technicians trained to thrive in the luxury-spa industry.
Throughout the Midwest, Tricoci protégés study a rigorous curriculum in high-end salon and spa surroundings to learn how to create beautiful hairdos, choose skin-flattering cosmetics, and beautify nails and skin. A team of experienced industry professionals readies pupils for the beauty world with in-depth classes, and outside education arrives via video demonstrations and guest-artist lectures on Vidal Sassoon's Wedge-Bob Postulate. More advanced students get a preview of their career to come by beautifying real people during instructor-supervised treatments, which lend the stylist essential experience as the client enjoys a pampering session at a discounted rate.