Imagine the moment when a shy, introverted young girl steps in front of a room full of people for the first time and speaks with confidence and clarity. This is a regular occurrence at Drama Kids International, where experienced teachers use a unique, copyrighted curriculum to help shape and focus outgoing children or draw shy children out of their shells. Classes for kids as young as 3 refine speech techniques, dramatic movement, and imagination, giving them the confidence to perform in front of an audience or finally ask their parents to change their names to Thespis. For older kids, aged 12–18, Drama Kids International offers the DKI Acting Academy, where serious theater kids can expand their speaking, acting, and auditioning skills through exercises and performances.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, experienced instructors strive not only to equip students with water-safety skills but to instill a lifelong passion for swimming. To this end, they limit classes to no more than four swimmers to ensure individual attention, and they divide students into eight swimming levels to keep classes challenging. Once students progress to a more advanced swim level, instructors congratulate them with a ribbon and swim certificate, which students can fold into a paper boat and rescue from sinking. In addition to swim lessons, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools hosts family-friendly events throughout the year, from birthday parties to CPR classes.
A Love For Dance's instructors teach feet the smooth steps behind salsa, ballroom, country-western, Latin, and swing dancing, also designing custom routines for betrothed couples. During each 50-minute group session, dance instructors provide instruction in proper expression and technique as they box step or earthwalk across the conservatively sized floor. Most group classes span four weeks, meaning that students can continually hone their skills in one style, or learn basic moves in up to four different genres. Although the studio does not provide partners, guests can learn solo steps and etiquette before acquiring a dance mate. Alternatively, instructors can design personalized choreography to a favorite song or yodeling ballad for brides and grooms. After participating in four weeks of private lessons, couples will be ready to make their dance-floor debut, whether it’s to waltz through a first dance or communicate their vows through a Morse-code tap dance.
A lush tapestry of Bermuda grass unfurls across 6,532 yards of rolling hills to form Stone River Golf Club's 18-hole course. A relatively open layout, the course lulls golfers into a comfortable rhythm before surprising them with the occasional fairway-side pond, strategically placed tree lines, or undercover course rangers that work as process servers. The par-5 16th—the course's hardest-rated hole—requires a long tee shot and a long-iron or short-wood approach shot to reach the green in two, which sits 590 yards from the tee box. Golfers can prepare for rounds by taking cuts at the irons-only driving range, getting a feel for the putting surface on the practice green, or passive aggressively introducing clubs to their potential replacements at the pro shop.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,432 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 69.4 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 114 from the farthest tees
Three tee options
The Korean masters who run White Tiger Martial Arts strive to do more than just share the tae kwon do techniques that they've learned over decades of training. They impart their enthusiasm and sincerity for martial arts in every class so students may develop greater discipline, respect, and confidence while also becoming stronger physically and mentally. Belts of increasingly prestigious hues wind around waists as students practice proper martial arts technique and face off against partners in Olympic-style sparring lessons. Family and children's classes are divided by belt and age while adult classes are not divided.
Zero Dojo mats have bounced and bent beneath many styles of martial arts, from kickboxing and muay thai to adult and kids' MMA classes. Mike Wright leads the orchestra of stomps and grunts as he teaches students to defend themselves and wield discipline and humility in equal measure. He's aided by a lineup of other skilled martial-arts instructors, including his wife, Karen Wright, a certified personal trainer.