Dance & Arts Connection owner Vicky Clark-Staton doesn’t just want her students to master the proper techniques and steps of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and the other styles taught at her studio. She strives to motivate her students to unlock a passion for movement, developing their own personal style and cultivating friendships along the way, as she did throughout more than 25 years of dance experience. When they’re not teaching kids to tap or leading patrons of all ages in cardio dance-fitness workouts, the instructors coach competitive dance companies. Their creative choreography and the dancers’ razor-sharp moves strike awe in audiences, judges, and even the most flexible golden figurines atop trophies.
Founded in 2002, the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas provides support and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters and police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The non-profit foundation covers 16 counties in North Texas, which comprises more than 23,000 police and firefighters. To raise funds throughout the year for such an expansive area, Guns & Hoses hosts numerous charitable events, including an annual boxing tournament, golf tournament, and football championship between competitors from the police and fire departments.
Starplex Cinemas Forney Stadium 12 adds a little extra shine to every screening with modern technology and screening rooms. Viewers are thrust right into the action of the film by 3-D projectors. Plush chairs—stacked stadium style—envelope audience members in comfort while also providing them with the unobstructed sightline required to see every production assistant’s name in the credits. Other welcome amenities include wall-to-wall screens, digital surround sound and projectors, and a concession stand that serves the theater’s signature $1 hot dogs.
Multitalented country-music artist Sara Evans draws from her arsenal of chart-topping hits at the 6th Annual Fundraising Gala for the Mesquite Education Foundation. Sara has specialized in old-fashioned country music since 1997, when her debut album started a snowball of multiplatinum successes and fans piled up like breaking-and-entering charges against Santa. After a sabbatical of scribing faith-based novels such as Love Lifted Me and hoofing it on Dancing with the Stars, Sara returned to her chart-topping perch with her latest album, Stronger, featuring the hit “A Little Bit Stronger.” Although striking enough to be voted one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2005, it’s Sara’s buoyant croon that breaks and mends hearts as she bellows anthems such as “No Place That Far” and “Born to Fly.”
Within Studio Movie Grill's expansive auditoriums, towering screens enrapture audiences seated in plush leather recliners and at dining tables. As the familiar celebrity faces in blockbuster and cult-classic features deliver Oscar-worthy lines, sneakily quiet waiters deliver meals from a full menu decorated with more than 100 items, including gourmet pizzas, smoked ribs, and cocktails infused with the spirit of Daniel Day-Lewis. Bartenders at the lobby bar dole out glasses of premium liquors, wines, and draft beer before and after shows.