The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
Wise Guys' triad of venues in Trolley Square, Downtown Ogden, and West Valley City holds an ever-rotating calendar of nationally touring and local comics. A cavalcade of beloved standups has graced Wiseguys’ brick-backed stages, including Norm MacDonald, Chris Kattan, and Bob Saget. The West Valley City location also serves a café-style menu of sandwiches, appetizers, desserts, and more than 20 types of beer.
The team at the Wasatch Arts Center teases out the creative passions of children without fostering any kind of competition. Instead, the staff prioritizes performance, hosting recitals every six months that highlight their protégés' progress. Whether they teach dance, private music lessons, or preschool, they strive to nurture each student's skills by respecting his or her interests and planning an age-appropriate curriculum.
Professionally and university-trained dance instructors school youngsters in styles such as ballet, tap, hip-hop, and tumbling. Their one-on-one music classes cover the piano as well as string or brass instruments, imparting the value of consistent practice and a strong tuba-throwing arm. For both disciplines, they emphasize proper technique over speed of advancement—this emphasis on fundamentals steadily builds self-confidence and enthusiasm for the art.
Preschool sessions admit a maximum of 12 students—all 3- and 4-year-olds—for activities that cater to diverse learning styles. Teachers present works from famous artists and composers in addition to standard topics, including letters, numbers, colors, and building hooks to help reach doorknobs.
As a dancer and instructor, Tiffany Enger has pirouetted through world-renowned institutions such as Steps, The Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School. Today, at Just Dance Academy, she and her staff of dance professionals help ignite passion for the art form in children as young as 3 years old. Though their classes build strong foundations in ballet, hip-hop, and other styles, benefits extend beyond just technical dance skills. The instructors strive to help each pupil become comfortable with self-expression and creativity during recitals and state-mandated flash mobs as well as auditions for the studio's competition teams.
Since 1988, Elite Gymnastics Academy has been turning out champion gymnasts, tumblers, and trampoline artists thanks to its professional-level equipment and competitive team members. Foam pits, uneven bars, beams, rings, and climbing walls bedeck the spacious facility, where everyone from new moms and their wee ones to elite-level gymnasts practice.
Salty Dinner Theater, which ABC 4 describes as ?bringing a twist to traditional on-stage classics,? combines professional actors and proficient chefs to stage productions performed at area eateries. Audience members gobble supper as performers interact with them before and during the production. Regularly inhabiting Madeline?s Steakhouse, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Joe Morley?s Smoked Beef & Bar-B-Q, and Mimi?s Caf?, among other locales, the show-accompanying meals range from scratch-made baked lasagna with ground beef and pork to a pound of succulent smoked-beef brisket.