For longtime dancers Rachel Jackson and Aderemi Rucker, the creation of Destined 2 Dance Studio & Performing Arts took a leap of faith. They had performed together as a gospel-infused praise-dance duo for several years, and had been asked many times about offering classes. In 2003, they decided to give it a try, and since then, they've helped both adults and children express themselves through dance. Classes include ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and praise styles, and the studio also has its own dance company.
The studio fills with the pitter-patter of little feet; only those feet are pitter-pattering with grace and rhythm. At B*Dazzled Dancers, enthusiastic instructors guide students aged 3 and older through dance classes that build coordination and fitness. Classes run the gamut from jazz and tap to tumbling, hip-hop, and ballet. Adults can also take many of these classes, as well as fitness dance classes that boost athletic ability and endurance.
For more than 30 years, the senseis behind Martial Arts America have filled the minds and fists of students as young as 4 years old through adulthood with the focus, discipline, and confidence that comes from studying self-defense. The instructors lead five martial-arts forms—tae kwon do, eskrima, jujitsu, krav maga, and CDT training, which stands for compliance, direction, and takedown—helping patrons strengthen their bodies and minds. This multidimensional program trains students in defensive tactics such as strikes, grappling, throws, rolls, and using fighting sticks to protect innocent civilians from rogue baseball-pitching machines.
Maoli Martial Arts’ instructors aren’t just fitness enthusiasts—they’re professional mixed-martial-arts fighters, Brazilian jujitsu champions, and certified personal trainers. They use their knowledge to effectively teach martial-arts and fitness classes at the expansive studio, building confidence as they whip clients into shape, all the while developing effective self-defense skills.
Experienced personal trainer Carmen Arroyo believes the ability to be fit and healthy is within everyone. She is passionate about helping her clients shed pounds and gain lean muscle through the Zumba and Turbo Kick classes she teaches at Underground Fitness II and M&M Fitness Republic at Futsal Republic. Blending a tough cardio workout with strength and endurance training, Carmen helps whip her clients into shape. She also offers nutritional counseling for those looking to complete the fitness package.