With 38 years of teaching experience and a certified national examiner for Dance Masters of America in tap, ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and modern, owner and instructor Kathi Nallia expertly guides students through the mysteries of movement. Aspiring hoofers of any age may enroll in a number of classes, whether it’s for improving energy and flexibility or saving the local summer camp from foreclosure in a marathon dance-off. Students are welcome to explore the expressive grace of ballet, jazz, or tap in the Adult Dance class, land a leading role with instruction in the Musical Theatre Training course, or show a toddler the basics of rhythm in Artistic Tots. Nallia's considerate dance instructors will patiently work with students of all kinds, whether they're competitive tap dancers or haven't danced since Bob Dole's "The Funkadelic-In-Chief" presidential campaign. Walk-ins are not accepted, as the instructor registers students on a first-come, first-served basis. Different classes are available six days a week. Call ahead for schedules.
On weekends, F?tbol Club Eatery & Tap opens at 7:30 a.m.?an unusually early time for most restaurants known for a healthy array of beers on tap and a pub-like atmosphere. But their hours reflect the F?tbol Club's primary passion: to champion the game of soccer at all levels. Surrounded by fellow fanatics and a head-spinning array of soccer memorabilia, fans flock to F?tbol Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings to watch English Premier League games live and nosh on breakfast burritos or biscuits. Domestic soccer is also a big hit, as F?tbol Club often fills to standing-room-only during Sporting KC soccer matches.
Not to be left out of the soccer theme, the menu boasts items such as the Beckham Burger and Buckminster's balls?baked dough garnished with garlic butter and parmesan. When not transfixed by the soccer action on the indoor TVs, guests can head outdoors, where a large porch lets guests air their cleats out in the breeze. F?tbol Club donates 1 percent of all proceeds to local youth soccer clubs.
Creamy potato-bacon or chili? Cream of broccoli or Wisconsin cheese? It can be hard to choose between Gert's Grille's selection of fresh-made soups, even more so once a server reveals the chef's soup of the day. Luckily, there's an option for the indecisive?order a soup mix, which blends together different options like the world's most delicious science experiment. Then just wait for the giant bread bowl to arrive. Combo meals pair these soups with the other stars of Gert's menu: sandwiches. These include reubens piled with a house kraut and top roast-beef sandwiches layered with imported brie cheese.
Two things are missing to complete the Gert's Grille experience. The first: a draft beer or imported bottle from the bar. The second: entertainment, which changes depending on the day. The restaurant's HDTVs show the sport of the moment, while every Tuesday is poker night. Daily drink specials and a beer of the month give patrons even more reasons to return.
Spurred by a drive to instill children with a love for the arts and to build their self-esteem, professional actor Miles McMahon helms an array of educational programs at Theatre of the Imagination. He and his staff of local theater lovers build on more than 2,000 successful children's theatrical productions through creative summer camps, acting and performance classes, special workshops, and birthday parties for performers in prekindergarten through ninth grade. Miles writes a completely new work for each class and camp, using the script to immerse students in a cooperative, creative environment while freeing them from the pressures of lead roles, auditions, and autographer's elbow. Staff members can also conduct Movie Star Acting birthday parties, where they shoot a short film with the birthday child as the star.
Fine Arts Theatres? four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, The Fine Arts Theatres hosts special independent screenings throughout the year including the Kansas International Film Festival (Oct. 10-16th) that features 55 films in 7 days and the Latin American Film Festival every September.