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A certified health coach, raw-food chef, and Pilates instructor, Becca Sutter struggled with body-image issues and negative self-talk at an early age. Dance had always been her voice, but one day that voice fell silent. Becca gained weight and began to feel lost, adrift, and unfulfilled. Then she took her first yoga class. This was the spark that would propel her transformation, and she began to feel inspired, rejuvenated, and hopeful once more.

A true model of enlightenment, Becca aims to share her journey with each client that crosses her path. At her studio, she teaches Pilates, barre sculpt, and yoga classes to help students feel better about themselves and shed weight like a cat sheds its claws each summer. She provides diet coaching to help clients control eating cravings and delves even further into healthy eating by educating clients about the benefits of raw-food diets.

Becca still dances—in fact, she’s on the ballet faculty at the Artistic Dance Conservatory—only now, she has discovered even more avenues to help her feel emotionally free and connected to joy.

30 Fairfiled Ave
Holyoke,
Massachusetts
US

iDeviceDoctor deftly repairs the circuit boards of malfunctioning handhelds. With precise and efficient movements, a phone guru can outfit an iPad with a brand-new screen, smooth away cracks, or fix iPhone damage incurred during Rocky's call to Adrian from the boxing ring.

50 Holyoke Street
Holyoke,
MA
US

Since taking her first tango class in 2005, Veronika Kruta has immersed herself in the world of argentine tango. She's traveled the country to attend tango festivals, where she learned traditional and modern techniques under the tutelage of famous dancers. Her travels inspired her to found Vktango in 2008, where she teaches a wide range of tango styles. Through Vktango, she shares all the lessons she’s learned, helping each student find their own style to the beat of traditional tango songs, alternative modern tunes, or perfectly timed jackhammering from nearby construction crews. She also draws on her expertise as a DJ spinning tango-ready rhythms for such events as the Boston Tango Festival.

92 Race St.
Holyoke,
Massachusetts
US

A member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 2008, the Blue Sox incubates top college players while they stay fresh and limber between seasons in the NCAA. Partially funded by Major League Baseball, the league consists of 10 teams across six New England states, all competing in a summer of hardball that begins in June and concludes with the playoffs in August, just before players trade in baseballs for rubber-band balls and return to school. Originally founded in 1997 as the Concord Quarry Dogs, the Blue Sox wield homefield advantage at Mackenzie Stadium, a venue that can seat more than 4,000 fans or 30 anti-T-shirt missile silos.

500 Beech St
Holyoke,
MA
US