Ballet Nevada's FIT classes in Zumba, ballet, jazz, tap, and strength and conditioning galvanize training twirlers and aerobic aces alike with elegant arabesques and prodigious boogying. Taught by a highly trained troupe of former soloists and choreographers, sweat-soaked, silhouette-sculpting FIT classes are offered in seven weekly sessions. FIT ballet classes are an ideal destination for miniature music-box ballerinas who have come unhinged from their moorings. Opt for the torso-chiseling core conditioning, or burst into elaborate musical routines at work using jazz or tap moves. Zumba classes, meanwhile, use dance to target specific muscle groups, backed by a pulsating soundtrack of actual pulses. Ballet Nevada uplifts aspiring Astaires with portable barres and nonskid Marley floors, and its scenic new studio overlooks the Sierras, enabling covert surveillance on the technique of pirouetting black bears.
Boy-band juggernaut and Nickelodeon sensation Big Time Rush shines like the sun’s sons as its hotly anticipated Big Time Summer Tour enraptures flocks of fans with pop bliss. The fab foursome, known as BTR to fans and preteen stenographers, first snatched the hearts of millions with its eponymous TV show, recognized as the most-watched live-action series in Nickelodeon’s history. On the group's choreographed carnival of a tour, expert hoofer and crooner Kendall Schmidt leads the affable cast of personalities, which includes James (the ladies' man), Carlos (the joker), and Logan (the smarty warty), through hits from its gold debut, BTR. Their chart-topping sophomore album, Elevate, will also see its hooky anthems represented, such as “Music Sounds Better With U” and “All Over Again.” Expect elastic dance moves from the dapper quadratic and possible numbers from the just-released Big Time Movie, in which BTR covers tunes by obscure boy band The Beatles. Wunderkind Rachel Crow of The X-Factor fame and Australian heartthrob Cody Simpson start the show with peppy rallies and aural morality plays about how love can be tough and why stealing your dad’s head to sneak into R-rated movies isn’t cool.
Since forming in the 1920s, the Harlem Globetrotters have continued to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2014 tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites—including three female players—takes to the hardwood each game. Spectators might spot veteran guard TNT sharing a behind-the-back pass with dunker Quake, whose high jump once cleared 7 feet, cruelly dashing his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Globetrotters might also present a study in contrasts with 5-foot-2 Too Tall and 7-foot-4 Stretch, the team’s tallest member.
During each Globetrotters game, youngsters laugh along and witness the jovial jocks performing classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti. To infuse their visits with an extra shot of unpredictability, the Globetrotters also let fans in each city vote on special rules for every game; past rules have included the use of a four-point shot and the installation of a penalty box. Over the years, similar antics have followed the Globetrotters around the world, including to 122 countries and territories and all six continents on which basketballs grow naturally. The Globetrotters’ extensive travels haven’t gone unnoticed: they’re one of the few teams to earn a spot in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as ambassadors of the sport.
Maestro Theodore Kuchar leads the nationally renowned Reno Chamber Orchestra through their season's second concert program, filling the air with stirring strains from award-winning soloists and works by masters such as Shostakovich, Vivaldi, and Haydn. The music making commences with Leo Weiner's jaunty Divertimento no. 1 before the orchestra sets air particles vibrating with the ringing tones of Franz Joseph Haydn's Symphony no. 86, best known for its status as the fifth of the “Paris Symphonies” and the fight song of the Arkansas Boll Weevils. Award-winning cellist Wendy Warner teams with RCO's principal cellist Peter Lenz for a dulcet duet performance of Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Cellos. Warner holds center stage for the evening's ultimate performance—Dmitri Shostakovich's fiery Cello Concerto no. 1.
Reno lives up to its billing as "The Biggest Little City in the World" with museums, public art displays, cultural centers, and restaurants worthy of a metropolis, all packed together on Virginia Street. Explore the Truckee River Arts District, home to the Nevada Museum of Art and the National Automobile Museum. Because of its location just east of Tahoe National Forest, visitors can also enjoy visiting the forest’s rushing rivers and high mountain ranges for hiking, rafting, and gold-rush reenacting. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.