A Party Hall shifts shapes regularly, equal parts event space and dance hall. Throughout the week, dance instructors lead lessons in styles that include Zumba, cha-cha, bachata, and salsa. Guests may rent out the hall for events ranging from baby or wedding showers to birthday parties and school reunions, with options for included DJ service.
Ezzy Shot Studios is a photography studio, darkroom, video facility, and learning center all wrapped up in one location. Large wraparound windows and equipment such as strobes and soft boxes furnish the 1,000-square-foot studio, and the darkroom promotes the tradition of black-and-white silver printing. There’s also an editing facility with the latest nonlinear editing tech and a digital darkroom with Mac Pros, iMacs, and color printers. They can help with web design as well, and their workshops cover all areas of photography and digital design.
At WMB Training Center, instructors help students achieve a mastery of both traditional and modern martial arts. Classes delve into ancient practices such as muay thai and Brazilian jiu jitsu as well as more modern approaches such as submission grappling and mixed martial arts. In the gym, students can roll and grapple on bright blue and red mats, or bolster their strength with a quick free weight workout. All training is led by an impressive staff of fighters including a national champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, MMA pros, judo black belts, and the only man to successfully tickle Chuck Norris.
The trainers at Sledge CrossFit do a lot for their clients: they give them the knowledge, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to dive into CrossFit’s full-tilt, functional workouts. But although trainers are always there with a guiding hand, final responsibility ultimately rests with the client. Coach Alexis Barraza, certified by USA Weightlifting, cultivates a culture of personal responsibility and camaraderie as members bang out brutal daily workouts in a spartan space lined with truck tires, medicine balls, and monkey bars. Barazza also oversees the gym’s powerlifting program, which can prep students for local and state competitions all the way up to the global level, where they try to unseat reigning champion Atlas.
With over 200 locations in 25 countries, My Gym cultivates the cognitive skills, physical ability, and confidence in youths aged six weeks to thirteen years with a program of music, dance, gymnastics, and sports. Waddlers and Gymsters classes guide tots 14 to 22 months through an hour of tumbling, hanging, and agility combined with interactive music activities. Youngsters ages three and a quarter to four and half enjoy the gymnastics, relays and beginning sports skills learned during Mighty Mites, and Whiz Kids (ages 4 and a half to 6) build a fondness for physical activity as instructors foster confidence with heaping doses of praise and autograph practice. Four-week enrollment additionally grants attendance to open-gym sessions where children enjoy an extra hour of parent-supervised active play. Participants must choose a specific gym from the four locations for their month-long membership, just like Hollywood must decide which Baldwin brother is the most charming.
The three owners of Shake Shake It Fitness & Dance Studio draw from a lifelong love of musical movement to teach all the one-hour workout dance classes on their calendar. Instructors motivate the movement in lessons such as modern hip-hop, which is based on video and commercial moves, and Zumba, where students burn calories by moving to Latin and international rhythms and then setting twinkies on fire. In Sexy Dance and Cardio Dance, instructor Ivana looks to raise the heart rate with a variety of choreography, and traditional belly-dance teacher Miss Jihan Jamal instructs pupils of all levels in the controlled poses of Middle Eastern¬–style shimmying.