Children are notoriously capricious, loving something one day and losing interest the next. Thankfully, Miami Valley Dance Academy has enough dance styles on its schedule to keep young minds engaged for the long run. The studio, which also offers a full slate of classes for adults, specializes in styles that range from jazz and ballet to tumbling and cheerleading. There are even some classes that use dance as a jumping-off point for fitness or spiritual exploration.
Since way back in 1977, the instructors at Shining Star Dance Studio have been illuminating the art of graceful movement. Working with students ages 2?18 at all levels of dance, classes range in style from classic ballet to contemporary hip-hop and futuristic jazz. There are also five competitive dance teams that train on-site, which are organized by age for students as young as pre-K.
PB Dye designed the 18 executive-style, rye-grass fairways at ClearCreek to focus on golfers’ short games, letting players hit through a faster round while still challenging them with one lake and 11 sand bunkers. Golfers tee off at a choice of four different boxes, driving balls the farthest at the 14th hole—one of two par 4 holes on the course—and maneuvering delicately at the 7th to avoid a bunker and the water that ripples on the backside of the putting green. The practice range’s 22 heated and lighted stalls keep 9-irons warm and cozy, and two Full Swing Golf simulators invite golfers to pretend to tackle the best courses in the world no matter the weather outside. ClearCreek’s pro shop features a Callaway custom fitting center for players seeking a new club and stocks Callaway and Titleist golfing paraphernalia. On Sundays, ClearCreek sells adult beverages at the 15th hole’s twin bunkers, providing adults the liquid courage necessary to face down the course's fire-breathing prairie dogs.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-56 course
Length of 3,028 yards from the farthest set of tees
Course rating of 57.0 from the farthest set of tees
Slope rating of 87 from the farthest set of tees
Four sets of tee boxes
Michael Scoggins firmly believes that anyone—young, old, nimble, or clumsy—can become a great dancer. A talented dancer himself, Michael has spent more than 20 years on stages across the globe, performing in professional theaters, on television, and before the Japanese royal family. Today, he pulls from his years of training and experience to captain his own private dance studio, where he joins with a staff of fellow professional dancers to lead students of all abilities in a variety of partner-based dances. On the dance floors of local athletic clubs, community centers, and opera houses, instructors guide intimate groups of no more than five couples through swing dances, waltzes, and tangos. The teachers also conduct dance lessons for special events, including weddings, university parent nights, and musical civil-war reenactments.
Tac Force Challenge tests the strength of racers by putting them through the rigors of an adventure 5K obstacle course designed by power lifters, martial-arts experts, and special-operations professionals. The muddy, muscle-straining course houses 31 obstacles, such as rope walls, river dashes, unbalanced beams, log trips, and tunnels that force runners to use all their strength and jet-pack fuel to reach the finish line. Participants begin their first race ranked as a Private and advance closer to General as they complete each run. This progress is saved in the Tac Force database, which catalogs completion dates so that the government knows whom to call in the event of a sweaty-bicep shortage.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?? Our martial-arts classes are a great way to instill confidence, build strength and agility, control weight, sharpen focus, increase self-discipline and respect, reduce stress, and develop coordination in a fun environment where you will build lasting friendships with positive, like-minded individuals.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?? At Tiger Woo's World Class Tae Kwon Do, we are dedicated to maintaining an encouraging atmosphere and learning environment. It is our intention to balance positive discipline and a high level of expectation with respect, enthusiasm, encouragement, and support.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?? From the beginning of my Tae Kwon Do training, I learned from my master, that Tae Kwon Do training is so positive and life changing. It has truly made a difference in my life and the lives of so many. The life skills you learn really incorporate into your life whether you're a child or an adult. I can see the positive impact it has made in so many lives and that is why I choose to share it with others.
What do you love most about your job?? I love to see my students develop positive life skills through their daily training. When parents let me know that they see a positive change in their child that also lets me know I am doing my job right. It makes me very happy that I can make a difference in my students' lives.