For more than 20 years, Ozark Mountain Gymnastics has cultivated balance in its students. Though its classes for toddlers to 18-year-olds impart cheering, tumbling, and competitive skills on the physical level, instructors also focus on a healthy equilibrium between mental and visible strength. They emphasize sportsmanship and teamwork, building character traits in their pupils that translate to finesse both on and off the parallel bars. Additionally, they recognize the importance of familial support: parents are welcome to observe classes and always participate in those for children younger than 3.
As a professional member of USA Gymnastics, OMG recruits USA safety- and CPR-certified coaches. In the interest of personalized instruction, its classes typically admit 10 or fewer students, though birthday parties can accommodate up to 15 so kids can switch in and out of the host's human-pyramid throne.
At Take The Lead, staffers collectively maintain a community-based dance center along with offering personal training services. Through blending relationships, confidence, fun, stress relief, and physical fitness, unique approaches to a variety of dance styles such as country, Latin, and swing are born. Take The Lead treats each session as a chance to connect with others, from custom choreography for altar-bound duos to group classes that implore students to dance until cows have returned home, emptied the recycling, and retired to bed. The studio?which features a sprung floor, reducing the impact on joints and bones?also hosts myriad other functions such as Zumba, performance, fitness, and social classes. In addition to its dance classes, Take The Lead offers one-on-one personal training to help participants build lean muscle and boost overall movement skills.
Balance beams, trampolines, and uneven bars fill the space at Dynamics Gymnastics. That equipment, along with trained experts, provides the means for students to learn the art of gymnastics and cheerleading. Adults get their turn at the gym?s south location, which holds yoga, Zumba, and boot-camp classes. In addition to classes, the gym hosts birthday parties and watches kids during Parents Night Out events.
Founded 16 years ago by Jay and Beth Handline, Dance Trance constructs an upbeat fitness regimen that doesn't require reenacting historic dance battles such as the Hoedown of Antietam to burn calories. During hour-long classes, students are schooled in four to five dance routines for an invigorating workout appropriate for all ages and ability levels. Each fitness-driven session is different, keeping students on their toes with popular music, lighting effects, and diverse choreography. To keep up with new music and dance trends, exercises are choreographed on a quarterly basis; they incorporate jazz, funk, hip-hop, Latin, and Uncle Steve's best wedding-reception moves, plucked from the idea nests of Dance Trance choreographers across the country. Gym or aerobic shoes are required for class; the smoother the sole, the better.
To mix their love of coffee and BMX biking, business owners Joe West and Jason Strother operate a coffee bar and cycling retail/service space. Schedule a basic tune-up for a fully geared bike of any type—not just BMX— to ensure all gears, sprockets, and chains are properly lubricated with the oil from the top of a jar of natural peanut butter.
Phenomenon Studios is a fitness and wellness center inspired by the ancient art of belly dancing. Owner Brittney Laleh Banaei heads up an all-female staff. She established the facility as a place where professionals and beginners alike could come together to learn, perform, and celebrate the culture of dance. The studio offers a range of fitness classes designed to empower women in styles such as Arabic dance, yoga, and the signature BellyFit workout—a blend of traditional belly-dancing movements and contemporary music. Phenomenon Studios creates a playful atmosphere with brightly colored walls, a community chalkboard, and a lounge area where guests can compare ballerina trading cards.