Fighting Spirit Karate and Fitness specializes in competition USA-NKF Karate and Functional Fitness. As a member of the US Olympic Committee, Sensei Joe Valdez prepares all ages for olympic-style karate competition. As a certified trainer and MD, he directs functional fitness classes that include non-traditional methods.
Urban Studio's 10 glimmering poles aren't just accoutrements for seductive dance routines—they also function as pieces of gym equipment. Students spin and climb these silvery props to achieve a full-body workout during Pole Dance Fitness classes, which integrate choreography with toning tricks. This merger of alluring moves and exercise remains a theme throughout the entire curriculum: Sexy Flexy Stretch classes blend floor play and flexibility work, while chair-dance sessions tighten leg muscles more effectively than trying to waltz with your La-Z-Boy at home.
Whether they're leading a group class or a private party, the trained instructors advocate for total accessibility. They guide students of all ages, body types, and experience levels through their repertoire of maneuvers, showcasing steps in one of two studios as energizing music flows from the sound system. They don't limit themselves to poles and chairs in terms of furnishings, either—their Coyote Dance Parties teach bar-top performances to impress saloon audiences.
Drawing on backgrounds that include stints in the Vanderbilt Dance Program and stage-time alongside Debby Boone in Mississippi Love, the instructors at We Dance Nashville two-step students toward mastery of styles such as ballroom, Latin, salsa, and swing. Teachers toe-heel alongside students in private lessons tailored to their new partner’s light-tripping goals, and they shuffle loads of beginners toward dancing proficiency in group classes, such as ballroom or hip-hop for kids and adults. During wedding classes, engaged couples learn simple steps or intricate choreography to dazzle guests at their reception or sneakily waltz out of the judge’s chambers after eloping. Augmenting the regular schedule, We Dance Nashville hosts frequent parties where 30-minute lessons precede 90 minutes of open dancing, or Theme Fitness, which incorporates choreography from hip-hop and Latin ballroom into a high-energy workout set to music.
John Baer—better known as The Lacrosse Guy—has spent more than half a century in the game, whether winning all-star and MVP awards at the collegiate and world-championship level, or coaching high-school teams to multiple state championships. During individual and small-group coaching sessions, Baer motivates his students to perfect their passing game, physical endurance, and coordination with skill drills and intense, focused training. The Warriors Lacrosse league allows students attending schools without lacrosse programs to play in full matches against other teams.
Started as a simple afterschool program in North Nashville, Moves & Grooves, Inc., has flourished into a multipurpose center offering dance lessons, music education, and youth mentorship. At the movement studio, Ms. Hunter imparts the precise movements of classical ballet and Mr. El teaches pop-locking moves. The center uses arts as a means to engage at-risk youth and, through partnerships with local schools and the mayor’s office, has forged many successful graduates in the process.