Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The echoes of hooves clopping against loose dirt carry across the green pastures of Madison Horse Connection, where equine aficionados bestow their vast knowledge of safe riding techniques upon pupils of all experience levels. Riders hone basic horsemanship and steed-steering skills with the ranch?s varied collection of horses and ponies, whose gentle personalities and built-in air bags make learning safe for first-timers and advanced riders. Veteran instructors can guide students through the ins and outs of various riding disciplines, such as western, hunt, jump, saddle-seat and showmanship. These instructors also lead day- and week-long horse camps all year round. When they aren?t carrying students through lessons, the facility?s horses stop in to make appearances at summer horse camps or pony parties for younger children.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
Fresh air shouldn’t be a luxury item, according to Becky and Amber, the founders of A&B Fitness Concepts. With the amount of time people spend trapped in car seats, office cubicles, and life-size conversation bubbles, outdoor time can seem impossible. That’s why this fitness-focused duo leads workouts in the great outdoors. They’ve found that open space and sunshine can melt stress, boost moods, and propel clients toward goals that much faster. Al fresco classes range from calorie-torching boot camps to Hatha yoga routines filled with gentle bends and twists that promote flexibility. Held at nearby churches, fitness studios, and VFW facilities, indoor classes such as Pilates and kettlebell shield participants from raindrops as they impart techniques for building strength and toning the core. As an ACE-certified personal trainer, Becky also provides one-on-one fitness coaching in local homes and the dreams of idle treadmills.
Licensed acupuncturist Sheila O'Brien founded Healing Point Acupuncture as a means of putting her knowledge of ancient Chinese medicine into practice. Though the needles she uses in her acupuncture treatments are finely pointed, her well-rounded background in Oriental medicine helps first-time clients feel more at ease.
With certifications in addiction therapy and craniosacral therapy, O'Brien hardly limits herself to acupuncture. She performs holistic treatments such as cupping and gua sha healing both at her office and in clients' homes as part of her mobile practice. She often combines these techniques to help her clients overcome physical and emotional ailments or unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, gambling, or crying loudly on commuter trains.
Sheena Hall, owner of Ionique Wellness Spa, touts the healing benefits of the BioMat, an innovative invention that emits far infrared rays and negative ions. Many rely on these forces to treat aches, as well as stress and fatigue, while others turn to them for an immunity boost or metabolism kick. Those looking to slim their silhouettes may find a nonsurgical solution in the clinic?s laser-lipo treatments, which target fat cells with the power of light.