Gymnastics isn't all about tumbling and teleporting. It's also an important way for children and teens to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence. The accomplished and caring instructors and coaches at Go For It USA recognize this, which is why they offer classes in a wide range of athletic arts and acrobatics for students of all ages. Of course, safety is paramount in gymnastics, and the 25,000-square-foot space is home to the highest grade of Olympic-style equipment. In-ground trampolines and a a rod floor help young gymnasts perfect their routines.
Pole Fitness Studio owner and operator Fawnia Dietrich is a pioneer of modern pole-dancing fitness. She cut her teeth as a professional exotic dancer, learning the sultry art as she went along, like all the other dancers. She wondered why there wasn’t a place to learn these difficult moves and was motivated to start teaching. Soon after, she opened her own pole-dancing studio, something not common to the world of 1994, much like time-traveling hovercrafts. Fawnia has continued on as a force in the industry, producing the first instructional pole-dance video in 1998—followed by six more videos—and creating the pole-dance instructor-certification course. Thanks to her chiseled physique, she has also been featured in three spreads in Muscle & Fitness magazine.
She now leads a team of instructors in teaching a variety of flirty fitness styles, including burlesque, pole-, lap-, chair-, floor-, and dance classes. Each 55-minute class takes place in their spacious studio, where 17 poles stand ready to hold ladies aloft as they spin and practice complex inversions. An additional 11 poles can be found downstairs, should more space be necessary. Beyond the steamy dance classes, the instructors also helm more traditional fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing, salsa, yoga, ballet, go-go hip-hop and boot camp classes..
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Little did Lisa Cornish know when she was learning to cook in her Sicilian grandmother’s kitchen that the skills she was learning would lead her to the other side of the globe. Her culinary journey taken her to New York and, most recently, Las Vegas, where she has appeared on KVBC Channel 3 and as a celebrity judge in various Las Vegas cooking events. Through Chef@YourHome, Chef Lisa redefines the idea of the personal chef, crafting in-home meals to match to client’s events. Some of her popular menus include an Asian-inflected spread of miso soup, pan-seared sesame salmon, and chilled Thai-style summer rolls; alternatively, the Mediterranean buffet plies diners with olive, feta and cucumber skewers, chicken francese, and penne pasta in pink vodka sauce. Chef Lisa shares her mastery of the kitchen either by preheating the oven without building a fire or through cooking classes conducted in students’ homes or one of her own personal kitchens.
Featured in numerous television and online media, the Sassy City Chicks Fashion Bash showcases trendy apparel from more than 50 designers, as well as accessories from chic lines such as Jay Clay Jewelry, Divine Sole Boutique, and Frederick's of Hollywood. Style mavens descend on the event to sample cocktails and relax in an onsite spa lounge. Visitors also take advantage of discounts on handbags and accessories from locally based brands. At the end of the day, select attendees go home with eco-friendly, reusable tote bags, which are filled with coupons, certificates, and at least $30 worth of beauty products from brands such as Pureology and TanTowel, including lip balm, compact mirrors, and envy balm to apply directly to the eyes of coworkers jealous of your ensemble.