Students of all abilities and experience levels are welcome to learn at Balance Dance Center, where dedication is rewarded with learning sweet moves from experienced instructors. The dance center creates a warm and welcoming environment with classes designed to celebrate all students in art-dance form.
Exciting classes cover a wide variety of forms, from ballet to jazz to modern to hip-hop. Students can take a free-flowing Zen dance class or get their blood moving with a cardio hip-hop class. The center also offers workshops and master classes taught by visiting artists who specialize in styles such as Bollywood and musical theater.
Andrea Cousins holds advanced certifications in Pilates, having mastered everything from mat work and Reformers to chairs and barrels. She is also well-versed in TRX, BarreAmped, and functional anatomy. Whether you're old, young, or somewhere in between, Cousins and Platinum Pilates can help you sculpt muscles, get over an injury, or even relieve the stress of pregnancy.
There's a reason why fourth-degree black belt Master John Pasquantonio goes by Master P—it's easier to say. That's especially important when you teach tae kwon do to kids as young as four, which he and his staff do at Master P's World Class Tae Kwon Do.
Instructors trained in the Paul Mitchell teaching method introduce students to the art and technique of hair design, color services, and makeup application at Pulse Beauty Academy. Their immersive style of education allows advanced students to gain experience and expertise at an on-site salon, where locals drop in for cut, color, and styling services. Each service is divided by phase one students, phase two’s honor students, and phase nine’s ninjas. In addition to churning out stylists, the school demonstrates its inner beauty by supporting causes such as Habitat for Humanity and the Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation.
Within a nineteenth-century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum exhibits an extensive collection of artwork from three generations of Wyeths as well as myriad other American artists. Three floors of galleries display collections of American landscapes, still-life paintings, and other works. Stare intently into James Wyeth’s Portrait of Pig or peruse the featured exhibition, which is currently an intensive look at N.C. Wyeth’s artistic interpretations of the Civil War. Lobbies of glass walls supply visitors with sweeping views of the river to accompany the museum’s collection. For additional purchases, Brandywine is home to its own museum shop and a restaurant to appease artful appetites.
Since digging its cleats into the Philadelphia baseball scene in 1998, All Star Baseball Academy has helped launch the college careers of hundreds of players—and the big league careers of dozens more. Designed for ballplayers ages 5 to 18, the academy sharpens on-the-field skills with private instruction, leagues, camps, and tournaments. Read the academy's mission statement here.
This diverse selection of training opportunities stands as a testament to ASBA's growth: the academy now has five facilities under its umbrella, totaling more than 90,000 square feet of training space. Multiple times throughout the year, ASBA sets aside its own training areas to host prospect camps at universities and stadiums. There, coaches and scouts can watch ballplayers in action, timing how fast they run, assessing their pitch speed, and seeing how well they hit with pool noodles instead of bats.