Acrobat Sorin Salcianu has exercised his high-flying skills in performances with Cirque du Soleil and international competitions. His wife Tammy has spent more than three decades building muscle as a competitive gymnast and fitness trainer. Both are United States Academy of Gymnasts–certified coaches. As the co-owners and directors of the Academy of Gymnastics and Dance, they draw from their combined fitness backgrounds to lead a team of instructors from Romania, Argentina, France, Canada, and the United States. With this international team, the school is able to draw from fitness and dance training styles from around the world. The resulting programs include leveled, kid-focused courses in recreational and junior-level professional gymnastics as well as tumbling, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dance.
Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! initiative, Lily Sirsy set out to do her part to fight childhood obesity and promote lifetimes of healthy habits. Her passion resulted in Jumpfit Kids, a safe, colorful space for Nevada families to play, exercise, and create. Amid the 3,000-square-foot play gym, tots can defy gravity in one of two indoor bounce houses, tell tall tales with puppet theater, or expand their palates and built-in water wings in a variety of art, cooking, and exercise classes. Junior-size cardio equipment in bright primary colors fills the kids' fitness center, encouraging whippersnappers to work up a sweat or produce enough electricity to power a gingerbread house.
Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.
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..
With classes designed to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced dancers, Tunay Ink instructors educate hip-hop hopefuls in the techniques and aerobic benefits of this popular street dancing style. Amid solid beats and graffitied brick walls, dance disciples can learn the primary elements of breaking before defying gravity and hair-spray hold with head spins. The popping savvy can lord over subservient muscle serfs with a series of classes that teach both popping techniques and effective employment of hip-hop lingo, or weekly locking classes that appeal to the acrobatically inclined with physically demanding moves, such as carrying a sleeper couch up three flights of stairs.