Rockin’ B Riding Club’s 2.5-acre ranch boasts an indoor and an outdoor arena as well as a network of wooded paths for private rides. These facilities are home to seven school horses, who help teach young riders equestrian basics during camps and lessons alongside veteran instructors. Using the Certified Horsemanship Association curriculum, teachers focus on the basics of English- or Western-style riding but also throw in lessons on how to groom horses and how to tell the difference between a mare and a tall four-legged table.
Eye Level takes its name—and its philosophy—from the story of an elementary school teacher who visited the Smithsonian and, oddly, knelt down in front of each painting. When a guard asked him why, he explained that he was bringing his kids there the next day, and wanted to see the paintings from their perspective.
Eye Level's instructors share this focus on understanding students' viewpoints and needs. Whether they're teaching math, English, or Korean, they start sessions with a diagnostic test, which allows them to tailor the lesson to the child's skill level. The self-directed learning sessions end with student feedback, which allows tutors to further customize their future lessons.
Whether kids have recreational or competitive cheerleading aspirations, the instructors at Alaska Athletics help budding cheerleaders and gymnasts hone their skills in all-levels classes. Tumbling classes for preschoolers help tykes grasp the basics of balance and body awareness. They build skills in these sessions that will eventually serve them to improve jumps, tumbling, and stunting abilities.
Chance and Roxie Mayberry take any opportunity to get out of the studio and into vibrant real-world scenes. As the duo behind Anchorage's Mayberry Studio, they shoot families as they slice down the slopes or bond with animals, and as instructors at Alaska Photography Academy, they take students deep into wild local landscapes. Photo safaris adventure to such destinations as Matanuska Glacier and Hatcher Pass, with some shots even accomplished from the backs of sturdy ATVs. Although these intensive excursions are open to all, more experienced clickers can pursue more in-depth classes or private lessons. No matter the level, courses emphasize practical, professional-grade tips and avoid technical jargon and risqué language such as "flash."