What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We pride ourselves on more than 50 years of wholesome, professional dancing. All teachers hold a degree/certification and have extensive backgrounds in performance, including on "So You Think You Can Dance?" We specialize in dance education with a holiday showcase and a spring dance recital.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
We encourage you to visit our Facebook page or website, or to send us an email for direction on attire, our location, and classes available.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Dance Arts Studio has been in business for a long time, and we are now ready to expand our studio. Our faculty, staff, and students are passionate about dance, which has fostered teamwork and taught us perseverance, discipline, and more!
What do you love most about your job?
We love sharing our passion and knowledge with our community. Seeing our students grow throughout the year is such a great feeling of accomplishment for all the parties involved.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.
Ten lanes set at distances of up to 25 yards
Electric target-carrier system and pre-filtered air
Range officers onsite at all times
Can accommodate handgun calibers of up to .50 and rifle calibers of up to .460 Weatherby
At a Glance
Safety comes first at Shoot Indoors, where certified staff members and range officers examine every piece of outside ammunition that comes in, ensuring an environment where clients can relax. They can rent pistols and head to the indoor range, where instructors perform complimentary safety orientations for beginners or those who might need a refresher. On Tuesdays, the range hosts Low-Light Night after 7 p.m., during which they dim the lights for a simulated nighttime shoot. And while they're waiting for their classes to begin, pupils relax in the spacious pro shop, where there is always hot coffee available and entertainment playing on two big-screen televisions.
20-yard indoor range
2 wheelchair-accessible lanes
Equipment rental available
Together, decorated archers Glenn and Mike Schultz have racked up dozens of state, national, and world championships. And their competition team has fared just as well, capturing more than 60 titles and setting records at all competition levels.
At a Glance
Archery has seen a recent resurgence in popularity thanks to movies such as The Hunger Games. Glenn and Mike Schultz, however, have been teaching archery for more than 50 years. At Empty Quiver Archery, they aim to elevate the sport through programs designed for a diverse clientele. As such, their range hosts courses specifically tailored for beginners and children, and they offer private lessons for those interested in everything from 3-D target shooting to hunting.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur fire walking.