Dancers of all ages and abilities convene at Dance Xtreme to learn new moves. Recreational and competition-based classes bestow students with ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap techniques. Instructors also teach twirling routines with batons and No. 2 pencils.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Gloria Hamilton earned her nicknames—"The Hammer" and "Drill Sergeant"—the hard way: by serving 20 years in the US Military. Throughout much of her distinguished career, she trained new recruits for the rigors of military life. She also operated a pregnancy and post-partum training program for female soldiers.
Gloria brings her enthusiasm for total-body health to Divine Fitness for Life, where she coaches clients to meet their weight-loss goals through personal-training and boot-camp sessions. She uses measurements and simple fitness tests to track each clients' progress while motivating them to maintain a positive attitude in the face of a challenge.
Melissa Larkin Schultz holds a masters degree in vocal performance and a r?sum? that includes singing in operas and chamber choral groups. At Larksong Studio, however, it's the voices of her students that ring out. Melissa has designed a voice lesson curriculum for students aged 13 and above that incorporates breathing, posture, vocal range, and an understanding of musical styles. Melissa also offers piano lessons for kids aged 5 and older and Musikgarten classes for children up to 16 months old, which impart musical understanding through sing-a-longs, games, and rhythm-pattern-recognition exercises.
Bethany Roley and her all-female staff of certified group fitness instructors create a supportive environment for ladies get in shape. The great outdoors serves as the stomping grounds for their fit camp activities, and each one-hour session combines cardiovascular conditioning and muscle-toning exercises. Bethany also offers personal training sessions where she hones in on each client’s fitness goals.
Picking up pole dancing after the birth of her first child, Robbie "Star" Cribb-McEwen has gone on to compete and win at state competitions. At Star Pole Fitness, men and women learn the core-strengthening permutations of pole dancing. Robbie leads a cast of certified instructors, with classes that run the gamut from introductory to advanced sessions that teach complex holds and transitions. Robbie and the girls emphasize proper form, and offer stretching classes that build pole-centric flexibility. Instructors recommend that students refrain from wearing lotion, jewelry, or large magnets around their waist.