Images on the video screen swell right along with the singer as she reaches the chorus of "Livin' on a Prayer," inciting her friends to stand up from the wraparound booth and pump their fists. It's a typical evening at Austin Karaoke, where visitors belt, croon, and warble their favorite songs until 4 a.m. on weeknights and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Nine karaoke rooms accommodate small parties of up to 8 or large parties of up to 50. Ensconced in these private studios, songsters search the computerized catalog for their standard baroque numbers, grab the microphone, and then pour their souls into a premium sound system.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
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At Capital Music Center, the piano isn't a low-fi instrument. At least, not necessarily. The music store stocks digital pianos as well as more traditional acoustic pianos, keyboards, and V-drum kits. The teachers embrace technology in their teaching style, too. During lessons, they use everything from iPods to YouTube videos to help their students master tricky chords.
During the two-hour Intro to Jewelry course at Sea of Beads, pupils cover the basics of appendage ornamentation, learning how to manipulate the various tools, stringing materials, and findings. After mastering the basic loop and coil, arty apprentices will be able to create a single-strand necklace or bracelet, a simple pair of earrings, or a suit of armor fit for duels on the red carpet. Though the instructor provides necessary wire, crimps, and implements, students should purchase bead provisions prior to tutelage—Groupon customers get 10% off class materials at the Sea of Beads boutique. Amidst glistening cascades of stringable gems, semi-precious stones clink against pearls and Czech glass sparkles beside aged Cheerios. Check the Sea of Beads calendar for a schedule of upcoming class times.
PaintMe Pottery Studio hosts pottery classes, deals in original creations, and takes orders for custom clayware. The owner?a fine arts graduate from Texas Tech University and elementary school teacher?leads guests in painting prefabricated items. The studio's central location provides access via Hwy 183 and Lamar Boulevard, and hosts painting parties and summer camps.