What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
Over his 25-year career in snapshottery, Jimmy Loyd has accumulated an impressive list of skills as freelance photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle, portraitist, and studio owner. An early adapter to the digital-camera revolution, he can capture digital or analog family portraits, professional headshots, and in-the-moment sports images with ease. Loyd also employs his expertise in intermittently scheduled classes and photo tours, which might occur on-location at the Houston Zoo or, for more candid shots, out in the wilderness where animals don't have access to stylists.
Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.
Preschoolers, professional dancers, and drill teams are rarely found under one roof. However, Karina’s School of Dance caters to all these demographics and more with an eclectic array of dance classes for all ages and skill levels. Instructors teach styles such as pointe, jazz, and hip-hop, focusing on both aesthetics and self-esteem. They also helm Zumba classes, which fuse dancing and calorie burning more effectively than doing the worm on a moving treadmill.
Tell us about your business.
I am a licensed aesthetician that has specialized in makeup applications and lessons. I like to consult about an individual's lifestyle and wardrobe preferences before creating their look. In today's busy world, I teach techniques and recommend products that are versatile, easy to apply, and long-wearing. I have many, many years of brow-shaping experience. I am convinced that the appropriate brow shape is a key ingredient to looking your best.
What makes your business stand out?
I love what I do, so that comes across to my clients during their service. I try to make the service as fun as it is educational. The products I sell have been selected because they are skin-beneficial and of superior quality.
What inspired you to start this business?
I love working with color cosmetics to enhance the appearance of my clientele and keep them up to date with trends.
What is your most popular offering?
I see many of my clients on a monthly basis for brow services, waxing, and dying. Many of the women I worked with when applying their wedding makeup are now bringing in their daughters, too. Besides this, I see clients twice a year for new makeup update lessons in the spring and fall. No one should get stuck in a makeup rut.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
One woman told me she left my chair feeling and looking so wonderful that she met her husband-to-be that very night. Another woman told me her husband took a look at her and said, "You look great, what did you do?" This was an extreme compliment, since he did not even notice her makeup—simply that she looked beautiful. That's what makeup should create for everyone when applied skillfully.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The sparkle in someone's eyes when they look in the mirror and like what they see. Everyone loves the "reveal" or there would not be so many makeover shows on TV.
Most popular offering: Brow waxing
ProTip: Feel free to bring products you already love to incorporate into the lesson.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
Tell us about your business.
I love to capture life in its purest moments. I enjoy photographing people from various backgrounds and learning more about their culture. I think photography is a universal language that we all understand. The key to great photos is to live in the moment. I like to photograph from artistic and unique perspectives. I love to provide my clients with memories that they will keep forever.
What's your background like?
I have been studying photography for over 12 years, and have almost 10 years of Professional experience. I have worked for various magazines, corporations, and private clients producing marketable and editorial images. I've shot everything from sports to weddings to babies. I just love to be a part of people's special moments.
Do you have a studio, do on-location photography, or both?
I currently have a studio in Indianapolis and I’m looking for studio space in Houston. I enjoy doing both indoor and outdoor photography. I do a lot of on-location shoots using natural and window light.
What photographers influenced you? In what ways do traces of their work show up in your work?
Gordon Parks has been a huge influence in my photographic aspirations. I loved his approach to photography and the controversial pieces he would create to get a reaction out of people. He's definitely a pioneer in this industry. I love how he showed the progression of people and America in a time where photography was his choice of weapon. Sometimes we can use art to shine light on sensitive subjects, when we're too deaf to hear the words. I'm also influenced by Ansel Adams photography. I love the landscape images and how he keeps it black and white. It shows tremendous appreciation for the view and quality of work. I'm very much into fine art and try to create it daily.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm also inspired by Langston Hughes because I love to write. He had a lot of thought in his poetry and short stories. And with photography, a lot of thought goes into the process of creating a great photograph.
One interesting fact most people don't know about your business:
We do a lot of work in the community. Very much a part of mentoring our youth and making sure they have creative outlets.