Romp n’ Roll ignites the eternal mind-fires of children with art projects, music time, and gym activities held in a bright and fun-nurturing atmosphere. During summer camp, students can get a taste of Romp n’ Roll’s cardio-friendly and gravity-hostile atmosphere, whirling, bounding, and rolling their way to happiness while learning vital cooperation, hand-eye coordination, and vine-swinging skills. Mirroring the realities of their parents’ workplaces, imaginative camp themes such as “firefighters” and “superheroes” change weekly, adding another layer of playfulness to the amusement-frosted activity cake. The two-day camp entitles participants to a Rompy Camp t-shirt and a nut-free snack and drink each day.
At Blueridge Rock School, there are no graduates—only band members. The school's program teaches students of all ages to play a musical instrument of their choice, be it guitar, drums, trombone, or even mandolin. For first-timers, class consists of practice and guided jam sessions with an instructor who closely monitors their progress.
Once they've mastered the basics, pupils move on to the intermediate classes, or the "sound check" stage. They're encouraged to improvise and experiment with their music, and eventually, they can audition for one of the school's bands. This marks the transition into the "On Tour" stage, which entails band practice every week and live shows at local venues. Open jam sessions continue to keep the players' skills sharp, while the staff imparts lessons on topics outside the realm of musicianship, such as marketing, lighting, and staging. The final stage of the curriculum, "Record Label," covers advanced song-writing and recording, allowing bands to even record their own original album and perform it live in front of an audience.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Perched on hilltops that overlook the scenic Roanoke Valley, Hanging Rock Golf Club's 18-hole course surfs the mountainside for 6,602 yards of challenging course conditions. Rising peaks cast shadows across the course's emerald fairways as undulating terrain places a high premium on club selection, confident swings, and 9-irons impervious to motion sickness. The course's signature hole, the par-4 fifth, showcases the inventive designs of architect Russell Breeden as golfers can pen their own pin-hunting tale by playing to a two-tiered green stationed boldly uphill, a tricky layout that emphasizes accurate approach shots and putters that don't sweat under pressure. To help prepare players for upcoming rounds, resident ace Chip Sullivan conducts private lessons and runs golf academies for birdie seekers of all stripes.
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Roanoke Parks and Recreation is the valley's oldest and only nationally accredited parks and recreation agency offering more than 200 recreational programs and a variety of events and activities. Add a glimmer of pizzazz to your work-eat-sleep routine with an assortment of adult classes, from tap dancing lessons ($28 for six classes) to a basic bicycle-maintenance instruction session ($9). Join an adult co-ed kickball league ($155) to share in an exciting, mildly competitive opportunity to soak coaches in sports drinks.
Dedicated to new, exciting, and innovative theatrical works of the highest quality, Studio Roanoke provides a space where writers, performers and audience come together in a spirit of community and collaboration to expand our understanding of what is possible in the theatre.