Encore Studio's owner and art director, Karen King Flores, is a professional dance instructor certified through Dance Masters of America and a former apprentice of Robert Joffrey, founder of the Joffrey Ballet. Her graceful performances appeared in such esteemed companies as the Houston Ballet and the Richmond Ballet before she opened her studio's doors in the early 1990s. With 25 years of experience teaching dance under her belt, Karen and her talented staff of teachers—who hail from international dance companies, Vegas shows, and the Kirov in Russia—ground each dance class in fundamental skills and proper technique as they teach students to perform original, age-appropriate choreography. Their well-rounded curriculum includes instruction in jazz, ballet, tap, and hip-hop, a collection of techniques that falls in line with the instructors' priority of letting each participant have fun as they learn. Encore Studio's welcoming, noncompetitive environment allows talent to blossom without fear of judgment from an ambitious old tap shoe.
Serenity Herbal Spa galvanizes appearances, fusing a tranquil environment with professional service to cultivate vivifying results. Beach-ready bods can also be smoothed to a glossy finish with a Brazilian wax, fashioning bikini lines and demonstrating the accuracy of Serenity's follicular assassins. A combination of techniques is employed as needy limbs receive celebrity-status attention during a 30-minute massage. The service augments circulation, eases muscle tension, and dilutes anxiety into the alcoholic equivalent of a wine cooler. Immerse restless frames into Serenity's hydrotherapy system and aromatherapy add-on, designed to exterminate bodily toxins and unwind spools of stress yarn as bathwater loaded with herbals and essential oils cascades across skin surfaces.
Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The Curves 30 minute workout is fun and fast, yet it exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven program of strength training, cardio and stretching. Also, many women forge lasting new friendships!
Dr. Kenneth Stoner and his smile-savvy staff whitewash fading mouth fences with a bevy of advanced treatments. After a consultation, the dental exam thoroughly combs the teeth to check for cavities and signs of oral disease, before the digital x-rays provide instant screen feedback, using no chemicals and less radiation than standard x-rays and sub-standard gamma-bombs (a $230 value). Afterward, the doctor clears stray debris away from the enamel exterior of each ivory palace in preparation for their fresh sparkle. With the 45-minute Zoom! teeth-whitening procedure, chompers can go from custard to Casper, lightening by an average of eight shades (a $569 value). In three 15-minute treatments, dental doyens apply blanching gel and then activate it with a special blue lamp, creating a powerful stain-lifting duo. The process leaves immediate and long-lasting whiteness, so clients can exit the chair practicing a grin that's more radiant than a freshly polished light bulb. Patients found ineligible for Zoom! teeth-whitening during consultation may use $100 toward any other service.
As its name implies, the course at River's Bend Golf Club nestles into a curve of the James River, whose waters rush alongside three of the fairways. Its design sprang from the mind of accomplished course architect Steve Smyers, who drew inspiration from the legendary architects of the 1920s and 1930s and their penchant for Herbert Hoover–shaped sand traps. For River’s Bend, Smyers incorporated naturally sloped terrain and woodlands to create fairways that challenge both novices and experts. Players pass rustic wooden bridges and white fences as they play, eventually facing off with a substantial pond tucked among the three final holes of the front nine.
Before teeing off at the first hole, players can warm up their swing at the driving range or take advantage of dedicated chipping and putting practice areas. For more guided practice, clubbers can sign up for lessons with golf pro Brandon Kelley, who covers everything from fundamentals to preshot mental routines, such as visualizing the golf ball as a miniature moon that needs to be returned to orbit.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par-71 course
Length of 6,671 yards
Course rating of 71.9
Slope rating of 132
Four tee options
Equipment: Life Fitness
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they?re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness?s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.