For many people, pampering means spending the day at the spa or napping in a pool full of kittens. For others, it could mean learning new skills in a sexy fitness class. At Be Studios, guests get two out of four. In one glam-blasted room, instructors lead pole-dancing pupils in the sultry arts. Down the hall, spa technicians beautify guests with an array of spa services such as facials for exfoliating dry skin. Either way, the studio aims to outfit women with experiences and accoutrements to help them leave feeling relaxed and empowered, much like a nuclear plant on a cruise ship.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
InterArt's professorial paintsmiths tutor guests on the art of creating art during group seminars held in their welcoming studio. Visit the acrylic atelier for the wineglass- and beer-mug-painting session to personalize glassware with your initials, favorite colors, or quotes from The Grapes of Wrath. Portrait-minded patrons may enjoy the canvas-painting session, in which pupils glide their brushes along prestretched 9"x12" canvases, adorning them with two-dimensional magnum opuses. InterArt's laid-back classes welcome participants of all skill levels and provide all the necessary masterpiece-crafting materials. Instructors lead lessons Thursday–Sunday and encourage guests to bring a bottle of wine or their libation of choice to complement the easygoing atmosphere. Today's Groupon awards access for two people, so purchasers can tote along a date, a good friend, or an avant-garde cat statue.
An appreciation for wine—as well as art—is doubled when one knows what to look for, whether it’s detecting subtle flavors in a merlot or how to scan a crowd for Waldo. The Cleveland Wine Series leads its guests toward a greater appreciation with educational wine-and-art classes. Professionals in both fields help attendees develop their palates through insightful lessons held at the 78th Street Studios and The O Gallery. Students don’t need to be experts in either field, and can bone up on grape knowledge with the informative wine-for-beginners guide.
Janez Ambrozic popped out of his mother's womb with a camera in his hand. By the age of nine, he had built his own dark room and learned how to develop film. But rather than hide behind the camera, he stepped out and became the subject, filling his college years with modeling gigs for Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Abercrombie. This early success prompted a move to Los Angeles, where he pursued a career as a professional model and actor. While he was striking poses, he observed professional photographers and directors at work, and being in their company soon inspired him to return to his first love.
Today, Janez crafts bold images with masterful lighting techniques that he picked up from California's catwalks, soundstages, and Rembrandt impersonators. Though his skill has garnered the attention of magazines, he chooses the rugged path of the freelancer, which gives him the liberty to snap portraits, chronicle weddings, and concoct sultry boudoir photos at will. When he isn't practicing his trade, he teaches others the art of photography during workshops and private sessions.
At Tango Apasionado, students learn graceful Argentine tango steps and the basics of leading and following under the tutelage of an instructor with more than 35 years of dance experience. Classes include group sessions, which students can attend without a partner, as well as a five-week Argentine boot camp that immerses them in the dance.