The experienced staff at The Mud Room leads visitors through hands-on classes and parties at the interactive studio. Finished examples are also available to induce inspiration to those who wish to create their own. The accommodating staff also travels to various locations with their mobile studio. Ideal for schools and team-building activities, the staff imparts hands-on instruction and helping participants raise funds for their organization.
Open Studio Pilates owner and certified Pilates instructor Laura Detert combines traditional Pilates instruction with the latest in contemporary theory as she personally leads classes of up to five students through core-crunching and posture-promoting reformer workouts. Laura begins the first group session with a studio and equipment tour, covering the basics of the reformer, a versatile piece of equipment employing a sliding platform, springs, and pulleys that make it capable of 50 different exercises and fluent in eight different languages. During the next two sessions, which last approximately 50 minutes each, Laura personalizes routines as she walks pupils through a full-body workout focused on improving core muscles, flexibility, and balance. Classes are offered at convenient times to fit busy schedules, and more sessions will be added in the coming weeks.
Moon Belly Dance Studio provides a positive and encouraging environment for women to learn to dance, love their bodies, and get fit during a variety of female-centric classes. With belly-dance, yoga, and ballet classes Tuesday–Saturday, ladies can learn undulating techniques, practice postures, and tone tummies during a 55-minute Beginning Belly Dance class, or focus on flexy hips and sexy sun salutes during 55 minutes of the Deep Stretch Yoga class. With class sizes of up to 25 ladies per session, belly benders will have the chance to get individual attention from the instructor to tweak techniques. Check the calendar to schedule sensual routines around preplanned robberies of sweat-pants stores.
When a school of music also contains a live-performance venue, it?s an indicator that the lessons stick. Such is the case with the Columbia Academy of Music, where private practice rooms sit just steps from The Bridge, a club accustomed to welcoming musical talent from down the street and around the country. A stage within range of instruction can inspire even the most stage-frightened students to step into the spotlight, where they?ll get the hands-on, feet-on stage experience that renders books worthless.
The academy?s tuneful staffers are no strangers to this kind of public performance?some instructors have shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Sting, and Hank Williams III?but many also are experts in what goes on behind the music. In lessons tailored for all ages, skill sets, and music-making manners, the school strengthens the confidence of budding musicians in once-a-week sessions. Instrument instruction infuses students with techniques across a range of musical genres; audio-production and engineering courses teach students how to make solid records and tolerate most singers? misguided requests for more Steak-Umms in the monitor.
Access Arts, a community-focused nonprofit, welcomes children and adults of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to discover the joy of artistic creation with 200 annual classes, earning attention from the Missourian for its work with students with special needs. During six-week sessions, experienced, compassionate instructors guide learning hands through pottery building, weaving, writing stories, and drawing, and help budding Michelangelos discover if their muses call out to them via telephone or semaphore. Classes for pupils with special needs support both children and adults with extra assistance as they knead clay or dabble in mixed media, and Access Arts’ fee waivers and scholarships enable learners from all income levels to tap into inspiration. Founded in 1971 to widen opportunities for the disabled, Access Arts is now in its fifth decade of enriching the Columbia area with classes and outreach programs that remind people that paintbrushes can be used for more than coloring dead plants a lively shade of green at the end of housesitting stints.