Mark Chenoweth's first picture was done the old-fashioned way: he loaded film into a 35-millimeter camera, snapped the picture, and developed it himself. That was two decades ago, and he's been working as a professional photographer ever since, preserving cherished moments at weddings and conducting senior-portrait shoots.
The technological advantages of today's cameras make them much more user-friendly than the one responsible for Mark's maiden photograph, but many casual photographers don't use their equipment to its fullest potential. Mark founded Fotoskool to help less experienced photographers better understand the trade with a trio of classes designed for beginners and intermediates learning to wield a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera. The Fotoskool Basics class edifies beginners about the fundamental precepts of DSLR operation, such as how to hold the camera and adjust shutter speed. More experienced pupils can enlist in the Fotoskool Next Level class, which focuses on working cameras in manual mode, or the Fotoskool Edit class, during which they will learn to lighten or darken pictures, change file formats, and remove the silver splotches left by poltergeists in the background.
With more than 15 locations nationwide, Wine and Canvas commissions accomplished artists to spread the joy of painting during informal painting classes. These talented brush wielders guide students of all abilities through a landscape, portrait, or abstract artwork via step-by-step instructions. Though each Wine and Canvas location is home to an art studio, the classes are taught in students’ living rooms or at local hot spots—many of which mix up tasty drink specials during classes. Instructors provide their artists-in-training with all the supplies they need to create eye-catching masterpieces, from paints and canvases to Ouija boards with a direct line to van Gogh. Though adult painting classes are Wine and Canvas’s bread and butter, they also help little ones unleash their creativity and satisfy their sweet tooth with Cookies and Canvas classes.
Neither instructor at Salsannati expected a career in dance. Ivana, a native of Croatia, only started dancing in 2004; Frederic, on the other hand, started when he was just 8 years old and spent his teenage years teaching others but never enlisted in any formal training. Their mutual passion is what fuels Salsannati, where they teach beginners and advanced dancers the art of salsa. Classes typically center around basic steps, turns, and footwork combinations as foundations for more advanced moves.
To program director William Brashear and his team of teachers, yoga is a spiritual journey that begins within while a person is creating a bond with humanity. They inspire students of all ability levels to seek this inner peace in their classes, which cover a variety of styles. Options range from Mysore—a meditation-focused discipline—to power yoga—a vigorous Vinyasa-based course—to gentle yoga—a slower-paced rehabilitative class. To zero in on students' specific areas of concern, they lead one-on-one sessions, helping them master their techniques and learn Sanskrit words such as, "asana" which means "pose," or more commonly, "Can you please help me? My leg is stuck behind my head."
In addition to yoga, the school provides healing services, including Ayurvedic Thai yoga massage, in which a trained practitioner gently pulls arms and legs and twists torsos and shoulders in an effort to loosen the muscles and release stress. It also hosts yoga- and meditation-centric events and organizes calming retreats to locales such as Leeland Valley.
In addition to its extensive list of fitness classes and well-furnished workout studio, Revolution Fitness harbors a community of patrons seeking a healthier lifestyle and the desire to attain that goal with the support and camaraderie of others. The studio’s client base takes advantage of 20 pieces of cardio equipment—such as the Cybex Arc Trainer—featuring personal TV screens and 80 channels of entertainment.
Group fitness rooms host sessions of TRX training or Pilates reformer as guests peddle toward their ideal physique on one of 20 cycles in the spin room. Offering a personalized approach to fitness without the arduous task of teaching a treadmill to speak your name, Revolution’s certified trainers inspire patrons to actualize their goals with one-on-one support and motivation. And to supplement, an onsite nutritionist balances the physical training with professional advice.
Patty first discovered rock climbing in college. “I got sucked in right away,” she says. Before long, she found herself marrying a fellow climber—a man she met at Climb Time back when it was still managed by the original owners who also blended their relationship with climbing. “They got married at the gym,” Patty says, describing how the first owners scaled the roof to say their "I dos." Though Patty and her husband didn’t exchange rings at the top of a wall, they did decide to buy the gym.
The expansive arena challenges climbers with a 24-foot climbing wall, where novice and expert mountaineers alike grasp handholds with chalked palms or coax a gorilla to carry them up piggyback style. Along the other side of the facility, Patty and crew dare climbers to test their strength on a wide array of 15- to 60-degree bouldering inclines that sit above moveable pads to cushion jumps or falls.