The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Equipment: Life Fitness, Concept2, Hammer Strength, Free Motion, Schwinn, and TRX
Students should bring: Water bottle, sneakers, and a good attitude
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11?25
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We believe in teaching our clients how to do our exercise programs, as well as how their bodies work and how the exercises we are prescribing will help them achieve their fitness goals. We also combine a scientific approach with energetic instructors, upbeat music, and a community environment that keep our clients motivated.
What's the most radical physical transformation you've seen a client make?
When one woman first joined us, she couldn't look people in the eye and refused to work with a male trainer. Today, she is a new person: 60 pounds lighter, stronger, more confident, and completely comfortable with all our trainers. In her personal life, she also found the courage to make a major career change.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
At Empower, you will receive unparalleled personalized attention?even in our focused group classes?all while becoming a part of our supportive fitness community.
While working as an art teacher at a public school in St. Louis, Glass Class's owner, Christal Cerrone, began her journey into the world of glass by repairing the stained-glass windows of local theaters and historic buildings. A move to San Francisco presented Christal with the opportunity to further hone her skills, and she began to create stained-glass windows for homes, memorials, and tricked-out family station wagons. Twenty-three years later, with work featured on HGTV's That's Clever!, the art educator in Christal still shines through as she teaches kids and adults to make their own masterpieces with materials including dichroic glass and metals.
The custom creations that emerge from Christal's studio can be both decorative and functional. Classes include all required materials for possible projects, such as necklaces, lamps, or life-size replicas of the Louvre pyramid. In addition to classes, a lineup of camps for kids aged 9 and older help youngsters to master diamond tools and work with glass.
Some 233 lemurs have traveled from the island of Madagascar to call the Duke Lemur Center in Durham home. Here, at one of the world?s largest sanctuaries for rare and endangered prosimian primates, they find protection and able tennis partners in their caretakers. The Lemur Center looks to promote research and understanding of these interesting creatures?ancient relatives of monkeys, apes, and humans?while further sustaining global biodiversity.
Not ones to keep these creatures all to themselves, the scientists at the Duke Lemur Center offer an array of tours that let visitors get up close. During Lemurs Live!, a knowledgeable guide introduces them to about 10 different species and explains what makes them some of the most interesting animals on the planet.
Salsa for U knows how to throw a good party. At venues around the Durham area, they work with organizations who organize salsa parties where students can show off what they’ve learned amid live music and other budding salsa stars. Such festivities play a major role in Salsa for U’s philosophy, which emphasizes teaching in a manner that's fun and easy for students to grasp. This approach, honed over more than a decade of salsa instruction—carries over to the studio’s private and small-group lessons.