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.
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.
A classically trained pianist and organist with more than 35 years of experience, Fran Brar passes her musical wisdom onto students during individual and group piano lessons. Her sessions take place in her private home studio or can be held at students' own homes, lest their own pianos start to feel abandoned.
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.
Miriam Catron discovered a way to combine her love of music and athleticism—in 1997, she created Infuzion, a family-friendly center dedicated to art in all its aspects that furnishes interactive opportunities in music, theater, dance, and martial arts. Miriam selects enthusiastic and impeccably trained teachers to help students to thrive in their chosen field of study, whether they’re wielding a viola, executing a high kick, or performing a monologue on the secret lives of monologists. To round out the center's skill-instilling potential, a fitness studio hones able bodies with its arsenal of workout machines and spacious aerobics rooms that pulsate with a thunderous sound system to give soul shakers a reason to boogie outside one’s bedroom confines.