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 while 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.
Since 1965, Gold's Gym has combined the latest cardio and strength equipment with knowledgeable personal trainers to provide an energetic, motivational environment that helps attain fitness goals. A membership gets gym-goers unlimited access to all equipment, fitness classes, amenities, clubs, and the vast collection of rare Spider-Man comics. Each location differs slightly, but the group fitness classes may include yoga, group cycling, mixed martial arts, turtle grooming, muscle endurance training, and Pilates. The toned transformation begins with a one-hour fitness assessment conducted by a personal trainer. The health age and health risk assessment will determine your current level of fitness and desired goals before creating a customized fitness plan.
At Hot Club of Durham, fledgling Fred Astaires can join a horde of hopped-up hepcats and hone the Charleston, East Coast, Lindy Hop, or the Balboa, a Californian creation derived from the Charleston. In beginner Charleston, you'll learn the dance that spawned all swing dances. Start with 1920s style, an upbeat and easy-to-learn routine, before moving onto the 1930s style, which combines the kicks and graceful elbow swirls of Hollywood's Golden Age with the speed and force of a Dust Bowl mote. Beginner East Coast teaches the best-known swing-dance style in single- and triple-step variations. Beginner Lindy Hop is recommended for students who have taken Charleston and East Coast classes, as its trademark swing-out and lindy-circle moves require the deft coordination of a feral turducken.