As Pablo Picasso once said, "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” And a little bit of wine never hurt anyone, either. The staff at Colors to Cocktails Sip & Paint Art Studio strives to transform the oft-intimidating act of painting into a wholly accessible outlet for all guests, regardless of whether or not they have previous experience or believable French accents. During group events instructors provide easels, brushes, and canvases, expertly leading guests through step-by-step techniques that yield unique works of art ranging from still lifes of colorful flowers to abstract landscapes.
The native Spanish speakers of La Academia lead students aged preschooler through adult to a better understanding of the most spoken Romance language. The instructors accomplish this goal through a variety of approaches, including group classes, private and semiprivate lessons, and afterschool sessions. During the summer, they hold Spanish camps that mix learning with fun activities such as Zumba dancing, music, and crafts.
Shelli Davis-Redford's credentials are expansive. She's a licensed massage therapist, herb specialist, aromatherapist, and private practitioner specializing in pain management, pediatrics, and obstetrics. At Reflections of Health, she and her colleagues use their knowledge and past experiences to facilitate wellness through bodywork. The menu of treatments is robust: they offer the staples, such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage, as well as specialized services, including energy work, bamboo fusion massage, facials with warm and cold stones, and pediatric massage.
If you ask a professional cheerleader how she got her toned physique, agile limbs, and powerful muscles, she might point you to Jay and Lin Johnson. The husband-and-wife duo are the brains behind Jay Johnson's Boot Camp Fitness—an exercise program designed to slim waistlines and pump up muscles of students of all abilities, from fitness newbies to professionals and prestigious clients such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. They have also introduced the program to national audiences through numerous television appearances, including Dr. Phil's Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge.
Drawing from their extensive training in the US Army and years of fitness experience, the pair and a staff of elite trainers—including professional football players and mixed martial artists—lead boot-camp programs in the Dallas area. Within parks, fields, and parking lots, they conduct high-intensity workouts, keeping patrons engaged with constantly varied regimens, along with games, obstacle courses, and scavenger hunts. They focus on functional training throughout the sessions, challenging students to heave barbells, flip tractor tires, and lug fire hoses.
The trainers also offer a specialized cheerleading boot camp ideal for high-school teams training for upcoming seasons or assistant grocery managers seeking ways to motivate their teams of disillusioned bag boys.
Certified Tribal Belly Dance teacher Heidi Wunder embraces every creative aspect of her art, from its empowering twirls to the traditional hip scarves that she crochets herself. She welcomes women of all ages during her classes, where she tutors tummies on the low-impact, largely improvised dance style. The form's various cues allow participants to step in unison without planned choreography or flowcharts taped to their foreheads. Because of the dance's social element, Heidi views her 2,000-square-foot space as a venue for guests to make lasting bonds while they discover their potential for strength and grace.
Heidi also handmakes many ornamentations to complement her students' routines. Custom-sewn clothing and spiraling henna patterns comprise striking tribal ensembles.
United Cheer's coaches train aspiring cheerleaders aged 3 and older, teaching skills from basic forward rolls to more advanced back handsprings and standing tumbling. Along the way, they follow a "perfection before progression" approach, ensuring safety by requiring students to perfect basics before moving on to higher-level moves.