Legacy Studios' master snapper, Barbara Berry, imparts sage camera counsel to fledgling photographers and lends her aperture expertise to photo-safari voyagers. The hands-on workshop covers creative tips and techniques that familiarize owners with their camera as they tackle topics such as shutter speed, composition, and the rule of thirds. Once these principles have been mastered, the hands-on workshop goes one step further to demonstrate how to apply skills toward future photographic endeavors, from casual snapshots to composing a detailed mise en scène for an all-tiger production of Cats. Students take a multitude of shots during the workshop, leaving with artistic images that they can view, display, and edit at home.
The instructors at Twist Power Yoga are united by a common core of dedication that drove them all to earn 200-hour Yoga Alliance certifications. Those looking to top off their education wells need look no further than Twist's in-house Maha Shakti certification training. This shared thirst for knowledge creates a welcoming community for students and practitioners of power yoga, a brisk series of yoga postures performed in the muscle-loosening heat of an 82-degree room. In the course of an hour, instructors offer individual modifications to poses designed to improve strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance without unnecessary strain on the joints. Special sessions cater to the unique needs of tweens and prenatal mothers, calming the stress of adolescent sibling rivalries or the nascent sibling rivalries of in-utero twins.
Even as a tyke, Jonathan Pharr couldn't be torn away from thrashing on his drum set. Later, he picked up guitar and bass, and from there it was off to the races. For him, teaching ranks pretty high on his ever-expanding list of musical passions. As owner and director of his eponymous music school, he oversees a staff of certified instructors, each of whom bring their own unique musical skills, experiences, and backstories to their teaching. The result is a welcoming environment where everyone from toddlers to toddlers who have aged significantly go wild on the drums, guitar, bass, piano, and violin or learn how to control their vocals and expand their singing range while reaping the lifelong benefits of exposure to music.
For 13 years, Aaron Tate was a guest artist at the Tacoma Museum of Glass, where he built his reputation as an expert glass blower and artist. Manipulating his medium through blowing, casting, and sculpting, Aaron has created a treasure trove of delicate glass vases and birds, which he displays in galleries throughout Seattle and Dallas and presses his face against when the air conditioning isn’t working. Also a former head instructor at Seattle Glassblowing Studio, Aaron imparts others with his artistic talents through regular classes, which demonstrate the techniques for molding amorphous globs of glass into crystalline bowls that hold amorphous blobs of mashed potatoes.
Chris was in terrible health. At 51 years old, he was battling two issues familiar to many Americans—high blood pressure and high cholesterol. So, he started attending Dallas Fitness Boot Camps. In time, he lost 40 pounds and 18% of his body fat, which enabled him to get his cholesterol down to normal levels and finally ditch his blood-pressure medications.
Though the classes completely changed his life, Chris didn’t have to make an exorbitant commitment—coach Ron Routhier asks students to attend just three 30-45-minute workouts each week. That’s all the time it takes for Ron’s masterful approach to emerge. The former infantryman spent years as the trainer in charge of soldiers that had met or exceeded the Army’s physical fitness standards. That discipline shows through now; in fact, another of his students boasts that Ron’s training got her in better shape than she was while in the Army Reserves. That’s not to say that students are expected to arrive in tip-top shape—Ron’s routines can be modified for all fitness levels, and his plans include nutritional guidance that helps people supplement their exercise with custom diet plans.
A yoga instructor since 1966, Ranjana Pallana moved her business to Dallas in 1969, opening a studio that continues to guide yogis today. She oversees a team of capable instructors who help students build muscle and flexibility through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Pallana teaches Raja yoga, which blends classic Hatha yoga with modern twists in multilevel classes. At her studio, students learn to free themselves from mental clutter and stretch and strengthen their muscles.
In addition to helping clients strengthen their bodies, the staff works to beautify them. Waxing and exfoliating treatments keep skin smooth and relaxed, whereas Shirodhara treatments improve mental clarity and boost natural healing processes with warm oil poured over the forehead and scalp.
The leading ladies at The Girls Room, who believe that every woman has the right to be pretty, sexy, and strong, help their students build both physical and mental strength during fitness classes that combine alluring dance moves and hardcore workouts. They put their love of burlesque to use in pole-dancing classes and barre-based Barre-lesque sessions. The team also helms tamer, less sensual fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. The girls' online shop stocks virtual shelves with accessories such as Mighty Grip gloves, which allow wearers to perform gravity-defying pole-dance moves or safely carry out celebratory cartwheels in bowling alleys. Their bachelorette parties eschew the concept of traditional bridal get-togethers for more unconventional gatherings, teaching brides-to-be and their entourage signature pole dances, lap dances, or burlesque techniques.