When the rooms of The Sutton Studio for the Performing Arts aren’t resonating with piano chords, dance music, monologues, or melodies, they’re filled with insightful declamations from the highly experienced staff. Artistic director Jamie Lynn Gilliam leads the talented troupe, bringing more than 25 years of musical-theater experience that include dancing in professional productions and convincing Robert De Niro’s family that she was Robert De Niro. Her lieutenants include Kathy Todd Chaney, formerly of Kathy Todd Dance Studio, and several of the studio’s graduates, who teach tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop steps. Piano instructor Lynnette Jones has been playing piano for 27 years and acting teacher Josh Gilliam has performed in several professional productions since he graduated from Otterbein University’s musical-theater program. All this expertise fills The Sutton Studio’s two locations and unfolds during an array of classes, performances, and even private birthday parties.
Velocity Sports Performance offers a variety of programs that are taught by exercise physiologists, tailored to an athlete's individual needs, and held in a small group setting. Although each program is different, all primarily focus on improving speed, power, and agility. For active adults looking to be challenged, try five adult sessions ($125). Ages 12 and up can opt for the developmental program ($250/month), which includes two sessions per week. Youth-centric training ($175), which focuses on honing correct skills (running technique, coordination), works to establish a proper fitness foundation. Like babies, no two sessions are the same. After time, participants reduce injury risk, boost flexibility and power coordination, and whittle down fat. Determine your perfect program from Velocity's full catalog of courses.
Prepare for a pivotal business trip abroad or avoid order mix-ups at the local carniceria that result in lugging a case of Ecto Cooler home. The experienced instructors at Los Monitos will help customers tap their inner linguist to expand their communication skills and help cross over language and cultural barriers. Ten-week courses start at different experience levels and include 1.5 hours of class time each week in Spanish, English (ESL), French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. Check the Louisville and Prospect schedules for class times. Customers will make great strides in achieving language proficiency over that period, or develop their own hybrid language that’s useful for chatting with plants at home. Classes are capped at 10 students per course, ensuring efficient learning and decreasing back-of-the-room giggling.
Linda the Bra Lady, featured on The Nate Berkus Show, outfits women with bras, underwear, and other garments carefully designed to provide proper support to specific upper-body types. A wide selection of sizes, styles, and detachable compasses allow women to bolster their breasts with bras such as the Elila Jacquard soft-cup bra ($38), padded with triple-ply straps to ease shoulder pain, and the Le Mystère Soiree strapless bra ($74) to sport under elegant dresses. Harboring popular brands such as Spanx, Hanky Panky, Wacoal, Olga, and Mary Green, Linda equips bottoms with an eclectic collection of underwear ($8+) ranging from comfy basics to boyshorts and thongs. Bra-sized swimwear and bra accessories supplement the intimate selection, and all customers receive a complimentary fitting to make sure they're wearing the correct bra size and not a loose quilt of fig leaves.
Your Groupon grants you aerial access to a Cessna 172 ($49–$50 per half hour, depending on location). As you hop into the cockpit, study the navigational dials and instruments. Firmly grip the yoke. Then see how many witty quips you can squeeze in over the intercom before it's time to fly. Each lesson is copiloted by one of Givens' expert instructors ($20 per half hour). Having logged countless flight hours, your copilot will keep your confidence and nose up as you take in the basics. Though it may be difficult to resist showing off for friends, save the barrel rolling for professional stunt pilots and Donkey Kong.
Helmed by a team of local artists, Your Artistic Spirits holds informal visual-arts consortia in local venues such as Bier Brewery, Black Swan Brewpub, and Bodega. At each location, they welcome participants of all skill levels and disciplines to sip wine, beer, or spirits as they make art focused in a range of artistic styles, from neoclassical busts to avant-garde booms. Instructors guide attendees through step-by-step instruction to create original works in one chosen medium, such as acrylics, watercolors, sculpting clay, or papier-mâché. When not conducting public classes and private parties, artistic staffers lead team-building workshops and art-therapy programs for children and adults.