Amber Turner-Weeks has been dancing since the tender age of 3. A passion for movement led her to explore many facets of dance such as its history, improvisation skills, and child development. After graduating with a dance degree and a concentration in private studio teaching, Turner-Weeks traveled with the Meredith Dance Theatre and toured with the North Carolina Dance Festival. As the owner and artistic director of DanceArt, she now has the opportunity to transform her positive childhood memories into memorable dance experiences for students of all levels, ranging from toddlers to adults. As the mother of a young daughter, Turner-Weeks aims to create a noncompetitive environment where children feel safe and have room to explore their talents. She tells students, "Whatever experience and path you take in life, dream big and always make the most of what life has to offer you.” A team of caring instructors encourages parent interaction, teaching kids self-discipline and confidence in a variety of classes and at annual recitals and other events. The family-oriented facility boasts four spacious studio rooms with disco balls and shock-absorbing sprung floors, cheerful turquoise and purple couches, and a two-way-mirrored area where parents can observe youngsters in action without distracting them with proud victory dances.
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.
Adventure Supercars puts customers behind the wheel of some of the fastest automobiles ever made in the nation's largest traveling Supercar Adventure. This is done through ride-alongs with professional drivers in cars up to 1000hp or with clients driving the cars themselves on tracks across the country. Clients increase their adrenaline supply with thrilling rides in cars such as the BMW M3, Porsche 966-1000hp, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari F430, Lamborghini LP 570 SuperTrofeo, McLaren MP4-12C, Ferrari 458 Italia, and Lamborghini LP 700 Aventador, which is more successful than trying to convince a car dealer that your name is Mr. Todd BMW, of the American BMW family branch, and you'd like to borrow a car for the afternoon.
ClayCreate Pottery Studio's classes offer people of all ages and skill levels the chance to learn how to make their own pottery, an opportunity the ancient Greeks never had, which is why all their ceramics are broken. ClayCreate focuses on two techniques?wheel throwing and hand building?which can be learned in small eight-week courses and practiced during open studio time. The open time is always monitored by at least one instructor, in case anyone needs assistance or has some hand-raising skills they'd like to practice. Or, instead of lessons, clients can commission custom pieces?everything from replicating a vase that has broken to a making a garden gnome resemble a least favorite cousin.
Create Raleigh's helpful staff takes all the cleanup and frustration out of creating a work of art, so all its students have to do is sit down, pick up a brush, and enjoy themselves. With an array of class offerings, the studio is a place where friends can enjoy a night on the town with a bottle of wine, or kids can sit down with a juice box to create a piece entitled "Self-Portrait With Juice Box." During painting classes, seasoned instructors guide students step-by-step in creating a finished piece, whether it's a still-life, landscape, or portrait of a pet.
A product of artist parents, Dave Kuhn learned the importance of light and shadow early. He uses his mastery of it daily to capture real emotions during photo shoots for families, individuals, and special events, such as weddings. Each image is crisply composed through his hybrid approach that mingles formal, photojournalistic, and candid styles.
Passionate about technique and all things photography, he also leads classes. They're taught in small group sessions and cover everything from digital cameras and studio lighting to Lightroom and Photoshop programs.