At Little Chef’s kitchen, a talented cadre of kid-friendly instructors inspires and equips young bakers to whip up fresh eats. Parents can sign up their wee ones to experience firsthand the facility's mantra that a new repertoire of basic culinary skills not only fosters healthy eating habits, but bolsters tykes’ confidence, teaches teamwork, and develops motor skills. The classroom beckons young learners with pale yellow walls punctuated by floor-to-ceiling chalkboards and cheerful polka-dot patterns. Instructors happily work with parents to mold classes that suit kids’ eating habits and chewing styles, and even host movie and dinner nights to encourage family bonding.
At Pole Dance Miami, honored as 2010’s Best Gym Alternative in the Miami New Times and featured on NBC Channel 6, dance poles host a dizzying array of spins and twists in more than 40 weekly classes that unite high-flying exercise with feminine sensuality. Passionate instructors lead one-hour classes in sundry styles for patrons of all skill levels, from the sultry sways of Beginner 1 to the Vixen class’s foxy spin combos. The fuchsia studio’s floor-to-ceiling wall of mirrors assists patrons in achieving proper form during mat stretches and twists, and its hardwood floors are tuned to make pitch-perfect music when struck with stiletto heels. Ladies can flock to the studio en masse for pole parties, during which instructors lead partygoers in basic moves to celebrate bachelorette parties, birthday parties, or high-noon tea parties.
Pole dancing is sexy, but it's also serious exercise. Just ask the folks at Miami New Times, who bestowed Pole Dance Miami with the title of "Best Gym Alternative" in 2010. "Pole Dance Miami. . .?takes its pole art seriously," wrote the publication's correspondent. And the results of the studio's classes, which range from high-intensity Pole Burn workouts to sensual Bump and Grind sessions, reflect that seriousness.?". . .?all of [the] wiggling, jiggling, spinning, and climbing seriously whittles you down and builds pure strength," wrote the Miami New Times contributor.
Signature service: Classes in many glass techniques
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Bullseye, Uroboros, Wissmach, Spectrum, Glastar, Canfield
Pro Tip: We have a huge selection of glass, tools, and books, as well as many gift items.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Working with glass is so therapeutic that it has helped us and many of our customers get through some tough times. The uncertain economy inspired some of our customers to sell their home-made pieces and earn extra money. But my favorite part of this job is seeing the pride on my students' faces when they finish their artwork.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
When I left my abusive husband, Rowe Art Studios gave me a place where I could escape the emotional turmoil. After my first day working here, I started seeing the world through different eyes, and my whole life changed. Instead of focusing on my problems, I focused on recreating what I saw in glass. The longer I worked here, the more I learned. It's amazing how many different ways there are to work with glass, and how you can combine different methods into new and exciting pieces. This is true whether you're making a panel with stained glass or a piece of jewelry with fused glass.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a field where you can try just one technique or many. The advantage of coming to Rowe Studios is that we not only teach, but we have a large selection of supplies. If we don't have what you need, we're happy to order for you. And if you're new to a field, we're always happy to help with advice and recommendations.
To brew your own beer, it's not enough to put hops and yeast in a bottle and wait for it to rain. The proprietor of Daddy Brews?who holds a degree in brewing?created his shop to be a resource for local brewing enthusiasts. Amongst the brewing supplies are yeast, barley malt, and hops stored at the proper conditions to ensure quality, as well as brewing kits, books, and bottling supplies. Aspiring brewers can also show up to take classes in the fine art, while special events with local microbrewers give newbies a chance to hobnob with area craft beer-makers.
The three owners of Shake Shake It Fitness & Dance Studio draw from a lifelong love of musical movement to teach all the one-hour workout dance classes on their calendar. Instructors motivate the movement in lessons such as modern hip-hop, which is based on video and commercial moves, and Zumba, where students burn calories by moving to Latin and international rhythms and then setting twinkies on fire. In Sexy Dance and Cardio Dance, instructor Ivana looks to raise the heart rate with a variety of choreography, and traditional belly-dance teacher Miss Jihan Jamal instructs pupils of all levels in the controlled poses of Middle Eastern¬–style shimmying.