The Social Canvas's founder Francesca Bessett is dedicated to inspiring students and supporting local businesses through art classes hosted at area watering holes. During group classes, she guides students through step-by-step painting instruction as they swill cocktails and color their canvases with masterpieces ranging from landscapes to abstract designs. There are also theme nights scheduled throughout the year, including classes dedicated to recreating Van Gogh's "A Starry Night," among other famous paintings.
Georgi Rusafov, Tara Rusafov and Lisa Kaleta want to use their 20+ years of experience to do more than just teach young students to dance. In addition to building a strong foundation in various dance styles, they work to instill discipline, self-esteem, and team work. Largely focused on ballet, the classes offered are geared toward boys and girls age 3 and older. Classical ballet courses lay the groundwork for more advanced technique, such as pointe and repertoire dance, which teaches dancers the choreography of characters from famous productions such as Clara from The Nutcracker or the ballerina from wind-up jewelry boxes. Instructors also go beyond ballet to teach jazz, tumbling, hip-hop, and ballroom dance.
Musicology’s cheerful blue space echoes with the energetic knocking-together of musical instruments as diminutive composers enhance their neural functions through the exploration of music. Working with New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, Musicology aims to help children from newborns to 3-year-olds develop their brains in age-specific classes. By introducing them to complex rhythms, harmonies, and the ability of song to get woodland creatures to clean things, the instructors work to activate connections in the brain that can improve learning abilities. Parents remain alongside children throughout the sessions, potentially picking up some music theory of their own.
Stan and Brenda Strom have more than just dessert recipes decorating their kitchen—although of those, they have hundreds. They also hold multiple blue ribbons from state fairs, with celebrated sweets including a coconut-custard macadamia-nut pie, a dark-chocolate raspberry glacier pie, and a maple-pecan cheesecake, as well as many others. Their beloved business, Blue Ribbon Desserts, got an extra boost toward stardom when it was featured on FoodNation with Bobby Flay.
Chef Strom shares his confectionary skills in multiple ways. He bakes seasonal fruit pies, cheesecakes, and cookies fresh to order and ships them across the United States. He also reveals 60 of his favorite recipes in the Blue Ribbon Cookbook, which is said to smell like freshly churned butter during full moons. And in order to grant fans intimate access to his baking ways, he conducts monthly classes that empower students to create their own pies for family members and friends.
TEAM Arizona Motorcyclist Training has trained more than 100,000 motorcyclists in the ways of safe and secure riding. A staff of 70 RiderCoaches, including more female RiderCoaches than any organization in the country, impart basic to advanced riding skills, allowing students to translate classroom lessons into on-the-road expertise. At TEAM Arizona?s 5-acre training range in Gilbert, experienced students sharpen their abilities at Skills Practice sessions. Advanced and Total Control students master high-challenge, low-threat coursework, including treacherous trail braking while completing 1099 tax forms.
Whether they're knitting novices or seasoned enthusiasts, a trip to Arizona Yarn & Fiber is bound to delight visitors' senses. That's because the shop stocks yarn in a rainbow of colors and a wide spectrum of textures, appealing to the eyes and also laying soft against the skin. These yarns are sourced from renowned makers, such as Misti Alpaca, a brand operated by fourth-generation Alpaca fiber workers, and Manos del Uruguay, a nonprofit organization that employs more than 400 Uruguayan artisans.
These yarns are impressive on their own, but what can be created with them is even more remarkable. Arizona Yarn & Fiber's experts teach students how to knit, spin, and crochet fibers into garments during workshops held in the shop. Groups learn knitting basics, such as the garter and stockinette stitch during these sessions. Some classes focus on freeform work, and others center around creating specific garments such as cardigan sweaters or face covers that hide your tears during the sad parts of movies.