The art masters behind Vino's Picasso throw pretentions aside during each of their painting sessions, where artists of all skill levels gather to express their creativity and make new friends. As students arrive with their favorite drinks in tow, they settle in amid lime-green walls dotted with finished paintings. Local artists pass out all necessary supplies?such as acrylic paints, brushes, canvases, and easels?and begin a lesson on a particular painting while offering tips as pupils complete their masterpieces. In addition to their instructed sessions, Vino's also offers open paint sessions, and private parties for brides-to-be and spies who just want to learn about painting. While artists wait for their paint to dry, they can peruse the Starving Artist's gallery and bar, where limited production wine and craft beers bask in the glow of paintings produced by local artists. Students are also welcome to purchase gifts or stock up on supplies.
After accumulating more than 14 years of Pilates experience at other fitness venues, Helen Wagner opened The Pilates Scoop to provide affordable Pilates equipment classes. The Pilates method works to tone the body’s core without adding bulk, ensuring that students don't emerge looking like a football player who just ate a medicine ball. The pulleys, cables, and springs of Reformer and Cadillac machines extend and contract as students tone their stomachs, backs, hips, buttocks, and knees.
Helen caps equipment classes at no more than six students, and also leads private, duet, and triples lessons to provide more tailored instruction. She also teaches classes in traditional Pilates methods incorporating mats, chairs, and the high ladder barrel.
The energetic and certified instructors at Dance Yourself Fit Zumba know how to make a workout into a party. They offer 30- and 60-minute Zumba classes in a variety of styles designed to torch 500-1000 calories an hour while keeping clients motivated and having fun on the dance floor. Check out the 60-minute Zumba for Beginners class, where students learn the basic, easy-to-follow steps of this aerobic dance workout set to hypnotic Latin beats, or try a new style of class, such as the Zumba Hula Hoop session or Zumba Step. Tighten muscles Zumba Tone, dance with seniors in Zumba Gold, or just hone in on new moves in the intermediate class. With a schedule full of classes and a social atmosphere in each session, working out at Dance Yourself Fit Zumba becomes an exercise in fun.
The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
It would take a massive pool to accommodate every diver who's been trained by Scuba Outfitters of Naples. To date, the company's instructors have educated and certified more than 1,000 scuba divers, and their aquatic alumni only continue to grow in numbers. PADI training begins in Scuba Outfitters' heated indoor training pool, where the experts introduce the most fundamental skills, such as how to avoid dissolving. Eventually, the instructors take students to premier diving locations, including the reefs of Key Largo.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires—also the birthplace of Argentine tango—Pablo Repun has taught and danced tango professionally for nearly two decades. Initially, Pablo’s training in Buenos Aires had him studying with the top professional masters Argentine tango had to offer. He soon moved forward, though, taking his vast knowledge and experience around the globe before officially landing in Florida in 2002. There, and despite still traveling across the U.S. and abroad to instruct and perform, Pablo teaches all styles of Argentine tango to beginner and advanced students alike, emphasizing posture, balance, and above all, enjoyment, at each of his classes.