"When we invest in ourselves, then we invest in increasing the overall quality of life." This is the guiding philosophy behind Shen Dojo, a center for movement, healing arts, and meditation. Here, practitioners of all levels can immerse themselves in yoga, tai chi, and the martial arts as they connect their bodies with their minds and spirits, improving the inner balance that increases self-awareness, self-confidence, and overall wellness.
Stephanie Karen prides herself on her craftiness. She says she strives to be a combination of MacGyver and Martha Stewart, creating beauty from unexpected sources. This penchant for discovery pervades her photography, which includes shoots of newborn babies, lingerie-clad women, and huge wedding events. Although she's been in the business for more than a decade, she still sheds tears at every wedding, feeling overcome by joy for the couple and empathy for the cake as it's hacked apart.
Beyond photography, she supplies customers with high-quality prints of her work along with high-resolution digital images. She prints pictures to almost any size, her professional equipment transforming blank sheets of glossy paper into keepsakes.
Although officially founded in 1930, the Grand Rapids Symphony's history stretches back to 1917 when an enterprising group of local musicians began practicing together and holding regular concerts. In the years since, the ensemble has retained this self-starter mentality while growing into one of the nation's preeminent regional orchestras. Always asserting its idiosyncratic individuality, the organization earned a 2007 Grammy nomination for its collaboration with flamboyant electric harpist Deborah Henson-Conant and the ire of conductors for its rule that all batons should be able to shoot sparks.
The Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Michigan’s only professional ballet company, is dedicated to staging artistic productions that lift the spirit while inspiring the toes. Who Cares?, named for composer and pianist George Gershwin’s jazzy ode to impartiality, is an energetic if indifferent ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, co-founder and founding choreographer of the New York City Ballet. Balanchine used Gershwin's Broadway hits to compose a ballet that pays homage to the popular pianist’s exuberance, American spirit, and dislike of toothpaste. Grammatically incorrect songs may include jazz standard "I Got Rhythm" and "'S Wonderful," which was notably sung by Gene Kelly in An American in Paris. Before the main event, the stage will flutter with tutus and sparkle with tiaras during Raymonda Pas de Dix.
Tip Top Deluxe Bar & Grill celebrates the home-cooked meals and rollicking roots music of the '50's and '60's with a hearty spread of American pub fare, ice-cold beers, and a schedule full of critically acclaimed musical acts. Visitors groove to the folk-rolk sounds and top-notch musicianship of performers?previous acts including Woody Pines, Pete Anderson, and Dave Alvin?as they sip cocktails and craft beers.
8th Day Gym offers Boot Camp Classes, Elements Sessions, CrossFit Classes and one-on-one coaching. The workouts, which can be geared toward any fitness level using scalability, typically consist of functional movements such as squats, pull-ups, running, and other athletic drills, strength training, and cardiovascular exercises. Workouts can be scaled with small tweaks with the help of a professional in order to maximize results. Trainers plan workouts over days in order to work toward the best results. 8th Day Gym, which is owned by Olympic-level decathlete Joe Cebulski, is focused on creating a community of supportive, healthy individuals, whether interested in fitness as sport or just for personal growth. Boot camp classes are offered Monday through Friday at 6:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m., and Saturday at 9 a.m.