Working with students of all ages and experience levels, the patient and knowledgable dance instructors at Johnson City Ballroom get participants tapping, twirling, and stepping in no time. They teach a number of styles, including cha cha, rumba, swing, foxtrot, waltz, and tango, covering basic steps before having students move on to intermediate classes or show off their newly-gleaned skills during dance parties. Both singles and couples are warmly welcomed during the group sessions, where pupils can cut a rug with instructors, dance with each other, or summon the spirit of Fred Astaire.
One of the first in the business of self-development, the origins of Nightingale Conant stretch back to World War II. Earl Nightingale was a serviceman assigned to the USS Arizona—and was one of only 100 to survive the attack on Pearl Harbor. Convinced he had been spared for a reason, Earl became obsessed with the secret of success. Why would one person find wealth and prosperity, another remain uneducated and penniless, and still another pay for everything in nickels? Late one night in 1956, Earl was struck with an idea, and woke up to write down what would become his biggest success: The Strangest Secret. In 1960, fellow WWII veteran Lloyd Conant joined forces with Nightingale, and the two formed Nightingale Conant, a global enterprise dedicated to disseminating positive psychology through radio, books, and now, the internet.
Certified professional photographer Gene Taylor has fine-tuned his artistic vision while working in photojournalism and portrait photography for more than 30 years. During classes at Your Photo Safari, Gene introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.
The mixologists at ABC Bartending School divulge saloon secrets during certification-based and recreational bartending classes. During two-week certification courses, burgeoning bartenders mix classic and popular drinks while learning about alcohol laws, responsible liquor service, and stocking and inventory. Alternatively, an entertaining mixology course lets amateurs shake up drinks and take cover from projectile champagne corks behind an ornate bar with mirrors and gold trim. Once finished imparting their knowledge, the instructors set students up with ABC’s job-placement program, which puts certified graduates to work everywhere from restaurants and nightclubs to the zero-G sports bar where astronauts celebrate successful trips to the moon.
Printville's motto "integrity, speed, and quality" is reflected in every aspect of the business and its services. The company's print- and design-smiths pore over customer ideas and needs with a close eye during efficient creative design services—be they design overhauls or minor tweaks to client designs. The shop also offers digital and sheet-fed, offset printing for wide format posters, banners, or business cards. To ensure a hassle-free experience for their customers, Printville handles FedEx, UPS, and USPS shipping, and offers custom packaging and boxes.
Combining experience in lampworking, glass blowing, and jewelry design, the experienced glassblowers of Asheville Glass Center lead workshops and classes to share their passion for manipulating molten glass. The two- to three-hour intro courses teach neophytes to craft borosilicate marbles and soft glass beads, and more in-depth classes result in intricate implosion flowers and sand-cast solid forms. The center also offers open studio time for more experienced artists who wish to work alone, like the winningest three-legged racers.