Bead Towne's classes range in price from $10 to $30 and possibly more, depending on supplies; a variety of options are offered for fledgling-finding fumblers and bead-wielding artisans alike. Classes are often created with customer suggestions in mind; request a specific type of class, and Bead Towne will do its best to accommodate you. Past offerings have included earring workshops ($15), pearl rope bracelets ($38), and making swirl beads with polymer clay ($20). Learn the basic skills of jewelry construction from seasoned instructors. Then you can go to town customizing bracelets and rings into towering, hubris-laden stacks of glittering crystals that threaten to buckle the knees of their wearers. The store stocks everything from Czech glass and fire-polished crystals to semi-precious gems and Swarovski crystals, as well as the tools needed to construct accessories for your bridesmaids or your bejeweled boatswain. Classes usually take place on Thursday and Saturday, but if you have a group of three or more who want to take a class together, you can arrange a girl's night out for a Friday night.
Fitness Plus is small enough that the friendly staff knows your name, but big enough to prevent any Three Stoogery amongst exercisers using the free weights. After one of Fitness Plus's friendly workoutsmen gives you your orientation (call ahead to book your orientation session), you'll be free to run miles on the cardio machines, bench press pounds on the weight machines, or sweat out hurt feelings during a class in Fitness Plus's spacious group exercise room, which has a state-of-the-art sound system and a specially engineered cushioned floor to protect you from injury and pro-wrestler attacks. Fitness Plus offers step classes, Pilates, and cardio every week; check out the schedule to see what's going on.
Dexter Tenison knows how to lose weight. Weighing nearly 300 pounds after college, Tenison decided it was time to make a change. Throwing himself into martial arts and personal training, he discovered a healthier lifestyle that he realized was inspiring others to reach their own goals. With that, he decided to open Memphis Adventure Boot Camp. Voted Best Health Club by Memphis Most in 2011, Tenison’s all-female boot camps combine the group vibe he found in his martial-arts classes with the personal attention and drastic results from personal training. Camps span several weeks at a time, aiming to whip frames into shape with ever-changing fitness regimes that spice up traditional exercise, such as jogging and resistance training, with fresh add-ins, including obstacle courses, lunging, and building body bridges across quicksand. To cater to all conditioning levels, every workout is easily modifiable, and no participants will ever be pushed to overexert themselves.
Although painting is a solitary experience for many artists, it becomes a color-strewn party at ArtJamN. Enthusiastic staff members encourage participants to interact, inspire each other, and even collaborate on the same canvas. Painters are outfitted with a bevy of paints and textures that add dimension to magnum opuses and make it easier to crawl into someone else's painting and take a nap. Both regular painting sessions and private parties introduce burgeoning artists to a cornucopia of artistic styles as they intermingle and sip from their own stash of adult beverages.
With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym rolls out a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Infants to 12-year-olds glean social, intellectual, and emotional skills from the facility's professionally developed programs in gymnastics, sports, karate, and dance, which cater to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and degrees of hatred for vegetables. Each session's hands-on activities keep the motors of little tykes revving, facilitate bonding, and boost listening skills, attention spans, and confidence. Check the schedule for class dates and times.
Give Yoga Memphis’s team of talented instructors pushes students to new heights of flexibility, body awareness, and fitness in a beginner- and family-friendly studio environment. Nine types of classes introduce curious neophytes to a variety of techniques, including a kids' yoga series and the gentle Slow Flow class, which improves poise with a steady stream of postures that serve as a comprehensive introduction to the studio's more challenging Vinyasa Flow classes. Students pad barefooted across the cozy studio's bright hardwood floors to a morning Rise & Shine Kundalini class, which hones yogis' focus with controlled breathing, chants, and meditation. Late-night classes round out the studio's schedule, allowing even the busiest parents and commuters to pick up yoga basics during the Foundations class, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and melts stress like a microwave melts a dixie cup to offer a much-needed buffer between a fast-paced day and a relaxed, peaceful night.
Experienced photo gurus Doug Box and Randy Kerr impart practical photo skills to curious shutterbugs during engaging seminars that have appeared across the States and in eight countries abroad. Doug Box, author of myriad photography-technique books, is one of 13 Kodak mentors and is the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association. His co-teacher, Randy Kerr, heads World Photographic, which uses photography as a vehicle for illuminating humanitarian and environmental topics. Both men have been teaching photography classes for years and help amateurs take photos that capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings.