The beat of international tunes pulses throughout the room as feet stomp the floor and arms slice through the air. Instructor Michelle Fisher guides students through calorie-burning Zumba classes, which are driven by the syncopated rhythm of Latin music. Fast-paced, synchronized dance moves, which are traditionally used to indicate that somebody is about to sing about moving to Hollywood, instead tone muscles and provide a solid cardio workout.
The YMCA of Greater High Point operates to impart better health on bodies and minds with myriad programs aimed at adults, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. Both the Hartley Drive YMCA and the Grubb YMCA house fitness centers are packed with ample exercise machinery, from Cybex strength-training equipment to PreCor ellipticals and treadmills, helping patrons aged 12 and older to seize a healthy physique without the hassle of hugging a bodybuilder. For camaraderie-based fitness, Grubb and Hartley host group exercise classes that corral clients of all stripes or cater specifically to kids or seniors. The Hartley gym's facilities further nurture fitness endeavors with an indoor track, two gymnasiums, four racquetball courts, and an indoor 25-meter swimming pool. After a solo or relative-supported workout, guests can hit the on-site locker rooms to freshen up or scoop too-little ones and thumb-sucking spouses from the Child Watch childcare center.
Under the tutelage of former Tar Heel and Dean Smith acolyte Scott Cherry, the High Point Panthers men’s basketball squad looks to wreak havoc in the Big South Conference inside the recently-renovated Millis Center. Set adrift in a sea of white and purple, Panther-backers join the charge as junior guard Shay Shine busts up hoops while freshman forward Du'Vaughn Maxwell racks up rebounds and blocks. Groupon-holders can opt for games against NC Central, Big South foes Winthrop or Presbyterian, or the ESPN BracketBusters mystery team, with possible opponents ranging from a mid-major powerhouse to a painful-to-guard collection of five saguaro cactuses.
Brian Davis started brianstudio as an outlet for freelance work more than a decade ago while he was still in design school. It's since blossomed into his full-time studio where creativity spills into media ranging from logos and web graphics to fine art, murals, and unique clothing. Texture and vibrant colors swirl freely across his canvases, and his graphic-design work lands with bold simplicity. Pop culture often catches his interest, as seen in his collage-like pieces gathering around images of figures including Audrey Hepburn and Kat Von D. Brian also shares his breadth of styles in relaxed classes where student painters sip brews brought from home as they learn to paint or squint at artwork with convincing expertise.
Wine and Design’s team of local artists organizes painting classes and get-togethers for any occasion. They provide all the necessary materials⎯including paints, canvases, aprons, brushes, and corkscrews⎯and lead students stroke by stroke as they craft whimsical pictures of subjects such as animals, landscapes, and flora. They also invite guests to bring their own drinks to the party to enhance the fun.
The owner of The Mad Platter sees her studio as a place of community?not only does the mother of four welcome adults and kids here, but she also jokes that it's hard to stop by without running into someone you know. And it would be easy to spend a lot of time here, between walk-in open studio time and a schedule full of more structured classes. If you really don't trust your own artistic impulses, you can commission a custom piece of pottery from the talented staff. But those eager to tap into their creative side can go wild at the studio, and even reserve the space for a private party. For kids, there's also summer art camps, where the studio provides art projects, snacks, and presumably some chairs to sit on.