What began as a small studio with five enthusiastic dance students has transformed into a full-fledged company that's educated thousands and won multiple awards along the way—including a Certificate of Congressional Recognition. Today, Strictly Street Salsa has a whole team of instructors that has danced its way across the likes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Spain, and Rome and is ready to introduce students to new cultures through the art of dance. The studio offers classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers in both salsa and tango and hosts dance workshops that blend Latin dance with various cultural elements, including African movement, gypsy music, and good old-fashioned American screaming.
Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.
Tickled Pink Party Palace's events are high-society affairs. After all, sometimes a princess shows up. The company's party planners specialize in organizing playful themed events for children, and they travel throughout the Houston area to do so. Some of their most ornate packages include character visits, during which a costumed royal greets the children and leads them through activities such as storytelling, interactive games, and the issuing of a decree to abolish nap time. Alternatively, dress-up tea parties immerse children in a theme of their choice, from mermaid to rock-star. Shimmering color-coordinated decor, elegant place settings, and snacks—such as frosting-topped cupcakes—are all suited to the theme.
Arts and crafts might seem like a solo activity, but Ink It Up owner Jenn knows it doesn't have to be. The amiable artisan believes her passion is only more enhanced when shared with a group. And together with her network of clients and fellow crafters, she holds weekly meet-ups during which she teaches new techniques for making clever, handmade, and functional paper-based projects. Though the themes often change, her two-hour workshops have previously focused on making decorative bags, playful cards, and working sinks from paper. Sessions also often include goodie bags or other treats that students get to take home.
Local artists reign at Painting Above the Bar, where their work adorns the walls and their expertise is shared during BYOB painting classes. During each evening session, students grab supplied brushes and paints and create their own take on the lesson’s themed project, which ranges from natural vistas to holiday scenes. For a spin on the average party, the staff oversees private gatherings, after which all guests can take home their creations.
One A'Chord creates sweet sounds through instrument and voice lessons. Its instructors help students achieve their highest potential with a focus on technique and devotion to the craft. In addition to offering regular lessons, One A'Chord performs in local venues and hosts Summer Quake, a six-week summer arts extravaganza designed to help young artists pursue writing, music, dance, and other creative interests.