Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece (around $12 and up) from Color Me Mine's selection of more than 300 items, such as a piggy bank (from $18), mug (from $15), or vase (from $25). After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or Color Me Mine's idea gallery, painters will select an underglaze from Color Me Mine's cast of more than 60 colors, applying paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products in about a week. A studio fee of $8 for children and $9 for adults covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic-painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
Alison Hesh’s history of instruction is extensive—she’s taught ballet to 3-year-olds, exposed the University of Miami swim team to Pilates, and trained aspiring Olympic athletes. Pulling from her years of professional experience with the Ballet Theatre of Miami and Bay Ballet Theatre, Alison has been teaching ballet to students of all ages for decades and added Pilates to her curriculum once she discovered the countless health and restorative benefits the practice offers for dancers, fitness-seekers, and thieves who steal a lot of pianos.
At Soul Purpose Studio, Alison and her staff of dance and fitness instructors conduct a variety of movement classes throughout the week. On the studio’s professional dance floor, they guide youngsters through proper form and technique during children’s intensive ballet courses and lead adults through core-strengthening exercises in Pilates mat and machine classes. A certified instructor directs yoga classes at the studio, which include yoga for athletes, yoga for kids, and yoga for grocery-store bag boys.
Upon graduating from the bright, six-studio facility of Dance Empire of Miami, dancers have gone on to enroll at Juilliard, win So You Think You Can Dance, and join Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake onstage. The curriculum here is serious, with a team of eight dedicated instructors who teach students of all ages how to paint a stage with expert-level dance technique. Since 1998, the dance school has made a name for itself thanks to its vast array of courses, regular recitals, and accomplished alumni.
Marlon has been working out for more than 22 years, and his success hasn't gone unnoticed. He won 11 bodybuilding titles before turning his attention to helping others achieve their own fitness goals. Today he offers a variety of services that include personal training, semiprivate training for women only, and group fitness classes for all levels.
Led by 14-year yoga vet Beatriz Osorio, the yoga instructors at Yogawithbeatriz take a gentle approach to yoga. They don’t force their students’ limbs to twist into exotic, uncomfortable positions while the student tries to breathe serenely. Instead, they emphasize centeredness and recovery from pain, allowing students to go at their own pace as muscular tension and stiff joints gradually loosen and relax.
Art Thyme's spacious studio holds up to 100 artists at any given moment who partake in activities including paint-your-own-pottery, clay modeling, and mosaics. Before beginning an artistic endeavor, guests can hunt through a variety of ceramic pieces to paint or build their own from scratch. During open-studio hours, professionals aid guests, showing them how to place tiles onto their mosaic frog or paint a water dish for a pet. Art classes take this learning to a more intense level, making pupils into masters of different media such as clay, canvas, and ceramics.