Wesley Stout’s childhood in the mountains of Virginia sparked a lifelong love of nature. A muralist with a knack for forested vistas and underwater vignettes, Stout’s works have been seen in businesses and schools across the Caribbean. His online gallery is filled with realistic depictions of stunning Floridian sights, interspersed with a few fanciful scenes such as this fiddling bear and this noble Camelot-bound eagle. He translates all of this experience into teachable moments during his art classes, showing students how to give their imaginations form through styles such as cartooning, portraiture, and landscape painting.
When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
The certified trainers at Core Body FX have helped change their clients' lives through fitness and exercise for more than 20 years. At their new facility in Apopka, state-of-the-art LifeFitness and HammerStrength machines shine amidst other treadmills and cardio equipment. Trainers individually guide clients toward their fitness goals during personal training sessions, or lead group classes such as bootcamp, Zumba, and yoga that build muscle, burn fat, and boost stamina. Nutritional counseling sessions reinforce fitness goals by encouraging a healthy diet.
Silly Star Sally proclaims on her webpage that her profession is to create fun, and it seems that the stars of her portfolio would agree. The slideshow crawl is packed with grinning children, their faces masked by designs of jungle cats, butterflies, and googly-eyed monsters. The artist's cache of designs is ever-expanding, with options including favorite superheroes, cartoon characters, and the child's own face painted on the child's own face on the child's own face.
Helmed by a former Walt Disney Imagineering designer, The Pottery and Creative Center carries plenty of artistic and whimsical clout. At the center, kids and adults can get their paws dirty learning to hand build clay structures or turn to the wheel to sculpt smooth vases, cups, and cheerleading megaphones. Students can rely on the studio's large range of stencils and preconstructed bisque pieces to kick-start their designs or simply look out the window for natural inspiration—the studio resides on verdant grounds occupied by a small population of horses.