Top Shelf Dance is a diverse, modern ballroom dance school with a warm & friendly atmosphere that appeals to beg - adv dancers. Whether you are single or you have a partner, you will enjoy your dance lessons in a supportive, growing community. Our program of private lessons & group classes offers something for everyone.
Eye Level Learning Center’s name draws its inspiration from the story of a teacher with a unique perspective. On a trip to the Smithsonian, a man would kneel down in front of each painting, attracting the attention of other visitors. Finally, when asked what he was doing, he replied, “I am an elementary-school teacher, and I will bring my students here tomorrow. I was wondering how my students would enjoy the paintings from a student’s eye level.” In that spirit, the tutors at this multidisciplinary learning center put the reins in their students' hands with their child-directed learning process, which ensures kids develop the skills they need at a pace they can handle, without getting bored enough to eat their homework and blame it on their dogs.
Organized under the motto, "Putting the people back in people skills," L.A. Say Inc. teaches its students how to excel at interpersonal relations. A published author and trainer, founder Tameka Anderson designs all of the company's programs using her background in criminal justice to infuse each lesson with an imaginative focus on honing interpersonal relationships. Aside from its consulting services, L.A. Say Inc. also organizes kids' theater classes, during which younger students learn how to interact through teamwork and imagination, giving them a welcome distraction from adolescent antics such as launching notes at classmates with slingshots.
Phone-A-Holics is the saving grace for smartphone owners who've shattered a screen or worn out a battery. The shop's savvy technicians draw on their deep knowledge of phones' inner workings as they use delicate tools to make repairs. Customers in a rush can take advantage of the store's one-hour pickup policy, which cuts down on wait time for those who place their orders online or have an exceptionally cool truck.
The adults hanging out inside Zen and Now Clay Studio look blissfully filthy. Soft clay slicks their hands and sticks to their smocks as they sculpt a pastoral scene onto a platter during a class or develop their own style of relating to Patrick Swayze during open studio time. In the white, utilitarian workroom, artists gather around a central table for hand building—helped by tools such as a slab roller, extruder sets for creating tubular shapes, and slump molds—or form clay on one of several electric pottery wheels. The staff later glazes and fires all student work in a process that takes about two weeks.
Adding to the enjoyment of creating art, Zen and Now's instructors organize events such as couples nights that give adults a chance to enjoy wine and cheese in the company of people they sculpted themselves, and a Boy Scout pottery merit badge workshop encourages kids to explore creativity in the studio and in the broader community. Helping students further explore 3-D modeling, the studio also offers drawing and painting classes in watercolor and Sumi-e, a classical form of East Asian ink painting.
It’s rare that a man knows how to build a flower, but Nicholas Lodge does, and he teaches his students how to do just that—with sugar. At the International Sugar Art Collection by Nicholas Lodge, Lodge and his team of confectioners teach their protégés not only to craft lifelike exotic sugar flowers, but also to roll fondant, manipulate buttercream, and create funky desserts, such as a cake laced into a chocolate corset.
Since 1992, Lodge—a sugar-craft expert who has worked for royalty—has helmed the center, which boasts a sister location in Tokyo. He has also traveled to more than 26 countries to showcase the versatility of his art with demonstrations, rather than simply planting mannequins made of sugar in each audience.