As they enter the training at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
The troupe of competition-tested instructors at It's All About Dancing expand pirouetting prowess through individual and group guidance in a variety of styles for 45 minutes. Pairs can master graceful routines such as the waltz, tango, or cha-cha during private sessions, and soloists can rehearse choreographed monologues for a wordless production of Frost/Nixon. Flocks of up to 50 steppers gather for group dance lessons on Tuesday and Thursday night at 7:30 to spend 45 minutes amplifying their learning process through camaraderie and copying their neighbors. Students strut and twirl according to the teacher's commands across the studio's hardwood floors beneath white chandeliers and skylights. On the last Friday of the month, dance mixers encourage guests to showcase new moves and tricks for repairing cut rugs.
Roberta's completed her first foray into glass art in 1979 with a stained-glass sun-catcher. Though this pursuit began as a hobby, she loved it so much that she soon leaped into a one-year glass-making apprenticeship?and the following year, she opened her first stained-glass studio. In the decades since, Roberta has crafted pieces ranging from sun-catchers to church windows. Today, as the owner of Art Glass Studio, she ships her custom glass works across the country and abroad?but also finds the time to hold art classes. Tailored to students of all experience levels, these workshops introduce the basic techniques needed to create colorful, whimsical glass arts, such as fused jewelry, mosaics, and stained-glass windows. Roberta provides hands-on instruction and all the necessary tools in each class.
Created as an extension of ValleyCare Medical, LifeStyleRx prescribes simple, healthy fitness routines for exercisers of all ages and skill levels. From their center within the ValleyCare Medical complex, staff members conduct up to 115 group exercise classes a week, some of which take place in a heated indoor pools. Personal trainers provide specific regimens to help clients accomplish fitness goals or recover from injury. They also supplement their physical training with nutritional counseling, walking their charges through a process that begins with creating grocery lists and ends with actually preparing recipes in cooking classes.
While members and visitors torch unwanted calories, their children can relax or take exercise classes of their own in the childcare center or YouthFitZone. The facility also provides ample postworkout amenities, including steam rooms and saunas.