For the fifth year running, Rainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia offers a weekend of thrills and fun for the LGBT community and allies.
The event lasts all day through 9 p.m., with many chances to ride the big coasters with loved ones and to perfect your I-am-not-afraid look for the cameras on the big drops. This year's event honors the 45th anniversary of New York City's Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969, a demonstration that marked a turning point for modern gay rights in the US.
Though many people consider playing an instrument to be a lovely skill or hobby, the team at Dean Music Institute looks at it a bit differently. That’s because after a quarter century spent creating and teaching music, they have seen how learning to play an instrument improves both the player’s creativity and brain function, resulting in better test scores, memory, and decision-making skills. They also understand that students will reap the most benefits if they enjoy their courses of study. And so, when instructors lead group sessions in guitar or private lessons in piano, bass, or guitar, they set realistic goals in short assignments and dive into popular songs that students actually want to learn how to play. For those too busy to make it into the studio, they also offer lessons over Skype, and flash classes see instructors and students holding impromptu jam sessions at cafés, bars, shopping centers, and parking-ticket-violation hearings to share a love of artistic expression with the public.
Lauren Whitmore Powers knows what it's like to be out of shape?she was more than 80 pounds heavier before she discovered boot camp. Her transformation from heavy to fit inspired her to become certified in Schwinn cycling and Level 1 CrossFit so that she could help others achieve the same kind of results. Today she acts as program director of Total Fitness Revolution, working alongside a team of 15 other instructors that includes lifelong athlete Rashad McDade, yoga and pilates teacher Michelle Wade and CrossFit Coach, Richard Bowen. This team of trainers helms one-month boot camps and one-on-one training sessions, as well as small-group classes that cover the ins and outs of CrossFit, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.
Resolute Spirit Athletics provides a safe and structured environment for children to get fit and explore self-expression through movement. Instructors guide students of all ages through dance classes in styles such as hip-hop and jazz, and lead tumbling classes that cover everything from basic cartwheels to advanced standing full twists. And, for those who wish to compete or just keep their moves fresh in the off-season, the facility also offers cheerleading classes that teach students how to bring pep to any sporting event or traffic court hearing.