When Baltimore Salsa Dance Company's founder Tabitha Hitchye-Holliday isn’t at the helm of one of her daily Latin dance classes at Dance & Artistic Expressions Studio, she’s wearing her sequined performer’s costume and dancing . She’s been dividing her time between teaching, performing, and studying dance for 14 years. She puts all of this experience to use at her Catonsville studio, where she and her staff lead dance lessons in the styles of salsa, bachata, and ballet, as well as fitness programs such as Zumba. Ballet students learn the basic feet and arm positions of classical ballet and practice moves at the barre, while Zumba students burn calories through high energy movements inspired by an array of dance styles, such as salsa and merengue. Additionally, students can attend the RSVP-only weekly salsa practices, every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and monthly salsa parties, hosted every first and third Friday of the month.
Instructors allow students to showcase their newfound moves with fellow enthusiasts during weekly Friday practice sessions and at a monthly social on the last Friday of the month. To ensure students look their best while dancing, staffers vend performance wares such as clothing, shoes, and industry-grade rug-cutting scissors within an attached boutique. Not limited to just dance, students can partake in an array of cultural provisions, including classes in American Sign Language, Introductory Spanish, sewing, arts & crafts, tap, jazz, and barre fitness.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
In the shadow of national monuments and blooming trees, a chorus of camera shutters click while photographers usher once-fleeting moments into eternity. Premier Photo Tours' staff helps foster such experiences, giving shooters skills with which to go after their photographic pursuits. Each a combination of instructor and guide, the company's camera pros lead themed walks around town that teach kids and adults how to frame scenic shots or get a stubborn art sculpture to smile. Deeper instruction comes in the form of Photo Mentor classes for photographers who want to take a more artistic and technically savvy approach in any stage of their photography development. During any of Premier's sessions, snappers have the opportunity to build community with one another around their budding talents, which can be enhanced on group travel excursions to some of the world's most photogenic locales.
An FAA-approved private flight charter service, Mid Atlantic Charters employs a team of pilots who ferry passengers from Washington D.C. to the airfields that dot the landscape of the Chesapeake Bay, New England, and the Outer Banks. Aboard a turbo-charged Piper Seneca II, the pilots also fly passengers on narrated sightseeing tours over famous sites such as the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Kent Island, the Bay Bridge, and Mount Vernon.
Chariots For Hire charters groups of all sizes around the DC area in vehicles driven by professionally-trained chauffeurs. Whether heading to the airport to catch a flight, or embarking on a tour of nearby Dry Mill Vineyards and Tarara Winery, customers can expect to decompress in the back of a clean vehicle while the driver takes care of traffic, directions, and trying to get truck drivers to blow their horns. Chariots For Hire's fleet consists of luxury sedans, stretch limos, and charter busses—fully equipped with sound and DVD technology— that can accommodate up to 57 passengers. In addition to driving for weddings, concerts, and business meetings, drivers also charter day trips such as the aforementioned winery tours or historical tours of DC, led by knowledgeable guides that wax poetic on the history and landmarks of the nation's capital.