At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Whether capturing a young toddler at play or a newlywed couple's blossoming love, the photographers at Lasting Expressions work hard to make clients look their best, doing everything from advising them on wardrobe decisions to creating compelling and unusual contexts for their shoots. During children's shoots, depending on the season, little subjects plop their feet in a faux pond next to baby ducklings, snuggle fluffy rabbits against their cheek, or strap on wings and frolic in a fantasy fairy land. After each in-studio session, Lasting Expressions prints out glossy images of favorite shots almost instantly, allowing clients to return home with a two-dimensional version of themselves without having to hire a cartoon steamroller to run them over.
Since it first started up its printing presses in 1976, Memphis Magazine has raked in awards for its coverage of culture, food, and entertainment around the Bluff City. The City and Regional Magazine Association, for example, recently awarded the publication a Gold Medal in the General Excellence category in 2007, 2008, and 2010. More than 60,000 readers open its pages each month to peruse the style section, home-and-garden articles, and guides that highlight local festivals and other events. Locally owned, the magazine prides itself on the quality and independence of its coverage.
While Jaffe's friendly crew didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean they won't someday brainstorm the notion of a time-freezing cube in a parallel universe wherein cameras have yet to be invented. Jaffe Studio's staff of expert professionals has more than 30 years of experience when it comes to capturing the picturesque unity of a loving family, the innocence of juvenility, and the wonderment of a band of roving goat children. Nurturing directorial skills coax natural smiles out of newborns, soon-to-be mums, high-school seniors, families, and pets. A session can even commemorate the joys of marital engagement or the promise of potential that shines in a post-graduation tooth display.
Step off the elevator and into the window-laden interior of a sunset-soaked dining space. As you settle in, one of The Tower Room's many knowledgeable servers may suggest a properly paired plate to any waft-worthy glass on the extensive wine list. Each menu item is hand selected by resident executive chef and culinary sage Kevin Rains, who holds membership in the American Culinary Federation and The Wine Guild. While most established chefs run their kitchen remotely via cup and string, Kevin opts to personally prep dishes nightly with detectable flavors of passion and discreetly disguised dustings of sea salt.
The hit Nickelodeon children’s program Yo Gabba Gabba! bounds from the small screen to the big stage in a show filled with cartoonish critters and boundless dancing. Beloved by hip preschoolers and savvy postschoolers for its eye-popping sets, catchy songs, respect for intellect, and absence of Shrek, Yo Gabba Gabba! teaches inner and outer children valuable life lessons without stooping to condescension. For the special It’s Time to Dance! tour, favorite adorable toy monsters such as Brobee, Foofa, Plex, and Biz Markie join human surrogates DJ Lance Rock and BeDazzler queen Leslie Hall for an onstage celebration of imagination. Mixing animation, games, and new songs with classic bits from the television show, the Technicolor mise en scène and infectious energy of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! gives children enough confidence to apply to college after elementary school.