Caring teachers unleash kids’ imaginations with expert painting instruction in Mesquite Events Center’s air-conditioned art studio. In the preschool classes, kids aged 3.5−5 brush colorful paints onto canvases, channeling energy that would otherwise be used drawing on the wall or writing subversive manifestos in alphabet soup. Kids aged 6−12 hone their skills in elementary classes, and adolescents aged 13−18 explore brush technique and color in middle- to high-school classes. At the end of the lesson, kids take their paintings home to accessorize refrigerators or embellish halls of ancestors. Adults can accompany their charges to class or take precious time away for themselves.
The party experts from Allure Event Rentals pride themselves on going totally unnoticed. They do the behind-the-scenes work that allows weddings and galas to go off without a hitch and stay embedded in memories forever. They shroud spacious photo booths in black curtains, behind which more than a dozen guests can pile in to capture their carefree spirits using whimsical props and fantastic backdrops. Touchscreen interfaces make the process move smoothly from shutter snapping to printing, and every image is encoded onto a CD so no memorable moment gets lost. Allure Event Rentals? team also enhances the overall style of parties with professional LED lighting that illuminates walls, dance floors, cakes, and party crashers with vivid, colorful light.
To DJ Smooth "B," the success of a party can be measured by how many people are out of their seats and on the dance floor. With this in mind, he works with hosts to choose the right tunes to create their desired ambiances. In addition to music and emcee services, his wedding and event packages also include options for everything from limo rentals to photographers.
When Dancing With the Stars' contestants Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, Michael Irvin, and Jake Pavelka needed a place to sharpen their rug-cutting capabilities, Cheryl Burke told them to look no further than Studio 22. Studio 22's talented instructors even performed on Dancing With the Stars in October of 2012. Founded by internationally ranked Latin dancing couple Sergey Korshunov and Michelle Hafle, the studio lassos a stable of instructors handpicked from the highest levels of professional competition. Their group classes and private lessons give beginners and seasoned dancers alike the opportunity to polish their performance in styles as diverse as Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom, swing, and country and western.
The 6,200-square-foot studio accommodates classes of every size with its rich wooden floors, wall-length mirrors, and plush leather seating with which to rest feet between exercises and build forts whenever the instructor leaves the room. Studio 22 also hosts weekly dance parties that give students a chance to take new partners for a twirl in convivial, BYOB soirées.
Light trips across the edge of a steel blade as fingertips guide the knife over a row of colorful vegetables. A sharp crunch follows each chop. Droplets of water fly from the neatly diced plants as a hand carefully transfers them from chopping board to mixing bowl. These hands belong to Chef Tonne, who, for almost a decade, has dreamed up an ever-evolving catering menu of international and American cuisine. Guests can put together a menu that complements their taste and event, from prix fixe party packages that assail diners with relentlessly delicious courses to ? la carte hot and cold appetizers, side dishes, entrees, and desserts for less formal occasions. Wedding guests can nibble on bacon-wrapped sea scallops during the cocktail hour and later dig in to a glazed-blueberry-chicken entree. Each catered event receives complimentary linens and china. Chef Tonne also handles the cooking duties for everyday meals. The company delivers dinners to doorsteps comprised of locally raised meat, wild-caught fish, fresh produce, and minimally processed ingredients.