Asbury Arts Center owner Jeanne Glogowski taps experience on both sides of the curtain—boasting bachelor's and master's degrees in dance—to oversee an eclectic array of dance classes for children and adults of all experience levels. Instructors gather budding dancers, fitness-minded patrons, and experienced shimmiers in practice rooms lined with mirrors to ensure both students and teachers can keep an eye out for proper form during dance, yoga, and martial-arts classes. Hammier classes include lessons in performing arts and music, giving patrons the opportunity to test their performing chops under the same level of personalized attention they enjoy in the studio’s fitness classes and during IRS audits.
Gotham Dream Cars lets drivers grip the throttle of exotic speed machines such as the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, and Bentley Continental GT for personal rental or specialized thrill experiences. During the Dream Car Sprint, auto enthusiasts slip into a Ferrari or Lamborghini on a closed course and whip their more than 500-horsepower drive three times around the autocross track, learning how to tame their power with the aid of an instructor before coming out of the third lap on a straightaway to open the engine up to its full potential. Drivers conduct an orchestra of firing pistons and camshafts for three laps before crossing the finish line and parking to the pianissimo of the softly purring V8 engine. Gotham Dream Cars snaps pictures of the sprint, so drivers are sent home with hands they will never wash and a CD of images to parade before jealous coworkers and humbled shopping carts.
Nicknamed ?The Firm,? the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park spans 430 acres peppered with six paved, unpaved, and off-road driving circuits. This m?lange of terrain allows the FIRM to host karts, motorcycles, ATVs, racecars, and rally cars on the tracks, all of which can retire to private onsite garages after races. Experienced American and European instructors lead professional driving courses for members of security teams or the military, and cater to both professional drivers and amateurs with their RallyPro Performance Driving School.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
The aspiring beauticians at North Florida Academy pamper hair, skin, and nails while instructors with more than 20 years of experience in the field mentor from nearby. To prepare students for careers after course completion, North Florida Academy models itself after traditional salons, stocking its shelves with professional products such as Image, Redken, Chi, and Paul Mitchell, and requiring that all who enter sport powdered wigs. The same aesthetic equipment employed by med spas whirs and buffs skin within the relaxing treatment rooms, replete with dim lighting and light music, and warm wax deftly whisks away unwanted hair.
Green Lotus Studios' professorial artisans are soap makers, herbalists, and aromatherapists who teach classes in their fields of expertise. Acolytes can expect to craft soaps and lotions with wild-harvested ingredients, make their own kombucha or cheese, or whip up flu-battling herbal stews. With an average class size of 6?12, students enjoy plenty of student-teacher interaction.