Staffed by experienced local musicians and DJs, One Sound Music Academy instructs tune-crafters of all disciplines. Brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and voice lessons hone skills for players of all ages and skill levels. The academy’s traditional music programs take their cues from the Maryland state music curriculum, and courses can culminate in student recitals. Group and private DJ lessons cover topics such as music theory, genre mixing, and blending, teaching aspiring jockeys how to mix floor-filling party anthems from vinyl or CDs.
With a dollop each of love, joy, peace, and patience, Little Hands Cookie Company enriches young lives with creative baking sessions bringing parents, children, teachers, and community members together with fresh ingredients and tasty morsels. Sixty-minutes of drop-in baking and cookie decorating includes icing, sprinkles, and an apron and chef's hat, allowing youngsters to bake and decorate their delicious treats in batter-proofed style. Each dessert progeny walks away with a tummy filled with wholesome sweets and a new skill set perfect for wowing the critics at the teddy-bear picnic.
Under the guidance of fitness director and National Asana Yoga competitor Eddie Hall, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis furnishes its 55,000-square-foot facility with exercise equipment and arenas for group classes. More than 35 cardio machines—including treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, and rowers—tone physiques while eyes gander at affixed screens or motion-powered zoetropes of a pumping heart. Strength-training machines from Cybex and Life Fitness challenge muscles alongside a catalog of free weights. During group fitness classes, yoga instructors demonstrate poses and breathing for an enhanced sense of balance, and kickboxing strikes or Zumba moves keep feet from staging revolts against hand favoritism. Following workouts, exercisers can lounge in the toasty air of onsite saunas or the spray of locker-room showers.
Life Bridge Health & Fitness partners with Parisi Speed School to form a fitness duo that produces top performing athletes. Hosted inside of the center, the school focuses on training young athletes in nutrition education and bolstering their agility and endurance. Parisi uses traditional speed and strength training methods that have cultivated more than 190 NFL draft picks to increase muscle stamina and teach students how to avoid injuries.
With collective experience in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, and sports performance, the certified staff trainers at Life Bridge Health & Fitness can address the individual fitness needs of just about any client. They conduct their programs inside a nearly 70,000-square foot facility. The center caters to a range of fitness needs with amenities such as metabolic rate-test machines, massage studios, an indoor swimming pool, and a 30-foot rock-climbing wall with three auto-belay systems. Their connection to LifeBridge Regional Health means they have a team of hospital-worthy medical personnel inside the building at all times, should any injuries occur.
Inside the fitness center, instructors also conduct one-on-one and small group personal training sessions designed to help clients with aspirations such as losing weight, improving flexibility, and outrunning a smug neighborhood squirrel. Coaches also helm group exercise classes in yoga, Pilates, cardio-building aquatics, cycling, TRX, and barre fitness. Inside the private massage rooms, licensed therapists knead away pain and stress using 10 modalities such as neuromuscular therapy, deep-tissue, Thai, and muscle energy technique.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare, whose staffers stay in touch with each other via two-way talk radios, rather than by sending them regular flocks of carrier pigeons.
Influenced by her upbringing in Sierra Leone—where the food culture emphasizes local, artisanal ingredients shared by neighbors—Jeanette Warne guides small groups of adults, teens, and kids in themed cooking classes geared toward age group. In how to-style classes, budding chefs learn such fundamentals as how to cook with wine, how to prepare classic French dishes, or how to tell the difference between a baguette and a baseball bat. The class lineup also covers specializations, such as pastry-chef techniques and cooking for specific dietary needs. Courses typically yield 3–4 dishes.
Warne also lends her expertise to party planners by catering international-themed feasts that feature passed hors d'oeuvres, Mediterranean dinners, and eclectic four-course buffets. The company maintains environmentalist practices, not only through sourcing ingredients locally, but also by buying biodegradable flatware and minimizing the use of single-use paper airplanes that carry food to diners' plates.