Live-fire target training takes place at a private, outdoor shooting range.
Instructors can supply handguns during classes, oftentimes at no additional charge. For safety reasons, participants must always use ammunition purchased onsite.
At a Glance
The instructors at DoubleTap Concealed strive to make their courses in pistol handling and safety an informative-yet-accessible platform. So far, those efforts seem to be paying off: they have trained more than 2,000 students to date.
They teach basic NRA qualification courses and other classes, often enhancing their instruction with hands-on practice at the shooting range.
NRA Basic Pistol Shooting, Basic Rifle Shooting, and FIRST Steps Pistol Orientation courses
Emphasis on gun safety and etiquette throughout all courses
Meet the Instructor
Aim & Defend's owner and educator are one and the same: senior NRA instructor Tim Gable. Before teaching others, in the classroom and on facility's outdoor gun range, Mr. Gable served four years in the Marine Corps and has worked as a paramedic and police officer.
The world looks different from inside Charlotte Helicopter Flying Lessons' aircrafts. Passengers get a stunning birds-eye view of Charlotte and other cities throughout the nation during aerial tours and flying lessons. The company's pilots also chauffeur clients with chartered helicopter rides, bypassing traffic-clogged highways.
Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
The mixologists at ABC Bartending School divulge saloon secrets during certification-based and recreational bartending classes. During two-week certification courses, burgeoning bartenders mix classic and popular drinks while learning about alcohol laws, responsible liquor service, and stocking and inventory. Alternatively, an entertaining mixology course lets amateurs shake up drinks and take cover from projectile champagne corks behind an ornate bar with mirrors and gold trim. Once finished imparting their knowledge, the instructors set students up with ABC’s job-placement program, which puts certified graduates to work everywhere from restaurants and nightclubs to the zero-G sports bar where astronauts celebrate successful trips to the moon.
Photographers, filmmakers, and fans of both art forms unite at the Light Factory, a buzzing cultural center on Charlotte's Central Avenue. Here, visionaries of all stripes have the chance to express their creativity amid the acclaimed?and oftentimes, infamous?images that line the gallery walls.?
In addition to attending events and gathering for exhibitions, folks interested in improving their own skills can enroll in the Light Factory's array of classes. During these sessions, students learn about black-and-white photography, portraiture, and how to handle DSLR cameras, which are especially difficult to house train.