Alabama Computer Solutions endows both professional and amateur software users with the power to comprehend and control essential desktop programs. Wipe away painful memories of human-software misunderstandings with a choice of Microsoft Office 2010 classes, each helmed by fearless Microsoft Certified Specialists boasting an average of 10 years of experience harnessing the business world’s programs. Documents perfectly process words and fold obligingly under professional makeovers during Word classes, and Excel exposés help students tuck unruly cells into their intended spreadsheet slots. Hone database stewardship with an Access course, or dazzle an expectant boss or unsuspecting houseguest with PowerPoint presentations. Each class is built on a lively mixture of practical instruction, training, and course materials, bulwarked by brain-fueling snacks and beverages.
The Pink House's stimulating Kindermusik lessons help pint-sized Puccinis tap into their innate musicality while strengthening intellectual, emotional, and social development. Classes are available for youngsters aged 0–6, with the exception of piano lessons, which are also open to adults. Five options are available:
Alabama-born Cynthia Massey Parsons, who will be featured in the 32nd anniversary edition of Who’s Who in American Art, has built her artistic reputation on works in watercolor, acrylic, and graphite. During Paint-A-Long sessions, she leads budding artists through the brushwork of a single painting, helping students pick up sound technique without worrying about inventing a subject or baiting a muse. Her original designs range from modified classics—such as the sky in Van Gogh’s Starry Night transposed over a local skyline—to classic floral still lifes.
Drake Fitness provides personal training and nutritional consultations in a welcoming environment. The staff meet one on one with clients to give each muscle group and fitness goal a viable opportunity to excel. During the fifth training session, a dietician provides a thorough nutrition consultation in order to help unwary diners wield silverware in the healthiest way possible. Each five-session program is an itinerary leading to lands of increased energy, improved physical appearance, and an abundant harvest of self-confidence. Muscle groups band together in the face of exercise and trainer-based encouragement. Sessions can incorporate any of the equipment available at Drake's, including dead lifting free weights or hurling kettle bells. Train to float like a butterfly with training rope and boxing equipment, or to escape quickly from bee-sting danger on the stationary bikes or step mills.
Yoga Circle Downtown's instructors lead a diverse selection of athletically paced and calming yoga styles that cater to students of all skill levels. The studio’s schedule includes advanced and fundamental classes, such as Alignment & Form, where instructors demonstrate poses, emphasizing correct posture and positioning for each asana, instilling proper technique in beginning students and recently animated sculptures alike. Students in yoga flow sessions achieve a more vigorous workout by using strong breaths and athletic movements to transition from pose to pose, raising heart rates and bolstering stamina. During Kundalini yoga, instructors promote inner well-being by incorporating time for chants and calming meditation, which leaves students’ minds as centered as a hula hoop snug around an overinflated beach ball. Students gather for classes in an airy practice space with lofty ceilings and intricately painted pillars that keep the floor from floating away during class, accessorizing the room's wooden flooring with either their own yoga mats or a rental from the studio ($1).
Dance—the marriage of melody, mirth, and floorboard massaging—is majestically personified by Alabama Ballet’s dexterous cabal of dancers. Watch them harness heels and tame toes during a gripping rendition of a classic Halloween tale on two available dates. The production features pulchritudinous pirouettes and immaculately produced choreography by Roger Van Fleteren and Wes Chapman and the haunting live organ music of Thomas Helms. Dracula showcases a flurry of deft rollicking and memorable movements that helped put the Alabama Ballet on the footmap—and become one of only six ballet companies in the world to be permitted by the Balanchine Trust to perform Balanchine’s Nutcracker. Marvel at the graceful ballerinas and ballerinos before tossing a flurry of tutus on stage after a beautifully executed grand jeté, soutenu en tormant, or electric slide with today’s spookily refined Groupon.