The instructors at Cat's Ballroom teach the art of movement—from ballroom dancing to self-defense. During group and private ballroom lessons, they facilitate creative expression though graceful steps, turns, and dips. Wednesday-night practice parties let students put their new skills and homemade papier mâché shoes to the test on the dance floor. Zumba fitness classes fuse Latin-inspired moves such as salsa and samba with energetic beats for a dance-party inspired workout. Self-defense classes round out the studio's offerings, teaching how to defend against attackers with techniques ranging from basic punches and kicks to quick catapult loading.
Pinot's Palette is less an art studio than it is a way for people to enjoy a libation-filled night out with friends, one that happens to include a painting project. The painting sessions evoke adults' inner artists whether they have any painting experience or not, encouraging conversation and good cheer while painting and sipping. Some locations feature a BYOB policy while others serve beer and wine from the bar. Each session features a predetermined painting—from flowers and animals to known classics such as Van Gogh's _Starry Night_—which each participant tackles from their own artistic angle under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
Om Memphis is all about flexibility. In fact, Om Memphis is so flexible that its owner and yoga instructor teaches three types of yoga classes at locations around town, including Wellworx Sporting Clubs, Mullins United Methodist Church, and Singleton Community Center. From these centers, students of all levels increase their flexibility and reduce stress. In the therapeutic Viniyoga class, students focus on breath work and form, whereas the Coreball Challenge class builds strong core muscles with fitness-ball exercises instead of having students push a wrecking ball down the street.
Isis Dance Academy trains women in the art of undulation with belly-dance classes for students of all levels. Beginner through advanced dancers can learn new techniques and routines in choreography classes or burn fat in energetic belly boot camp. Isis's professional dancers can also perform their hypnotic moves for private parties and events.
Although painting is a solitary experience for many artists, it becomes a color-strewn party at ArtJamN. Enthusiastic staff members encourage participants to interact, inspire each other, and even collaborate on the same canvas. Painters are outfitted with a bevy of paints and textures that add dimension to magnum opuses and make it easier to crawl into someone else's painting and take a nap. Both regular painting sessions and private parties introduce burgeoning artists to a cornucopia of artistic styles as they intermingle and sip from their own stash of adult beverages.
Dexter Tenison knows how to lose weight. Weighing nearly 300 pounds after college, Tenison decided it was time to make a change. Throwing himself into martial arts and personal training, he discovered a healthier lifestyle that he realized was inspiring others to reach their own goals. With that, he decided to open Memphis Adventure Boot Camp. Voted Best Health Club by Memphis Most in 2011 and 2103, Tenison’s all-female boot camps combine the group vibe he found in his martial-arts classes with the personal attention and drastic results from personal training. Camps span several weeks at a time, aiming to whip frames into shape with ever-changing fitness regimes that spice up traditional exercise, such as jogging and resistance training, with fresh add-ins, including obstacle courses, lunging, and building body bridges across quicksand. To cater to all conditioning levels, every workout is easily modifiable, and no participants will ever be pushed to overexert themselves.