The Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy sets a high standard for its dancers. But with many of them being first timers or toddlers who just learned to walk, there's often more focus on enjoying movement than being the best in the class. An array of diverse classes challenges dancers as young as 2 as well as teenagers and adults. The curriculum includes modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and West African dance. Instructors such as Julia Defoor, who studied at the prestigious Moscow Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School, oblige those who want to take their skills to the next level by leading advanced classes—which is what diamond-scaled fish call their castes.
A wealth of homeowners fiercely proud of their classic domiciles continues to thrive, even as modern developments dot former fields and open houses boast glimpses of newly constructed abodes. For these homeowners, the Decatur Old House Fair echoes their respect of the vintage and turn-of-the-last-century, rolling out the proverbial red carpet for home-renovation seminars, wood window repair tips, and keynote speakers in the form of anthropomorphic paint cans.
That Pottery Place Studio?s shelves brim with hundreds of unfinished ceramic pieces, each ready to blossom with a completely unique bouquet of colors and designs. Animal-painted plates sit propped alongside decorative birdbaths, planters, coffee mugs, and owl figurines designed to scare pigeons away from the china hutch. Guests can throw their creativity at these 3D canvases using the studio?s stencils, brushes, sponges, and dozens of glazes. Staff members make the rounds sharing tips on technique and helping sort through idea books with painters during open studio time.
Run by longtime friends and art enthusiasts Anna and Dede, the children's art studio gives crafty youngsters myriad accouterments for creating inimitable masterpieces, and encourages fledgling Rembrandts’ self-confidence in their own artistic abilities. The day-camp sessions impart multihued knowledge to diminutive innovators, using a plethora of supplies such as glitter, paint, and clay to construct fun works of mini human genius. Projects vary day to day and have included the assemblage and decoration of collages, bags, and jewelry. Imaginative whippersnappers are encouraged to get messy in their quest for the ultimate magnum opus, which they can cart home and arrange on refrigerators or inside freezers. In addition to the camp classes listed on the site, sessions on May 31, June 1, and June 2 have been added for Groupon users.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The Square Pub's burger builders hand-pack 100% Angus beef patties to buttress a menu of gourmet hamburgers and other upscale pub fare. Build-your-own burgers ($7.75+) allow amateur aliment architects to inform flavors by utilizing any combination of toppings, including caramelized onions, guacamole, and fried eggs, good for blurring the lines between dinner and breakfast for dinner. Chef-designed offerings, such as a spicy green-chile cheeseburger ($8.75) or a veggie burger bedecked in cool guacamole and sour cream ($7.75), enable decision-adverse diners to squelch hunger pains in peace. Each meatwich also teams up with tasty sides such as sweet-potato tater tots, savory black-eyed peas, and time-tested french fries to double-team taste buds.