In 2003, after years spent headlining Portland ballets such as Don Quixote and The Nutcracker, Keith Walls moved to New York City. He continued balletic journey by training under renowned teachers from the Kirov and the Bolshoi, Russia’s most renowned ballet companies besides the Funky Chicken Institute. Outside the studio, Keith flexed his dancing and acting muscles in musicals such as Grease and Once Upon a Mattress.
It’s this well of experience that Keith draws from throughout his recreational and intensive classes at Abernethy Performing Arts Academy. Starting with creative-movement classes for youngsters, Keith instructs his students in the fundamentals of ballet and prepares them for its advanced techniques. In other beginner-oriented dance classes, he teaches the basic steps to styles such as jazz, hip-hop, Irish, and tap. Like his ballet classes, musical-theater courses run from beginner to advanced levels. Both give students opportunities to perform in productions such as an annual Halloween show and classical ballets.
Having reeled in 25 years of experience as a licensed fishing pro, Steve Roberts shares tricks of the trade during half-day and full-day fishing trips, welcoming avid anglers and beginners alike onto his fully equipped fishing vessels. Throughout the year, Steve and company track down seasonal targets. Winter trips focus on chinook, or winter steelhead, and autumn trips chase after coho salmon—a feisty fish notorious for fighting under water and starting bar brawls on land. No matter what the target, every trip with Steve includes all the necessary gear and an endless stream of expert advice.
Patrons stroll through the aromatic ranks of Douglas and Great fir trees at Earth & Sky Farm, picking and cutting the perfect pesticide-free tannenbaum. While meandering through the farm’s verdant scenery, guests can enjoy complimentary sips of warm drinks that heat bodies up from the inside out. In addition to choosing an evergreen that will offer enough space to shelter presents without the hassle of renting a North Pole PO Box, tree-hunters get to experience the joy of crafting their own personalized stump. After handsaws are finished slicing, Earth & Sky's staffers bail trees into easily transportable bundles. The farm pairs people and trees every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, closing for the season on December 24 in order to celebrate Santa’s employment party. From the sale of every tree $1 goes to the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the craft-beer movement in memory of a beloved fallen brewer.
The outdoor experts of Northwest River Guides lead whitewater-rafting, kayaking, and standup-paddleboarding trips on local waters that range from the Willamette to Klickitat Rivers. They also prepare adventurers for independent outings through kayaking classes, including advanced training in swift-water rescue. For those seeking once-in-a-lifetime experiences or to bolster their strange-and-exotic-water collections, Northwest’s guides organize international expeditions to such destinations as Canada, Costa Rica, and Scandinavia. Members of American Whitewater, the Outdoor Alliance, and Portland-based nonprofit We Love Clean Rivers, guides advocate preservation and stewardship during each trip.
Each year, hundreds of hair stylists, makeup artists, beauty professionals, and cosmetics producers from A-list brands gather at the Pasadena Convention Center for PHAMExpo, a weekend of sharing industry insights and forging new partnerships. On the Main Stage, artists such as Valente Frazier and Scott Barnes draw from their years of experience working with public figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Vanessa Williams, and J.Lo, giving attendees glimpses at techniques and tools used in the world of celebrity hair and makeup. Sponsors such as Naimie's Beauty Center. Lime Grime, and Royal and Langnickel dazzle stylists and makeup specialists with demos of new products, while seminars and panels enlighten audiences on specific subjects such as nail art, career marketing in the beauty industry, and putting wigs on pets.
Aboard Oregon City Charters' Alumaweld Super Vee boat, beginners and pros alike can explore the Columbia, Willamette, and Clackamas Rivers, rod in tow. These rivers are bountiful with many species of fish—salmon, sturgeon, steelhead—and with the help of expert guides, passengers will learn to catch fish while soaking up the natural landscape. The 23-foot boat is spacious and comfortable, and allows passengers the chance to commune with nature and catch a fish with professional equipment and guidance.