With more than 30 years of artistic experience and 23 years of teaching experience, Mariah Clearwater brings plenty of knowledge to her pottery-making classes at Clearwater Creations. She keeps class sizes small so that she can provide participants the individual attention they need to create a tangible piece of art they’re proud of. Artists of all skill levels practice hand-building techniques before putting the finishing touch on their pieces with a glaze. Some of Mariah’s own creations, such as handcrafted cremation urns, stoneware pottery, and oil paintings, can be purchased from the artist herself.
Lady of America has designed its fitness centers, which are equipped with strength-training and toning equipment, specifically for women. Personal training grants expert advice, and the centers’ included on-site childcare frees up moms to attend group classes, such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga, without their children interrupting their asanas to ask for financial advice. The staff also proffers senior programs and plans for weight loss and improved nutrition, and maintains an array of cardio equipment.
At Danzon! School of Dance, professional dancer and dance instructor L. Perez gets toes tapping for beginners and advanced students with his expertise in more than 20 different styles of partner dances, including ballroom, Latin, swing, and salsa. Single dancers or dancing pairs claim the entire studio space during private lessons, twirling and gliding across the floating Brazilian-cherry-wood floor uninhibited by other dancers or rogue leg warmers.
CYT Tucson immerses kids in a supportive environment that nurtures discipline and self-confidence while instructing the future thespians in the arts of the stage. Their introductory Rising Stars program acquaints children aged 5–7 to the magic of drama through games, dance, and the lesson that emotions can be faked to influence people other than relatives and mall Santas. Older students can enroll in specialized classes and devote their attention to the triple-threat disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting. They may also branch out into specialty courses on such topics as improv and stage fighting. Leading its charges through the production of a fully realized musical, the center also stages several shows, including past productions of Pocahontas and Annie in recent years.
In preparation for their first class, new students are encouraged to hydrate, avoid eating for two to three hours beforehand, and ignore any household chores that stimulate even minor sweating. Bringing one or two bath towels, extra water, and comfortable workout clothing that can get sweaty ensures maximum comfort and a full backpack. For those wishing to immediately wash the stink of self-actualization from their bodies after a session, showers and separate men and women’s changing areas are readily available.
Carol Sottosanti inherited her love of hitting high notes and cutting rugs from her father, an opera singer who inspired her to pursue a degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona. Naturally, Carol wanted her children to also experience the beauty and exhilaration of performing on stage, but she couldn't find a program that would grant her kids the proper exposure and practice they needed. Teaming up with other moms in the community, Carol organized a few small shows starring the neighborhood's charismatic children, and subsequently, Kids Unlimited was born. Since its inception in 1986, KU Studios still produces shows regularly, preparing their young performers with various classes in vocal performance, dance, and acting. Aspiring triple threats can dive into a wide variety of camps designed to hone singing and dancing skills, while promoting awareness of important topics such as bullying or the proliferation of mimes in Tucson. KU's outstanding performers earn their way into small-group ensembles that perform regularly throughout the community.