When Brandi Godcharles discovered pole dancing in 2010, she quickly put her writing career on hold to pursue her new passion. Since then, she's been teaching pole dance full-time, helping instill students with self-confidence while teaching them sultry new moves at Rock N Body Pole & Exotic Dance Studio. During classes focused on movement and dance, Brandi and her fellow instructors walk pupils through pole basics?spins and floorwork, plus proper body alignment and grips. Once students have mastered those skills, they can move on to tricks classes, which teach dancers how to safely perform everything from static sitting poses to climbing the entire pole without the help of a stepladder. Besides group classes, the studio welcomes students for private lessons, and groups of friends can schedule a pole-dancing party.
Scenic skylines and expansive harborside vistas entrance passengers on the Spirit of Norfolk as the triple-decker luxury cruise craft plies the tranquil waters of the Elizabeth River. Revelers can sip wine and take in the ocean breeze on the open-air upper deck or groove on dance floors in the two climate-controlled interior levels. Full-service bars and on-board buffets serve up plenty of drinks and mouthwatering food, and live DJs keep parties going strong with energetic tunes and a cappella versions of their favorite sea shanties.
Armed with a collection of more than 100,000 songs, DJ Foots MD enlivens weddings and events with custom-tailored track lists and light shows. Before the event, the DJ meets with clients to discuss which songs they would like to be played, whether they're interested in contemporary radio hits and hip-hop or gospel and oldies.
Fog floods the 6,000-square-foot arena as youngsters race behind glowing crates and walls to escape lasers, thus fulfilling the business's Active Play Active Kids philosophy of getting wee ones on their feet and keeping them moving. The laser maze's 30 crisscrossing beams put participants' coordination to the test as they navigate through, and the glowing Lightspace Play Floor accommodates up to four players trying to copy each others' dance moves. At the snack station, kids can recharge with pizza and nachos before challenging friends to air-hockey bouts in an arcade with more than 35 games.
Televised football games. Songs on an old vinyl record. Love letters. These fragile records all can be digitized by the technicians at Printergy, which has transferred videos, images, and audio between different formats since 1997. The company's technicians deftly move information from outdated formats like VHS tapes or stone tablets onto long-lasting discs and digital files. Customers can request exact copies of footage or pick out portions of videotapes, audio messages, and pictures for custom DVDs.
Although tape and video media were once the mainstays of recording technology, repeated usage will gradually deteriorate their quality. The team at Advanced Video Systems has stymied that deterioration by digitizing Super 8, 16mm, audio, and other media into wear-proof CDs and DVDs for more than three decades. In addition to preserving precious memories, the staff also restores the color and contrast to faded and foggy images, slides, and vinyl records.