At Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, luxury meets asphalt: the facility's resort-style clubhouse and amenities coexist with three racing tracks encompassing 4 miles of roadway. Visit the club for its restaurant and lounge, pool and spa, racquetball court, climbing wall, and workout facilities. The adjacent racetracks boast more than 20 unique configurations, which factor into the lessons at three resident driving schools.
The instructors at the resort’s Ron Fellows Performance Driving School train students from behind the wheel of current-model Corvettes. Students learn to navigate a purpose-built road course in a safe, controlled environment. The club’s Radical Division services the club's fleet of Radical racecars—six-speed and up to 500-horsepower machines that visitors can climb into for ride-along sessions with instructors or test on their own. During driving classes, students and their families gain access to parts of the club normally open to members only.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
At Ballroom Addiction, the staff members' credentials are as impressive as their synchronized steps. For example, director Ron Yee has won two championships at United States Ballroom Championships events, and hip-hop teacher Gene Lopez has worked with celebrities from Michael Bublé to Flavor Flav. Their impressive resumés don't imply exclusivity, however—guests of all skill levels, from beginners to aspiring award winners, are welcome to rehearse on their three floating floors. Along with other trained instructors, they draw from years of competitive experience to school students on four main categories of dance: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.
These categories cover several styles, including fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. The instructors impart poise in both private and group sessions, as well as coach pupils in social dance sessions that cover nightclub moves and country western choreography. To supplement lessons, instructors host Friday-night parties that allow protégés to practice their form while mingling with other students. Wedding-dance seminars coordinate romantic routines set to the couple's favorite song, or, for more complex performances, the sound of every guest clinking a fork against a wine glass.
Barrie Larvin dedicated his entire career to curating elegant wine experiences. His efforts in building Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s 130,000-bottle wine selection earned him mentions in Wine Spectator and Food & Wine Magazine. As the current president of VinNobles, Mr. Larvin’s goal is to expose seasoned tasters and aspiring connoisseurs alike to small-production wineries. His team of Master Sommeliers hand-selects and ships bottles to three tiers of members, seeking out exciting cult producers as well as exclusive bottlings that aren’t made available to retailers. Each package arrives at doorsteps with a wealth of background information for each bottle that provides invaluable insight into the winemaking process while also suggesting food pairings.
While the wine memberships help people experience new wines on a monthly basis, VinNobles’ certification courses expose them to a crash course on wine basics. During the online seminars, a master sommelier explains the fundamentals of tasting and assessing wines and also answers questions about getting wine stains out of pet fur.
When you look at one of Sarah King's custom paintings, you're actually looking at the conclusion of a long and painstaking artistic process. Sarah crafts each part of her paintings by hand?including the canvas frame and the stretched canvas itself. When she isn't scratching her own artistic itch, Sarah nurtures budding painters at her Best Painting Parties, a creative alternative to a traditional night out. Hosted at various bars, patrons take Sarah's step-by-step instructions to create their own masterpiece to take home. The venues serve up a variety of beers, wine, cocktails, and food while Sarah provides the painting supplies and her artistic expertise.
Born into a Dominican family in New York City, Randy Vargas began learning a variety of Latin dance styles from a young age. He eventually channeled his passion for dancing at family gatherings into a career as a performer and instructor. After relocating to Las Vegas, he founded Naiboa Dance in 2004 and began to share his love of salsa dancing with the local community.
Randy's dance company leads classes for casual enthusiasts as well as experienced salsa dancers. In addition to helping students master the fundamental footwork and graceful patterns of basic salsa choreography, Randy's team of instructors teaches advanced pupils how to incorporate more stylistic flair, spins, and telekinetic lifts into their repertoire.