Before Grace Kelly was an Academy Award–winning actress and princess, she was one of John Robert Powers’ original models. The veteran school—a go-to training ground for the entertainment industry since its inception in 1923—has shaped many of the world’s most successful performers, such as legendary funny woman Lucille Ball, Autobot whisperer Josh Duhamel, and singer Diana Ross. Established by its titular founder, who stressed the importance of being natural when presenting oneself, John Robert Powers Las Vegas trains students in all areas of the entertainment industry, whether their goal is to attain superstardom or become the block’s most sought-after birthday clown.
Director of Red Rock Fencing Center Frank Van Dyke is a longtime expert when it comes to the sport, with more than 30 years as a fencer, coach, and referee. He trained under one Olympian and three Olympic coaches before becoming a certified member of the U.S. Fencing Coaches Association and ascending to the board of the United Fencing Federation. The energetic Van Dyke does not rest on his laurels, competing to maintain world-class A-rated abilities with an épée, which crowns his talent with foil and sabre. In both instruction and competition, he draws techniques from German, Russian, Chinese and American Olympic schools, and specializes in strip and team tactics.
The fencing center embodies both Van Dyke's zeal for excellence and dedication to his community. Olympic and World Cup instructors teach skills in all three weapons to competitive and amateur students, who parry across custom flooring designed to absorb the shocks to joints and muscles caused by forceful lunges and sudden NASA landings. Every Saturday, the team hosts a public tournament for anyone who contributes to its accompanying potluck, and heads beyond the center to work with boy scouts and schoolchildren.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
The experienced instructors at Art Starts Here foster artistic abilities in a gamut of mediums, leading classes that teach new techniques and instill confidence in Picassos of all ages. Supervised kids' classes facilitate budding creative expression and help keep paint blobs out of mouths or Roth IRAs and on paper where they belong. Mommy & Me classes enhance bonds between art, tots, and parents, and a preschool art class helps kids grasp the basics of sculpture, drawing, or painting.
Adult and teen classes are more freeform than the classes for younger humans. Nascent Monets work at their own pace to master a variety of techniques, from acrylics to sculpture, drawing, oil painting, and professional-grade forgery. Art gurus proffer individual assistance and advice throughout each class, nudging technical ability higher, teaching new skills, and sparking inspiration in fertile minds. Sessions help students see unintended strokes not as mistakes, but as creative detours that lead to new avenues of thought or abstract impressionistic landscapes of Reno.
At Ace Bartending's 40-foot bar, ice clinks against glasses and prospective mixologists chatter during hands-on courses. Instructors wax informational about the history and production of liquor before outlining state and municipal legal requirements for serving alcohol or distributing liquor to horses. As students progress, they migrate to eight functional bartending stations that feature working carbon dioxide lines, and lessons feed hungry brains tidbits of information on the use of glassware and garnishes to craft a beverage with fitting aesthetic appeal. The curriculum bounds across a bubbling, colorful rainbow of 200 different drinks and recipes.
In addition to hands-on demonstrations and role-playing exercises, courses hand down lessons on how to land a job as a bartender and give tips for job interviews. The classroom's walls, like those of a real bar, are crowded with colorful bottles, lit by crackling neon beer signs, and held together by flyers for bands seeking bassists.
Established in 1980 and nationally accredited by the NECPA, Creative Kids Learning Center fosters the development of children aged 18 months to 12 years while meeting each of the standards set forth by the "10 Signs of a Great Preschool." Inside colorful classrooms or outside on playgrounds, inspiration flows freely as kids participate in a curriculum that features such subjects as initiative, music and movement, and creative representation. The center's hands-on philosophy emphasizes five key components, including professionalism and education, which consistently shine through the words and actions of a staff that is certified in first aid, CPR, and refereeing wrestling matches between imaginary friends. Safety and health are also cornerstones of the business, resulting in toys, equipment, and classrooms being sanitized frequently.