InterArt's professorial paintsmiths tutor guests on the art of creating art during group seminars held in their welcoming studio. Visit the acrylic atelier for the wineglass- and beer-mug-painting session to personalize glassware with your initials, favorite colors, or quotes from The Grapes of Wrath. Portrait-minded patrons may enjoy the canvas-painting session, in which pupils glide their brushes along prestretched 9"x12" canvases, adorning them with two-dimensional magnum opuses. InterArt's laid-back classes welcome participants of all skill levels and provide all the necessary masterpiece-crafting materials. Instructors lead lessons Thursday–Sunday and encourage guests to bring a bottle of wine or their libation of choice to complement the easygoing atmosphere. Today's Groupon awards access for two people, so purchasers can tote along a date, a good friend, or an avant-garde cat statue.
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
Songdog Music likens learning an instrument to baking—it requires following steps sequentially, honoring precision and timing, and mixing all the right ingredients together. It's a science; it's also a passion and an outlet for extraordinary self-expression. Songdog's instructors keep all those ingredients in focus when teaching personalized lessons in guitar, violin, and virtually all stringed instruments. They keep lessons low-key and focus on the kinds of music students want to play, be it rock, rhythm and blues, metal, or classical. By focusing on the music that students are interested in, instructors not only teach technique, but they give budding musicians the freedom to create their own original tunes. Songdog also offers classes in composition and theory, as well as group classes that give musicians the opportunity to mingle and meet others with similar ambitions.
Clare Gales has two loves—dance and fitness. The devoted dancer and expert trainer opened Studio 82 in 1986, where she combined her two passions by hosting both fitness and dance classes on the studio's expansive hardwood floors. Today, Clare and her staff of professional dancers and fitness professionals continue to lead students of all ages in more than 100 different classes that range from ballet to cardio kickboxing.
An abundance of internationally renowned dancers and top instructors have passed through the studio's doors over the course of its 26 years, guiding youngsters and adults alike through the footwork and form of styles such as ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Certified fitness instructors conduct a variety of energetic classes, interspersing a schedule of high-intensity cardio classes with strength-training workouts and rejuvenating yoga and Pilates sessions. The studio's diverse range of classes attracts an equally diverse group of clients that includes aspiring dancers, fitness seekers, and future brides preparing for the wedding dance or bulking up for the ceremonial arm-wrestling match against the groom’s mother.
Since taking her first choreographed step in kindergarten, Amy Stauffer has danced behind Britney Spears, the Orlando Magic basketball team, and Mickey Mouse. After leaping across stages on the Hit Me Baby One More Time Tour and Disney's Magic Kingdom, she began tutoring the twirling arts at her own studio—a venue that the Sun News praises for its imaginative classes. Amy welcomes adults and children alike to "dance the difference" through jazz, ballet, tap, cheer, and courses where parents and their kids bond through partnering up. Her staff patrols the studio's sprung floors as they train groups for annual recitals and competitions. Every instructor broadcasts a positive attitude during their sessions, approaching dance as a flexible and creative exercise for personal development rather than a means to distract spelling-bee opponents.
Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.