Owner Jessica Jones-Healey founded Tidewater Studios for the Arts Inc. in 2009 as a noncompetitive forum for kids to practice performing and visual arts. Winner of a 2011 Virginian-Pilot Reader's Choice Award for Best Dance Studio and Best Performing Arts Academy in Portsmouth, Western Branch, Churchland, and North Suffolk, the facility inspires children with engaging explorations into the joys of hand-made art, hand-played music, and hands-free dance.
Onelife Fitness's six Hampton Roads locations boast a variety of amenities well equipped to blast exercisers and their listless, Game Boy–toting abdominals out of a fitness-free funk. Cardio machines, and free weights tone bodies, while affording each patron the opportunity to custom-build his or her ideal workout. For camaraderie-focused fitness, group exercise sessions teach standards such as kickboxing, yoga, and cycling alongside originals including body jam, which combines cardio and dance into a single workout that is safer than moonwalking down a bike path. Each facility also hosts a set of extras, including rock-climbing walls, racquetball courts, cardio cinemas, smoothie bars, and lap pools. Check each gym's location page to see a full list of amenities available.
Sean Holder of Virginia Photo Safari embarked on his career in photography in 1987, when he made a pinhole camera with his own two hands. Since that auspicious start, the self-motivated shutterbug has enjoyed a successful career working in more than 19 different countries, including the Philippines and Bangladesh. Along with executive director Barry Rowland—himself a three-decade veteran of the business—Holder leads individual and group safaris covering such topics as night photography, F-stops and shutter speeds, and capturing clear, close-up shots of nature.
Racks of gleaming free weights stand near benches, weight machines, and heavy bags waiting to be punched. Located on the second floor, the gym's large windows let in plenty of natural light to illuminate exercisers during intense core classes or focused yoga sessions.
The professional flight instructors of Curtis Eads Flight School prep students for the FAA written exam and flight practical test through ground school classes as well as in-flight lessons. In addition, they offer scenic flights over Virginia Beach, downtown Norfolk, and the James River as well as aircraft rentals for licensed pilots.
Udaan Arts & Cooking founder Deepika Atkinson is a woman of many talents. After running an arts business in Mumbai for 15 years, she emigrated to America, where she became a real-estate professional, a property investor, and a licensed private pilot. Atkinson blends her experience with art and the cooking skills she learned from her mother to create a diverse curriculum of hands-on classes. Students untangle the complex spices of Indian food in two-hour cooking classes devoted to dishes that include potato samosas, naan, and butter-chicken curry. Artistic talents flourish in inclusive classes running the gamut from stained glass to embroidery to fabric painting. In mehndi classes, pupils learn to apply traditional body paint to hands and arms in elaborate scrolls, filigree, or full transcriptions of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.:m]]