Since she was 4 years old, Barbara Derecktor Donahue's role models were famous ballerinas. As an adult, she performed with multiple ensembles, managed a dance company, and taught students of all ages how to perfect their pirouettet. She honed her technique over the ensuing 12 years, and today leads classes at The Dancing Spirit Studio that guide visitors through their own empowering undulations, steps, isolations, and rhythm. In addition to drawing pupils from all walks of life, her innovative lessons have earned her the title of Strathmore's 2012 Professional of the Year in dance education.?
Barbara's chief concern, other than retrieving lost hip scarves from innie bellybuttons, is freedom of creativity. She urges her students to experiment with steps in a nonjudgmental environment, whether they are practicing body waves or composing a costume for a chair-dance routine. The breadth of her experience allows her to blend ballet, modern dance, and Middle Eastern maneuvers into a signature fusion of styles. As a result, the studio's shows are always different. Practicing groups can sync their choreography with the flow of the waters in the nearby Narragansett Bay.
Operated by the Carlones since 1954, Carlone's Florist pledges to deliver fresh flowers arranged with attention to detail and unwavering dedication to customer service. Choose from a selection of preconceived floral notions, or design your own based on the flowers that harmonize best with a favorite painting or mannequin. An all-white vase of snap dragons, mums, and caspia ($49.99) accentuates a summer tan while breakfasts will become botanic royalty with a centerpiece of delphinium, alstroemeria, and hydrangeas ($49.99).
Located a short 25-minute drive or two-hour gallop from Providence, Anne Benson Stables turns ordinary ambulators into accomplished equestrians ready to safely operate a modern horse. Private lessons—which are ideal for riders 7 years and older who need time to develop skills before riding into any sunsets—build horse masters from the ground up, laying brick after brick of essential skills backed by positive reinforcement. Equine enthusiasts of all levels of expertise can develop their riding skills in styles such as English saddle seat, hunt seat, equitation, or driving under the personal eye of experienced riders whose first rocking horses were actual horses.