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.
The aestheticians at Island Retreat - A Medical Spa know their way around nearly a dozen different varieties of lasers, making them well-qualified to address a variety of skincare concerns. Under the supervision of Medical Director Dr. Christopher Hummel, they can also draft custom treatment plans to combat unwanted body hair, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
The seasoned trainers at Lion’s Den tone limbs and impart skills during a wide range of fighting and fitness classes. Learn the basics of mixed-martial-arts fighting in the Lion’s Den MMA class, as national grappling champion Rob Klezun and world Brazilian jujitsu champion Danilo Cherman cover timeless techniques, including basic boxing strikes, muay thai kicks, and brief levitation. Boxing Conditioning classes take students through a less fighterly workout regimen, as jabbers tone upper bodies in one-hour sessions that burn up to 1,000 calories. Consult Lion's Den's schedule for a host of noncombat workouts, including yoga, cardio kickboxing, and charades.
Workouts aren't one-size-fits-all, but CrossFit is for everybody. The unique strength and conditioning program can be tailored in intensity for all practitioners, whether they're accomplished athletes looking to increase their performance or newcomers unsure how to spell "kettlebell." Force Newport CrossFit's experienced instructors lead varied workouts six days a week, incorporating equipment such as weights, rowing machines, and medicine balls.
After doing battle with law school and the Rhode Island State Bar Exam, Jacqueline Vaughn needed to relax. She sought out a yoga studio, something that used to do the trick for her back home in New Jersey. Rather than the quick destresser she expected, she found a community and a home in a little 700-square-foot space with other yogis. Then, in 2013, her yoga studio moved. She was torn, for it wasn't just the practice and the people that were important to her, but the space itself. She sat wondering about the fate of the studio one night, admiring the stars, when inspiration suddenly struck. She grabbed some paints and began to recreate the starry sky she saw before her. As her vision took shape, a plan formed in her mind. She would transform her old yoga school into a community art space. Bristol Art Studio was born.
These days, Jacqueline and a team of instructors host classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, sewing, and creative writing. They gear the curriculum to artists of all ages and ability levels. Kids can explore self-expression and technique in structured lessons. Adults can bring a bottle of wine to enjoy as they unlock their creativity with a brush or get their hands dirty in a bit of clay by sculpting an impromptu wine glass. Whichever class a student takes, they will find a safe haven as Jacqueline once did in her yoga studio.
All four Total Fitness locations hold a variety of up-to-date fitness equipment and more than 25 energetically instructed classes. From cardio-kickboxing and spinning to Pilates and strength training, the fitness curriculum readies muscles and cardio systems to take on new challenges, such as running a marathon at the bottom of the ocean. Aspiring Zumbalinas can opt for Zumba classes to learn Latin dance moves; time-hindered humans can choose the power half-hour class, a core strengthening and high intensity cardio blast that burns calories like a flaming donut; and those in search of motivation can take boot camp, which comes complete with a military-esque instructor.