It's been more than half a century since the Visual Arts Center of Richmond was founded to engage the community through art, proving Virginia's creative community is as fruitful as it is inventive. In rotating exhibits that spotlight local and nationally recognized artists, the museum makes contemporary art accessible, relatable, and rarely covered in bees. But it's not all about established artists. VisArts makes classes for the community a priority as well, and programs include an introduction to blacksmithing for adults, fabric design, letterpress printing, and weekly art classes for both adults and kids that focus on cartooning, clay, photography, and simple jewelry.
Every teacher was once a student himself, and Robbie Norris is no different. As the talented instructor behind Richmond Private Yoga, Norris travels to his student's homes with the hope of instilling in them the knowledge gained during a life as both a pupil and an instructor. During each visit, Norris distills the intricacies of Ashtanga yoga into two-hour lessons. Sessions begin with 20 minutes of instruction before individuals or small groups begin 90 minutes of yoga practice. A 10-minute recap of the routine caps off the lessons, helping students memorize the motions for use in their daily lives.
Theatre VCU serves up professional-quality productions of beloved shows, passionately acted and staged by VCU students. Veteran TV and movie actor Casey Biggs helms the production of the Tony-winning The Elephant Man, telling the tale of the titular, deformed John Merrick as he struggles to express his sensitive soul despite his frightening appearance and propensity to enthusiastically show off his collection of handmade knives. Beautiful period costumes plunge audiences headfirst into the appearance-obsessed world of 1880s London while live cello accompaniment lends the show a backdrop of haunting melodies. The stage's centerpiece—a 100-pound cathedral that hangs over the action—contrasts with the irregular angles and warped construction of the set, evoking the tension between Merrick's appearance and personality and the crushing terror of living beneath an inexplicably floating stone building.
President Allison Andrews culls a diverse pool of fitness experts to lead her programs—the roster includes a registered USA boxer, a second-degree martial arts black belt, and a former university baseball player. Though they each boast their own specialties, they find commonality in their certifications from nationally recognized groups, such as NASM and NSCA. During in-home personal-training sessions and outdoor boot-camp classes, they customize workout routines, adjusting their drills to suit most experience levels and the unique boiling point of every client's sweat.
There is no “standard” workout at Stride Club. Instead, trainers cater to the different needs of each client with their more than 15 program options. Some predesigned personal-training programs include the Wedding Planner, which helps clients slim down before their wedding days; the Pre/Postnatal, which helps women safely stay in shape throughout the stages of pregnancy; and the Sports Specific, which helps athletes such as football players and wrestlers improve their math skills. In addition to their one-on-one sessions, the trainers lead group fitness classes that help build overall muscle tone with moves suitable for all levels of fitness. Natural light filters into the studio, adding an invigorating burst to workouts.
At ReDefine RVA, trainers lead clients through one-on-one or group strength and cardio workouts that are designed to tone bodies and help clients drop pounds. A maximum of 10 people or 2 gazelles attend each Fit Team training class, where the trainers adjust exercises to challenge everyone?s fitness level.