Dedicated to new, exciting, and innovative theatrical works of the highest quality, Studio Roanoke provides a space where writers, performers and audience come together in a spirit of community and collaboration to expand our understanding of what is possible in the theatre.
Roanoke Parks and Recreation is the valley's oldest and only nationally accredited parks and recreation agency offering more than 200 recreational programs and a variety of events and activities. Add a glimmer of pizzazz to your work-eat-sleep routine with an assortment of adult classes, from tap dancing lessons ($28 for six classes) to a basic bicycle-maintenance instruction session ($9). Join an adult co-ed kickball league ($155) to share in an exciting, mildly competitive opportunity to soak coaches in sports drinks.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
At Brambleton Driving School's DMV-licensed institution, skilled teachers guide future road warriors toward four-wheeled proficiency with in-classroom lessons and open-road instruction. The tutoring team utilizes a stimulating learning environment and a curriculum entrenched in defensive-driving strategies to produce a generation of safe drivers and decades of car chases that remain within the legal speed limit. The classroom instruction covers the rules of the road and driving principles, which are put into practice during sessions behind the wheel.
Holistic Wellness and Motivational Fitness touts an expert three-woman team of certified personal trainers, each with a background in diverse health and wellness fields such as aerobics and sports medicine. After an assessment, clients strive to achieve holistic harmony through their choice of private sessions in personal training, life coaching, or nutrition. A personal-training session might employ an exercise ball and various workout routines to help reach fitness goals. Life-coaching sessions draw on peoples' everyday decisions and personal goals to fulfill childhood dreams of building a life-size Stonehenge replica out of Spam. Opt for the nutrition session to renovate a daily diet of Everlasting Gobstoppers and Scrumdiddlyumptious bars for a healthier culinary balance. Sessions can be arranged at the Salem studio, or by having the merry band of healers travel to your home.
At Blueridge Rock School, there are no graduates—only band members. The school's program teaches students of all ages to play a musical instrument of their choice, be it guitar, drums, trombone, or even mandolin. For first-timers, class consists of practice and guided jam sessions with an instructor who closely monitors their progress.
Once they've mastered the basics, pupils move on to the intermediate classes, or the "sound check" stage. They're encouraged to improvise and experiment with their music, and eventually, they can audition for one of the school's bands. This marks the transition into the "On Tour" stage, which entails band practice every week and live shows at local venues. Open jam sessions continue to keep the players' skills sharp, while the staff imparts lessons on topics outside the realm of musicianship, such as marketing, lighting, and staging. The final stage of the curriculum, "Record Label," covers advanced song-writing and recording, allowing bands to even record their own original album and perform it live in front of an audience.