At The Art Room Ltd. Co., there's a class to fit every budding artist. Kids can stretch their creative muscles while making paper puppets and masks with crayons and glue, or learning to paint self-portraits. Instructor-led parties for adults, on the other hand, may involve painting more grownup projects such as coasters or wine glasses. On Thursday and Friday nights, BYOB sessions throw wine into the mix, letting adults paint in a relaxed environment. And for those looking for more structured art instruction, weekly classes for both kids and adults focus on topics such as painting techniques and which paints are not edible.
Planet Fitness's massive, brightly colored edifices teem with aerobic, strength-training, tanning, and massage options, tailored to suit burgeoning buffs of all ages and abilities. After an intense muscle pummeling on the extensive selection of strength-training equipment and free weights, valiant athletes and masochistic vampires alike may bask in the unlimited artificial sunshine of the gym's tanning booths. Meanwhile, an army of shiatsu massage chairs stands at the ready, twiddling soothing robot thumbs and waiting to coax tension from tired tendons.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Fleet-footed dance instructors Acenio and Lara will release the dance-floor cowboy within you through patience, clear instructions, and encouraging personal support. Even in a group setting, they pace each swish, dip, tap, and jig to the abilities of their clients. Both those accustomed to spinning their partners through the air and those born with two left feet and a tail that has toes are equally welcome. Learn the intimate, sassy swing of the Dominican merengue or the slower, more traditional elegance of the waltz. You can also bring your darts teammate along as a tango partner and entwine your passions in much the same way you accidentally entwined your braces with plastic six-pack rings. More than anything, though, you can have fun dancing and erasing all the self-consciousness that holds you back.
Since 2008, the planners behind ZSR Event Productions have stayed busy, consulting on big events, managing crowds at large venues, and designing weddings that racked up awards from nuptial-planning sites such as The Knot and WeddingWire. Fortunately, they’re not shy about sharing the secrets of one aspect of their success: DJing. The company’s DJ Academy preps aspiring jockeys for parties of all types, from simple wedding-reception gigs to scratch-filled live mixing sets. Instructors with more than 20 years of experience teach single-session and multiweek courses, each of which cater to different experience and interest levels. Students learn about gear and software, coming away from their classes with DJ and producing skills as well as—thanks to the academy’s certification course—opportunities for employment.
Judo is one of the grappling arts, which means that it has no strikes and uses no weapons, unlike karate or tae kwon do. Judo was developed in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a comprehensive method of physical education, and it continues to provide exercise, entertainment, and self-defense knowledge today. For fun or competition, Universal Judo provides instruction and enjoyment to practitioners of all skill levels and ages. Call ahead to schedule your first visit.