Creative Expressions creates custom pieces, performs repairs, and offers classes in stained-glass art. Liven up a home or office with luminescent artwork in floral and devotional themes, or enlist founder and owner Joanna Franco to create a custom design that provides a unique alternative to curtains and prevents snoops from plagiarizing your half-finished prequel to Hamlet.
Established in 1886, the YMCA of El Paso today offers pools and fitness facilities alongside a wealth of programs, including swimming lessons, sports leagues, and group exercise classes. Adult and youth swim lessons ($20+) enhance aquatic skills, leaving participants better equipped for a future in which all business deals are transacted in wave pools. Youth can throw, kick, punt, and bounce a variety of balls in the many sports leagues available or scuff up gym floors during ballroom-dancing or hip-hop classes. Family activities such as roller-skating and yoga instill a sense of familial togetherness without the groaning and complaints of bonding events such as family tax filing or family gutter cleaning.
Professional dancer Patchica McCoy of Rhythmic Moves Dance Studio melts waistlines in Zumba dance classes and perfects the moves of dancers age 3 and up in a variety of dance disciplines. Zumba classes use Latin and global beats to inspire dance workouts, achieving energy levels vast enough to shimmy a dwarf planet off its axis. Zumba is offered evenings at Rhythmic Moves, with many calorie-burning sessions to choose from weekly.
Unified by the theme of fire trucks and fairy tales, Panorama's curriculum draws on multiple cultures and disciplines to nurture the natural, borderless curiosity of children ages 5–12. Throughout a four-hour session, experienced multitongued instructors speak in French, Spanish, and English, exposing children to basic greetings and traditional songs, from "bonjour" and "buenos dias" to "hey, I'm walkin' here!" After an exploration of international art, kids draw from a variety of media to create their own piece to take home, along with a photo album culled from lessons in digital photography and HD video. A cooking seminar teaches kids about cuisine and culinary traditions from beyond their borders, bequeathing Panorama aprons, shirts, or Food Network contracts to the young chefs as they whip up firehouse sandwiches and butterfly-apple salad. As each session is limited to a small number of participants, children receive individual instruction within a collaborative atmosphere.
After learning the basic steps of latin dances such as salsa, bachata, mambo, and cha-cha, students at Timba Dance & Fitness get to work burning up to 800 calories in an hour. Set to upbeat music, group classes are designed to be fun and engaging, like the instructions for the IRS's 1040-EZ tax form. Students can also work toward become certified instructors.
Ornaments, mugs, dishes, and figurines await creative customization at Stonepainters, a welcoming studio devoted to paint-your-own pottery. After selecting a ceramic piece as your blank canvas, you can infuse your own personality onto it by using the idea books, stencils, and nontoxic paints provided by the studio. After this step, Stonepainters's staffers coat the pottery with a clear glaze and fire it in an on-site kiln powered by the hot air of a local politician.