Sportrock offers premier indoor rock climbing in an encouraging, welcoming environment. Sportrock's roster of classes, covering topics from basic skills to bouldering, will have you scaling peaks posthaste (basic skills course, $25; bouldering 101, $35). Safely scale rock-gym walls covered with state-of-the-art, textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks, right down to the crafty crevices and dramatic underhangs. Sportrock also offers special programs for kiddie climbers under the guidance of Sportrock's giant, watchful eye. The programs are suitable for kids between the ages of 6 and 14 and incorporate vertical iterations of popular games such as Sudoku, Boggle, and dominos (classes start at $5).
The chefs of Cookology parlay the essentials of planning, budgeting, and cooking quick and healthy meals. With new classes added each month, students can pick an evening from the schedule of Quick & Healthy Week Night Meals classes and stroll into the kitchen for a two-hour course that begins with practical tips on how to plan a meal, how to find the best ingredients on a budget, how to bake dessert from scratch, and how to tell a radish from a battery. Chefs then walk students through the cooking of a full menu from scratch, ranging from a braised chicken with caramelized onions and peppers to fresh-spinach-and-arugula salad, with a sweet finale of macerated berries with chocolate crème. During the culinary clinic, technical skills, such as knife-handling, salad-preparation, and oven-braising methods receive due attention, supplying students with the know-how necessary to feed families, impress friends, and avoid guilty looks from the delivery man.
Helmed by owner Ursula Cox, the staff at Inner Power Yoga guides yoga disciples through the poses of Vinyasa yoga, drawing on training that earned them Northern Virginia Magazine’s award for Best Yoga Studio 2012. Perched on bamboo floors in a studio with natural light and high ceilings, students stretch, bend, and twist as the 85- to 90-degree temperature assists in purging their bodies of toxins and chronic goosebumps. Ursula and the gang teach students of all skill levels, focusing on helping them link movement and breath. The instructors also hold private sessions for students who need more practice, and training sessions for students who aspire to master the ways of the yogi during teacher training.
Mintons Academy of Music immerses budding virtuosos in fun, intensive lessons taught by university-trained teachers. Private lessons explore all the main instrumental families, including strings, percussion, piano, woodwinds, and brass. Guitar lessons prep prospective pop stars to churn out blistering licks, and vocal coaching strengthens pipes for lucrative futures crooning or quickly subduing mobs of glassware. Group lessons surround kids with melodious coconspirators, making the learning process more enjoyable. Art classes unlock the wonders of painting, with students learning from the masters by imitating famous works.
Children are best equipped to develop analytical skills for current and future learning between the formative ages of 3.5 and 14. That's why Best Brains sets students off on the right foot by offering focused courses in subjects such as math, English, abacus, and general knowledge. Certified teachers help students develop skills in writing, grammar, critical thinking word problems, and basic computational math, using an abacus counting tool to help develop spatial memory.
From introductions to camera basics to nuanced lessons on outdoor light, courses at Learn Your DSLR teach photographers of all experience levels how to get the most out of their tools. Some classes focus cover compositional tactics, introducing students to the intricacies of portrait, landscape, or sports photography. Others tackle specific camera components, sharing usable facts about flashes, shutter speed, and the little man that engraves each image on the memory card. No matter the subject, a seasoned photographer leads each session, bringing years of picture-taking and teaching experience to the classroom.