A father's hand shakes as he passes the car keys to his fresh-faced teen; the metaphorical and literal roads ahead are full of potential danger and driving hazards. America’s Driving School understands this fear and assuages it with guidance from a team of certified instructors whose stints at the company range from seven years to three decades. These instructors—who studied under the expert eye of a Master Trainer and underwent a thorough background check before earning their wheels—ensure a hands-on educational experience that helps new drivers reach their destinations safely and may reduce their insurance costs.
America’s Driving School focuses on a number of oft-ignored but important skills, such as planning and mapping out a road trip and pulling off emergency maneuvers—threshold braking, teleportation, and the like. And the school doesn't just train teens. Adults can also stop in for private lessons to develop their driving skills or even prepare for their first license.
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After venturing into the fringe dance worlds of the scarf dance and the sticky-maple-candy dance as a result of last year's resolution, send your dancing toes to the pole with this year's. Today's deal gets you into a 90-minute intro to pole dancing class at Diva Den Studio for $15 (a $30 value). To find your perfect schedule, visit the site and pre-register online, but you must be 18 years of age or older with a valid ID before you're allowed to shimmy.
Diva Den Studio is the largest pole-dancing studio in the Northwest. With more disciplined (and certainly slimmer) poles than the Parthenon, Diva's instructors will provide an intense aerobic workout that flexes your severely atrophied inner sexy. Introductory classes are designed for small groups (classes are always limited to 11 students) to provide personalized attention and an emphasis on pole safety. Harness the power of your curvaceous body to build confidence and muscle tone in your core, back, shoulders, and legs. As the seductress buried deep within saunters her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness and a confident strut.
Don't let your trusty pet's pole skills exceed your own. Diva Den will shift your self-image from cute Koala to fiery, feisty, and fully in charge. To help justify your recent decision to replace your living-room furniture with metal poles, buy a few extra for friends.
Dive Den Studio has received waves of happy customer testimonials, including:
- An amazing presentation & great at teaching the moves themselves! Individual attention was given & received in a productive positive manner – Juliet
- Each one of the instructors have been so friendly and supportive. You guys all have a way of making me feel so confident – R.
- I really enjoyed the class & instruction, it was both fun & friendly – Anonymous Diva
The spacious rides of the BBB-accredited G-Limos accommodate an array of pavement-based needs, including business travel, city tours, and transportation to events and concerts. G-Limos' sports packages go so far as to hook clients up with tickets and limo transportation to local sporting events such as Portland Trail Blazers and Winterhawks games, while wine tours journey through Oregon’s renowned wine country. From newlyweds to birthday celebrants, G-Limos offers its passengers a sophisticated driving service for an assortment of special occasions, adding an instant memory maker to milestone anniversaries or classing up trips to the grocery store.
Each of the guitar coaches at American Guitar Academy are certified in the school’s signature teaching method. Developed over 25 years, this house-honed instruction technique incorporates scientific research to help fingers learn to shred frets up to eight times faster than alternative methods. During private half-hour lessons, instructors guide budding rock stars aged 4 years and up through the basics of strumming chords and seamlessly stitching together riffs. These comprehensive lessons on classical, electric, or acoustic guitars are offered once a week with a live instructor or online and guarantee that students will be playing their favorite music within six months of training. Students may begin lessons without owning a guitar, but are encouraged to gain access to one quickly for mastering scales and the ability to solo with their teeth.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Sneakers pound the grass during shriek-filled games of tag. But this isn’t recess, it’s Portland Fit Camp, and the jubilant players aren’t children but women sculpting muscles during the intense, outdoor adult version of the classic game. With a max of 24 campers, the sessions have an intimate feel, and their participants are fueled by their collective energy and the motivational training of a certified instructor. For five days a week for four-week sessions, the groups meet in the park for muscle-shocking routines that change daily to avoid plateaus. Core-based, functional exercises such as agility ladder drills, air squats, and hill sprints are all taught to students, who break the traditional workout routine with games of tag or games of capture the flag taped to the squirrel’s back.