Stitching costumes, choreographing dance routines, composing scores, painting backdrops, channeling inner thespians: in the theater, there's a job for everyone. The staff of theater, music, and dance aficionados at Troubadour Theatre helps kids find their own onstage or backstage niche during classes that culminate in a full-scale production. Past performances have included Twelfth Night and Seussical!, both of which gave students the opportunity to showcase acting skills developed through lessons in improv and theater history. Outside the theater walls, the Troubadour staff strives to provide artistic opportunities for local kids by creating artist-in-residency programs and funding scholarships for talented youth.
Award-winning extra-virgin olive oils from both hemispheres line shelves inside Tubac Olive Oil, sharing space with bottles of traditional aged balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy. Visitors can explore the fruity, nutty, and peppery notes of oils pressed in Egypt, Greece, and other countries or opt for mild Moroccan olive oil, which the shop's specialists infuse onsite with flavors such as bacon and black truffle. Balsamic vinegars that have been smoked or steeped with flavors such as espresso make sophisticated dressings and sauces. Patrons can also peruse olive-oil-based soaps and beauty products.
Sunlight streams in through the floor-to-ceiling windows that frame Mindful Yoga Studio’s cozy lobby as students wait with tea in hand for the double sliding doors to open and admit them into the tranquil practice space. Inside, instructors draw on their varied backgrounds as dancers, massage therapists, and holistic experts to lead a variety of yoga classes ranging from beginner-friendly yoga basics to more rigorous routines, such as mixed-level classes. In addition to daily classes, the instructors also lead workshops that explore specific areas of practice, such as women’s health issues or mood-boosting breathing exercises.
The Vail Preservation Society keeps evidence of the town’s history, culture, and heritage so that visitors can take a step back in time to learn about prior generations. With its late-19th-century roots as a railroad town, the greater Vail area reserves an important place in American history––a place the Preservation Society's members intend to protect. They do so by scanning old photographs, recording oral histories, and participating in an annual cleanup every spring. They've also taken on the task of restoring the Old Vail Post Office, which, for more than a century, has managed to survive by devouring years’ worth of undelivered cookie packages and letters to Santa.
Ultima Self-Defense and Fitness LLC's instructors cater to diverse fitness and self-defense expectations with krav-maga classes which teach a unique form of self defense by removing the traditional rules that apply in other self-defense teachings. For energetic, high-energy exercise, KravFit uses kettlebells to achieve total-body toning and conditioning. Kids' programs also include krav-maga classes as well as birthday parties that challenge celebrants to cut their cake with a samurai sword.
The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club?where kids aged 8?12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool?to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.