Since 1989, The Miami Symphony Orchestra has mimicked Miami’s cultural diversity with concerts and events that act as a melting pot of musical influences. Music director Eduardo Marturet, a Venezuelan composer and conductor, helms many of the concerts, encouraging the musicians to unleash their inner Beethovens or Bachs—former members of the ’80s hair-metal band Skid Row.
Studio owner, mother of three, and passionate polecat, Annia Vazquez, encourages women to tap into their inner minx during pole-dancing and flirty-fitness classes. The studio takes pole dancing—once strictly a means of determining the next fire chief—and turns it into a full-body workout that incorporates core work, conditioning exercises, and sultry dance moves. Students can explore some of the other seductive arts during exotic belly-dancing lessons or courses that combine Vaudeville-style and modern burlesque. Classes keep comfortable with a maximum of 16 students, giving instructors enough time to dole out personalized tips to help newbies transform into veteran vixens.
When he’s not lavishly decorating the homes of famous friends such as Sylvester Stallone, Lil’ Wayne, and Jose Canesco, Anwar Zayden applies his meticulous designer’s eye to the projects of his clientele at Art Express Miami. At his on-site, full-service factory, Anwar and his team preserve prints, diplomas, and photos within 30 minutes with customized framing, or craft shadow boxes to showcase 3D items from plaques to swords. His in-home consultations help homeowners design and install new decorations within 48 hours, and his custom-made mirrors spruce up abodes with reflective surfaces that remind you you’re the fairest of them all even when you don’t ask. Inside Art Express Miami’s gallery, Anwar also stocks pre-framed pieces of decorative art that run the gamut from classical portraits to contemporary abstract canvases.
Belly2Abs founder Adriana Echeverri brings dance to unexpected places, opening Ireland’s first belly dancing school in 2006. Her Belly2Abs studios create a safe and harmonious space for women to work out and explore the undulating movements of belly dancing, tango, and flamenco. The studio’s diverse and international collection of instructors teach introductory steps to young girls and lead up-tempo fitness classes that tone and burn calories.
Artist and founder Marta Echazarreta brings more than 18 years of custom-framing experience to Work of Art, encasing valuables from fine art to diplomas and jerseys. Reward graduates' academic rigor by encasing their diploma in a 1-inch black frame with a 1/4-inch mat and a 2-inch glass border ($120). Art collectors can swaddle fine paintings, lithographs, or Albert Einstein–autographed RoboCop 3 posters in a standard black or espresso frame ($56), then select from a variety of acid-free mats ($25 for a 24"x36" mat) to prevent picture yellowing.
Today’s Groupon quenches your thirst for creative juice with a 40-gallon pitcher of art: $9 gets you three tickets to any event at The Wallflower Gallery, a one-stop art stop that features art exhibits, comedy routines, poetry readings, musical performances, and a photography studio. Admission to events is typically $5 a person, though some are $8 or $10, so even if you pick the less expensive events you’re still getting a 40% discount. Though some events are free, you’ll also get 10% off a huge selection of ornaments, bags, jewelry, candleholders, boxes, and more at the gallery’s art store. Your Groupon is good for admission to any one event for up to three people, making it a fun outing for groups, families, bowling team victories, or dates. (You cannot use your Groupon to gain admission into three different Wallflower Gallery events, and you cannot use your Groupon on two separate occasions.)
The goals of the instructors at Intensity Dancers' Studio go far beyond dance—the team aspires to help their students become well-rounded individuals as they grow. That can even be seen by the number of students using their talents outside the studio, with some competing on teams at the national level. Children can participate in lessons that cover classic or modern dance styles at the school, where ballet gets equal billing with hip-hop and acrobatics options. As dancers progress, they not only learn proper technique and execution, but how to cultivate discipline and self-confidence, tools intended to help them success off the dance floor too.