Universal Dance Studio mentors students of all dance abilities and ambitions, whether they want to compete onstage or simply add rhythm to their social lives. With more than 50 years of combined experience, the instructors trot out a repertoire of ballroom, Latin, and country-western steps during private and group lessons. Studio parties give pupils a chance to mingle while practicing their moves in a less competitive forum than a conga-line marathon.
Determined to keep their students interested and engaged, the instructors of Wine and Palette hold classes at myriad locations throughout the city. Each class focuses on a different art piece, be it a painting of a stained-glass window, a multihued owl, or an autumn farm scene. Additionally, each artist brings their own outlook and skills to the class, helping students learn specific brush strokes and how to touch up their daily driver so it looks just like the sheriff?s squad car.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Though they have coached celebrities and worked with Broadway producers, the instructors at Elegance Ballroom appreciate that some people just want to cut loose on weekends. In beginner classes, they walk students through a curriculum of ballroom and Latin styles, laying the groundwork for steps such as the tango, foxtrot, rumba, and waltz. Private and group lessons prepare students for competition-level strutting or a casual night out. Regardless of the goal, instructors put guests at ease with encouraging attitudes, a selection of complimentary refreshments, and the solemn promise that they will never release wild wolverines into the studio to punish a missed step.
Apart from classes, staffers host regular practice parties where their protégés can socialize. They also rent out the Elegance Ballroom Event Center for special occasions, prepping food, drinks, and the dance floor to accommodate up to 500 guests.
At The Scuba Shack, the staff?s family-oriented lessons encourage divers to take social rather than solo ventures into the blue beyond, teaching clients from around Oklahoma at their location on May Avenue. Each instructor carries an impressive r?sum? of underwater travels. The Scuba Shack is a member of PADI?the Professional Association of Diving Instructors?a scuba certifying agency recognized across the globe with exacting standards for training and safety.
Captaining PADI-certification courses and specialty seminars?which cover topics such as night diving, photography, and fish identification?the instructors take groups on open-water excursions to area lakes and Clear Spring Scuba Park. With trips to dive sites in Fiji and Mexico, they introduce divers to the visual wonder of reefs and aquatic wildlife throughout the world.
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