Uncork'd Art's instructors invite artists of all skill levels to let their creativity flow while practicing no-pressure painting. During their adult classes, experienced local artists unlock latent talents with a complimentary glass of wine, a brought-from-home snack, and muses equipped with brass knuckles. Instructors lead students in painting experiments during Just For Fun sessions, and provided materials allow for the creation of acrylic-adorned masterpieces. Throughout the 6-week art- and wine-appreciation course, students learn theories and techniques, sample fragrant vinos, and produce three finished paintings. Uncork'd also offers private parties for groups of 10 or more, as well as happy-hour classes, which include helpful instruction with complimentary wine and supplies. Prospective pupils can schedule their next creative frenzy by perusing the online calendar.
To the fitness experts who run The P Spot Fitness Studio, pole dancing is much more than an art of seduction—it’s a means to a healthier mind, body, and spirit. Within their 2,000-square-foot space, instructors use the discipline’s sultry swings, dips, and lifts to sculpt tight physiques in pole fitness classes. They also deploy fast-paced aerobics and exotic dance moves in Hot in Heels classes, getting blood pumping without screaming “Fire!” into IV drips. But lifestyle makeovers don’t end after class; a full slate of health services such as nutritional counseling, weight-loss camps, and a boot-camp getaway in the Caribbean weaves wellness into all aspects of life.
Jonah's Treehouse offers innovative play and movement classes for the five and under portion of the population. The classes, taught in a clean and colorful studio, are based on age and acrobatic ability and help tots reach their full cognitive, motor, and social potential. To tire out a two-year-old, enroll her in the Elephants class, which increases awareness and muscular development with advanced rhymes and activities. For a newly walking tot, opt for the Giraffes class, in which children 9–15 months travel through tunnels, over bridges, and down slides while developing a stronger sense of space and balance. The air-conditioned facility offers a great alternative to scorching summer jungle-gym jaunts.
When you did fitness alone, you couldn’t figure out the machines, did a wimpy walk on the treadmill, went home, and ate Funyuns. Today’s Groupon brings back the buddy system with $75 for three 45-minute personal training sessions at Fitness Together, a $225 value. With 13 participating locations in the DC metro area, you're bound to pass one on your way to the grocery store and four on your way to the grocery store that carries your favorite brand of Yoo-Hoo.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The certified teachers at The Studio DC guide students through energizing Vinyasa-flow classes designed to help yogis of all skill sets expand their mind-body practice. The packed schedule contains heated sessions (86–88 degrees) that help to add extra inches to stretches as well as more mild classes (78–82 degrees) that still get sweat glands pumping. Geared toward beginners, the Level 1 Alignment Flow class teaches students the fundamentals of Vinyasa yoga so that they can learn to glide from one pose to the next like well-oiled voguing robots. Body-benders with more practice can salute the sun in an intermediate Vinyasa class, and experienced flexperts can put their strength and endurance to the test with arm balances, backbends, inversions, and circular fire breathing in Power Flow 2.
This Groupon gets you one subscription to the fall season at Theater J, the "premier theater for premieres," according to The New York Times. That's five powerful plays ($20 per show) at the progressive Jewish theater that has premiered works by Joyce Carol Oates, Ariel Dorfman, and Robert Brustein. Last year the theater won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline; this year a Theater J production won the 2009 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play; next year the theater will win the 2010 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Samuel L. Jackson Award for Best Use of Juggling as a Narrative Device.