Erik Erikson, owner and chief motorcycle-safety instructor at Iron Buffalo Motorcycle Training, began his love affair with two-wheeled motoring in 1976. He was serving in the US Air Force, which required him to seek out a certification along with all other enlisted motorcyclists and the wisecracking pugs that rode in their sidecars. After taking several classes that didn’t fulfill his expectations for a comprehensive motorcycle-training regimen, he decided to strike out on his own. He was certified as an instructor by Motorcycle Safety Foundation in 1987, which eventually named him its Chief Instructor of the Year in 1996.
Today, Erik and other his fellow instructors share their decades of experience through training courses that arm riders with the knowledge and skills to safely operate a motorcycle on our nation’s streets. Certified by the MSF and the Colorado Department of Transportation, the basic- and experienced-rider courses both build on the theme of safety. In the two-day Basic RiderCourse, new or unlicensed riders use hands-on practice with the school’s motorcycles to learn street strategies and how to avoid obstacles and polish braking skills. At the end of the two days, students can take the Colorado motorcycle-license test as a part of the course and redeem their license at a DMV, in lieu or calling your cousin who’s really good at Photoshop. For the Experienced RiderCourse, students bring their own bikes to work on advanced skills and illustrate the more theoretical aspects of riding, such as cornering, maximum braking, and emergency swerving.
The Pole Vault's instructors include a bodybuilding champion with a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine, a fitness model and professional pole dancer, and a Zumba teacher who has been dancing for decades. They combine myriad interests and areas of expertise to make sure that classes never become dull. On gleaming poles, instructors in the signature class teach the art of pole dance and encourage people to twirl freely unlike a frustrated barber. They also offer an entire slate of alternatives that tone and tighten bodies, including Dancer's Yoga, Kettlebell Body Blast, and Zumba toning.
Get your bank tellers, kayakers, grandpas, and expectant mothers together and get today's Groupon for perfect posture and mad movement skills. For just $45, you get any five classes at The Pilates Movement, a $70 to $115 value depending on the classes you choose. Most deals only offer Pilates mat classes, but with today's flexible offer, you can take any combination of five mat, pole, chair, and equipment group classes for the same low price. Find out how the reformer, a piece of specialized Pilates equipment, got its name, and learn take-home techniques you can practice in your cramped apartment in a mat class. At just $9 per class, this deal is the perfect opportunity to try a few different classes on for size.Lovable Bears lineman William “The Refrigerator” Perry is generally considered the Godfather of American Pilates due to his memorably rapped couplet: “You’re lookin’ at the Fridge / Pilates focuses on the core to improve strength and posture.” The Fridge continued to influence the popularity of Pilates in America when he guest-starred in an episode of the The A-Team, playing the deceased German founder of Pilates, Joseph “The Refrigerator” Pilates. The memorable episode is traditionally run every July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.
As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.
"I basically live, eat, and breathe music," says Strum and Sip owner Christopher Bloom. A 27-year veteran guitar player, Bloom already had 15 years of teaching experience and his own production studio when he had the idea to open Strum & Sip with some friends. Setting up shop at local watering holes, the guitar virtuosos cultivate a laid-back ambiance where students can sip their favorite drink while teaching their fingers new chord shapes or plucking patterns and learning songs to serenade people at a family gathering or congressional filibusters.
Beginning in Columbus and now painting the town red in various cities throughout the county, Colors & Bottles scratches the creative itch of the public with its themed art classes that leave no blank canvas unvarnished. The mobile painting service, which The Ellen DeGeneres Show tagged as a "hip, new, and fresh" activity, stages its events at local bars, wineries, restaurants, and art galleries, helping boost neighborhood economies while creating a hard-to-follow trail for begrudging pottery wheels. During three-hour classes, an artist plucked from the local art community leads students through the creation of a themed painting, such as a city skyline or something more abstract. For an extra splash of inspiration, some venues allow students to bring their own drinks, while others have refreshments available to purchase.