Cosmotech School of Cosmetology's licensed instructors supervise a squadron of students as they gain experience performing soothing facials and nail services with products such as Pharmagel. During the approximately 60-minute facial, an instructor performs a consultation before unleashing students to cleanse patrons' skin of any dirt, oil, or wash me notes written in freckles. A round of exfoliation sloughs off dead skin cells, while a mask and layer of moisturizer reveal brighter iterations of skin. Fingers and toes clean up their appearance with a trim and file during the roughly two-hour nail service, which smoothes rough edges and keeps nails from growing up and leaving their nests. For the final flourish, a professional polish decorates appendage tips with a client-selected color.
Led by internationally adept artistic director Laurence Miller, Pulse schools fledgling boogie-footers in the fine art of ballroom and Latin light-tripping. Each new student enlists in four lessons, held once per week for four consecutive weeks, and the studio's generous calendar offers up a multitude of class times to accommodate schedules bogged down by work or stints on the competitive canning circuit. Aspiring elegant movers may opt for ballroom lessons, learning the basic steps of the fox trot, swing, and waltz, and saucy shakers can enlist in Latin dance, which introduces freshly hatched hot-to-trotters to the fiery footwork involved in rumba, salsa, and onion-dip dancing.
When Peter Joyce realized how many Maine civilians and law-enforcement officers could benefit from learning fundamental firearm skills that would protect them in life-threatening scenarios, he decided to start Weaponcraft. Since its founding in 1993, Weaponcraft’s staff of Special Response Team and SWAT operators and instructors have imbued novice and expert pupils with the same training that military personnel receive. From an introductory firearms class to courses specializing in advanced tactical techniques, each small class includes plenty of individual attention to ensure each student leaves with improved firearm comfort, knowledge, and skills.
Amanda Curtis Kezal wants to restore balance to as many bodies and minds as she can. A yoga instructor for more than 15 years, she not only operates Holistic Pathways, but also teaches yoga in community centers and reaches faraway students with Yoga Online. Fun, laid-back classes at Holistic Pathways include Sports-Mind Yoga, Toning and Sculpting, and Expressive Yoga Dance—a practice from Las Vegas that blends creative and rhythmic movements from around with the world with various yoga styles.
In 1850, Portland Adult Education began doling out knowledge to the masses, focusing on English, business, and all areas of academia. Like the 19th-century horses that gradually transformed into Dodge Caravans, the courses have evolved over the last century and a half. They're now split into two categories: business and personal enrichment. On the business side, students can master everything from computer basics to law. Personal enrichment classes encompass cooking, fitness, and even meditation.
The music programming at the nonprofit Maine Academy of Modern Music is designed to allow pupils to rock out to their favorite contemporary jams. During individualized lessons, teachers help students master the basics of rock instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, and more. From there, young rockers can enlist in one of the school's rock bands, where they'll learn to play alongside other musicians as a group. That, in turn, leads to performance opportunities, which the school sets up at renowned Portland venues like Bayside Bowl, Big Easy, Asylum, and the Old Port Festival.
Bands also assemble at the school's rock camps, where attendees not only rehearse originals and covers but also learn rock history and take field trips to local radio stations. Besides its in-house opportunities, the academy's outreach programs also supply local schools with everything from private concerts to master classes to ensure everyone has access to quality music education.