An active Denver photographer since 1985, Bart Levy imparts hard-won wisdom to aspiring photographers in upbeat, three-hour workshop. In these workshops, the seasoned shutterbug demystifies DSLR cameras other adjustable digital cameras', teaching pupils how to harness ISO speeds, manual settings, shutter speeds and apertures to produce crisp, memorable images of lens caps. Students also learn how to compose visually striking snapshots and Bart will also demonstrate the differences in digital file formats, so acolytes can upload and share pictures without setting their web browsers on fire.
The classes, workshops, and art therapy sessions at MBodied Art Studio all strive to create a nurturing, low-key, and positive environment where visitors of all ages can hone in on their inner artist. Half-day workshops for kids ages 7 and up give developing brains the opportunity to explore painting and a variety of other mediums during Friday and Saturday meetings. More in-depth eight-week courses?for both kids and adults?focus on specific projects and specialized techniques, including painting landscapes, drawing dragons, and sketching chalk doors to gain entrance to the netherworld. The studio even helps little ones deal with traumatic events with therapeutic sessions designed to help kids use art to work through anger issues or the confusion of a divorce.
With 15 instructional DVDs and a slew of international workshops on his resume, Eric ?El Cubanito? Freeman is a master of salsa dancing. But what really sets him apart is his passion. He is constantly on the go learning new techniques, whether jetting off to Cuba to master their style of salsa, taking ballet lessons to approach salsa from a different angle, or writing a thesis on why the Macarena is so popular at weddings. Throughout his busy schedule, he always manages to lead his full roster of salsa classes, which range from beginner?s steps and learning the rhythm to advanced classes which cover a new style of salsa with every new class. If clients want help with the moves of his New York, Los Angeles, Cuban Casino, or Cumbia style moves, he also leads private lessons that speed up the learning process.
PlanetSwim founder and owner Stephan's life is a timeline of aquatic achievements, containing awards that he won as a competitive swimmer as well as several teaching titles—lifeguard trainer and Red Cross–certified swim instructor among them. At PlanetSwim, Stephan holds his staff to similar standards. Each teacher has a minimum of five years of swim-instruction experience and has also been Red Cross–certified. Together, the team channels its knack for tutelage into swim lessons for children and adults of all ages in indoor, heated pools, including the one in Louisville, which is filled with warm water to encourage students to get in.
PlanetSwim's philosophy centers around personal attention, an element that demands small class sizes and a supportive atmosphere. Whether they are leading a 10-minute lesson for a water-shy toddler or an intermediate course on different strokes, the instructors monitor their pupils closely to ensure both comfort and development of technique.
A night of dancing can easily turn into a workout—minus the boring, repetitive exercises and the feeling that you'd rather be doing something else. Zumba fuses hip-shaking, Latin-inspired dance moves with music from around the world to recreate the exuberance of the dance floor at any time of day. To that end, the instructors at Zumba Fitness lead their students through easy-to-follow steps while music blasts from a boom box manned by a tiny DJ.
The trainers at Gym-Synergy temper their students' bodies for more than just fitness. They combine more than 40 years of training experience in mixed martial arts and fighting styles such as Kenpo to guide students toward self-preservation. Lessons in the Filipino Kali method, for instance, teach students how to defend themselves with their hands, sticks, swords, and knives while stressing the importance of acquiring intelligence and discipline. Students can also learn techniques for self-defense in tight spaces, while sitting down, and against multiple attackers. Cardio-kickboxing classes, on the other hand, focus on the body's endurance and composition, using the method's kicks and punches more as aerobic exercise than as instruction for what to do to the next donut you see.