Unlike fashion trends, one-hit-wonders, and tattoos that say “I voted for Nixon,” flat stomachs and well-defined muscles never go out of style. Fueled by Joseph Pilates's core-focused philosophy and signature workout regimen, the certified instructors at A Body in Balance Pilates Studio strive to keep abs and limbs toned, leading group classes, private sessions within a mirrored studio stocked with row after row of reformer machines and other equipment, and preparing new instructors for BASI Pilates certification. When not helping beginner- and advanced-level students increase their muscle definition and balance, the staff spends its time and money donating to national and local organizations such as Three Square, Positively Kids, Woman’s Club of Summerlin and local schools.
Sin City Club Crawl eliminates the hassles of clubbing, allowing patrons to explore Vegas?s famous nightlife while enjoying VIP privileges. Each night covers three hot spots, hitting hip destinations such as The Bank, a slice of black-and-gold elegance with tiers of booths ascending from the central dance floor. A free drink at the night?s inaugural venue and drink specials fuel partiers for the night ahead, the timeline of which is detailed in Sin City Club Crawl?s nightly schedule. At each new venue, participants get a taste of the celebrity lifestyle, bypassing lines with assistance from VIP hosts and a posse of imaginary bodyguards. Patrons can revive the hucklebuck to onlookers? chagrin at Chateau Nightclub, a center-Strip club with lush outdoor gardens and iconic Vegas views, then enjoy the after-hours rave atmosphere of Tryst.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions, and students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
At Aveda Institute Las Vegas, owner and educator Thom Ciarniello preaches social responsibility to the licensed instructors and students he oversees. Ciarniello's curriculum also covers the history of Aveda, which was founded by environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher. Promoting the founder's vision of living in sync with nature, Ciarniello encourages burgeoning cosmetologists and aestheticians to use botanically based formulas for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from experts in the industry and undergo extensive practical training under the supervision of their mentors. Stylists learn how to design hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, hand and arm massages, and makeup touchups, and future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
Studio One’s Summerlin Dance Academy is the topmost ranked dance academy in the entire state of Nevada, and places comfortably in the top 25 nationally, according to the Federation of Dance Competition. The school is dedicated to dance styles of all types and across many age levels, focusing on the flexibility and coordination necessary to take on a life of dance. Creative Movement classes inside the expansive studio space put parents and their toddlers together to help in their development, while the academy’s competition team, Innovation Dance Company, gives dancers with a keen eye something to shoot for. A dance store is located next door to the academy, which carries the latest styles and brands dedicated to all things dance. An added bonus is the monitor in the waiting area, which allows parents to view their child rehearsing without making them nervous.
Although it looks easy in the movies, the automotive technique known as "drifting" is about more than just smoke and burnt rubber, which is why U-Drift employs professional stuntmen to teach students how to throw their cars into controlled slides. Featured in Vegas Seven magazine, the pros at this auto academy teach e-brake and down-shift maneuvers on U-Drift’s 200,000-square-foot track, and offer instruction packages for drivers of every level. Students hop into a rental car, usually a Nissan 240SX, then drift, burn out, or drive with one foot on the dashboard as they cut loose during lessons. The track also hosts free-style sessions during which drivers can bring their own cars for a fee, however cars must pass U-Drift's inspection to ensure they meet drifting specifications.