Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.
Evolve owner John Cook has competed in wrestling, power lifting, mixed martial arts, grappling, and jiujitsu. Over 20 years he's also taught thousands of people of all ages to do the same. The reason for his success: a fundamental and common-sense approach to fitness that focuses on self-confidence and mental conditioning as well as strength training and physical conditioning. To bolster this rounded strategy, he serves up varied functional workout routines that draw upon body weight and kettlebells, as well as classes that teach Brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. Regardless, at all times?throughout 80 training options each week?five skilled coaches remain onsite to ensure students use proper form and refrain from trying to bench press each other.
Artists Uncork’d believes people learn best when they’re having fun. To turn up the fun during the studio’s instructional painting classes, students are welcome to bring food and drinks, encouraged to socialize, and regularly praised as they paint the evening's themed masterpiece. To keep the class stress-free, all supplies are included and can be reserved for special occasions, such as birthday parties and girls' nights out.
Led by friendly dance instructors, a themed birthday bash at Move and Groove folds creativity into a kid's special day. After reciting the Dancer's Pledge and learning some technique, guests learn dance routines they perform for parents at the end of the party. In addition to parties, the dance center offers lessons, costume rentals, and Christian dance workshops.
Bombshell Boudoir owner, Carrie and her female staff strive to capture their female subjects? inner bombshells, encouraging the women decked out in saucy duds to show off their sassy and playful sides while backdropped by one of nineteen custom sets. The all-female Bombshell team coaches clients through every step of boudoir shoots, from choosing an outfit from the studio?s selection and styling hair and makeup to striking alluring poses and arranging faces into sexy snarls. An email viewing session allows clients to choose which edited and retouched shots will adorn Bombshell's selection of custom calendars, albums, and float wraps. They encourage ladies to share the boudoir experience with pals for a cheeky bachelorette party, birthday bash, or church-camp reunion.
The Yoga Place’s founder, Michael Curtis, considers himself an eternal student, always learning more of what yoga has to offer. Somewhat paradoxically, this is what makes him such a good instructor, since it means he’s ready to go back to any point in his yogic journey to help a fellow student. He characterizes his pursuit of yoga in three foundational descriptions: skillfulness in action, equilibrium, and clarity of mind. He imparts these principles six days a week in classes for all levels of practitioners.
Michael’s pursuit of fitness doesn’t end with yoga, however. He also has teachers on staff who conduct belly-dancing and tai chi classes, both of which are excellent ways to enhance the mind-body connection without growing an extra spinal cord.