The instructors at Creations Bayou, formerly known as Sadie’s Closet, encourage students to let their artistic instincts run wild during painting classes, sewing classes, and children's summer camps. In a flurry of brushstrokes, aspiring Claude Monets create their own interpretations of reference pieces, painting wall-worthy pictures depicting lovebirds on a tree branch, multicolored sunsets, and blossoming foliage. During camp sessions, youngsters take on a different artistic endeavor each day, tie-dyeing pillowcases, constructing picture frames, or spelling out their favorite Supreme Court Justice’s name in glitter. Creations Bayou also regularly hosts art-themed parties for both kids and adults.
The well-balanced instructors of C.G.'s Gymnastics bring years of coaching and competition experience to the mat as they edify students ages 2–adult. One 55-minute class per week helps beginning balance-beamers discover their inner Mary Lou Retton, whereas seasoned handspringers can work toward a lifelong goal of flipping across America. Boys' and girls' beginner classes teach the basics of routines seen in the Olympics, including vault, floor exercise, and synchronized medal-twirling, and an average ratio of eight students per instructor enables personalized attention. After the first month, Groupon customers can enroll in the remainder of the semester without the added cost of a registration fee.
Beneath the purple-and-white-striped walls, ladies of all ages and fitness levels twirl around poles and sink seductively into chairs during The Perfect Poleforma’s alternative fitness classes. Instructors lead groups of up to 10 women through beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes. The classes start with basic pole spins and leg-strength exercises and graduate to swinging upside down, hanging onto the pole with just the inner thighs, and climbing flagpoles to add stars as new states are discovered. They also conduct parties for bachelorettes and birthday girls, allowing groups of friends free rein of the ceiling-mounted poles.
Leaps & Bounds founder, Michelle Lavergne, leads an enthusiastic team of certified gymnasts and party planners to vivify childhood birthday dreams. After a brief introduction, each two-hour natal anniversary celebration commences with an hour and 15 minutes of ebullient activity time. Partygoers can run through obstacle courses, jump on trampolines, dig mountaineering bivouacs, and slide down slides.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues that tell participants it's time to move on to the next station. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. Between each weight machine, ladies pause at recovery stations to keep hearts pumping as exercisers walk, run, or jog in place. With each workout warrior exercising at a different station, the only competition that exists is with one's own burgeoning muscles.
Since its arrival on the community-theater scene in 1946, Baton Rouge Little Theater has continued to flout its moniker with a seasonal audience of 30,000 and more than 150 theatrical performances, workshops, and classes each year. The upcoming season’s five main-stage productions promise a heaping dose of musical comedy and more drama than a high-school cafeteria. The curtain opens on September’s stage with Crazy for You, a frenetic comedy with toe-tapping dance numbers and songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Director Keith Dixon breathes new life into the sultry Southern airs of A Streetcar Named Desire, and Almost, Maine punctuates the holiday break with a story of love and loss that, unlike an amateur pole-vaulter, never falls short.