A veteran of the arts, with more than 15 years of experience, Sarita Ciallella has performed her fair share of gymnastic, dancing, and acting routines. But it wasn't until May 2003 that these passions culminated in Virtuous Productions, a performing-arts community center where she could imbue kids, teens, and adults with her knowledge of the arts. Together with a dedicated staff of instructors, including dancers and acting coaches, Sarita's mission—to teach new artists creative skills in a purposeful and moral way—has never changed. Sarita and her team uphold the center's seven core values: excellence, innovation, teamwork, respect, integrity, social profit, and joy.
The schedule runs six days a week to keep dancers of any age or ability tapping, salsa-ing, and rhythmically stomping their feet across the studio's competition-size floor, which is made of the same material as the floor on Dancing with the Stars. Film and television classes teach aspiring stars how to emote for the camera and how to never lose a staring contest with the camera man, and the company's in-house shooting crew captures special moments with half- and full-day shoots that include editing, DVDs, and makeup applications.
Virtuous Productions also supports the arts through Virtuous Nites, which offer a safe, smoke- and drink-free environment for partiers to let loose and dance.
Even in the midst of a recession, Drew Tucker couldn't ignore his passion for music. By founding The Tucker Academy For The Arts in 2007 and partnering with the Arts Garage to address the dearth of music education in South Florida, Drew built up a flourishing cadre of performers and educators at the Delray Beach music emporium. Programs run the gamut from private lessons to drum circles for kids, while a focus on performing inspires fledgling artists to share their talents with an audience not made up of only stuffed flamingoes.
Thai Fusion Cooking Chefs Nisachol and Waraporn draw on extensive culinary backgrounds: Chef Nisachol learned the art of Thai cuisine from her grandmother, who cooked for the royal family of Thailand, and Chef Waraporn earned a culinary degree in Bangkok. The two use their skills to share the fresh, exotic flavors of dishes such as panang curry, drunken noodles, and shrimp tom kha soup. Patrons can learn to make Thai feasts themselves, or relax while the chefs do the cooking.
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At Vino Van Gogh, you can pick up a paintbrush in one hand and a glass of wine in the other, and just have a good time. In classes for both adults and kids (the latter are wine-free, natch), instructors lead students through the steps of creating a unique piece of art in a variety of styles. The schedule covers a wide range of times and subject matter, allowing you to pick a class ideally suited to your preferences.
Schmidt Stained Glass designs and installs stained glass windows, bringing a burst of color into any room. Sharing this mastery of the art with others, Schmidt Stained Glass's owner also runs classes on copper foil, fusing, and beveling stained glass windows.