At Let's Dance Ballroom Dance Studio, the studio's 2,000-square-foot sprung floorspace jostles beneath the feet of first-time visitors practicing the basics of ballroom. During classes, newcomers step through simple choreography that emphasizes positivity and support. Certified instructors, all of whom oversee lessons at the studio full-time, maintain the same comfortable ambiance throughout their other group and private classes. Whether they are demonstrating the sensual dips of tango, the hip pops of the hustle, or the buoyant leaps of swing, they strive to infuse their pupils with lasting confidence in their moves.
The studio’s curriculum includes waltz, fox trot, cha-cha, and mambo, in addition to disciplines such as theater arts and country western. Instructors eagerly take on special projects as well, including coaching couples through their wedding dance. Friday-night parties allow students to socialize with fellow dancers outside of the context of clubbing or tucking notes into each other's tutus onstage. Occasionally, the studio even schedules live music to sync up with its sessions.
At Youthful Expressions Studio, three generations of women inspire others to summon and embrace their inner artists using nothing but a little bit of paint, some wine, and a load of friendly encouragement. To run the studio, photographer and writer Mary Jane Booth enlists the help of her talented daughter, Cindy McDannel, a painter and graphic artist, and her arts-minded 11-year-old granddaughter, Kassidi. Together, the three of them make up Youthful Expressions’ "3 Pack," the name of which pays homage to the all-rodent super-group the Rat Pack. The trio continuously hosts fun and accessible art parties for all ages. The two adults also teach BYOB Paint the Town art classes for grown-ups.
Though Youthful Expressions Studio sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
The Nantahala National Forest surrounds Durhamtown Tellico, forming a natural barrier that closes off the wilderness from the outside world. Miles of trails wind across the 3,000-acre property, where ATVs and dirt bikes soar through dense forests that open out onto panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and everything they watch over: rolling hills, waterfalls, and streams ripe for fishing for rainbow trout.
Head to "The Bowl" and you'll find a 50-acre area of rock faces and boulders ready to test even the most experienced climbers and robot vacuums. In fact, the most grueling face has a $5,000 prize for anyone skilled enough to scale its summit. When you're worn out from a day of adventure, you can head back to the campground for a good night's rest.
At abc Art, brushes flick across canvas, a quiet swishing sound that serves as a backdrop for chattering students and clinking wine glasses. While pupils sip brought-in drinks, artists lead the class in painting images that have included cupcakes, landscapes, and abstract scenes. Tucked beneath arms, the paintings leave with proud students and are ideal for hanging over holes accidentally smashed in a refrigerator. The studio space also hosts private parties, which let guests bring in food and drinks to paint the evening away.
There's really no better place to spend the weekend with your family than at Knoxville Dragway in Maynardville.
These kickboxing classes allow you to build endurance and learn basic kickboxing moves.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So as you can see, Knoxville Dragway is the place to be this weekend.
This cozy shop is filled with all manner of beads, strings, and semiprecious stones for crafty customers to fashion into jewelry. The supplies instantly stimulate project ideas, such as turning lengths of wire and pieces of amethyst into earrings, or threading beads into personalized bracelets. The resident stringers also offer individual and group classes, which teach students how to make a variety of trinkets, from chain mail to peyote star earrings and invisibility rings.