More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Artist Mai O'Brion often greets visitors to her gallery with a mug of tea—and then immediately engages them in conversation. Over intermittent sips, she tells them that she and a few fellow artists once dreamed of a different, welcoming kind of gallery and artist collective. They soon banded together to found Chaos Art Gallery & Studio, reaffirming their commitment to showcasing accessible exhibits from local and international artists and mentoring members and students alike.
Inside the studio, Mai and other artists teach several painting classes for groups and individuals. Their most popular offerings are the two-hour BYOB Creative Painting Classes, which invite groups of students to paint one of several chosen subjects, or inspire them to create their own works. Over BYOB classes, students soak in direction as instructors share tips to the group and give one-on-one attention to individuals. Instructors also lead a five-week Art Intensive course, which starts students off with a black-and-white composition drawing and builds their technique until they can complete a painting from a live model.
More than 25 years ago, Marcy McHenry founded the Dancers Studio to put her 30 years of dance experience to good use. The studio’s three ballrooms spread out over 6,500 square feet of arm-flinging, leg-kicking room. Upon the shiny, lacquered hardwood, a staff of trained instructors guides students of all skill levels through ballroom, Latin, social, and special-event dance routines. During group lessons, the instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where their pupils can thrive in styles such as the tango and west coast swing. In private lessons students can fine-tune techniques or learn extra-challenging new steps during one-on-one time with an instructor. Those looking to show off their new moves can get down on Thursday evenings when the studio's DJ Topher spins a variety of tunes for pupils to kick their heels up to for an hour.
The studio also encourages dancers to maintain healthy physiques in Pilates, Zumba, and yoga classes. Clients can sculpt long, lean muscles and strong cores in a Pilates session, or get heart rates thumping in Zumba classes that play energetic Latin tunes.
Michael May remembers the moment that kicked off his love affair with music—it happened on Christmas morning when he was 12 years old. Kneeling beneath the tree, he unwrapped an unusually large gift that turned out to be a Kay acoustic guitar. He started taking lessons, and before long, he was lugging that guitar to house parties around town, where he and his friends covered riffs by bands such as AC/DC and Cheap Trick. Music was entwined in every part of his life; he studied under lauded jazz guitarists, earned a bachelor's degree in music from Wayne State University, and married singer-songwriter Rachel Kurtz.
Now, Michael helps students find their own passion for music at Groove City Guitars in St. Paul. He works with students on reading music, posture, picking, and strumming. Eventually, Michael's students learn to improvise using rock, blues, and jazz techniques.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We'll teach you the steps to paint your own 9X12 canvas art!
You can personalize your art by choosing the style and colors from the many sample pieces.
So much fun as you socialize, sip a cocktails and let your creative juices flow!
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
All art supplies are provided.
Food and beverage may be purchased separately and enjoyed while you paint!
What do you love most about your job?
I love painting and teaching with my creative step by step process.
I will show you the tips and tricks to designing your very own masterpiece and customize it to your own liking!
Sometimes the best way to relax is not to rest, but to move. Bliss Yoga Studio's calming atmosphere and private yoga classes provide physical conditioning and relaxation at the same time, through a wide range of lessons that teach proper alignment and technique. Certified instructors lead calming Ashtanga classes for yogis of all experience levels, focusing on breathing rather than strength and flexibility. Hatha classes take a more energetic approach, combining breathing, Vinyasa flow techniques, and alignment principles for a more upbeat exercise. In addition to yoga, the staff hosts meditation workshops that teach newcomers how to access deep meditative states without mental distractions, such as wondering which flavor of potato chip tastes best in space.