At Ballroom Addiction, the staff members' credentials are as impressive as their synchronized steps. For example, director Ron Yee has won two championships at United States Ballroom Championships events, and hip-hop teacher Gene Lopez has worked with celebrities from Michael Bublé to Flavor Flav. Their impressive resumés don't imply exclusivity, however—guests of all skill levels, from beginners to aspiring award winners, are welcome to rehearse on their three floating floors. Along with other trained instructors, they draw from years of competitive experience to school students on four main categories of dance: American Smooth, International Standard, American Rhythm, and International Latin.
These categories cover several styles, including fox trot, waltz, swing, tango, rumba, and cha-cha. The instructors impart poise in both private and group sessions, as well as coach pupils in social dance sessions that cover nightclub moves and country western choreography. To supplement lessons, instructors host Friday-night parties that allow protégés to practice their form while mingling with other students. Wedding-dance seminars coordinate romantic routines set to the couple's favorite song, or, for more complex performances, the sound of every guest clinking a fork against a wine glass.
At Aveda Institute Las Vegas, owner and educator Thom Ciarniello preaches social responsibility to the licensed instructors and students he oversees. Ciarniello's curriculum also covers the history of Aveda, which was founded by environmentalist Horst M. Rechelbacher. Promoting the founder's vision of living in sync with nature, Ciarniello encourages burgeoning cosmetologists and aestheticians to use botanically based formulas for hair and skin.
At the institute, students cull knowledge from experts in the industry and undergo extensive practical training under the supervision of their mentors. Stylists learn how to design hair and soothe stress with complimentary mini facials, hand and arm massages, and makeup touchups, and future aestheticians restore balance to faces and bodies with relaxing skincare treatments.
Las Vegas Rock Crawlers stamps the outdoors with treads from a fleet of fully equipped Jeep Wrangler 4x4s that have 35- or 37-inch tires and front and rear lockers. Using these utility vehicles, experienced guides lead jeep tours through the Valley of Fire, Amaragosa Dunes, Apex/Nellis Dunes, Eldorado Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, and Logandale Trails—listed in order from sightseeing terrains to terrains with the steepest drop-offs, sharpest inclines, and boulders voted most likely to succeed in rockslides. Each destination features bypass routes for novice drivers and obstacle-clad routes for experienced drivers. The Rock Crawlers crew also brings adrenaline rushes to customers' parties and events by setting up mobile ziplines.
Led by executive chef and seasoned culinary coach Beverly Lee, Senses! helps kitchen novices and skilled cooks alike increase their cooking savvy with an array of fun, engaging classes. Chef Bev engages students in an interactive environment, performing demonstration-based classes for hands-free learning, while hands-on classes make good use of limbs recently replaced with meat thermometers. Cuisine apprentices can soak up stewing, searing, and saucing skills from seminars on international cuisine, healthy cooking, gourmet cooking made easy, and more, before feasting upon the final product. All sessions include tutelage on concocting a savory two- to three-course meal, a pair of spiffy signature Senses! chef's aprons (yours to take home), and a professional menu with step-by-step instructions. While all necessary cooking equipment and ingredients will be provided, students should plan to bring a pen and paper for jotting down helpful recipe notes and tips for destroying meals that become self-aware.
The aestheticians, hair stylists, and nail technicians at G Skin & Beauty Institute never work alone. As students at the beauty school, they tend to clients as part of their training, always under the watchful eye of an expert. Their comprehensive, supervised services range from haircuts, deep-conditioning, and relaxer treatments to microdermabrasion and complexion-brightening facials. They can also revitalize entire physiques with body wraps. Regardless of the treatment at hand, the team strives to incorporate organic and natural products whenever possible, rather than those made with extracts from the Little Shop of Horrors plant.
In an event inspired by The Amazing Race, teams of two contestants trek through various locations throughout their city, guided by 10 brainteasing clues that either direct participants to a new locale, or demand chasers perform a creative task. Each chase consists of 10–25 teams, who bolt from their starting location to scour city streets for one to four hours. The first team to dash across the finish line wins a trophy and free entry into a championship version of the Great Chase, whose winner takes home $10,000.