The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.
They started as a dance school, but in 2010, the American Dance Institute transformed. The shift resulted from the gaps they saw in the world of American contemporary dance. Simply put, the art form had gotten too safe. So the ADI reemerged as not only a presenter of groundbreaking performances, but an incubator for the great work of the future. Since then, they've hosted some of the country's most celebrated artists through their performance series, from the rigorous, aggressive tap of Dorrance Dance to Urban Bush Women, who bring stories of the disenfranchised to light through their evocative choreography. Adventurous troupes such as these have earned the ADI plenty of praise, with the Washington Post, heralding the non-profit as "the region’s leading edge of edge."
inside Washington ArtWorks, inspiration can strike at any time. Located on the campus of the Washington School of Photography, the 55 artists studios here stay open 24 hours a day, allowing 65+ working professionals to dream up a constant flow of creativity. These men and women work in diverse mediums, from jewelry and clay to pastels and mixed media. Once finished, their realized works might grace the walls of onsite gallery exhibits or sell to collectors at the museum's store.
Although these artworks each possess innate value, some of most valuable things found at Washington ArtWorks come in less tangible forms. Many of the studios double as classrooms, where artists teach the public to paint with watercolors, fuse glass, and create other works of mantel-ready art. This sort of artistic collaboration spills over into a monthly camera club, which takes field trips to scenic locations in the area.
Sisters Veronica and Marilin have almost always danced together since they began their training at just 3 years old. They went on to study various forms of dance—from classical to contemporary—at the National School of Ballet in Peru, as well as eventually teach modern and Afro-Peruvian dance. In 2009, they moved from their native Peru to Rockville, where they currently specialize in Zumba fitness classes that help participants burn calories as they sway, step, and backwards-somersault to Latin beats. Of course, Veronica and Marilin don't teach all of the classes, they also lead a team of well-trained instructors, all of whom are dedicated to creating a warm, welcoming, and exciting experience that achieves real results. In addition to cardio-focused Zumba classes, the studio adds strength-training to the mix with Zumba Toning classes, augmenting the dance-based workout with muscle-sculpting toning sticks.
Studio 310’s founder, Liz Corah, wants everyone to feel strong and beautiful. To this end, she combines traditional and modern dance moves with fitness techniques that help people slim down in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As the latest tunes bump from speakers and trained cockatoos, Liz and her supporting staff lead students through cardio hip-hop, belly dance, traditional kickboxing, CrossFit, body-sculpt, and yoga sessions. Their studio is also the place to go for personal training, fundraisers, birthday parties, and summer camps for young dancers. Anyone in need of motivation can turn to the _ Washington Post_ and read about how Liz found the strength to juggle jobs, kids, and dance classes while getting her business off the ground.