Taylors locals love A Step Above Dance Academy for its down-home groove and hip-shaking moves.
If you're a dancer of all trades, come join the fun and varied classes A Step Above Dance Academy has to offer.
If you're driving, be sure to take advantage of the nearby lot.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
Inspired by the bright, rich colors of 18th-century French and Swedish design, longtime Greenville resident Jennie Leigh Gainey revitalizes tired old home decor or furniture pieces with a distinct aesthetic that Town magazine calls "Alice in Wonderland meets Ethan Allen." Gainey's refurbished furniture pieces evoke simultaneous airs of refined gentility and informal hominess, like an ivy-covered country manor or an English baron in sweatpants. Having traded in the makeup brushes she once used to makeover the likes of Matthew McConaughey for more conventional art supplies, Gainey uses coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to impart an antique finish to nearly any surface. Eager DIY-ers can gather to glean her technique during relaxed BYOB painting parties.
At The Pole Academy, you'll find sultry, sweaty pole-dancing classes where students master impressive moves and work underused muscle groups. In Pole 101, students focus mostly on strength building, which prepares them for the grips and inversions found in later classes. By Pole 301, pole students will be tackling complex tricks, including aerial drops. Aside from group classes, students can also reserve private lessons or private parties with one or more friends.
For those interested in other dance styles, the team also hosts cardio chair classes, during which students create their own sassy dance to a favorite song, as well as FloorWERK—an introduction to movement and lines. Tutorials on how to do the splits and twerking lessons are also available for students looking to increase flexibility or learn a fun, new cardio workout.
During classes at Your Photo Safari, a certified professional photographer with more than 30 years of experience introduces students to the photographic arts and the workings of DSLR cameras. Sessions begin in classroom settings, allowing students to get acquainted with camera basics as well as advanced features such as setting white balance and reducing blur. After learning how to navigate the multiple settings and buttons on their digital cameras, students traipse to area gardens to explore the natural world through their lenses. The hands-on experience allows students to take home artfully composed shots of plants bathed in natural light or trees planking over riverbanks in a bid for Internet fame.