Get schooled with Vegas’ unusual classes
It may sound like an oxymoron, but one of the best things to do on your vacation may be to take a class. Of course, these aren’t your normal lessons—Las Vegas wouldn’t be Las Vegas if things weren’t kicked up a notch.
Yoga enthusiasts may be loath to leave their weekly workouts, even when they’re on holiday, but they don’t have to. One of the newest yoga offerings on the Strip gets you going ’round and ’round—the High Roller at The Linq features Silent Savasana sessions daily from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with pro instructors. Headphones allow for a more focused lesson. The small class size (no more than six guests) means individualized instruction, and the views are far beyond those of any typical yoga studio (a Monday through Wednesday sunset option makes that even better). (The Linq Promenade, 702.322.0537; reserve 24 hours in advance)
Other excellent options include Azure Pool at The Palazzo’s Sunday Yoga and Mimosas, where a 50-minute basic poolside class taught by the Canyon Ranch SpaClub team comes accompanied by the tasty drink. Sessions start at 10 a.m., but you must reserve by 9:45 a.m. (The Palazzo, 702.767.3724; must be 21+)
Enjoy a warrior pose (or the equivalent) at Yoga Among the Dolphins at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. The serene space features huge glass windows, where you’ll see the dolphins swimming by—and maybe striking a pose themselves. The class even allows spa access afterwards. (The Mirage, 702.791.7472)
At The Venetian, get a crash course on Italy’s gondoliers (and The Venetian’s, too) in Gondola University. You’ll learn the skills involved in propelling the flat-bottomed boats through the water while serenading passengers, as well as a lot of the history of this art in the three-hour class. A gondolier training shirt and hat are even included. Reserve your spot 48 to 72 hours before the daily class. (The Venetian, 702.607.3982; must be 13+)
On Saturdays, “X” Burlesque University will give you a little more sashay in your step when you learn what that boa can tell your audience. First, find out how the dancers in these female revues apply makeup and try it out yourself. Then, learn about posture, costuming and dance moves—you’re certain to take these lessons home. (Flamingo, 702.733.3333; 18+)
If exerting your body isn’t in your wheelhouse, how about stretching your mind? In Mixologist in the Making at Mandarin Bar on Saturdays, Mandarin Oriental property mixologist Michael LaPenna takes you on a tour of cocktails that anyone learning about spirits should know. You’ll start by identifying the alcohol you know you like, and trying a couple of lighter drinks. As he guides you through the history of cocktails such as the Negroni and the Sazerac, you’ll sample a variety of libations. By course’s end, you’ll be adventurously trying spirits you never thought you’d like. Heck, you might order it your next night out! If wine is your thing, Will Costello’s Sips With a Master Sommelier offers a blind tasting featuring four wines at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire. (Mandarin Oriental, 702.590.8888)
From gourmet food to gun safety, if you want to learn about it, there’s probably someone here who can teach you. Just remember, half the fun of learning is doing.