From clown school, to cookery classes, here are some interesting courses worth signing up for…

Remember in school when classes sort of sucked? You sit in a big lecture hall, trying not to doze off as your lecturer rambles on about something you’ll likely forget in the next hour or so. What you wouldn’t give to take a class you’re actually interested in, something completely unique, that was – * whisper it * really good fun.

Well, Dubai has some super interesting creative classes this season that are worth a try.

Here are five of our favourites…

1. Mumprov

If you want to challenge yourself in a new and exciting way, improvisation can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities you could pick. It’s a great way to increase self-confidence, improve communication skills and gain insight into your thoughts, feelings and relationships. As a mum, it’s also an opportunity to let your guard down and for you to have a turn to play – in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. Over the course of eight weeks you’ll work together as a team to create stories and scenes, learning the core principles of improv’ and most importantly, having fun while we do it.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Opposite Bounce, Tue 9am to 10am (six 1 hour sessions), January 30 to March 16, Dhs1000. Tel: (050) 7812269.

2. Knitting club

Knitting is not just for grannies these days. Whether you’re a total knitting novice or a seasoned veteran, grab a ball of yarn and check out The Knitting Guru Club. They run a meditative knitting gathering, teaching newbies in a candle lit room, focusing on breathing as much as knitting. Sessions take place at the Remalia Cafe in Jumeirah and takes place the second and fourth Thursday of every month and lasts for two hours.

Remalia Café, Jumeirah, Dhs100 (two hours), Thur 10am to 12pm. Tel: (050) 8777515.

3. Adult improv

If you’re a fan of Whose Line Is It Anyway, you’re going to love the adult improv classes at The Courtyard Playhouse. The beginner Don’t Panic sessions cover the foundations of a good improvised skit. Character development, their relationships with others, and how to conjure a convincing environment through miming gestures are just a few of the topics covered. The supportive atmosphere ensures that even complete beginners will have the confidence to grow their skills.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Opposite Bounce, Sat 11am to 1pm (six 2 hour sessions + showcase + social), February 3 to March 16, Dhs1,575. Tel: (050) 7812269.

4. Cookery classes

Culinary Boutique cooking class

If you’re looking to release your inner Nigella Lawson, or just looking to master a new cuisine, the daily cooking school at Jumeirah’s Culinary Boutique is a great option. There’s three or four classes a day, and the one and a half and two hour classes change daily. Workshops focus on global cuisines from Japanese sushi to Peruvian delicacies, as well as healthy bites and paleo-friendly recipes. There’s even classes for young aspiring chefs, and the option to book out the full space for a private class.

Villa 56, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 10am to 9.30pm, Dhs310 to Dhs360. Tel: (04) 3450023.

5. Clowning

Learn to fail but stay happy at this special clowning course run by clown legend Felipe Ortiz. In this workshop you’ll explore through games, improvisation and movement, the work of connecting in a special way with the public, the discovery of creativity immersed in failure, the ability to live in the moment and the moment in search of pleasure and play.

Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz, Opposite Bounce, 7pm to 10pm, February 17 and 24, March 3Dhs900. Tel: (050) 7812269.

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