Lisa Zahiya’s dance career has taken her all over the world, but it might be the work she’s doing in her hometown she finds the to be the most rewarding. At her studio, she teaches her students how to express themselves through dance with a curriculum that hinges on belly-dancing classes. Zahiya, who was named 2008 Tribal Fusion Belly Dancer of the Universe at the Wiggles of the West belly-dance competition, offers both traditional and cardio-heavy versions of the core-chiseling style. Though she helms a majority of the studio’s classes—which also include Bollywood-style dance, hip-hop, world-dance workouts, and kids’ belly dance—Zahiya enlists instructor Teejei Brigham to teach tribal dance. All classes welcome beginners, since Zahiya believes that dance is an art form that everyone—including the rare few with pogo sticks for legs—can enjoy.
With a long-standing commitment to women, children, minorities, and social-justice issues and a presence in Asheville since 1906, the YWCA is more than just a workout facility. Its history is peppered with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment through business ventures, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity, urging them to hula-hoop with donuts instead of eating them. Staff members further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs for health and fitness efforts and initiatives to help unemployed community members locate jobs in the area.
It's a Great Day for Dancing's experienced instructors guide students through lessons in waltz, foxtrot, swing, and more. With each class tailored to the students' individual learning styles, burgeoning rug cutters should see immediate results in their hip-twisting abilities. Students can also request instruction in less ballroom-bound styles, such as salsa, West Coast swing, and shag. Aspiring hoofers test out their moves at Friday dance parties, where they can shimmy and shake alongside fellow students, instructors, and the reanimated legs of Gene Kelly.
Retail golf shop! We carry name brand golf clubs, bags, shoes, clothing & all accessories. We have a full service repair center on site. We also have two hitting cages with laser launch monitors for tailored club fitting. We have a 90 day club satisfaction guarantee. Open 7 days a week with easy on/off freeway access.
Youngblood Bicycles' staff of avid cyclists fine-tune two-wheeled steeds with expert service and outfit riders in gear from pro brands, including Bell, Hincapie, Giro, and more. Veteran mechanics can call upon their bike-whispering skills to fix flats ($17), provide tune-ups ($65), or prevent bicycles that operate too well from becoming self-aware. Helpful pedal-pushers can also employ their passion for cycling to capably guide buyers through any purchase. A stylish logo jersey ($90) and pair of bib shorts ($110) by Hincapie keep riders sleek, aerodynamic, and in compliance with modesty laws, and a protective Bell Influx helmet ($65) shields your thoughts from divebombing carrier pigeons.
The Cork & Cleaver, the most popular restaurant in Waynesville according to TripAdvisor, serves luscious food with exceptional service. Starters on the menu include upscale favorites such as oysters rockefeller, baked with spinach and mornay asiago sauce ($8). Skim over soups and salads to land on the meaty terrain of the 20-ounce Braveheart black Angus porterhouse steak, including the tender filet and the hearty loin ($26). The Cork & Cleaver also offers natural meats, ranched sustainably and without a trace of hormones or antibiotics. All steaks are served with pillowy mounds of roasted-garlic mashed potatoes, a loaded baked potato, or the vegetable of the day.
Push Skateshop, which TransWorld Skateboarding recognized as "Shop of the Month" in December 2007, fuses a full-service skateshop with a contemporary art gallery. It adorns its walls with belly-up decks ($35–$60), some of which are the shop’s own line and all of which are painted with museum-worthy motifs. Riders who select a deck can affix trucks ($45–$65), bearings ($11–$55), wheels (most are $30–$35), and sidecars for squirrels. Lest skaters lack the proper fashion for freestyling, Push Skateshop flatters feet with more than 75 kinds of shoes and protects men's and women's bodies with stylish asphalt armor from more than 50 brand-names, including Zero, Krooked, Planet Earth, Volcom, RVCA, Matix, and Emerica.
Outdoor Family Fun Center nurtures the various swing-based abilities of its patrons with multiple driving, putting, and batting facilities. Customers can exchange batting-cage tokens ($1.75/each) for 15 pitches from an arm-style machine. The batting cages launch line-drive ammo at various speeds that range from slow-pitch softballs to 80-mph baseballs. Throughout the year golfers can calibrate their crosshairs with buckets of balls ($6+) on the driving range's covered and heated hitting stations or the artificial mats and grass tees. The 3-acre Bermuda grass short-game area ($8 for all-day play) includes target greens and uphill lies while enabling golfers to practice picking the locks on sand traps. The 18-hole, par 42 miniature golf course ($5 for kids younger than 12, $6 for adults) challenges putters with slopes, turns, and professionally landscaped ponds and waterfalls.
At Tryon Country Club, tree-lined Bermuda-grass fairways and bent-grass greens stretch across a par 72 course surrounded by striking mountain vistas. Designed by course architect Donald Ross in the early 1920s, the nine-hole course allows golfers to play full 18-hole rounds courtesy of an additional green and varied tee placements that enable them to approach holes from different angles. A stream slashes through the middle of the course, and strategically placed bunkers capture approach shots the way strategically placed cameras catch chimney sweeps pocketing precious soot. Golfers must call ahead to reserve a tee time, ensuring that their dogleg adventures do not conflict with prescheduled tournaments or long-foretold pheasant uprisings.
Stepping onto Reems Creek Golf Course, you may get the feeling you've been transported to the Scottish Highlands. Course architects Hawtree & Sons designed the layout to suggest that region's rolling topography, its sense of quiet solitude, and its roving bands of Brigadoon extras. Undulating hills seem to shift under the shadows of trees swaying in the wind, and dense forest in the foreground gives way to majestic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The 18-hole, 6,492-yard course tests players' mettle with a number of challenges. The long, slightly curved drive of hole 3 seems an open shot, but a guarding sand bunker punishes ill-aimed drives for the green. Hole 16 ups the ante with a pond and two sand bunkers directly in front of the cup.
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Black Mountain Golf Club can trace its roots back to 1929, when Scottish-born course architect Donald Ross—one of the most prolific course designers of all time—designed the 9-hole course that would later become the front side of the Club's 18-hole, 6,215-yard layout. Perhaps it was the peaks of the Black Mountains that drew Ross to the area, seeing them as both a picturesque backdrop to the course and a breeding ground for the goats that served as the club's first caddies. Golfers should bring a confident putting stroke to the course, as tricky greens supply the bulk of the difficulty. After rounds, players can unwind over burgers or tacos at the grill, which overlooks the scenic surroundings.
At Iron Palm Bouldering, the rock-climbing walls don't extend much higher than about 14 feet—a good deal shorter than one might imagine. That's because the gym caters exclusively to bouldering, a version of climbing that places more emphasis on body control and problem solving than speed, height, or practice for beanstalk scaling. This might sound like a more demanding version of rock climbing—and it can be—but Iron Palm welcomes all levels to the sport with group and individual classes. As climbers get better, they can progress to more difficult techniques and more complex bouldering problems, which the gym happily encourages by changing the climbing routes every month.
The natural method of horsemanship steers riding and training lessons at Double R Stables, a 10-acre sanctuary nestled in the heart of the Asheville Mountains. The farm's founders, Skip and Brigitte Ruckle, uphold equine excellence by encouraging riders to develop true communication with their horses before embarking on the trail toward competition. They also board their horses in 16 spacious stalls designed to keep the animals calm, friendly, and less likely to run away to pursue a fruitless career in tap dancing.
Incorporating a wide range of martial arts philosophies into their core tae kwon do classes, including hapkido, jujitsu, judo, and boxing, Asheville Sun Soo Tae Kwon Do helps students build strength and character with a multidisciplinary curriculum. Their all-ages classes are separated by skill level, with instruction tailored for students serious about belt progression as well as those learning just for fun.
Grand Master Kevin Tiger Bang leans on more than 30 years of teaching experience and an extensive résumé of martial-arts triumphs when leading classes at Tiger Bang's Martial Arts Academy. When the grand master isn't running the show, classes are taught by other national and international champions. The school's programs include tae kwon do, kung fu, hap ki do, and the healing martial art tae moo do.