It isn’t every day that a student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio right next to Cumberland Mall. Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer’s good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
With locations in Midtown and Duluth, the Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta teaches aspiring ballroom kings and queens how to confidently execute such staples as traditional waltz, foxtrot, salsa, and swing. A cast of instructors brings years of experience to the dance floor as they shepherd their charges through rug-cutting private and group lessons, dissipating patrons’ nervousness with a cheerful demeanor and constant reassurance that their high-school crushes aren't watching. The studios' weekly parties give students the chance to mingle with their peers and practice freshly learned techniques in a laid-back environment.
In 1992, Atlanta Kick opened as a karate dojo, teaching martial arts with an emphasis on respect, physical fitness, and discipline. By 2000, the certified trainers at Atlanta Kick had punched through the wooden planks blocking them from bringing their studio to the next level of fitness by adding boot camps. Now, 13 years later, Atlanta Kick is bigger and stronger than ever. They still teach karate classes for children and adults, but they’ve added a slew of hard-hitting fitness classes to keep their boot camps company, including CrossFit, self-defense, and kickboxing. Certified trainers help motivate clients to blast through workout plateaus.
A floating floor cushions heels at Daza Dance Ballroom Academy while overhead bulbs that shine like stars illuminate a flurry of foot tapping and twirling. Inside the spacious Buckhead studio, students set to work mastering the cha-cha in group classes, dipping a partner in private sessions, or choreographing a memorable first wedding dance. Professional instructors oversee lessons and participate in dance parties, which, unlike solitary-confinement cells, foster a social atmosphere to practice new moves.
Teaching golf is my passion and somthing I have always enjoyed. I absolutely love the game of golf and understand the mechanics, the art and science behind the golf swing and love to share my knowledge with others.
Unit 2 Fitness is a locally owned fitness martial arts gym located in midtown Atlanta, GA.
Unit 2 was founded by a small group of martial artists and professional fighters.
Like many of you we loathed corporate big box gyms.
We wanted something for people that wanted hard core fitness and demanded results.
Most guided sightseeing tours pose severe health risks—muscle atrophy, loss of bone density, and blinding rage, to name a few—due to the lack of physical activity. You’ve probably suffered one or all of those symptoms while on these tours:
Strut down dark alleyways, runways, and regional airstrips with confidence and excellent muscle tone, daring street thugs and 747s to come near you with today’s Groupon. You get four weeks of unlimited martial arts and fitness classes, a private lesson, and your own uniform (if you take karate) from Imperatori Karate for $45 (a $99 value). This new-student package is good for any of the classes on Imperatori’s schedule, including karate classes for children and adults, cardio kickboxing, Pilates, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and spinning. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
For $40, you get 10 classes at Trinity Fitness, located at 828 Ralph McGill Blvd. At just $4 per class, that's an unbeatable 60% discount off the $100 value. Trinity is an all-women fitness center with a variety of classes, many focusing on martial arts. Drop in on group exercise classes, including:
Named Best Golf Course by CrossRoadsNews readers in the 2010 Best of East Metro Readers Choice Awards, Sugar Creek Golf Course challenges seasoned and novice shooters to navigate more than 6,200 yards of manicured countryside. Hop into Sugar Creek's inclusive golf cart with your best friend, dad, or best friend's dad to explore the publicly owned, par-71 course, which dares dimple dabblers to dodge its low-slung bunkers and master the movement of well-kept greens. Guests can also feel free to give skills a quick polish at the course's practice bunker and putting greens. Once iron-swingers have sufficiently conquered Sugar Creek's fairways and snorkeled its water hazards, they may end links journeys at the full-service clubhouse or in the retail realm of the Sugar Creek pro shop.
Terri "The Boss" Moss knows a thing or two about motivation. The former narcotics investigator was 33 years old when she slipped on her first pair of boxing gloves, but her late arrival to the ring did nothing to prevent her from taking the fighting world by storm. She entered the professional circuit about two years later, and racked up five world-title bouts in three separate weight divisions during her nine-year career. After defeating Stephanie Dobbs—13 years her junior—in 2007 to become the Intercontinental Strawweight title-holder, the champ soon retired and founded Atlanta Corporate Fight Night, a charity boxing show that trains everyday folks from the business world while raising money for local causes.
Today, Moss continues to prove it's never too late to suit up for battle, teaching boxing lessons for wannabe professionals and weekend warriors alike in her own gym, Buckhead Fight Club. The graffiti-strewn space, which opened in May 2013, hosts boxing, taekwondo, and yoga classes, as well as on-site massages that help boxers relax enough to finally unclench their fists.
Though flamenco dancings has its roots in Spain, its influence has spread throughout the world, something the staff members at Calo Gitano Flamenco Dance Company know personally. The instructors and dancers, who hail from countries including Venezuela, Brazil, Panama, and Japan, share their passion for the traditional Spanish folk dance in an array of classes. They welcome children and adults alike, teaching beginners proper technique and showing more advanced students rapid footwork skills for lighting floors on fire. They also dazzle onlookers with performances throughout the Southeast, and have appeared on CBS' Better Mornings Atlanta.
One Step Above encompasses a crew of urban professionals who sought a classier alternative to dance moves they witnessed in the club scene. Harkening back to a grander time, they specialize in styles such as Detroit (urban) ballroom, Chicago stepping, and soul line dancing, choreographing routines that earned them a Best Choreography award at the Usher’s New Look summer camp and a spot in the movie Stomp the Yard. During classes, instructors stress the lead-and-follow relationship, working with each student at their individual pace.