Albany Ballroom transforms tentative steps into twirling grace across the dance floor. Its ballroom-dance classes impart the technical skills and experience necessary to perform the Salsa, Hustle, Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, and more. They also offer private lessons to prepare for wedding dances; Zumba to work off extra pounds; and dance parties to help relieve stress after a hectic week. Albany Ballroom aims to help clients approach the dance floor with confidence, by importing an enthusiastic and encouraging approach to dance.
Since first enchanting moviegoers with a screening of The Desert Song on May 30, 1929, Madison Theater continues to treat attendees to the latest cinematic offerings. Designed by acclaimed American theater architect Thomas White Lamb, Madison Theater remained a single-screen establishment until 1994, and now projects motion pictures on seven screens, playing Hollywood features alongside films from local and independent moviemakers. As cinematic stories unfold before their eyes, visitors can scarf down handfuls of daily made, cholesterol- and trans-fat-free popcorn. Snackers seeking richer treats can request kernels slathered in canola oil or drenched in a soy-based buttery topping, which concessions employees also insert in the middle of the corn for lasting buttery taste and protection from the beaks of butter-syphoning hawks.
Many of the students at Schott's Boxing will never climb into the ring for real; they're more interested in getting into the best shape of their lives. But that doesn't seem to concern the trainers, who have designed their classes to simulate the physical challenge of a real 12-round boxing match?minus the hitting, of course. During a typical session, students stick and move for three minutes and rest for one, repeating that pattern for 12 rounds. Each round consists of a different exercise, such as pounding the heavy bag, jabbing the trainer's punching mitts, or using the referee as a jump rope.
An accomplished trio of jazz artists kindles the Christmas spirit during a concert that features music from Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts holiday specials set to a storyline inspired by 1940s radio shows. After a disturbing news flash informs the audience that the Christmas spirit has been lost, musicians try to save the day by playing favorite carols, such as "O Tannenbaum" and "Greensleeves." Noted for nimble piano keystrokes, fresh arrangements of classics, and the unusual use of live roosters instead of trumpets, Guaraldi's catalog evokes simple, nostalgic memories of Christmases past. Jazz notes reverberate through the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, which traps the outgoing giggles of a tickled Steinway piano with Peter D'Antonio–designed acoustic panels and 380-pound doors. After the concert, families can relish their feelings of good cheer at a reception of milk, cookies, and mistletoe salad.
Sunset Recreation Bowling Lane’s expansive family-friendly facility offers more than a dozen self-scoring lanes, as well as a full snack bar with cheesy pizzas and sauce-slathered wings. Patrons can also stop by the alley’s full-service shop where local pro Warren Guernsey doles out bowling advice and reminisces about the days when lanes were uphill both ways.