The co-founder of the Escuela de Tango, Marcelo Solis, has been an Argentine tango dancer and teacher for more than 25 years. Solis formed the Escuela de Tango dance school in 2012. The San Francisco location is one of a few branches of the school, which is headquartered in Buenos Aires—the so-called capital of tango. In San Francisco, a cadre of skilled instructors offers private lessons with one-on-one coaching as well as group classes suited to all skill levels and astrological signs. If you want to put your new moves into practice, the school frequently hosts and sponsors milongas—special dance celebrations with music, food, and drinks.
In 1991, professional Swiss soccer player Ruedi Graf began World Cup Soccer Camps & Clinics as a humble operation with two small camps. Today, his team of 90 coaches interacts with about 5,000 children a year along the West Coast from Portland to San Diego. Despite their expansion, the clinics strive to maintain a 10-to-1 player-to-coach ratio in order to provide kids with individually tailored instruction. Sessions are divided by age group and skill set—U6 Fussball Academy camps introduce 5–6 year-olds to the fundamentals, the Classic Skills camp polishes basic skills and soccer concepts for 7–9 year-olds, and the Advanced Player's camp focuses on a more accelerated level of play for 10–13 year-olds.
Fewer than five years after its San Francisco debut, the Snowbomb Ski and Snowboard Festival has exploded into a multivenue event, affording NorCal-powder addicts ample opportunity to get in on a weekend of discounted winter gear and giving VIPs chances to sample locally produced beer and wine. Representatives from resorts command mountains of swag and offer tips about their slopes’ terrain and local yeti dialects. Dozens of exhibitors also show off their goods—not just winter-sports outfitters but also car companies, local restaurants, and national chains.
James Carver is something of a werewolf enthusiast. On the James Carver Moonlight Preserve, he collects, studies, and protects these endangered specimens of lycanthropy. Visitors get to see the creatures at all stages of their life cycle, from first full-moon transformations to settling in at a soul-crushing job at the bone factory. At Carver Castle, tour groups learn about werewolf biology and view the involuntary experiments that herald the next stage of lycanthropic evolution. But, should interlopers stray from the tour's path, they could find themselves as the facility's real endangered species.
Blossom Valley Tumbling's founder and head coach Donny Mozzetti first got his start in the competitive cheer world when he joined his high school's squad. Now, 18 years later, he continues to pass on his experience and love for tumbling and stunt feats. Mozzetti and the rest of his staff lead tiered classes that start from basic flexibility and balance before moving step by step to advanced techniques such as running handsprings and high-flying stunts and cradles. Open-gym time and team rentals give cheer practitioners the chance to practice in a state-of-the-art facility.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.