The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.
Jump Highway is constantly in motion. The "trampoline sports arena" is filled with more than 10,000 square feet of nearly custom-built, steel-frame trampolines that cover the floor and climb partway up the walls. Here, visitors of all ages bound across the room and into foam pits large enough for use by professional gymnastics teams or a giant's naptime. In addition to freestyle jumping sessions, the center also hosts group dodgeball and basketball tournaments. The gym's Airobics class treats the trampolines as a whimsical track and field during its cardio-focused, low-impact, and low-gravity workouts.
Each piece of equipment is carefully inspected each day and the staff regulates the number of jumpers to prevent overcrowding. They also monitor the different trampoline zones, which include a separate jumping area just for smaller children. When guests are ready for the world to stop shaking, a cafe and on-site lounge feature leather furnishings and wireless internet.
Live performances at events such as the Reno Jazz Festival are regular parts of life for Steve Trovao, a musician with a music degree and more than three decades of drumming experience. At Steve Trovao Drums, he helps students of all ages find their own beats as they learn to play along with their favorite musical genres. A pair of high-quality Pro Drum sets are the centerpiece of the soundproof, acoustically tuned studio, which is also outfitted with a library of drumming books, DVDs, and play-along CDs that mimic the experience of performing with a band.
The hardworking students of style at Le Melange prepare for outstanding future careers with expert instruction and artfully executed spa services. With a brief, 15-minute bikini wax, guests prepare to show off swimsuits or strategically placed censor bars with below-the-belt swaths of long-lasting silky skin. Alternatively, technicians polish up finger shields with the customer's choice of luxurious hot-oil treatments or classically glamorous French manicures, followed by a relaxing, multistep spa pedicure. Each pedi pampering treats tarsals to an aromatic salt rub, hydrating mask, and hot-towel wrap, ensuring that long-suffering feet re-up their lease to ankles.
Ceramics-painting sessions at The Clayhouse help to transmute imaginations into one-of-a-kind pieces of keepsake pottery enhanced by vibrant strokes and delicate dabs. Guests with today's deal can partner up with a friend, a family member, or a polite stranger to apply pleasant hues to tabula-rasa coffee mugs. Each painter can choose from a rainbow of more than 50 color glazes to bedazzle his or her ceramic sipper in patterns dreamed up on the spot or attributed to unearthly coffee-bean muses. Sessions include all required materials and guidance, with guests supplying their own enthusiasm and fingers.