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.
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.
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.
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.
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.