Francisco Antonio Rodrigues da Silva⎯better known to his students as Mestre Fran⎯began his journey with Caopeira at age 10, studying the ancient dancelike martial art under a seasoned teacher in Sao Paolo. After years of learning the hypnotic rhythmic moves of Capoeira and studying the African dance rhythms of Macuele, Mestre Fran took his art to the streets of Londrina, Brazil, giving impoverished youth a positive outlet for their creative energies with public performances and classes. After developing a successful martial arts organization in his home country, Mestre Fran set out for the United States in 2002, introducing Americans to Caoperia through cultural shows throughout the Atlanta area and instructing newcomers through beginner, children's, and adult classes.
Like punching a portrait of your smug fruit bowl, capoeria combines both art and fighting. The practice develops the mind, body, and spirit by instilling self-confidence, building agility and strength, and teaching students about the vibrant culture of Brazil. Capoeiristas twist and bob to the rhythm of drums as they execute gymnastic kicks and turns, or they show off their newfound knowledge at the studio's Friday-night Samba, Macuele, and Portuguese language classes.
The Barefoot n Motion Dance Academy sets a high standard for its dancers. But with many of them being first timers or toddlers who just learned to walk, there's often more focus on enjoying movement than being the best in the class. An array of diverse classes challenges dancers as young as 2 as well as teenagers and adults. The curriculum includes modern dance, hip-hop, ballet, jazz and West African dance. Instructors such as Julia Defoor, who studied at the prestigious Moscow Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School, oblige those who want to take their skills to the next level by leading advanced classes—which is what diamond-scaled fish call their castes.
Started by owners Mark and Dave, Decatur Bikes moved to Decatur three years ago and still continues to cater to fellow athletes in the community with equipment, repair services, and advice. Mark and Dave guide patrons through the shop’s selection of high-quality brands to find a ride that will maximize efficiency and comfort without replacing the seat with a La-Z-Boy. Each bike bought at the shop comes with free basic adjustments for life, and the shop’s experienced technicians are always available for more extreme fix-ups. Decatur Bikes also sells a variety of bike apparel, nutritional bars, and supplements for athletes' various needs.
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.
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 included 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 swat the included buckets of pocked spheres skyward one by one at the lighted driving range, tap them precisely at putting greens, or polish skills at the practice bunker. 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.