High Performance Golf’s professionals—who call on more than 25 years of collective experience—help golfers to hone their game by using advanced technology to break down swings. The golf pros use video analysis, K-Vest 3-D motion-capture systems, and launch monitors to dissect each pupil’s mechanics and sweaty palm tendencies. The data generated by these systems enables the instructors to develop personalized plans for students' improvement, helping them to reach goals more efficiently in private and group lessons. The professionals incorporate training exercises for specific muscle groups, and their facility lets students practice indoors or at an outdoor range. Additionally, High Performance Golf’s PGA Tour simulator invites players to swing through the fairways of famous courses without having to wrestle the feral caddies that lurk in their water hazards.
As Rochester’s improv-comedy source, Village Idiots' professional instructors churn out amusement and crash courses in the art of extemporaneous entertainment. Throughout the 90-minute introductory workshop, comedy gurus instruct aspiring court jesters on how to think on their feet and act without fear through a series of funny-bone-building exercises. Basic improv and acting games help participants unleash talents useful on stage and off, such as enhanced storytelling, confidence in front of others, and the ability to finally make goldfish laugh. Serious improv students can also sharpen their skills as they learn fundamental improvisation techniques from practicing professionals, casting off the humor-hindering shackles of self-restraint and earning giggles through hilarious trial and error. Spontaneity is invariably stimulated in these workshops, which work like inhibition-impairing electrodes that dull the senses and invite onlookers to chortle recklessly.
For more than 30 years, Barry Manilow has romanced the airwaves and the hearts of millions worldwide with his ethereal melodies, relentless showmanship, and touching sincerity. With his ageless, silky voice, Barry’s continues to tug the heartstrings of boomers and bloomers with his timeless tunes, including “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At The Copa),” and “Could It Be Magic.” For this very special Florida visit, the magnanimous BankUnited Center is proud to host Barry Manilow along with his razzling, dazzling cast and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works—it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
Since opening in 1981, Rochester Fencing Club has produced two world-champion fencers and a slew of prodigious Olympian qualifiers, including five members on the 1996 team, four on the 2000 team, and one on the 2008 team. Two of those Olympians, sisters Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, have returned to the facilities as co-owners and instructors. Iris’s fencing aptitude has earned her a position as the president of the Stanford Fencing Association, while Felicia’s fencing prowess—she was the first and only woman to win the NCAA championship in both foil and épée—remains unrivaled despite rumors that rhinoceroses will now be allowed to compete. Continuing the club’s tradition of excellence, the staff cultivates talent among young fencers in summer camps and classes of all levels. Two-hour birthday parties teach kids fencing basics, followed by an hour of frenzied birthday-cake consumption and duels with piñatas.
Welcoming those who are “gay, straight or somewhere in between,” 140 Alex Bar & Grill fosters a friendly atmosphere where everyone is invited to “drink, play, dance, sing, laugh, and hang out.” When they’re not too busy crooning at karaoke, applauding a drag show, or scoring points during adult trivia, guests of the brick-walled hangout sip brews and chow down on burgers and wings. The bar-restaurant’s calendar remains packed even during the holiday season, when ugly-sweater contests, Thanksgiving parties, and chess games against snowmen fill chilly Friday nights.