Executive director Beverly Smithey began dancing at the age of 4 and began her teaching career at 16, when she taught younger friends to dance in her parents’ home. Today, she leads a group of passionate instructors who all impart their love of dance to younger dancers. They teach a variety of styles for children as young as 2 as well as dance-inspired fitness classes for adults.
The instructors at New Day Yoga Studio strive to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere for students of all ages and experience levels. With an emphasis on the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, they encourage each person to go at their own pace, so that the body feels light and relaxed at the end of class. Bamboo floors, soft lighting, and calming music welcome visitors to sessions in two spacious yoga rooms, where they practice poses in various styles, such as ashtanga, vinyasa, hatha, and New Day's signature gentle hot yoga.
The staff at T3 Cycling & Triathlon knows that a bicycle's fit is crucial to performance and comfort?and so, rather than eyeball how a road or triathlon bike meshes with its prospective owner, they rely on a more precise system. Aided by the Ret?l system, which uses motion-capture video with 3D LED tracking to measure body angles and movements, they precision-fit customers to their own bike or to a bike make and model of their choice. Chances are they'll have that bike in-house: the store carries recreational and competition road and triathlon bikes from brands such as Felt, Guru, Quintana Roo, Cervelo, BMC, and LOOK. The house mechanics' steady hands also repair bikes during
tune-ups or can perform a complete overhaul with cable and bearing replacements.
While it takes millions of years for Mother Nature to form mountains, the scalable walls at Hoosier Heights in Indianapolis change much more frequently. As Indiana's largest rock-climbing facility?and the second largest climbing gym in the midwest?staffers frequently change the layout of their bouldering and top rope routes, which tower 35?45 feet. Luckily,
the team also teaches classes to help climbers navigate those manmade peaks. Some classes take a traditional rock-climbing approach, while others add in fitness disciplines such as yoga, which help students build the balance, focus, and flexibility essential to rock climbing or surviving an out-of-service escalator.
When designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. made Prairie View Golf Club his first Indiana project in 1997, he peppered 18 holes across 206 acres of natural beauty. His design hugs the White River, which rings the course on three sides, but only interferes with shots at four holes. Native grasses trim the entire perimeter of the former soybean- and cornfields, while oak, sycamore beech, and cottonwood trees surround the back nine holes. But the natural obstacles pale in comparison to the manmade impediments ? 90 sand traps, including one that stretches 135 yards, make the par-72 course a challenge for even the most avid golfer. Creative flagstick positioning invites visitors to modify their technique for approach shots, with an emphasis on precision rather than power, much like surgically extracting a swallowed engagement ring.
For some added muscle on the course, patrons can practice swings at golf lessons or map out a plan of attack over a meal at The Covered Wagon, which overlooks the course.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, Par 72 Course
Total length of 7,000 yards from the back tees
Course rating of 74.5 from the back tees
Course slope of 138 from the back tees
Four sets of tees per hole