The year-round Five Seasons Family Sports Club welcomes families for some athletically minded fun. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts are the stomping grounds for lessons, matches, and free play. Multiple classes are available for all ages, including ballet for kids, strength training for teens, and yoga and kickboxing for adults. Members also can relax during a massage or shadow-puppet show, or refuel at the deli and smoothie bar.
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At My Pilates Studio, a team of Pilates instructors, many of them certified by Stott, lead classes ranging from ballet barre to prenatal Pilates. In studios with shining hardwood floors and mauve walls, students strengthen their cores, increase their flexibility, and boost their overall wellness with top-of-the-line equipment and supportive peers. The studio strives to create a soothing atmosphere with features such as a burbling fountain, freshly cut flowers, and soft lighting.
Cincinnati Skydiving gives novice jumpers a taste of the open sky via tandem diving. Participants take flight while attached to an instructor and enjoy a 60-second free fall before the parachute opens and they float gently to the ground, taking in the landscape. Cincinnati Skydiving also offers advanced jumpers the chance to take solo leaps; after a four- to six-hour training course, they take to the skies with two accelerated free-fall masters who oversee the plunge.
At Skateworld of Kettering, families strap on their gliding shoes to coast across the rink to the sounds of kid-appropriate tunes. During themed skating sessions, guests can glide to Radio Disney tracks, Top 40 hits, and disco ballads before feeding one of many arcade games with their hard-earned tokens. Tired tots can refuel by sinking their teeth into pizza or working on the blueprints for their perpetual-motion clone at the concessions stand.
Shoes clap cross the wooden floor, sequins sparkle in the stage lights, and ringlets bounce with every dancer's leap. Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance keeps these sights and sounds alive and well. Imparting tradition to its students while teaching them how to master the techniques of Irish dance, the school has produced 12 North American champions, 3 all-Ireland champions, and 2 Senior Men's World Champions in the past three decades. It's hardly a surprise, though, considering the school was founded by Ann Richens, a Dublin native, and is led today by John Timm, the 1993 Senior Men?s World Champion.
Classes start with beginners lessons and introductory workshops to help students get a feel for the motions and remember where their feet are located, before they launch into the full routines of more advanced classes. Once they reach senior status, they can perform at the Dublin Irish Festival and the Indy Irish Fest, as well as a variety of venues across the region.