At Rock University, a staff of experienced professional musicians teach kids to express themselves through guitar, drums, voice, and audio mixing. Through summer camps, performance classes, and private lessons, kids form their own bands and experience the thrill of performing a well-rehearsed rock song live. Learning how to jam at Rock University isn't just for kids, though?they also provide classes for adults as well.
For three generations—and more than 70 years—the Nicholsons have harvested crops that complement both family farms and family tables, a tradition that Jack and Ryan Nicholson continue today. Fresh from their forest, the Nicholson Farms crew delivers and spreads pine straw of myriad varieties. Potting soil, mulch, and other landscaping materials keep outdoor areas healthy, and wood playground cushioning protects kids from the hard surfaces of playgrounds and the even harder realities of tax law. In the garden, a bountiful vineyard and orchard yields homegrown fruits and vegetables ranging from blackberries, blueberries, and watermelons to squash and peppers.
Rain or shine, the guides from Tour Charlotte are ready to share the sights, food, and culture of their city. The guides?made up of enthusiasts, cultural experts, and comedians?take groups on seven different bus and walking tours. Depending on the chosen adventure, they might visit local microbreweries or explore Charlotte's vibrant Uptown, sampling some great food along the way.
When Josh and Kelsey Elmore ended their athletic careers in mixed martials arts and cheerleading, respectively, they needed a new outlet for their physical activity. Given the MMA-esque intensity and cheerleader-esque support of CrossFit, it's no wonder why Josh and Kelsey were compelled to open CrossFit Eternal. There, the duo and their team of fellow CrossFit Level 1–certified coaches guide groups through CrossFit's Workout of the Day, a continually changing hodgepodge of functional exercises such as pushups, pull-ups, and jumping to high-five a cardboard cutout of Dikembe Motumbo. Because the workouts extract so much energy, the team offers nutritional counseling to ensure that exercisers replenish themselves adequately.
Charlotte Salsa's instructors acquaint students with salsa's invigorating rhythms, marrying the intensity of Cuban mambo with Latin jazz. Hip-swinging pupils pair up before learning the basics—including forward, side-to-side, and back-to-back steps—over the course of 10 courage-building sessions. Competition-winner Rodrigo A. Jimenez and ex-El Salvadoran salsa queen Wendy Jimenez instruct beginner classes that help unlock the turntable in your hips, blending flashy turns, twists, and spins into a whirling storm of devastating desire. The lesson calendar is flexible, with one-hour sessions held throughout the week.
During your two personal training sessions, one of ZX Fitness’ experienced personal trainers will work with you to assemble exercises that help you best accomplish your fitness goals, be they tightening your core, shedding extra pounds, improving muscular strength, or picking winning bingo cards. Then you’ll be let loose to use your newfound knowledge and six-week pass during all ZX Fitness group fitness classes and in its fully-loaded facility, which has cardio decks, basketball courts, free weights, large locker rooms, circuit training equipment, juice bars, a supervised children’s area, and more. Group fitness classes, of which there are more than 20, include cycling, dance, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Unwind after a day of sweating and stretching by watching a sports game on one of the many HDTVs, or warm your socks while dehydrating fresh prunes in the sauna. Class schedules differ at each location.