Carolina Dance Capital is a family affair. Husband and wife duo Fritz and Annette Schulte own the studio along with their daughter, Nina, who serves as artistic director. The rest of the staff includes eight regular dance instructors and more than 15 guest teachers and choreographers. In a variety of classes, they help students as young as two and as old as whatever to get fit and express themselves through ballet, jazz, tap, yoga, and Zumba.
Class sizes are kept small to encourage close personal attention and a supportive atmosphere. Six studios occupy the 8,700 square foot facility, and each is outfitted with observation windows, spring-loaded floors to prevent injury, and Super Soakers to facilitate Gene Kelly impressions. In addition to classes, pupils of all abilities can partake in cheer camps, workshops, and competitive dance teams. A waiting area for parents is equipped with complimentary WiFi.
Leatherman Golf Learning Center's driving range showcases a mastery of both utility and aesthetics. A double-decker driving range is the back porch of a handsome, colonial-style farmhouse. The sides of the top deck are bordered by white fences that match the walls of the building itself; underneath, players take aim at the target greens from sheltered hitting bays on the first floor. The range anchors a practice facility that also includes putting and chipping greens and a sand trap. PGA Class A pro Chris Leatherman uses the facility for private and group instruction.
The golf center also fosters whimsical play with an 18-hole miniature golf course. The course weaves through colorful landscaping, streams, and waterfalls that keep guests cool on a hot day or when putting with a soldering iron.
With locations spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, iLoveKickboxing.com has trimmed the waistlines of thousands of members while bolstering their confidence levels with engaging and varied total-body workouts. The program blends kickboxing techniques into a fat-burning, muscle-toning, and endurance-enhancing regimen. Limbs warm up with a quick jog before taking down imaginary opponents with a set of practice kicks and punches to drive home proper technique. The pummeling then switches to the one of many freestanding heavy bags, and incorporates ducking and weaving to boost heart rates. Teamwork drills help members tone up while cultivating camaraderie, which could lead to a partnership inspiring future buddy-cop-movie sensations.
Endorsed by UFC fighter B.J. Penn, the Martial Arts Training Institute provides extensive, valuable training in martial arts and self-defense. A full trial membership for 30 days gives you access to any MATI class. In the beginner's class, kids will study the self-discipline, the respect, and the physical conditioning required to be a martial arts expert. They'll hone their physical and mental skills under the tutelage of several black-belt instructors, who collectively hold belts in tae kwon do, karate, and jujitsu, among others. Adults can also sharpen their self-security with classes that invigorate the cardiovascular system, while learning how to counter any weapon attacks.
Tucked away among tranquil North Carolina pines, Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation inspires and challenges golfers of all levels with its rolling hills and fetching fairways. Par-seeking patrons cruise the luscious bent-grass grounds in a stylish cart (a required $23, not included in price of Groupon) for 10 birdie-filled games of golf, putting and generously slicing their way through the 18-hole, par 72 course. Playing 7,000 yards from the back tees, Olde Sycamore provides ample opportunities to unsheathe the driver and sail a sphere down the fairway or into the elf-infested woods. Strategically placed bunkers and water hazards test mental strength on approach shots, making strategy and precision essential to beating back bogeys.
Paradise Valley Golf Course's luscious "chip and putt" par-3 course provides an excellent place for beginners to get a grasp on the game, yet it also allows veteran golfers to hone their short game. Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics, won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Brush up on your golf physics with a links crash course, as each formidable hole is less than 100 yards in length, and completely free of beatniks. Masterfully avoid stepping on cracks that break mothers' backs by rolling over them (mothers, that is) in the included golf cart ($6 per person for 18 holes). Call to schedule your tee time in between tea time and your T-ball tournament.