Hip-hop music is in a perpetual state of evolution. And to dance to it, one must be equally innovative. That's where Tenacity Dance Company comes in. Tenacity's instructor hosts classes for all skill levels in cutting-edge hip-hop dancing led by professional choreographers and dancers trained to keep up with the times. In their range of age-divided classes for kids ranging from toddlers to high schoolers as well as adults, students learn principles of technique, timing, and choreography, honing physical coordination and creativity along the way. By building self-confidence, learning respect, and nourishing skills in self-expression, the classes help each student thrive both in dance and in life.
Ray's Splash Planet is unlike anything in the Carolinas. The facility includes a one-of-a-kind water park with fun-filled features. The Planet is home to a fitness center with aerobic & dance room, cardiovascular theater, free weights and resistance equipment. Ray's Splash Planet also contains party rooms available for re
Before he was old enough to vote, Ricky Price won the slam-dunk competition at a McDonald’s All-American Game and a gold medal on Team USA in the Junior Olympics in Argentina. After playing at Duke University, he spent nine years in the pros, both overseas and on NBA teams such as the Miami Heat. At Game Ready Skills and Development, he channels all those years on the court into training and practice sessions for kids 10 and older. Whether leading one-on-one or group lessons, he focuses his teachings on basketball fundamentals that may include passing, rebounding, and using the ref's back as a dunking springboard.
Growing up in a family of competitive wrestlers, Quinn Reynolds paved her own road away from the sport. She diverted from her father and brothers by pursuing swimming, ballet, and soccer, the latter of which won her a scholarship to the University of Illinois. When she began hot yoga, however, she realized that she was destined for a career on the mat after all. She completed her certification and brought her flexing expertise to Arrichion, a training facility for wrestlers and mixed martial artists where her specialized classes challenge yogis and help to round out the workout routines of seasoned athletes—including the wrestlers on her dad's team.
In class sessions named after different gemstones, Quinn and her team of instructors emphasize approachability and sound technique. They refrain from potentially distracting practices such as chanting or applying mascara to third eyes during the purposeful flow sequences and core-tightening stretches. The hybrid Tiger's Eye class even begins with a fighter's circuit-training component, lending credence to the gym's claim that "real fighters do yoga."
Balance. Strength. Control. These are the skills that Sensei Ruiz teaches during his karate lessons at Charlotte Shukokai Karate. Shukokai is a form of shito-ryu karate, a traditional okinawan style that incorporates quick movements and surprisingly hard strikes with a double hip twist. Combining his own 20 years of experience studying under Sensei Heriberto Sepulveda in New York and his experience as a martial-arts instructor and middle-school science teacher, Ruiz leads traditional-style classes for students of all levels.
Evolution packs its exposed-brick walls with certified personal trainers, state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, and a kaleidoscope of heart-pumping fitness classes. During the two one-hour personal-training sessions, muscle mavens help bodies reach their health and fitness goals with customized workouts aimed at weight loss, sports-specific endurance, or other athletic aspirations (each a $75 value). With a two-week membership, sweat seekers can sample dozens of group exercise classes such as power yoga, martial arts, kettlebell fundamentals, and intermediate levitation (a $50 value). While skeleton husks sweat off spare tires on the treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical machines, flat-screen televisions keep brains distracted from thoughts of seceding from the body.
Today's deal can get former wallflowers of all ages swing dance lessons from Gottaswing Charlotte for $6 each, half off the usual $12 per-class fee. Each one-hour lesson will be followed with a three-hour dance accompanied by live swing music. Lessons and dances are on the third Saturday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (more are being added soon; check the events calendar). Be sure to schedule ahead.Alexander removed the final loose stone from around the tower prison’s window slit, gently placing it on the floor lest a passing guard hear the unmistakable clink of masonry. The gap was, indeed, large enough for a man to squeeze through. He took the old man’s shirt and looped it around the remaining iron bar.