An instructor of the Argentine tango, James Valentino moves gracefully, his feet instinctively hitting the floor in time with the music that fills the ballroom. As the owner and founder of City Style Tango, Valentino imparts his grace to dancers of all experience levels during private and group lessons, sharing the secrets of the tango as well as other dancing styles such as swing, salsa, and the fox trot. Beyond the classes for adults or children, James encourages his pupils to show off their skills during student showcases or venture together to local clubs to dance amid the real world's oil-slicked floors.
The instructors at Al Irish's Shut Up and Box channel more than 14 years of experience into intense circuit-training workouts brimming with dynamic movements and power-packed blows. In addition to variable workout formats such as TRX straps and kettlebells, classes feature live DJ tunes that couple music and fitness better than a mariachi band performing on a treadmill. Captivating laser projections zip and scatter across the gym walls and replace traditionally somber gym decor with an invigorating, club-style atmosphere.
Handgun rentals are available.
Mark Cortis wants people to feel safe and comfortable when firing a handgun, so much so that the NRA-certified instructor offers a lifetime retake option for his concealed-carry students. That's no small gesture. Since 1991, Mr. Cortis has trained thousands of people, including those who work as professional security officers, private detectives, and law-enforcement officers. He's also pretty easy to get ahold of, offering classes seven days a week.
An active-duty officer with the Detroit Police Department, Jeff Banks helps students of all levels of marksmanship obtain a state Concealed Pistol License, also known as a CPL or CCW permit. With that aim, he teaches the Michigan CCW/CPL Training Class that, in addition to imparting the basics of operating a handgun, covers methods of non-violent conflict resolution.
In Royal Oaks Golf Course, the city operates a course open to the public. Aside from scenic views and lush, emerald fairways, the course offers players nine chances to hit long-distance drives and slam-dunk their ball into the hole. It also has a pro shop and a teaching professional ready to iron out rickety swings.