Having seen an upswing in interest in one of the world’s oldest dance styles, Johanna and Karen started a belly-dancing collective in 2004 as a way to create a community for both professionals and students and an audience for monthly showcases. They gave these enthusiasts a brick-and-mortar hangout in 2008 when they opened their first center for classes and events, which has since blossomed and moved into a new space nearly four times the size of the old studio.
Today, Hip Expressions offers drop-in and ongoing classes led by seasoned instructors. Classes focus on introducing newcomers to the art form’s fundamental isolation techniques that keep hips and waists from arguing over the remote. In addition to belly dancing, classes include a variety of other dances and fitness crazes such as Zumba, yoga for dancers, or active isolated stretching.
After meeting at the Beachview Inn starting point and undergoing a training session that frowns upon Segway jousting, your tour group will segue on their Segways to the Ream Wilson trail and follow it to the Clearwater Memorial Causeway to spot a fantastic panorama of the Gulf of Mexico. Once you've snapped a few shots of people smiling, jumping, and balancing Segways on their noses, buzz down the corkscrew to Coachman Park before continuing to historic Harbor Oaks and the Clearwater Beach Walk. Along the way, there's a chance you'll spot manatees, dolphins, stingrays, and wild parrots. After two hours, you'll have covered seven miles worth of sunny landscapes and wildlife.
After you report to the Safety Harbor Marina and strap on your snuggly life preserver, you'll learn the basic kayaking paddle grips and industry slang before boarding your personal fun-sized yacht and drifting out into the bay. While out on the water, Carolina Mike will teach his small class—typically four to eight students—basic kayaking secrets and paddle strokes for moving forward and backward or spinning in a perfectly round circle to impress Tajikistani cousins when they visit on Memorial Day. Each three-hour lesson will equip you with all the basic knowledge you need to jump into your kayak and paddle your way out of any roommate confrontation or uncomfortable seaside breakup. Call ahead to reserve your spot.
The open sea is a perilous expanse packed with advanced aquatic civilizations known only to experienced skiff-mates. Today’s Groupon gives you direct access to the fishy mysteries of the deep with a spot on a private charter for four hours of guided deep-sea fishing through Charter Boat Two C’s II for $55. The normal rate for a four-hour tour with a group of four to six people, which you’ll be in with this Groupon, is $440. Included in the price are ice, bait, and tackle for your wave-faring adventures,
Tampa Bay Grand Prix puts you behind the wheel of a true European-style electric OTL Pro-Kart. These easy-to-handle, durable, and reliable karts were designed specifically for rental and can reach speeds of up to 45 miles per hour—packing enough excitement to make the family sedan feel like a golf cart tethered to a mountain by a chain made out of iron recovered from a shipwreck. The OTL Pro-Kart's unique steel-tube frame provides security from red koopa shells and banana peels, while the track's state-of-the-art barrier ensures extra safety.
Not since the last '80s-night happy hour has there been such a good chance to express your inner self under conditions of mild intoxication. With this Groupon, $20 gets you in to a BYOB painting class at Painting with a Twist, where you can paint, tipple, and converse in an artfully social atmosphere.