When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and
salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Nothing seems to stop a Hummer. Not high dunes. Not sharp turns. Not even pools of water, or lots and lots of mud kicking up from the back of the iconic vehicle's tires. These are all familiar sights at Off Road Hummer, a 600-acre expanse that beckons bold visitors to explore several off-road tracks.
Nestled amid a working farm and paintball fields, these routes welcome all levels of drivers?or riders, if visitors prefer. Off Road Hummer's instructors walk their trainees through all the essentials, then send them out in one of a dozen H1 Hummers, all customized to tackle challenging terrain and ramp up through the air like a totally awesome eagle.
Helmed by a former Walt Disney Imagineering designer, The Pottery and Creative Center carries plenty of artistic and whimsical clout. At the center, kids and adults can get their paws dirty learning to hand build clay structures or turn to the wheel to sculpt smooth vases, cups, and cheerleading megaphones. Students can rely on the studio's large range of stencils and preconstructed bisque pieces to kick-start their designs or simply look out the window for natural inspiration—the studio resides on verdant grounds occupied by a small population of horses.
A fleet of ATVs, Jeep 4x4s, and dune buggies carries passengers on wild, pavement-free rides through more than 240 acres of Floridian tropics at Revolution, The Off-Road Experience. Behind the wheel of a Jeep, or the 8-wheeled amphibious vehicle called the Mucky Duck, drivers can
wheel up man made steps instead of looking for a nearby escalator. Alternately, the company?s local body of water, Revolution Lake, lets adventurers take advantage of 60 acres of sport fishing, where they can catch, photograph, and release specimens such as largemouth bass, croppies, snook, and bowfin.
Wesley Stout’s childhood in the mountains of Virginia sparked a lifelong love of nature. A muralist with a knack for forested vistas and underwater vignettes, Stout’s works have been seen in businesses and schools across the Caribbean. His online gallery is filled with realistic depictions of stunning Floridian sights, interspersed with a few fanciful scenes such as this fiddling bear and this noble Camelot-bound eagle. He translates all of this experience into teachable moments during his art classes, showing students how to give their imaginations form through styles such as cartooning, portraiture, and landscape painting.