Within the pleasant yellow walls of S4L Studios, upbeat music mingles with the whirs of stationary bike wheels and the motivational words of instructor Keith Owens. The former college football player energizes students with a structured regimen, which he learned in a competitive athletic-training program and from years of teaching. Students tone their lower body and abs while bolstering cardiovascular health atop one of the 28 Spinner NXT bikes, pedaling at their own pace and fueling themselves on the student camaraderie that permeates each class. Unlike running marathons or standing in for Lou Ferrigno’s pogo stick, spinning provides exercisers with a low-impact activity that’s easy on the joints.
In 1979, millionaire Donald J. Carter and Mavericks' founding president, Norm Sonju, began making efforts to secure an NBA team in Dallas. His dream became a reality at the 1980 All-Star game, when league owners voted to admit the new franchise for an entry fee of $12 million and Mr. Carter's entire baseball-card collection. The newly formed Mavs experienced quick success, making the postseason six times during their first decade. The 1990s proved not so kind, however; the team failed to make the playoffs even once. That ineptitude came to a prompt halt with the start of the new millennium, when, under a fresh and outspoken ownership regime, the team set off a string of 12 straight playoff appearances, highlighted by its first NBA title in 2011.
The crown jewel of the Dallas Arts District, the AT&T Performing Arts Center – or AT&T PAC, as it’s commonly referred to – encompasses four different venues, meaning there’s a little something for everyone. The grand Winspear Opera House, a bright red fixture in the city’s skyline, is home to the Dallas Opera and the Texas Ballet Theater, while the Wyly Theatre hosts the Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Black Dance Theater and Ballet Folklorico. Outside, Strauss Square provides space for outdoor performances and festivals, and the sprawling Sammons Park is ten acres of green space surrounding the venues. The PAC is buzzing year-round, drawing patrons of the arts from all over the Metroplex to catch an impressive range of performances from The Book of Mormon to The Barber of Seville, and everything in-between.
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.