When Ronni Delvalle grabs ahold of one of her mirrored studio's chrome poles, she feels more graceful, beautiful, and self-assured than when she's practicing any other type of dance or fitness. Fueled by a drive to share this empowering form of sensual exercise with women of all shapes and sizes, Delvalle and her a team of female instructors lead a variety of fitness and instructional pole-dancing classes designed to build confidence, tone muscles, and burn calories.
The team also conducts an aerial-yoga course that incorporates soft cloth hammocks suspended from the ceiling, offering a practical alternative to equestrian yoga, which requires students to form downward facing dogs on the backs of speeding Clydesdales.
Bellator unleashes the intensity of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) as eight warriors strive in no-holds-barred battles for the prize in the Bellator 50 middleweight quarterfinals. MMA fighters will kick, choke, punch, power-hug, and choke some more, splattering the canvas with human water balloons of sweat and blood. As seen on MTV2, Bellator packs its fight card with eight highly-ranked bruisers and contusion artisans, all dancing in a broken-bone ballet for the middleweight title. Saturday's show-card pits Vitor Vianna (11-1-1) against Sam Alvey (15-2-0) in a boisterous match of crippling wedgies. The circular cage of rage also sports Bryan Baker (15-2-0) extending an olive branch of internal hemorrhaging to Jared Hess (11-2-1), Alexander Shlemenko (40-7-0) and Zelg Galesic (10-5-0) feasting on knuckle sandwiches, and Brian Rogers (7-2-0) and Victor O'Donnell (10-2-0) achieving nirvana with cathartic mule kicks.
The owners of Heat Restaurant and Lounge set out to add even more character to the already colorful canvas that is the Hollywood district. Heat does just that with its Southern-inspired spread of Cajun eats inside a chic, modish lounge. Chefs whip up seafood specialties, bourbon baby back ribs, and stuffed burgers that, much like piñatas made in Wisconsin, burst with various types of melting cheese. A wide spectrum of music— from hip-hop to reggae to jazz—helps the lounge transform into a club scene later in the evening, complete with hookah and plenty of dancing.
Composed in memory of one of Verdi's favorite writers, Requiem is a musical staging of a Roman Catholic funeral mass. The Master Chorale of South Florida’s brass and voice unify in booming harmony as the 120-member chorus and 60-piece orchestra strive to express the divine sublimity of the composition. The stupendous sonic sensation is sure to shatter stray wine glasses and loose ear marimbas while quieting the rock band video-gaming console of the soul.
Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's longest film festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a robust schedule of special events and a plethora of pictures spanning numerous genres. Starting with pre-festival screenings, which begin on September 27, a lineup of more than 150 movies from more than 80 countries gives pass possessors the visual stimulation of an all-you-can-watch film binge without the distraction of Hollywood's enormous signage and carnivorous palm trees. The on-screen fare ranges from documentaries to foreign films and kids' flicks to 30-minute-and-under shorts; some of the works are also designated as "competition films" and considered for Oscar-style awards. In addition to viewing privileges, pass-holders are also entitled to admission at an agenda-busting array of special events—such as the Opening Night Film and Gala and the Chairman's Cruise and Brunch—many of which include free drinks, snacks, and the chance to rub elbows, knock foreheads, and intertwine phalanges with celebrities and filmsmiths.
The Florida Cajun Zydeco festival's seven musical acts fill the air with traditional tunes on two outdoor stages. Wooden dance floors and guided dance lessons (held in between sets) encourage rug-cuttery as the C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band wails away on fiddle and guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Magnolia Sisters reinvigorate forgotten standards more effectively than auto-tuned re-mixes of Glen Miller's catalogue. Each band also gives a 20- to 30-minute lesson about the history of their music. Visitors can suppress unruly appetites with spicy Cajun and Creole fare while perusing the offerings of craft vendors. Pintsize patrons can revel in games and rides, while larger patrons can revel in the festival's free parking.