The DVIDA-certified instructors at Always Ballroom Dance Studio believe that dance can benefit anyone, and uphold a policy of total acceptance across experience levels. On the glossy scape of blond hardwood floors, they monitor shimmies in both private and group lessons, prepping couples for their wedding-dance debut or showcasing a stock of nightclub moves. Pupils needn't reserve a spot or have a partner to attend most group sessions?the studio provides everything down to airsickness bags for soaring spins, and accommodates diverse tastes with more than 20 dance styles on its syllabus. Special events such as lock-ins and Salsa Saturdays top off the swinging schedule.
A great comedy club requires more than a stage, a microphone, and a bar. For the team behind Wiley's Comedy Niteclub?whose members have proven their mettle as owners of Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis and The Laughing Derby in Louisville?it's all about consistency. The Wiley's crew doesn't stop after they've landed the nation's top comics; they pay special attention to pacing, material, and variety in order to ensure every show contains a range of comedic styles.
Those carefully curated sets are performed in a carefully decorated venue, featuring walls lined in humor memorabilia and comedy albums?some of which were recorded at Wiley's itself. A bar pours out cocktails and beers, and a pub-inspired menu of burgers, sandwiches, and gourmet appetizers keeps bellies loaded for maximum belly laughs.
Wall Street Nightclub’s goal is simple: as stated on its site, the venue aims to provide entertainment every bit as diverse as its community. Throughout the week, the LGBT venue might pair country music with hip-hop, drag performers with strippers, or DJs with dance videos. Friday nights kick off each month with the "Midwest's largest lesbian dance party," and Sundays see the club transformed into a cabaret. Although its calendar is packed with weekly, monthly, and bicentennial get-togethers, plenty of performances and parties are special one-time-only events, such as standup sets or DJ competitions.
Over the course of one intensely laugh-filled week, 40 comics vie for the chance to perform across the country. The skilled performers arrive from all over North America, bringing their sharpest, most surprising, and banana peel-filled material to the stage. As the field is whittled down—nine comedians perform on Friday, six compete at 7:45 on Saturday, and the top three duke it out later that evening at 10:30—the Regional Grand Prize draws ever closer. The winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to the Las Vegas finals, where the victorious comic will receive a year-long performance contract to appear at clubs nationwide.