The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, RedFoo and SkyBlu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," whose bouncy swagger dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. The band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
Now in its fourth year, the Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival unites winemakers and culinary experts for three days of sipping and celebrating, with events such as VIP Dinner Under The Stars, Vineyard Party, BRAMAN Motorcars Palm Beach Grand Tasting, as well as the Jazz Bubbles & Brunch. Guests take in the outdoor setting while sampling reds and whites from wineries located in California, Florida, Italy, and everywhere in between. To accompany glassfuls, chefs dish up freshly roasted meats from Ethos Greek bistro and freshly snared truffles from Godiva chocolates. Over in the bazaar, visitors can take a quick international journey while perusing globally sourced olive oil and fragrant spice and tea blends. Beginning this year, a wine store is available for guests to purchase their favorite wines from the events. While unique gifts are found and goblets clinked, musical acts provide an upbeat soundtrack.
Ileana Moreno believes the key to beauty lies hidden in Mother Nature’s pocket. Through her business me2 beauty skincare & wellness, she treats maladies ranging from age-related wear to dry skin with organic skincare products and holistic nutritional counseling. As an aesthetician, she also lends her beauty-conscious eye to more traditional treatments, such as waxing and make-up application.
DeLux Nightclub is a swanky escape for night prowlers, who can dance to energetic music amid dim twinkles of color or sip cocktails in an eclectic outdoor lounge. The sleek bar attracts guests with beer ($5–$6) and refreshing mixed drinks ($7–$10), which ease mingling and enhance tongues' abilities to activate postage-stamp adhesive.
Located in Delray Beach, PūrCycle is one of the first all-spin exercise studios in the area. At this colorfully painted beach house of a spin studio, experienced instructors lead heart-pounding cycling classes on Star Trac Blade stationary bikes, boosting metabolisms and giving clients both resistance and cardio workouts at the same time. High-energy music plays as spinners crest hills and stand up to pedal in these fat-burning classes.