School your soles in a subject more useful than the rules of courtly love, cuneiform calligraphy, or the metric system with today's side deal. For $15, you'll get four swing-dance lessons worth a total $30 at 23 Skidoo!, a small studio offering lessons for all ages and skill sets. This Groupon is good for 23 Skidoo!'s 7 p.m. Thursday classes specializing in East Coast swing or jitterbug. Courses begin on the first Thursday of each month and take place on every Thursday throughout that month. No partner is required for enrollment and all classes take place inside the Mercury Cafe.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
Jason M. Anderson recognizes that hearing what's wrong with a golf swing is nowhere near as valuable as seeing what's wrong with the swing. That's why the Director of Instruction at Park Hill Golf Club's Tru Swing Golf Academy incorporates video analysis into each lesson, from one-on-one lessons to sessions with groups of four or more students. Jason also heads out onto the course alongside his pupils to engage in nine-hole playing lessons. The play-along format not only presents plenty of teachable moments but also reveals just how the player performs under pressure—which can only be measured on the driving range by blasting air-horns during each backswing.
When Royce Gracie defeated his opponents at three UFC matches, spectators took notice. That’s because they each had at least 50 pounds on the relatively compact competitor. But that was of little consequence since Royce was well versed in the family technique, known as Gracie Jiu Jitsu. This form of martial art emphasizes leverage over brute strength, and it’s the method taught to teens, women, and men at Low Summit Jiu Jitsu. Instructors cultivate sharp instinct in their students, so they can react to danger in an instant. In addition to Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the roster of fitness classes also includes boxing and women’s self-defense.
Hosted at a variety of local venues, Bottle and Bottega's public, private, corporate, and kids’ painting parties provide painting materials and expert guidance to foster participants’ creativity. With at least one artistic instructor per 15 students, themed session revolve around recreating an original artwork, featuring subject matter such as sunset skylines, floral still lifes, and portraits of Dorian Gray's cat. Bottle and Bottega's host of painting packages include add-ons such as catering, cooking lessons, wine tasting, live models, and personalized party decorations.
Classic Ballet of Colorado aims to produce dancers possessing strong classical technique while also emphasizing artistic ability. The instructors lead a curriculum designed around the traditions of Russia’s Imperial Ballet school and the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. Indeed, tradition plays a big role at the school. Students often watch classic ballets and read stories of famous performances. To prepare students for their own moments on stage, the instructors teach ballet fundamentals, dance improvisation, and the use of props.