Academy of Russian Ballet founders Svetlana Gavrilova and Kirill Bak supply beginning dancers with techniques gathered through years of professional dancing as well as study at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in Russia. The one-hour pre-ballet classes divvy up time slots according to age group, with 3- to 5-year-olds embarking on their slippered studies in Pre-Ballet I at 4:30 p.m. and 6- to 8-year-olds learning the ropes of Pre-Ballet II at 5:30 p.m.
Wolves Den Fitness's expert instructors help pupils sculpt sleek physiques with a schedule of fitness classes flush with cardio, strength training, and hand-to-hand combat. Specializing in a panoply of fighting styles, instructors lead Wolves Den classes that arm students with muay-thai, boxing, and mixed-martial-arts techniques to burn fat by pummeling punching bags. Non-confrontational classes such as yoga and pole dancing teach students to beat back the advancing armies of flab while toning muscles.
Melding a flurry of powerful forehand chops, pinpoint pivoting, and sneaky backhand lobs, tennis is second only to competitive chainsaw sculpting as America’s favorite sport at which to grunt. Sponsored by the United States Tennis Association Northern Section, the Tennis Festival of the North features three days of events that include demos, clinics, an exhibition match, and jet-engine–powered tennis-ball launchers. Tennis fans and fanatics alike will enjoy an all-inclusive pass that includes access to Friday-evening demos and drills, Saturday and Sunday clinics, and general-admission seating to Saturday's exhibition. Tennis pros and experienced instructors lead informative sessions on topics such as Boomers and Beyond, Playing Tennis After 50, and Nutrition Hints for Winning Tennis, while attendees can also browse a vendor fair and an interactive fan zone. Additionally, Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Davenport and 18-time Grand Slam singles champion Martina Navratilova will be present to talk tennis and cut up the court during an exhibition match.
The season finale of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra comes to a dramatic Deutschlandic conclusion, with a showcase of classical German music spanning three centuries. Join conductor, ivory tickler, and SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias, who has conducted both the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonic orchestras, as he begins the evening with an elegant performance of Piano Concerto in D Minor by C. P. E. Bach. Zacharias will then resume vertical posture to conduct Schumann's Spring Symphony, a piece composed from Schumann's fast-flowing heart and mind during his honeymoon period with pianist wife, Clara Wieck. Enjoy this evening of joyous classical music, and attend the SPCO before the offseason starts.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
With a dynamic indoor space and a staff of PGA-certified pros, Minnesota Golf Academy offers a venue for year-round improvement in all facets of the golf game. The academy?s most eye-popping feature is an 11,000-square-foot short-game area where guests practice a multitude of chips, pitches, and approach shots from various lies and distances of up to 50 yards. Designed by PGA instructor Eric Chiles, the short-game area also features a large sand trap, and every shot plays into a two-tiered, 1,625-square-foot green. Reflecting the academy?s emphasis on emulating on-course conditions, the facility?s driving range lets guests place their own tees into the turf so they tee the ball up at a comfortable height. The academy also offers lessons for juniors and adults.