Experienced dance coach, competitor, and choreographer Charlie Hardcastle trains dancers of all abilities in a bevy of ballroom styles. During three 45-minute classes, Hardcastle homes in on individual goals and abilities, customizing rug-slicing routines for novices, experts, and modest experts pretending to be novices. The studio welcomes children and adults individually or in couples to trot through a variety of techniques inspired by traditional American and Latin styles.
Jeff and Mary Nelson, the head instructors at Focus Kids Karate Academy, hold classes for students of all ages, but their specialty is kids. They design specialized programs for kids aged 3–4 and 5–17, in which students learn karate and important life lessons such as discipline, manners, and self-control. Kids can also learn Brazilian jujitsu. For adults, the academy offers Brazilian jujitsu, fitness kickboxing, and full-contact MMA classes that blend styles such as Brazilian jujitsu, Western boxing, muay thai kickboxing, and wrestling.
Water cascades over the precipice of a towering rock face, forming an elevated waterfall that overlooks the 18-hole circuit at Malt-Tees Mini Golf (formerly known as Adventure Gardens Mini Golf). Featured in CBS Minnesota's Best Things to Do in Richfield, the course winds through a labyrinth of colorful gardens and flowing streams, which players navigate via a system of bridges and putter pole-vaulting challenges. After rounds, appetites piqued by celebratory putter-gnawing can find relief at the malt shop, which serves up frozen desserts, drinks, and light snacks.
In 1957, Elmer Sorensen took the $35 in his savings account and spent it on paint and parts to spruce up his six used bikes. His wife sold all six in one day.??I think we are onto something here,??Elmer said. He was right. By 1960, Elmer and his family acquired their first stand-alone bike shop, increased their stock to 700 bikes, and began to deal in new bikes, parts, and accessories. Today, Penn Cycle & Fitness sells and rents the latest bike models from seven different locations and holds numerous accolades for its work.
Since opening in 1895, the Hoigaard family and its eponymous shop has been supplying nature lovers with the equipment and apparel necessary to make a playground out of the great outdoors. Today, third- and fourth-generation Hoigaards run the shop alongside a staff of camping aficionados and skilled craftspeople. Their expertise comes in handy as they dress fellow outdoorsfolk in a selection of belts, jackets, shoes, and boots from brand-name manufacturers such as Patagonia, White Sierra, FiveFingers, and The North Face. A collection of outdoor gear––including tents, bicycles, sleeping bags, and canoes––is available for rent or purchase, and the shop's staff repairs damaged equipment in their onsite repair and service shop. They also perform tune-ups for snowboards, skis, and inline skates, and split bicycles into two separate unicycles upon request.
The instructors at Gracie Barra Twin Cities aren't content to watch while students practice chokes and take-downs on each other; they regularly step on the mat with them. At Gracie Barra they believe that hands-on instruction, which many martial-arts schools lack, is a crucial step in developing a student's confidence and skill level. During these teacher-student spar sessions, the instructors compete at each student's ability, applying just enough resistance to challenge them without overdoing it or using cheat codes.