Heather Rossio thinks confidence is sexy. That’s why she founded Studio X Pole Fitness—to help women to feel comfortable in their own skin. Here, experienced instructors show students of all levels how to move their bodies with power and grace. Intro to Pole sessions acquaint first-time twirlers with metallic dance partners through basic stretches, grips, and noninvasive icebreakers. Students can then move on to Beginners Pole courses that teach simple spins and transitions, as well as strength training and calorie-torching floor work. The staff recommends that attendees take at least two basic courses before graduating to Intermediate Pole's lessons on climbing the pole, sitting on the pole, and prepping for upside-down inversions. Advanced Pole classes—at the top tier of the pole pantheon—ready tricks, inversions, and spins for gravity-defying routines or actual moonwalks. Additional classes include Chair X-Fit, which tightens the core, hips, and thighs in 50-minutes sessions, and cardio-packed, dance-heavy Zumba classes. To glide and shimmy effortlessly and comfortably, guests are encouraged to don form-fitting shorts and tank tops.
More than 8,000 square feet of space comprise RedPoint, a climbing gym set in a renovated warehouse. Nearly every inch has been set aside for towering climbing walls and exercise equipment to help climbers shore up their skills.
Within these confines, a team of instructors is on hand to teach the skills needed to conquer the facility’s tricky bouldering routes. They can also teach the fundamentals of belaying, which will help you to scale any of the more than 30 onsite climbing stations for top roping, lead climbing, or washing windows on the state capitol building. Back at ground level, you can tone your physique on pull-up bars, rowing machines, and Olympic weights as well as in CrossFit classes, which work on building core strength and overall fitness. The facility also hosts various kid-focused activities such as lock-ins, birthday parties, and corporate retreats for mountain goats.
Since opening its doors in 2009, Elite Zone has entertained adult gamers with computer- and console-based amusements. Equipped with Turtle Beach headsets, gamers play the latest Xbox releases on LCD televisions while chatting wirelessly with Xbox Live account holders and truck drivers on the wrong CB channel. A high-speed Internet connection facilitates glitch-free gaming for PC users and ensures quick page loads for web surfing. Elite Zone also carries a bevy of caffeinated beverages to fuel round-the-clock gaming and enliven sleep-deprived avatars.
Love 2 Dance Fitness’s sergeant-at-arms, Tonya Caballero, oversees a high-octane schedule of fun, energetic fitness classes. Zumba classes mix aerobic exercise with an atmosphere as festive as party hats roasting on an open fire, as a certified instructor leads up to 25 students through muscle-toning moves set to Latin and international rhythms. Alternatively, hip-hop cardio flows through a workout of breaks, locks, crackles, and pops set to classic beats.
The not-for-profit Cape Fear Regional Theatre produces plays that both enlighten and educate its performers and the community at large, with an acting troupe made up of professional and amateur actors, both local and imported. Rumors, a farce by Neil Simon, centers on several posh couples gathered for a dinner party at an affluent couple's suburban mansion. When they arrive to discover the servants and the hostess have vanished, leaving behind only the host with a bullet hole in his ear, the guests decide to keep the situation on the down-low, concealing the events from the police, the media, and especially the police-media. In the midst of this, lies grow legs and escape under the floorboards, dropping from ceilings when least expected, and madcap mayhem ensues.