Nestled in the cool shadows of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club’s 18-hole course invites clubbers with its scenic layout cleaved through high-desert terrain. Drives knife through the air with a little extra gusto, as the dry desert air—at an elevation of 6,224-feet above sea level—and golf angels conspire to add length to shots. The club’s verdant expanse also encompasses a multifaceted learning center, including a driving range with grass hitting areas, a short-game green flanked by a practice bunker, a putting green, and a three-hole children’s course. The casual dining room of Mulligan’s Grill awaits to quench hunger pangs with a menu of burgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and salads.
At DanceZ, experienced instructors help booty-shakers of varying ages harness the body-slimming power of shimmying. A dynamic dance workout, Zumba combines Latin rhythms with aerobic interval training, and features simple yet fancy footwork that activates sweat glands, burns calories, and sculpts shapely bodies. Though Zumba's easy-to-follow moves and fun dance steps make it an approachable workout for calorie-burners of all abilities, DanceZ adds variety by tailoring typical routines—from Zumba Gold classes for older adults and beginners to bright lights and club-style lasers in nightclub Zumba. Classes are offered five days a week, so be sure to check the schedule for dates, times, and locations.
Patrolled by mermaids and people walking atop the water in huge, transparent bubbles, the pool inside Donna's Dolphins Swim School seems to be more of a wonderland than an academy. Employees oversee games at birthday parties or outfit guests in a fitted mermaid tail for whimsical dives and gliding choreography. Poolside carousers can even move across the surface of the pool at a walk or trot with the help of W.O.W.—Walk On Water—bubbles.
At the heart of all the fun and games, however, the highly trained staff’s main focus is to ensure that safety always comes before each splash. In swim classes, staffers employ the swim-float-swim approach—a method condoned by the United States Swim School Association—when teaching students in their group and private lessons. The lessons emphasize muscle memory so that children as young as 6 months can absorb techniques such as the starfish float for use in aquatic emergencies. They also assign seasoned mentors to coach special-needs students, making sure every kid gets a chance to embark on aquatic adventures.
Throughout each class, instructors motivate pupils with encouragement and prizes, awarding them a different colored bracelet on a traffic-light system to denote their skill level. Students graduate from red to yellow to green, and finally to blue, which signals that they can demonstrate all four strokes, execute flip turns, and remain safe in potentially dangerous situations by drinking all of the pool water.
Tami Taggart—teacher, choreographer, and proprietor of the award-winning Artistry in Motion Dance Studio (AIM)—has a passion for movement that can't be bottled. Having studied under royal figures of dance such as Roni Mahler, Frank Hatchett, and Roberta Thornsberry and performed in musicals such as South Pacific and Oklahoma, she's mastered a myriad of movement in her decades as a dancer and instructor, and has led many students to victory in competitions. With her experienced faculty of teachers, fledgling dancers release their inner swan in classes including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and even hip-hop and break dancing. Music appreciation, choreography skills, the history of dance history, and all of its terminology are also instilled in students of all skill levels and for ages as young as 3.
John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor––who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip––now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested.
At Springs Rhythm, experienced dance masters Nichola Morin and Volodymyr Ishchenko guide foot tappers of all skill levels through the steps of classic ballroom dances. Inside the spacious studio, hip swivelers learn graceful dances such as the tango, whose staccato style requires precise movements, awareness of rhythm, and bionic legs. Conversely, the fluid Argentine tango's sultry walks and footwork demand a feel for the music and an attention to one's partner. Springs Rhythm's mavens of movement lead two-steppers through the sophisticated spins and twirls of the waltz, with focus on the basic and Viennese waltzes. After mastering the foxtrot's peppy steps, burgeoning Fred Astaires attend a complimentary social dance, held on the first and third Saturday of the month from 8–11 p.m., to show off their new moves and collect material for their friendship journals.