Renowned dance coach Anthony Lewis, who’s mentored many nationally ranked clients, boasts several competition titles, as well as a fourth-place win at the World's Championships himself. His teaching experience spans the country, having overseen studios in Kentucky and California, and his staff of instructors emulates his star quality with their devotion and skill. Yet, for all of their impressive credentials, the teachers at Nashville Ballroom specialize in training adult beginners, deriving fulfillment from transforming two left feet into comfortable twirling tools.
As Nashville Ballroom’s students sashay through the studio's three-step schooling approach—composed of private lessons, group classes, and social practice—they can choose from more than 20 dance styles. Instructors stress that their setting is "not your grandma's ballroom," culling modern steps from Latin, swing, and country-western choreography. Though they do tutor such classical styles as the waltz and foxtrot, lessons typically focus on the modern techniques needed for nightclub outings and wedding receptions in the year 4012.
Fairways on Spencer Creek's player-friendly course takes duffers careening across 2,632 yards of water-kissed fairways for a nine-hole pin-hunting exhibition. The petite par 33 caters to players working on their short game with four par 3s and four par 4s, and the 463-yard par 5 fifth hole ensures drivers and 3-woods don't consider collectively bargaining for more shifts out of the bag. PGA-certified aces shake rust off swings with private and small-group lessons, and a putting green helps putters calibrate their strokes before rounds.
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Founded by David Medeiros, an award-winning ballroom dancer, Champion Ballroom Center unleashes inner dancers with expert instruction in a variety of dance forms. Forty-five-minute private classes imbue students' foot-brains with knowledge of ballroom, latin, or swing dance styles. Private lessons are helmed by one of Champion Ballroom Center’s seasoned dance instructors, each veterans of the dance floor and classroom alike. Private sessions may be taken with or without a partner, allowing couples to learn the basics of each other’s movements and solo dancers to absorb techniques by osmosis.
Ballroom Bug's certified motion maestros elucidate a variety of dance genres helping students gain graceful confidence and learn at a pace of their choosing. Prepare for formal events, dance competitions, and mariachi mosh-pits as you opt for one-on-one instruction in the kineticist-pleasing course of your choice (up to a $75 value per lesson). The friendly instructors are well-versed in leading beginners through the fundamentals of waltz, swing, tango, salsa, and more, and will cater lessons to accommodate any experience level, interest, or crippling fear of Charo.
The Bear Trap. That's the nickname assigned to the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion Course, a lighthearted nod to designer Jack "The Golden Bear" Nicklaus?or so you might think. Rather, the formidable stretch of holes has more than earned its fearsome moniker, as PGA Tour pros discover every spring in the Honda Classic. When the pin is back on the 17th hole, Robert Allenby believes it's the hardest course on the Tour, and Mark Wilson?who won the Classic in 2007?conceded he would still be nervous with a colossal six-stroke lead going into 15. When golfers play the Champion Course, they're walking among the divots of golf history; in addition to the annual Honda Classic, the course has hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup and the 1987 PGA Championship.
Along with the Champion Course and The Palmer Course?named after its legendary designer, Arnold Palmer?the resort features three more 18-hole courses, each of which offers its own devilish challenges. To help golfers take on the sprawling, historic courses, renowned instructor David Leadbetter shapes the teaching strategies at the resort's onsite academy.
Drawing on backgrounds that include stints in the Vanderbilt Dance Program and stage-time alongside Debby Boone in Mississippi Love, the instructors at We Dance Nashville two-step students toward mastery of styles such as ballroom, Latin, salsa, and swing. Teachers toe-heel alongside students in private lessons tailored to their new partner’s light-tripping goals, and they shuffle loads of beginners toward dancing proficiency in group classes, such as ballroom or hip-hop for kids and adults. During wedding classes, engaged couples learn simple steps or intricate choreography to dazzle guests at their reception or sneakily waltz out of the judge’s chambers after eloping. Augmenting the regular schedule, We Dance Nashville hosts frequent parties where 30-minute lessons precede 90 minutes of open dancing, or Theme Fitness, which incorporates choreography from hip-hop and Latin ballroom into a high-energy workout set to music.