Certified dance instructors Pete Swingle and Carmen Ahmen relish the challenge of curing extra left feet. They welcome total beginners to their salsa classes, where their patience and supportive attitudes help students feel comfortable enough to pull off the hip-swaying steps. In the interest of steadily progressing students to intermediate and advanced moves, they set up specific goals for each level, ranging from "step in time" to "twirl your partner without having to rely on shoes made of roombas.” They teach disciplines apart from salsa as well, including cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue.
Though learning show-stopping techniques is one of the core benefits of their lessons, Pete and Carmen also hope to reward protégés with the additional perks of dancing, including stress relief, improved muscle tone, and new friendships. Sunday dance socials focus on the latter ambition by gathering dancers for practice in a party setting, which sometimes features live percussion shows and music giveaways.
An instructor for decades, PGA-certified pro, and one-time Player of the Year for the U.S. Golf Teachers' Federation, Jim Perez harbors the skills and mental fortitude to instill linksmen of all levels with sweet swings, putting prowess, and proper posture. Whether you want to patch holes in your short game, shoot holes-in-one, or just wipe that smug smile you drew on your golf ball off its face, Jim draws from more than 50,000 lifetime lessons and international tournament play, offering savory tips throughout each one-hour lesson that simplify the game and boost your techniques.
The American Kickboxing Academy, a mixed-martial-arts fitness center, sculpts the torsos and minds of everyone from tykes to elders with a potpourri of disciplines. Choose from a variety of classes that run 60–90 minutes from early in the morning to late in the evening, six days a week. Break out striking knees and elbows with muay thai kickboxing classes or try Brazilian jiu jitsu to vanquish opponents of any stature, from Bilbo Baggins to Andre the Giant, with a series of quick and effective strikes and maneuvers.
Central Valley STARS, like all of STARS 21 studios, first sprang from the aspirations of a national dance group from Layton, Utah in 1970. Fueled by a drive to share their passion for dance with aspiring youngsters, they started STARS so they could shape the talents of kids, adolescents, and teens at an early age. It proved so successful that they were eventually able to transform it into the multi-state dance program it is today.
Now, the time-tested curriculum introduces students – whether in preschool or high school – to myriad forms of dance. Kids master the graceful movements of classical ballet or acquaint themselves with the rhythmic motions and sweltering full-body bunny suits of hip-hop. Longtime students advance to one of the studio's many performing teams, lighting up professional sports stadiums during half-time shows.
The instructors at Tee 2 Green Golf help students stop slicing in its tracks, improve their short game, or chip away at a too-high overall score. The action unfolds at a practice facility whose grass driving range, chipping and putting greens, nine-hole chip and putt course, and five-hole practice course help pupils learn to coax claustrophobic balls into a variety of dark, enclosed spaces. Each lesson aims to infuse the cultivation of stellar technique with enthusiasm for the game, keeping students engaged and making continual progress.:m]]
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