When stories of the famed 94th Aero Squadron began reaching American soil during World War I, many of them were about Eddie Rickenbacker. The Columbus native eventually became the most successful fighter ace in the war, earning several awards for his service, including a Medal of Honor.
From its spot between the runways of Port Columbus Airport, beneath the arriving and departing air traffic, 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant pays homage to the late Major Rickenbacker and his compatriots. The dining rooms are furnished just as they might have been a century ago?an early American flag hangs beneath knotted rafters, an antique fighter jet is parked in the backyard, and a fire roars in a stone fireplace, because that's where fires go. On Thursday nights, a 17-piece big band is a perfect complement to the vintage ambience, as are classic American dishes such as prime rib and Atlantic salmon served nightly.
For more than 50 years, Judy Dollenmayer Studio of Dance's instructors have been dedicated to training students of all ages. And as they offer more than 100 classes per week, there is something for everyone. Their styles range from jazz to tap to hip hop. While they emphasize turnout, flexibility, and posture in ballet, they focus more on the storytelling aspect of dance in lyrical classes, helping dancers drive their movements through emotion. During hip-hop classes, they coach students to hit funky, fast-paced movements, and in tap, they teach feet to tap out rhythmic beats. In addition to these expressive forms of movement, the instructors also lead barre ballet fitness classes, which blend dance techniques into calorie-burning cardio routines.
Founded by world-class duo Igor and Svetlana Iskhakov, Dance Centre is dedicated to the empowerment and physical fitness of the everyday person via the art of dance. The studio features both high-level instruction for budding Baryshnikovs as well as a host of beginner-friendly classes in a variety of dance styles. Group classes consisting of as few as five pupils practice basic steps within the Gahanna facility's grand 6,000 square feet of studio space, the perfect place for dancing and drag racing floor buffers. Igor and Svetlana also host regular practice parties for their students, which present festive opportunities to show off new skills in a no-pressure social setting or mingle with accomplished star students.