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.
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.
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.
One of a family of comedy clubs serving as key laugh generators in more than 25 cities, Columbus Funny Bone sits in the shopping and entertainment hub of Easton Town Center. Since 1987, luminaries such as Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, and Dave Chappelle have taken the stage in front of audiences enjoying drinks and the bounty of a large food menu stocked with sandwiches as thick a first-grader's favorite book of knock-knock jokes, funnel-cake fries, and wings doused in a signature blueberry-haba?ero sauce.
For 75 years, Drexel Theatre has showcased an eclectic, globetrotting mix of the latest offerings from Hollywood and the independent-film scene. These days, all three of the nonprofit theater's auditoriums screen those pictures with digital projections and Dolby digital sound. Every so often, however, the theater's proprietors dust off their old 35-millimeter projectors for specialty showings of classic films, such as the spooky flicks at Drexel's annual 24-hour horror marathon. That only skims the surface of the Drexel's events lineup, which includes silent pictures with live scores and onetime screenings followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. The membership program introduced in 2011 boasts more than 400 members, whose loyalty and commitment to keeping the theater open is rewarded with discounted tickets, free concessions, and invitations to advanced screenings.
A member of the Ohio Community Theatre Association, the Pickerington Community Theatre is the community's outlet to watch and partake in all types of live-action comedy and drama. Ticket-wielding theater enthusiasts can enjoy watching talented thespians put on a variety of family-friendly performances. A smile-inducing tale of a wealthy widow whose kindness and generosity pays off in the end, The Curious Savage is sure to warm even the iciest of lionhearts during the merciless month of March. During June, the family-friendly Disney's Aladdin Jr. will tell the classic chronicle of a star-crossed romance between a young man from the streets and the ethereal princess Jasmine, luckily without the dangerous man-sized flapping pages that come with seeing live animation. In September, George M. Cohan's beloved show tunes will come to life in Give My Regards to Broadway, a musical that shows the story of an entrepreneur struggling to open a Broadway show who falls victim to the alluring aura of an aspiring actress. All tickets are subject to availability, so make sure to call ahead and reserve a sitting surface.