Robbies Billiards has specialized in game-room layout and furniture for more than 50 years, carrying brands such as Brunswick, Olhausen, and Legacy. Robbies supplies straight shooters with sturdy pool-room playthings, including pool tables with durable slate surfaces, which are less likely to warp or stretch with age than tables made out of cardboard. Swedish Fish stashes can be concealed in the hidden bucket pockets of Destroyer 7-foot pool tables ($1,499), which encase gummy guppies in sleek, modern PVC laminate. Billiard boppers can also sink eight balls into leather shield pockets in Radley 8-foot pool tables ($1,699), which are available in four finishes and feature solid-hardwood feet decorated with ram's-head carvings that stay stubbornly still even in the face of barking sheepdogs.
The instructors at Abe Ballroom Dancing want the world of dance to be accessible to everyone. That’s why they have dance classes for those of all ages, no matter their skill level or previous experience. Dances include ballroom, waltz, cha cha, samba, and West Coast swing. They even have a class to prep soon-to-be newlyweds for their first dance.
Blueberry Gardens' seasoned instructors cultivate whole-body health with a schedule of multi-level classes inspired by ParaYoga, Anusara, and body-balance methods. A composite of breath and movement, ParaYoga challenges students to prod the body's upper limits of flexibility and strength through vigorous postures such as downward dog, dolphin plank, and recumbent Andrew Carnegie. Fueled by an uplifting philosophy, Anusara yoga encourages students to honor their differences, limitations, and talents, and body-balance yoga integrates the body and mind through asanas inspired by Protean animorphs. Each 90-minute class includes mats and props and, if missed, can be substituted in any of the other summer sessions.
At DC Fencers Club (DCFC), head coach Janusz Smolenski leads a team of athletes that molds young fencers into champions. Thanks to his formidable swordsmanship, he has trained Olympic fencers at the ASZ AWF Katowice in Poland and national champions and junior Olympians at DCFC. Working with Coach Smolenski, a trio of coaches brings unique backgrounds and styles to the classes. Dariusz Gilman was a member of the Polish national team and a World Cup finalist, Robert Suchorski was a Polish National Junior Champion and has trained under top Polish and Russian fencing masters, and Ilya Lobanenkov worked with world class Russian, Hungarian, and Polish schools and has led students to two silver meals in the US Open Women’s épée team.
The DCFC facility boasts 10 full-size electric strips on a sprung-wood floor where fencers can lunge, parry, and riposte for hours on end without incurring injury. When not parrying and jousting, the team repairs or custom builds swords for fighters who want better balance, or a foil that can shoot other foils out of the end.
High-energy beats from artists such as Flo Rida, B.o.B., and the Black Eyed Peas bounce forth from the spinning studio at Rock Creek Sports Club, where nationally certified trainers lead stationary cyclists through challenging routes. In addition to these pop-powered workouts, the studio hosts more than 50 other fitness classes, an array of options that prompted the editors of Bethesda Magazine to name the studio 2012’s Best Neighborhood Gym. Zumba classes encourage students to boogie away calories to latin beats, and boxing clinics incorporate one-on-one attention from Golden Glove winner Russell Davis. The team of trainers can also coach visitors through the weight-loss process, or helm small group workout sessions capped at eight participants. The gym also welcomes independent workouts, with equipment such as treadmills, benches, and weights awaiting a few breathless reps of their own.
Drenched 5K events soak participants in the name of good health, good fun, and raising money for local charities. Runners of all makes and models can skip monthly jogs through the neighborhood car wash to converge on 5-kilometer courses, which start out dry, but quickly become lively fetes fueled by H2O. Along the routes misters, sprinklers, and fire hoses activate as groups pass by. Spectators also do their worst, launching water balloons and spraying water weapons at runners from the sidelines. A final 75-foot water slide sends runners gliding across the finish line, where a festival stocked with refreshments, live entertainment, and other water-related activities greets them.