Over the course of its 100-year history, Arthur Murray Dance Centers has grown to more than 280 studios worldwide. The Saratoga Springs location is run by Safwat Gerges, a master examiner and adjudicator who has spent more than 25 years working for Arthur Murray Dance Centers. His staff includes Ricardo Sopin and Iraida Volodina, both decorated dancers who specialize in working with beginner students and, wedding specialists Asha Adamczak, Miranda Eldridge, and Tristan Reiman work with wedding couples.
The studio’s elegant, old-world hardwood floor is surrounded by exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling arched windows. Courses divvy students up by skill set and teach the many formal and social styles comprising ballroom, swing, Latin, and disco.
Large windows allow natural light to flood Saratoga Karate's expansive dojo, where both kids and adults benefit from the instruction of certified teachers and black belts. Led by Shihan Patrick Hussey, who has 33 years of experience in traditional Japanese karate, these teachers demonstrate everything from discipline to proper form. In addition to the classes at his dojo, Shihan Hussey also caters to the community at large with his self-defense seminars.
With the tall pine trees of Hales Mills Country Club stretching out in every direction, Jonathan Hines has chosen a picturesque setting in which to teach the game of golf. Each day he sets up shop at Hales Mills Country Club, taking advantage of the ample facilities at his disposal. When students have mastered the nuances of the golf swing with the help of V1 video analysis software, they can try their hand at the 18-hole championship course.
Pioneer Hills Golf Course wastes no time in testing players: two of the course's first five holes are among its longest. Those initial hurdles set the tone for 18 holes worth of stiff challenges, stretched out across 5,371 yards of Saratoga County's lush landscape. But Pioneer Hills offers golfers perks off the course, too. A PGA professional conducts private lessons, and the pro shop remains open year-round. And the course's on-site restaurant Duffers Pub, which was outfitted with a new kitchen and menu in 2014, dishes out food and hot coffee for early morning rounds, keeping players alert enough to fend off any gophers trying to block their putts.
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