Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Trek Bicycle Store aspires to be the core of the cycling community, and its staff exhibits a company-wide passion for wheeled recreation through its services, knowledge, and extensive inventory. Inside Trek stores, riders browse all-purpose bikes including those for road cycling, triathlons, and kids. In addition, clothing and accessories from manufacturers such as Garmin, Shimano, and Bontrager fill hangers and shelves. Trek's experts tweak and twist parts during basic tune-ups and major overhauls, and their professional fitting service ensures every customer maintains a high level of comfort, even in rare cases where their bike ends up riding them. When not dishing out advice or making repairs, Trek leads several group rides and outings per week.
American Sports Karate instills self-confidence and discipline in kids through traditional Japanese karate classes. In either of their two centers, elementary school aged children can undertake traditional martial-arts lessons and, if desired, join teams that allow them to compete at home and abroad. To help each student's development, a recording system installed in the training area allows youngsters to watch replays of their own form and technique.
In addition to karate classes, the facility hosts an after-school program, with a designated homework area, a library, and a recreation area stocked with video games and movies.
With at least one person named to the World Golf Teachers Federation’s list of the top 100 instructors, Academy Golf's team of PGA and WGTF certified instructors help his students break bad golfing habits and build positive new ones. Here, they aim to make golfers of all skill levels aware of their game issues, enabling them to diagnose and correct swing problems from evidence such as erratic ball flight or too-deep divots. All instruction is provided by Academy Golf at Eagle Lakes Golf Club, with swing lessons on the driving range and playing lessons making use of the club’s 7,150-yard championship course.
Tae kwon do, a nonaggressive system of self-defense, took form more than 1,000 years ago. It is now taught to the masses worldwide, including at Master Chad Wilbur's Black Belt Academy. Children as young as 2 begin learning moves designed to boost confidence and gross motor skills. Teens and adults practice more advanced techniques, such as kicking or punching through Styrofoam boards.