In 1980, Harry and Darlene Kelton moved their houseboat to the Pelican Harbor Marina and discovered an injured brown pelican. Without the aid of animal-care experience, they removed a fishhook from his mouth and rehabilitated him. This led them to form the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in their shed. With the help of volunteers and trained staff, the seabird station rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and promotes their preservation with educational programs and research efforts. The center specializes in brown pelicans, most of which are entangled in fishing tackle, but will treat any animal brought in for care. In 2007, they treated 87 bird species and 39 mammals, nonmigratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
With branches featured on such TV shows as Top Chef Masters, SpeedMiami Dating is part of a multicity enterprise created by Ms. Anoush Stevenson, who brought the events to the U.S. from England in 2007. The idea was to eliminate some of the common shortcomings of conventional speed dating, such as cheesy hosts, boring events, and awkward atmospherics. The SpeedMiami approach to dating events has attracted major media attention for sidestepping the pitfalls with elegant venues and novel style. When Anoush brought her matchmaking brainchild across the pond, she didn't alter much. The two-hour events still have hosts who are all from the UK and infuse the festivities with their high-spirited English cheekiness. Miami events are held at trendy spots such as Cafeina and Kyma Lounge.
More than a Halloween party, the Reel Horror Ball IV’s Night of the Living Dead bills itself as a cinematic production replete with movie-worthy decor, roving zombies, and a dance-crew performance. LMNT’s gallery space hosts the multiple-room event, where costumed partygoers take to a dance floor electrified by 15 DJs, including DJ Irie and Lazerdisk Party Sex. Between songs, guests can refuel at the full bar, pick up snacks from food vendors, or suck the souls of their enemies to keep up their energy throughout the night. Electric Beach MP: As a massive winter gathering of the world's brightest EDM luminaries, the Winter Music Conference warms up its already-balmy South Beach surroundings with slick synths and thumping beats issuing forth from its global cadre of DJs and performers. Not content with simply holding court in light-strewn clubs, the dance masters also hit the sand and surf during Electric Beach, an all-day rave-up held at Nikki Beach, a surfside night spot renowned for its posh perch along the whispering Atlantic. There, revelers move seamlessly from sand to dance floor as more than 20 acts, including Harry Choo Choo Romero, Starkillers, and Miss Nine, keep beats dropping and records spinning from noon until 5 a.m.
Squalo Divers, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, works in tandem with top industry brands such as Aqualung, Mares, and GoPro to outfit divers so they can explore underwater ecosystems. Equipment such as tanks, depth gauges and buoyancy-control devices prepares landlubbers for underwater travel without tricking a whale into swallowing them. Alternatively, the shop’s maintenance services can whip older gear into working order before each aqueous adventure.
Taught by certified instructors, Squalo Divers' courses run the gamut of scuba instruction, ranging from basic open-water certification to emergency-responder techniques. Courses incorporate cutting-edge training materials—including dependable gear and online study aids—and are taught in English or Spanish. The scuba center also offers trips to explore local waterways renowned for their extensive array of marine life.
The members of PAN Performing Arts Network bring a range of backgrounds to their international collective: some are experienced musical composers, guitarists, and singers, while others are established teaching artists and actors. Their expertise allows them to gather all the arts under one roof with an annual performance season and more than 40 regular classes each week. These classes span instruction in dance styles such as ballet, modern, Afro-Haitian, and Irish step, as well as training in creative movement, acting, instrumental music, and voice. Instructors tailor their classes to the needs of beginner through advanced-level adults, children, and children disguised as adults. They also provide classes suited to senior citizens and students with special needs.