Arthur Murray Dance Studio 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. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. 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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
Tarry Hall Roller Rink's oval arena eschews the boredom of walking in favor of whimsical wheeling, setting an ambient backdrop of groovy tunes to complement the sweet sounds of plastic on wood. Take to the rink for public-skating sessions on Fridays or Saturdays, set to the sounds of rock, oldies, and auto-tune recordings of phone-book prose read aloud. Available for temporary taking are 350 pairs of skates, 120 pairs of rollerblades, and a single broken pair of antigravity sneakers. A snack bar offers solace for those who left it all on the floor, unless that includes their wallets.
Bowling balls barrel down 44 well-kept lanes at the recently renovated Fairlanes, knocking pins into oblivion and racking up points for their handlers. Strike hunters tie on a pair of bowling shoes (a $2.79 value) before striding up to the lane launchpad and firing their arsenal of pin-seeking missiles. Optional bumpers keep heavy globes on track, like the sun's gravitational pull. Since visitors can use up to five Groupons per lane, merry bands of bowlers can sip on their small soft drinks (a $1.80 value) while angling for bragging rights during three orb-heaving showdowns (a $2.50 value per person per game before 5 p.m., a $3.50 value after 5 p.m.).
• Orientation of the facilities and equipment • Unlimited access to tennis courts and fitness center (a $75 value) • No court fees (a $12–$20 value/hour) • Unlimited group fitness classes • 45-minute nutrition consultation with a dietitian (a $45 value) or a 60-minute tennis lesson (a $60 value) • The initiation fee (a $75 value) will be waived if the Groupon customer joins the gym after the 30-day membership expires.
The 39 holes at Loeschner's Village Green Family-Style Miniature Golf lead putt-putters on a serpentine path through verdant landscaping framed by charming white picket fences. The challenging course zigzags past gnarled trees and around thick shrubs, even burrowing through rocky outcroppings that resemble scaled-down versions of the tunnels common to mountainous regions. In addition to upkeeping the sprawling course, the staff encourages guests to keep the competition going at the on-site arcade or by instigating a soft-drink-chugging contest at the snack bar.
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