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Framing an intercoastal highway, Treasure Bay's nine holes sprawl across a manmade peninsula marked by verdure fairways, palm trees, and strategically placed sand traps. Golfing foursomes with today's deal can play through the par 3 course back to back for a total of 18 holes apiece. Conversely, solo golfers can drive, chip, and putt through four separate rounds to gain an intimate knowledge of the course's greens, bunkers, and hidden passages that are actually just the inside of a stranger's golf bag. The 905-yard course is replete with water hazards in the form of a shimmering bay, dual ponds, and a swamp monster who merrily doctors scorecards.

10315 Paradise Blvd
Treasure Island,
FL
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Belly dancing marries the subtle beauty of Middle Eastern dance with intensive core exercise; techniques focus on isolating specific muscle groups for a sultry, more flexible bod. Jewel-toned skirts swirl and flash in the studio as dancers learn the fundamental movements and techniques of artful belly dancing. Najmah Nour, one of the studio's brightest hip-swaying stars, has performed across the southeastern United States, including a storied command performance for President Carter. With a friendly approach to instruction, Najmah encourages ladies of all levels to shimmy and undulate to the seductive ping of the plucked string. Classes are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.

531 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg,
FL
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Bay Area International Latin Events' owner and instructor Greg "DJ Muevete" Richardson leads up to 24 students through the sultry steps of salsa, merengue, and bachata at scenic St. Pete Pier. Over six weeks, 50-minute classes explore the fundamental steps, rhythm, and Telemundo advertisements that compose Latin choreography. Each week's class builds on the last week's steps, with a 25-minute private lesson ensuring couples fully master the flirtatious footwork of each dance. Drop-in classes offer couples a flexible way to experience the partnered promenade of salsa, teaching students basic skills and rhythms and preparing them for Salsa II courses, where they learn the leading and following techniques that distinguish all great dancers and Simon Says champions.

800 2nd Avenue Northeast
St. Petersburg,
FL
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Having seen an upswing in interest in one of the world’s oldest dance styles, Johanna and Karen started a belly-dancing collective in 2004 as a way to create a community for both professionals and students and an audience for monthly showcases. They gave these enthusiasts a brick-and-mortar hangout in 2008 when they opened their first center for classes and events, which has since blossomed and moved into a new space nearly four times the size of the old studio.

Today, Hip Expressions offers drop-in and ongoing classes led by seasoned instructors. Classes focus on introducing newcomers to the art form’s fundamental isolation techniques that keep hips and waists from arguing over the remote. In addition to belly dancing, classes include a variety of other dances and fitness crazes such as Zumba, yoga for dancers, or active isolated stretching.

1108 62nd Ave N
Saint Petersburg,
FL
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When she dances, Sarah Murray doesn't just use a pole—she incorporates more than 15 years of ballet and modern dance training. And as the owner of Impulse Pole Dance & Exotic Fitness, she doesn't just dance. She also teaches her sultry, graceful routines in the studio's pole dance sequence. It starts with basic spins and transitions in the mandatory Pole Foundations class, then progresses to more complex inversions and tricks such as The Phoenix, in which the dancer burns down her pole and builds a new one. FlyGym classes complement the pole sessions, with workouts conducted on an aerial system of swings to help tone physiques and enhance flexibility.

6346 4th Street North
St. Petersburg,
FL
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An avid bike-racer since age 12, Rick Fidanzato became skipper of ABC Bicycles at the young age of 23. In the 10 years since, Rick has opened another store and once helped a patron craft an ultra-high bike that put the rider’s seat well above the rooftops of passing cars. During the rare free moment, Rick tinkers with his '60 Cadillac and keeps plenty of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Rolling Stones mixed into his stores' eclectic playlist.

6633 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg,
FL
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