When Ronni Delvalle grabs ahold of one of her mirrored studio's chrome poles, she feels more graceful, beautiful, and self-assured than when she's practicing any other type of dance or fitness. Fueled by a drive to share this empowering form of sensual exercise with women of all shapes and sizes, Delvalle and her a team of female instructors lead a variety of fitness and instructional pole-dancing classes designed to build confidence, tone muscles, and burn calories.
The team also conducts an aerial-yoga course that incorporates soft cloth hammocks suspended from the ceiling, offering a practical alternative to equestrian yoga, which requires students to form downward facing dogs on the backs of speeding Clydesdales.
After relocating from New York, the Saravia family founded Stage 84 as a haven for local artists and musicians that rekindled the creative spirit of their old stomping ground. Bands test the space's acoustics with soothing melodies from a raised stage, and patrons take to the microphone during Wednesday night karaoke to belt out classic rock or abridged versions of their favorite book on tape. Open-mic nights, jam sessions, and comedy acts also corral audience attention, and a monthly art show mounts gazeworthy gallery pieces on the lounge's red walls. A rotating selection of microbrews slides down the countertops of the café-style bar stocked with liquor and an espresso machine. Wines, cocktails, and specialty coffees supplement rations from a late-night bar menu that includes chili, fresh hummus, and nocturnal pizzas. Guests can also puff flavored plumes of smoke from hookahs while seated at the bistro's couches and four tables.
Like its imaginative cocktails, Ricochet Bar & Lounge's décor mixes a wide variety of distinct elements to create an alluring final product. Tufted walls, purple marble accents, and reclaimed wood swirls around a 90-foot triangular bar that serves as the lounge's centerpiece. Rotating installations of video art flash across TV screens, and curated drink coasters designed by local artists offer a hip place to rest glasses or elbows during arm wrestling contests. Ricochet's food menu adds to the artistic ambiance, mollifying pangs of hunger with mini paninis, guava and lime lollipop ribs, and other innovative small plates.
The Ballet Grand Prix spotlights the best student dancers from across the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, giving them the opportunity to dance alongside twinkle-toed superstars from international ballet companies. The star-making show's stop in Miami will feature performances by dancers including Cuban coryphee Jose Manuel Carreno and Minnesotan Charles Askegard, leaping and twirling alongside their lithe peers in heart-racing choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, and more. Now in its 12th season, the Grand Prix has produced dancers for companies including the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet, and all event alumni leave more prepared to escape a shirt full of fire ants.