Colorful knobs and grips jut out from City Climb's angular white walls, guiding climbers of all experience levels along routes designed by USAC-certified setters. These vertical treks are made safe by ropes, which are looped into climbers' harnesses and held below by belayers. No harness is necessary to clamber along the curves of a bouldering cave, however—or while army crawling the entire length of the floor. Students can bring their own equipment or rent climbing shoes, harnesses, and chalk bags at the gym.
Hitting the road from the Idea Warehouse on their 2012 Rock-O-Matic tour, the Imagination Movers bring the music and fun of their Emmy-winning Disney Channel show to the stage of Oakdale Theatre. The four-piece band of problem solvers plays kid-friendly tunes in a wide range of energetic styles, from rock and pop to ska and funk. Clad in blue jumpsuits, Dave, Rich, Smitty, and Scott launch into the brassy, bouncy introduction of the Imagination Movers theme song, followed by a set list punctuated with opportunities for audience interaction for the kids, musical references to U2, Jack Johnson, and other famous bands for the parents, and onstage silliness for crying clowns.
Arthur Murray's panel of experienced dance teachers—many of whom also have backgrounds in music and theater—instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. The studio offers a bounty of 24 different dance styles; stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or impress your business partners at the next shareholders meeting with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. The light-tripping tutelage starts with some one-on-one (or one-on-two) time with a personal Fred or Ginger before dancers try out new techniques with a slew of partners at group lessons. Lessons can cater to experienced dancers hoping to brush up on certain techniques, or new students with two left feet for feet and two right feet for hands. This flash-dance intro package is also perfect for betrothed pairs prepping for the big wedding dance or fledgling fitness-seekers looking for a fun new way to get shipshape.
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 Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.