Angie Acosta, founder of Queen City DanceOut, has a simple motto for her students: "If you're moving, you're doing it right." This encouraging, low-pressure attitude attracts people of all ages to her dance-inspired fitness classes, which meet at 18 public locations. Angie and her instructors aim to make exercise feel like a celebration and a refreshing break rather than a dreaded routine. To this end, their classes incorporate intuitive dance moves and invigorating music. DanceOut, the signature course, blends genres as diverse as swing, hip-hop, and reggae into a workout, relying on repetition and basic choreography to keep everyone grooving. Other highlights of the curriculum include the Latin rhythms of Zumba; the Dance Impact class, which fuses dance and kickboxing; and JamStrong, a mixture of core-conditioning, dance, and fun.
Community is a central aspect of every DanceOut class. As pupils practice their twirls, they can follow both the teacher and the Jam Crew—a team of regulars who help make the steps easy to follow and can assist fellow dancers. In addition to group workouts, instructors host skill workshops such as Booty Bootcamp, where attendees learn rump-shaking techniques and how to turn any chair into a rocking chair. They also put on performances and lead private classes for special events and parties.
Play It! Game Center strives to facilitate an interactive atmosphere for bedroom-bound gamers, curating communal button mashing between friends and foes in the glow of 18 high-speed Alienware PCs and 15 Xbox 360s. The center's widescreen HDTVs broadcast players' digital derring-dos in renowned series such as Call of Duty and Halo, with linked consoles that enable multiplayer action without requiring access to competitors' implanted brain ports. In the midst of the flickering screens, wizard-capped card sharks assemble around 18 card tables for high-stakes Magic the Gathering and Heroscape tourneys. In addition to in-store gaming, Play It!'s for-sale selection of cards, accessories, and board games stands ready to help players nullify their n00b status.
At the heart of Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar is a ball of dough. Over the past 10 years at seven locations, chefs use this dough to craft a seemingly infinite number of unique pies, including a special white pizza topped with ricotta cream sauce and mozzarella. But they also use it to create another kind of treat: garlic knots. These oven-baked bites are glazed with a seasoned garlic sauce, and since they're an appetizer, guests can start meals by munching on them instead of gnawing idly on the table. In addition to its main menu, Hawthorne's also boasts a lengthy gluten-free selection, which features many of the same entrees as well as a couple gluten-free beers.
At Active Edge Massage Therapy, the licensed massage therapist doles out soothing 30- to 90-minute massages. Plying her trade inside Sports Junction, she administers massage treatments that include calming Swedish-style sessions. Able to help relieve various types of shoulder pain, backaches, and muscle tension, the treatments also induce relaxation in guests weary after a long day of work or an unsuccessful nap on a shark-infested waterbed.
Rocky River Coffee Company's signature drink blends ice cream and coffee for a sweet pick-me-up. In addition to this, customers stop in for a range of coffee, all made with gourmet beans roasted and packaged locally. These drinks complement a range of sandwiches and pastries, including bagels brought in straight from New York.
Salon de vallon owner Sara Mulvaney and her team of stylists?who just celebrated their five-year anniversary?offer services that include luxurious cut and color treatments, mani-pedis, and makeup application and lessons, each using French and upscale styling products.