In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
Erin O’Boyle teaches ballroom dancing in private and group lessons at Social Style. She spent more than 14 years perfecting her craft and studied under Dancing with the Stars performers Jesse DeSoto and Tony Dovolani. Bringing this experience to her classes, O’Boyle helps new and veteran dancers refine their technique on 12 different styles of ballroom dancing, including the foxtrot, rumba, salsa, waltz, and merengue. And beyond social dance, she packs her class schedule with hula, hip-hop, and modern dance as well as barre fitness and pilates sessions.
Kettle Moraine Golf Club's 18-hole course weaves through an emerald tapestry of tranquil wetlands and towering arbors for 6,440 yards of leisurely golf. While not an overwhelmingly long course, length and precision off of the tee will allow players to cut corners on the course's multiple dogleg fairways, though airborne orbs must remain vigilant of the course's rippling ponds, thickets of marsh grasses, and naturally blossoming bogey plants. Alongside the pristine par 72, clubbers can groove shots at the club's driving range, where they may encounter PGA pro Rick Callies sanding down the rough-edged swings of attentive pupils. The course's gently undulating fairways and greens converge at the Scorecard Lounge, where guests can recapitulate memorable shots over a frothy pint or glass of freshly squeezed range balls. The Club also encompasses a fully stocked pro shop and a stately banquet hall, which overlooks the grounds and sports an elegant stone fireplace.
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Deertrak Golf Club's 18-hole course is characterized by numerous bodies of water, most notably Alderley Lake, which borders playable terrain along the course's western edge. Opened in 1986, the course layout sends players skimming over 6,400 yards of manicured fairways and greens.
More than 34 flowerbeds and eight water fountains lend grandeur to the course's design, and two cascading waterfalls give errant golf balls one last thrill before their final swan dive into the abyss. Before players finish their round and count up divot scores, they must first clear the arduous stretch found at holes 14–17, featuring two long par 5s and a tee shot on the par 3 17th that must clear three bodies of water en route to the green.
Course at a Glance:
Paganica's 18-hole golf course spans 6,576 yards of tree-lined fairways for a challenging but player-friendly layout. Water hazards come into play on seven holes, including the signature fourth hole, a 427-yard par 4 where approach shots must carry 186 yards of water to reach the green and spare golf balls the trouble of befriending barnacles. Throughout the round, well-aimed drives will be necessary to bisect the course's narrow fairways, setting up favorable shots into moderately fast greens. With three tee options, the layout challenges aces when played from the tips, and forward tees cater to beginners or those mistakenly teeing up a bocce ball.
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Five trails descend down the slopes at Highlands of Olympia, ranging from the beginner-friendly bunny hill to the East Bowl, a black diamond that challenges advanced skiers to face the biting winds as they carve through the incline. The mountain also features a terrain park where snowboarders grind over rails and boxes, and tow ropes pull inner tubes up the hill before they are released for a speedy 1,000-foot-long descent that covers a 60-foot vertical drop. A half-hour’s drive from downtown Milwaukee, Highlands packs a day’s worth of entertainment into the neatly packed snow, from the onsite bar and restaurant to lessons in which instructors impart the secrets of picking up ham-radio signals with outstretched ski poles.