The 36 holes of Orangebrook Golf & Country Club nestle amid verdant fairways and palm trees, patiently waiting for the clink of a golf ball. Before they hit the green, duffers can stock up on balls and other golf-related necessities at the pro shop and fuel up afterward at Nikki?s On The Green with omelets, pastas, sandwiches, and salads. The lighted driving range, open until 10 p.m., lets putters enjoy a moonlight round without the hassle of constantly relighting the candles affixed to their wedges. Throughout the daytime hours, Orangebrook director of golf and PGA--certified instructor Bob Mallek doles out expert tips on form and swing. Orangebrook also hosts the Women's International 4-Ball golf tournament, the longest-running women's amateur event in the United States.
The specialists at Dance Express XD Performing Arts Center lead programs for 2- to 20-year-olds, drawing from a catalogue that spans the style gamut. In addition to helming classes such as jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, and cheerleading, the experienced team cultivates a familial atmosphere designed to help participants boost confidence levels and synchronicity.
In addition to classes, the studio puts on an annual June recital that casts anyone who wants to participate regardless of skill level. To encourage further involvement outside of courses, instructors motivate their protégés to try out for the competitive team, plan costume themes for spirit week, and choreograph tap-dance renditions of their favorite Morse-code fairy tales. The team also provides a waiting room monitor for parents interested in observing classroom routines.
At Eric Kaplan School of Golf, Director of Instruction Eric Kaplan adheres to a simple swing philosophy: a flawed swing can't just be fixed, it needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. That idea makes sense if you think about how each movement in a golf swing is dependent on the prior movement. As Eric says, you could fix a problem at the top of your swing, but still ignore a bigger issue in the setup, such as not facing the ball. From this line of thinking, Eric has developed a set of golfing fundamentals that he teaches to new students during individual and group lessons. Current touring professionals, top collegiate athletes, and recreational golfers alike have sung Eric's praises.
At Born Warriors Mixed Martial Arts, the instructors might be training cage-fighters one hour and 2-year-olds the next. They believe in the power of martial-arts training not just as a competitive tool, but as an agent of social change—one that's able to prevent bullying and increase anyone's knowledge of self-defense. Though they teach many disciplines—muay thai, tae kwon do, kickboxing, and jujitsu among them, with the head instructor obtaining a 1st dan tae kwon do black belt and 4th dan kempo black belt—their supportive attitudes remain constant across every class. They also keep their classes small, ensuring that students receive personalized, encouraging feedback.
The battle is not always to the strong—as the saying goes—for time and chance enter into all things. The instructors at Aikido Miramar like to improve the success rate of time and chance by adding a little Aikido into the mix. The Japanese martial art teaches students to use an attacker's size and strength against him. At the dojo, the sensei impart these skills through workouts that tone physiques and promote flexibility. Students learn the traditional warrior art from Sensei Emmanuel Herzog who began honing his aikido skills at age 13. Currently, he is a certified 5th Dan black belt, passing his skills on to the next generation of fighters.
Under the tutelage of instructors at Juan Sobrino Flamenco Arts Dance Studio, even novice dancers can become skillfully whirling performers. Although some classes are designed for beginners, some are for kids, and some boast a fitness focus, all group and private lessons are meant to be as fun as they are informative. The result: detailed, supportive instruction that helps students wade into a new casual pastime, begin a competitive career, or pick up some moves to show off during their next touchdown celebration.