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.
Bellator unleashes the intensity of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) as eight warriors strive in no-holds-barred battles for the prize in the Bellator 50 middleweight quarterfinals. MMA fighters will kick, choke, punch, power-hug, and choke some more, splattering the canvas with human water balloons of sweat and blood. As seen on MTV2, Bellator packs its fight card with eight highly-ranked bruisers and contusion artisans, all dancing in a broken-bone ballet for the middleweight title. Saturday's show-card pits Vitor Vianna (11-1-1) against Sam Alvey (15-2-0) in a boisterous match of crippling wedgies. The circular cage of rage also sports Bryan Baker (15-2-0) extending an olive branch of internal hemorrhaging to Jared Hess (11-2-1), Alexander Shlemenko (40-7-0) and Zelg Galesic (10-5-0) feasting on knuckle sandwiches, and Brian Rogers (7-2-0) and Victor O'Donnell (10-2-0) achieving nirvana with cathartic mule kicks.
The owners of Heat Restaurant and Lounge set out to add even more character to the already colorful canvas that is the Hollywood district. Heat does just that with its Southern-inspired spread of Cajun eats inside a chic, modish lounge. Chefs whip up seafood specialties, bourbon baby back ribs, and stuffed burgers that, much like piñatas made in Wisconsin, burst with various types of melting cheese. A wide spectrum of music— from hip-hop to reggae to jazz—helps the lounge transform into a club scene later in the evening, complete with hookah and plenty of dancing.
The French Quarter, the signature restaurant of the Mardi Gras Casino, features an upscale menu brimming with sandwiches, steaks, and seafood. Sandwiches such as the portobello burger, marinated and grilled with roasted red peppers, silence stomachs begging for breaded bliss ($7.95), and fans of beef and silent t's sink their incisors into 8-ounce filet mignon ($23). Pan-seared mahi mahi covered in fresh mango salsa ($13.95) swims into the bellies of seafoodies not already noshing on an 8-ounce sirloins accompanied by jumbo shrimp ($20.94). Live dog races and panoramic views of Fort Lauderdale also entertain diners from the comfort of their tables or the discomfort of their mohair unitards.
Calling on experience gleaned on stages from Broadway to Istanbul, the multicultural staff of CooLAM Dance Studio powers a diverse selection of dance and fitness classes. Like the secret ninth Ivy League school, CooLAM is literally open to anyone—its name is a derivative of the Hebrew word for "everybody." Whether dabbling in dance for fun or seeking intense pre-professional training, adults and children aged 3 and older can register for group or private classes covering 18 disciplines. Depending on which class they choose, students might entrust their feet with such instructors as Sonic, an Israeli-born hip-hop and break dancer who has worked with Rihanna and Kanye West, or SusiQ, a salsa instructor who discovered the dance style in Cuba and eventually taught it all over Europe. CooLAM also boasts an eclectic array of event services, which equip parties with basic DJ and décor services and extra entertainment that ranges from face-painting and pony rides to a mechanical bull and auctioneer karaoke.