For Maria de Sousa, tango dancing was part of her Argentinian heritage. She embraced the style as a way to reconnect with her native country, and traveled back and forth between her American home and Buenos Aires to master her steps. Conversely, for Pierre Baston, his passion for tango began as a foreign fascination. He watched a dinner show while visiting Buenos Aires that enraptured him, inspiring him to immerse himself not only in dance lessons, but historical and cultural research—he still collects authentic tango sheet music from the early 20th century. Both dancers became certified through a master's program at the Escuela Argentina de Tango in Buenos Aires, and now elucidate the art of dipping and spinning at eight Philadelphia locales.
Maria and Pierre walk students of all experience levels through tango's passionate choreography. They host group classes for social learning experiences, and lead private seminars at their studios or a venue of the client's choice. Because they coordinate all the necessary partner match-ups and music, their protégés needn't bring a companion or play Keep Away with a violin's bow to make it whine.
Rather than resort to gasoline, steam, or sled dogs on summer vacation, Speed Raceway channels the power of electricity to fuel its go-karts. These neon-green vehicles don't sacrifice velocity for eco-friendliness—they hit speeds of up to 43 mph on the track and have even greater torque than their gas-dependent counterparts. They're not the stars at the F-1 style racing arena, though. That honor belongs to the drivers, who strive to lap each other during exhilarating races.
Almost anyone can zoom down the track in pursuit of first place. Adults enroll in 12- to 14-lap races, whereas juniors (guests 13 and younger) complete 9 laps in specialized go-karts. The raceway also hosts events such as birthday parties and corporate team-building sessions. Scores are posted after each race and online, encouraging drivers to practice and improve their times.
Founded by Spring Mill Country Club assistant golf professional Matthew Davis, OzGolf provides lessons to equip golfers of all skill levels with the tools and advice they need to play their best. Mr. Davis draws on his 12 years of experience teaching and playing competitively to help players shorten backswings, make solid contact with the ball, and learn how to hide an extra 9-iron up their sleeves. Each lesson includes an in-depth analysis of areas where players could use improvement, and customers walk away with a step-by-step guide to help them reach their goals. Any golfer who signs up for multiple individual lessons receives a 15-minute session with the V1 Pro video-analysis system, which breaks down biomechanic swing techniques.
Inflated structures, slides, and games fill the climate-controlled environs of the numerous BounceU locations that speckle the nation. At each site, staff members closely monitor all activities as little ones traverse obstacle courses or pull on oversized inflatable boxing gloves. The crew also invites parents to join in on the fun, letting them bounce alongside their kids or make sweeping edicts from atop a bouncy-castle throne. In addition to open sessions, the indoor-play haven sets the stage for the Preschool Playdate program, where instructors lead games and activities. Special events include family-bounce night, which lets parents join in the bouncing or relax in the party room and do grownup things, such as eat marshmallows with a knife and fork.
Horsham Family Golf takes up more than 16 acres of space where players of all ages can fine-tune their skills. Guests can practice putting at a gold-rush-themed 18-hole mini-golf course, aiming for holes in one while avoiding dips and obstacles. The facility also houses a driving range equipped with laser-precise distance markers and buckets of high-quality golf balls yearning to feel the wind in their dimples. 28 of the 50 golf stalls are private and remain lit for evening play, and a new practice bunker challenges golfers with a large sand trap. After practice, guests can visit the onsite pro shop, where they can stock up on golfing accessories or purchase a set of custom-fitted clubs.
Though she worked as a graphic designer for more than 35 years, Tara M. Smith never considered herself an artist until she opened The Uncorked Artist, a casual salon where artists and locals of all experience levels come together to paint, drink, and unwind. The welcoming studio is stocked with all the painting essentials: smocks, brushes, canvases, paints, and bowls of fruit trying to launch their modeling careers. Though the studio does schedule open painting time, its staff of artists also leads painting classes, camps, and parties for adults and kids.