The Woodlands and Sugar Land festivals aim to showcase the talents of dedicated dancers from more than eight multicultural toe-twinkling companies. Footworking styles include jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and tap, while the integration of international styles harkens forth contemporary Chinese and traditional Indian dance, plus a salsa-and-hip-hop-fusion style from The 8th Edition dance company. Dance Houston dedicates itself to hosting accessible performances for broad audiences, unlike organizations that host invite-only dance-offs in back-alley ballrooms.
In an effort to raise money for wildlife relief efforts, The Houston Zombie Walk of 2011 rounds up costumed participants for a mile-long loop around downtown. At 5 p.m. on September 24, the gates will open at Jones Plaza, where entertainment options include three bands, a zombie dance crew, a Halloween DJ, and cooking demonstrations that show ideal pairings for brains. The walk itself lasts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and participants may bring controlled canines. After the plaza closes at 10 p.m., revelers can continue on to zombie-friendly bars that serve up drink specials and host headless can-can dancers.
More than 40 years ago, Daniel Boone Cycles began as a backyard operation as Joy and Dan Boone and their seven children started refurbishing used bikes to augment their income. Over the years, their little shop grew and evolved, becoming known throughout the cycling community as the place to go for rare, high-end bicycles and parts. Now, their inventory includes Specialized and Bianchi bikes, as well as tandems, recumbents, and special-order brands from Strida to Kestrel, all still located in the family’s backyard. The mechanics can custom-build frames to any specifications, short of attaching an E.T. to them, and perform bike fittings for riders to ensure their chosen steed is suited to their body for comfort.
Local artists and well-known personalities also influenced the shop: the flying-wheel logo was drawn by Adventure Cycling Association cofounder Greg Siple, and the ironwork at the shop’s entrance was constructed by artist and former bike-shop owner Lee Benner. In continuing with the family’s involvement with the bicycle community, Joy is in the process of raising money for a bicycle museum that she plans to construct on a parcel of her own land.
The grueling, seven-hour Krav Maga black belt test has an average pass rate of 50%—that is, at least, unless you’ve trained at Krav Maga Houston, which boasts an untrammeled pass rate of 100%. Such impressive pass rates are made possible by 2nd Dan black belt, C.J. Kirk, who helms a vetted and experienced team of instructors that teaches the Israeli fighting system to amateurs, military personnel, and law enforcement officers. Classes educate pupils on all aspects of the discipline, including how to respond to stress, act on instinct, and execute textbook strikes, blocks, and Eskimo kisses. To accommodate all levels, the center offers flexible class times as well as time slots dedicated to childrens’ fitness and fighting classes.
The stiff white collar that comes with an eight-hour-a-day desk job can feel pretty stifling. Steve Kozakov opened Slava Boxing to help America's office workforce cut loose, beating stress and inactivity in his high-energy boxing classes. Steve sticks to the classic training principles and exercises that professional fighters use when getting in the ring, though there's one key difference: He never expects his students to actually fight. Instead, he treats his regimens as a fun way to get into shape, make a few friends, and blow off some pent up steam, preferably while releasing the long, high-pitched scream of a teakettle on the hunt.
Dakao Do, Sword to Sword’s instructor, protects the secrets of ancient, historical European martial-art forms that date back to the early 1300s. Specializing in the longsword, sword and buckler, and dussack, he wields these weapons to show newbies how to safely and respectfully honor historical fighting systems. Though he mainly focuses on Germanic swordsmanship, Dakao also leads programs that explore other fighting methods such as grappling, dagger, rapier, and saber.