The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Golf Etc. features a bevy of bogey-friendly products from brands such as Titleist, Ping, Bridgestone Golf, Adidas, Callaway, TaylorMade, and more. In addition to its armory of traditional fairway artillery, Golf Etc. also builds, repairs, re-grips, and re-shafts trusty clubs at its on-site workshop. Re-gripping is $3 per club, plus the price of grip, and can be completed the day the clubs are brought in. If your club handle is already gripped for success, you can opt for a one-hour video golf lesson ($80), which uses a digital coaching system known only as V-1 to give golfers a clearer understanding of their swing and teach them how to harness its inherent energy to jump-start a dead golf-cart battery. Golfers can also get their drivers fitted ($75) and find out which long-distance clubber is best for their game using the Swing Labs Digital Fitting System. Short-gamers can practice putts on a 280-square-foot indoor green that features authentic challenging breaks. Prices provided are from the Pearland store and may vary by location.
The move-busting virtuosos at Define Dance & Arts Studio offer classes in an array of dance genres. Students can choose to develop ball-in-socket buoyancy in a hip-hop course, replace stuffed hamster slippers with ballet slippers, or opt to study in styles inspired by modern or jazz music. A packed schedule of offerings accommodates dancers of skill levels ranging from Uncle Ernest to advanced, and ages 3 to college level. The collective experience of Define instructors includes study at the university level, experience dancing and teaching in Europe, and a season dancing for Disney. Sessions typically last between 30 and 75 minutes depending on the course, ensuring ample time for feet to absorb thick knowledge syrup.
Known in the dance world as Salsa Eddy, Edmanuel Deynes, has been smooth-stepping since childhood and has showcased his toe-tapping talents in a slew of competitions, workshops, and performances. The professional hip- swiveler infuses novice appendages with his Latin-inspired tutelage during three levels of group classes—beginner, basic/intermediate, and intermediate/advanced. Body-swaying visitors can step into one of the hour-long sessions and move their limbs in tune with the salsa beat, creating an elegant dancing duo with themselves and their own or newly-paired partners (partners are not required). Classes meet once a week, allowing enough time to recover from newly discovered muscle soreness and to study the differences between salsa dancing and dancing while covered in salsa. See the website for specific coordination-enhancing class times and dates for each location.
Highly trained staff at Juergen’s Gymnastics Academy educate gymnasts ages 18 months and older in fundamental gymnastics skills during lessons in their 21,000-square-foot gym. Parent/tot and preschool classes focus on listening skills and basic movement for students 18 months to 4 years old, and girls’ and boys’ recreational studies for children age 5 and up progress toward fundamental gymnastic exercises such as high bars and scaling bare concrete walls. Cheerleading classes work to prepare students for squad tryouts, and tumbling trains tumblers age 10 and up in athletic trickery and Alpine summersaulting on the floor and the gym’s 40-foot-long trampoline. Four weeks of lessons can be taken at any point during the eight-week summer session and do not have to be continuous.