For the past 17 years, Kevin Marone and Charles Morely have been engaging their community with a passion for dance. In that time, they have cultivated a team of expert instructors who fill Crystal Ballroom’s sprawling wooden dance floor with students of all ages and skill levels. Dance coaches teach private and group lessons, host dinner-and-dancing socials, and even instruct students preparing for competition. Their wide range of expertise ensures that rug-cutters can focus on any style they may be looking for, from tango and waltz to East Coast swing and foxtrot.
76 Golf World Family Fun Center fills its sunny grounds with attractions to entertain visitors of all ages. The Racing Rascals go-kart track puts young ones behind the wheel as they circle a simple beginner's track, whereas the Slick Track's surface of shiny concrete lets teens practice fishtailing before taking their driver's test. Kids aged 2–7 board bumper boats and cruise on a foot-deep pool, safely colliding with other captains. Just as two 18-hole mini-golf courses challenge putters to sink shots amid lighthouses and waterfalls, a driving range and chipping area beckon players to practice hitting balls and shredding scorecards with their clubs. A slew of other attractions—from batting cages and arcade games to bounce houses and trampolines—tire families out before they refuel on hot dogs, nachos, and candy at the full snack bar.
When Christina Theiss, owner of Swim with Gills, was asked by a reporter from WFLX to describe the feeling of teaching a child to swim, she responded: “It’s a magical moment. I feel like I’ve saved a life.” Since she started a traveling swim school, her feeling of accomplishment has become infectious, spreading to her fleet of swim instructors and to her husband, the second half of the Swim with Gills team. Rather than forcing their pupils to swim, they focus on building a trusting relationship with each child. This method increases students' comfort level, allowing them to gradually submerge themselves in water and achieve the complexities of mermaid sign language.
Beach Water Sports matches patrons up with watercraft ranging from paddleboards to powerboats, and encourages them to explore the surrounding azure waters. Seafarers can opt for a relaxing day on a pontoon, even sneaking in some sightseeing on an excursion to Peck Lake to drop in on its populations of manatees and sea turtles. Those eyeing a more-thrilling time on the water can take a rented jet ski buzzing through Hobe Sound and Jupiter or try to start an ocean whirlpool by only paddling on one side of the standup paddleboard.
Students of all levels glide through Mi Salsa Caliente’s 800-square-foot studio space during energetic salsa classes led by enthusiastic instructors. In beginner sessions, fledgling hoofers grasp basic foot patterns such as the side rock, the back rock, and the weightless moon rock to the tune of infectious beats. Intermediate and advanced hip swayers build upon existing skills by adding more complicated steps, such as the Besito and the Siete Moderno, to their repertoires. Advancement to the next level requires salsa scholars to be able to confidently demonstrate their dancing skills and know the names and hand signals of each turn without stitching cheat sheets into the hems of their skirts.
Alpha Omega Combat's instructors come from significantly different backgrounds but share a main focus: a dedication to self-defense. Calling upon their studies in hapkido, tactical firearm use, and krav maga, they have learned to stay safe in dynamic situations, a trait they reveal in a six-day schedule of five classes. Elite krav-maga training serves as the cornerstone of their program, showcasing the Israeli Defense Force's dynamic fighting technique that draws from many different martial arts. They also run a women's self-defense course to prepares ladies for split-second decision making if threatened, and split firearm-combat courses between the classroom and the range.