In their Boynton Beach dance studio, veteran dancers and teachers Vicente Martinez and Megan Murphy carry on the legacy of a legend—Fred Astaire. Their studio is a franchise of the chain Astaire cofounded back in his heyday; nowadays, it keeps his spirit alive with instruction in a wide variety of dance styles, from the Argentine tango to ballroom dancing to swing.
A spacious gym of more than 20,000 square feet. More than 175 pieces of training equipment. A slew of fitness classes lead by certified trainers. And childcare. These are just a few of Jupiter Fitness Center’s specs, and many of the reasons fitness warriors flock to the health club to build brawn and enhance endurance. Jupiter Fitness also offers comfortable locker rooms and shower facilities as well as one-on-one personal-training sessions.
Northern Palm Beach and southern Martin Counties' oldest and largest visual arts museum, the Lighthouse ArtCenter is a two-building operation featuring a museum and a school of art. Classes for kids and adults, beginner through professional levels, a popular summer camp for kids and diverse and educational exhibits.
On the "Our Story" page of Twin Power Yoga's website, owners Ann and Ali express their belief that "by sharing yoga, we share ourselves." They know something about sharing—they're twins, after all, which they believe connects them spiritually as much as it does physically. At their West Palm Beach location, these siblings and their fellow instructors help participants of all experience levels explore their own physical and spiritual relationships to the world around them through Twin Power's style of power yoga. In heated studios with colorful walls and hardwood floors, instructors lead postural sequences that build both strength and cardio conditioning. Between flows, they emphasize meditation, helping practitioners let go of the competitive demands of daily life and pet beagles they already regret teaching to talk. This alternation between highly physical postures and awareness of breath encourages students to listen to their bodies. Classes always end in meditation, giving participants time to sit with whatever feelings their practice awakened.
The late artist Joe LaPierre often dreamed of opening a studio where anyone could come in and learn to paint with the help of friendly, experienced instructors. The artist's children, Sarah and Jesse, realized his legacy with Alla Prima Creations—named for the Italian phrase for works of art that are begun and finished in a single session. The center offers classes five days a week where students learn to replicate a bright, cheerful painting. The calendar gives pupils a wide range of artwork options, any of which students can learn to replicate on their own 16"x20" canvas. Students can tote along a favorite beverage or snack—which allows for a relaxed classroom environment as students sip on wine or nibble crackers while they create fanciful scenes of artists sipping wine and nibbling crackers. For a change of medium, lass-painting sessions give students the opportunity to customize champagne, margarita, and wine goblets with abstract designs.
Headed up by internationally experienced duo Todd and Tamara McLaughlin, Native Yoga Center hosts Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga classes taught by certified teachers seven days a week. Classes range from the music-driven sequences of all-levels Improv/Flow to intermediate-advanced level Ashtanga, where students practice power yoga to attain the strength, energy, and balance needed to take down a cartel of acrobatic jewel thieves. Most classes last 1.5 hours, but Yogilates and Native Hour last an hour, and the traditional Mysore yoga session can last anywhere from 45–90 minutes. On Saturdays at 9 a.m., yogis wriggle into Loggerhead Park across the street for hour-long Beach Yoga sessions that make seals regret never evolving articulated limbs. See the full schedule of classes here.