Second generation PGA pro Frank Clark is a specialist in the art of the golf swing: he?s had more than 40 years of teaching and playing experience. Rather than rely on his intuition alone, however, Frank couples his keen sense of stroke with video analysis. That way, golfers can examine their own mechanics and identify areas for improvement. The camera used during the high speed video moves at 300 frames per second to capture every moment of the swing in fine detail, from backswing and contact to your follow-through and victory dance. Students can also soak up Frank?s wisdom through other lesson formats, including individual and group playing lessons and clinics on varying topics. Frank also offers Golf Fit classes, which allow students to hone the specific movements and and positions of the five basic golf shots while improving overall health and wellness.
A veteran of the arts, with more than 15 years of experience, Sarita Ciallella has performed her fair share of gymnastic, dancing, and acting routines. But it wasn't until May 2003 that these passions culminated in Virtuous Productions, a performing-arts community center where she could imbue kids, teens, and adults with her knowledge of the arts. Together with a dedicated staff of instructors, including dancers and acting coaches, Sarita's mission—to teach new artists creative skills in a purposeful and moral way—has never changed. Sarita and her team uphold the center's seven core values: excellence, innovation, teamwork, respect, integrity, social profit, and joy.
The schedule runs six days a week to keep dancers of any age or ability tapping, salsa-ing, and rhythmically stomping their feet across the studio's competition-size floor, which is made of the same material as the floor on Dancing with the Stars. Film and television classes teach aspiring stars how to emote for the camera and how to never lose a staring contest with the camera man, and the company's in-house shooting crew captures special moments with half- and full-day shoots that include editing, DVDs, and makeup applications.
Virtuous Productions also supports the arts through Virtuous Nites, which offer a safe, smoke- and drink-free environment for partiers to let loose and dance.
As the Delray Beach Garlic Fest proves, garlic is more than just the cornerstone to a great meal. It can also be a melee weapon. In the festival's Garlic Chef Stadium, seasoned chefs have one hour to prepare a unique three-course gourmet feast using garlic and a mystery ingredient in each course. They might also use the cloves to cleave any salivating fan who tries to sneak up and snatch a bite. Luckily, those fans can nurse their hunger at Gourmet Alley, which features samples of more than two dozen garlic-seasoned items, such as blackened mahi mahi, gator, and marinated vegetable paninis. Similarly spicing the air are live sets from Collective Soul, Amber Leigh, Andy Childs, and tributes to U2 and Bruce Springsteen.
A group of locals founded the Garlic Fest to help raise money for local organizations dedicated to promoting youth arts and education. Through the nonprofit organization Delray Beach Arts, Inc., the festival has raised more than $390,000 in charitable donations.
FLA Aquatics owes its growth from a 65-member operation to the home of multiple state, national, and international champions to 2000 Olympic coach Duffy Dillon, who—as noted in the Sun Sentinel—was recently inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. Dillon has amassed an experienced staff of certified instructors who have passed a national level-two background screening, including head coaches with level-five certification from the American Swimming Coaches Association. The company's multiple locations offer programs for all ages, including very young children learning to safely enter the water, competitive high schoolers, and adults seeking to train for a triathlon or start a floatie-based fashion trend.
From its central location in Delray, The Salt Fly hauls its standup-paddleboarding rental equipment to many nearby beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Lake Ida so customers can enjoy some watery fun. The outfit’s owner—also the head of the Delray Beach Standup Paddleboard Club—meets his clients anywhere within 13 miles of Delray to drop off boards and paddles. He even offers lessons on how to catch waves, power across glassy expanses, or accurately mimic fish faces. Boarders can also sign up for a four-hour guided ecotour of Key Biscayne, where they'll have the opportunity to catch glimpses of the tropical fish, stingrays, and young sharks residing in the back bays.
Even in the midst of a recession, Drew Tucker couldn't ignore his passion for music. By founding The Tucker Academy For The Arts in 2007 and partnering with the Arts Garage to address the dearth of music education in South Florida, Drew built up a flourishing cadre of performers and educators at the Delray Beach music emporium. Programs run the gamut from private lessons to drum circles for kids, while a focus on performing inspires fledgling artists to share their talents with an audience not made up of only stuffed flamingoes.