Trainer Stephanie Lynn’s bond with horses runs deep. At her ranch in Fort White, the equitation specialist works with the animals while helping them prepare for halter, showmanship, Western riding, and showing. In addition, Stephanie guides both adults and children in Western riding, a style that evolved to meet the needs of early American ranchers in their quest for the perfect salad dressing. In 2012, Stephanie was president of the Florida Halter Horse Association, which aimed to give all horse owners an opportunity to show any breed in halter, longe line, in-hand trail, showmanship, and color.
Alter Ego Fitness's facilities are designed to make exercise efficient and engaging. User-friendly gear from manufacturers such as Precor and MedX lines weight-training and cardio rooms. To keep minds engaged during workouts, Precor cardio machines are equipped with headphone outlets hooked up to flat-screen televisions.
The facility houses two separate free-weight rooms, each designed with a different ambience to invigorate iron pumpers and barbells tired of floating up and down all day. The ladies-only weight and cardio room lets women sweat and socialize in peace, while the saunas offer a place for all gym-goers to unwind their newly acquired physiques. A spacious group-fitness room hosts Pilates, yoga, Zumba, and Tai Chi classes set to upbeat or tranquil music as the lesson dictates.
At Salsa Caliente, expert instructors strive to spread their love of Salsa dance while introducing students to Hispanic culture. Stressing correct form, timing, and style, they lead groups through classes tailored to each individual’s skill level. They also offer private instruction as well as special sessions for upcoming events such as weddings. Salsa Caliente frequently opens its doors for special events, such as birthdays and quinceaneras, and hosts dance socials that allow students to mingle and explore a variety of dance styles, such as cha cha and merengue.
For the staff of G-nys Entertainment, being a professional party-starter is equal parts fun and hard work. The team is made up of experienced emcees and DJs who are versed in creating playlists for any vibe, from weddings to birthday blowouts. They can also help to book live musicians, including string quartets, harpists, and entire bands. For those who would rather sway in the spotlight themselves, the resident choreographer teaches ballroom dancing, and arranges first dances for romantic wedding receptions.
S-Connection facilitates cross-cultural experiences through learning and performance—both on and off the ground. Its programs all have a Brazilian bent, with dance workshops for those who want to learn the samba, or fuse South American steps with the rhythms of Jamaican reggae. Instructors also teach circus arts, training students how to twist and tumble on aerial silks, the trapeze, and the lyra. They even organize trips to Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. Each retreat includes lessons on a topic of the traveler's choice—surfing, music, dance, or Portuguese—in addition to activities such as scuba diving and festival visits.
Laurie Scott-Reyes has bounced around for most of her life. She was born in Germany, grew up in Alabama, and graduated high school in Indiana. She even spent more than two decades with the US Army as a photojournalist. Today, Laurie continues to bounce around—as a writer, as an artist, and as a fitness instructor during Loca-Motion Dance4Fitness classes. During her classes, Laurie leads groups through high-energy workouts set to the beat of handpicked songs from around the globe. She carefully plans and executes each routine, ensuring every muscle in the body gets a workout.