The Rocky Mountains backdrop Clement Park. Yet for one weekend each year, this public gathering spot doesn't look, sound, smell, or feel anything like Colorado. A wave of green washes over the park like the die tank at a kilt factory exploded, and the Colorado Irish Festival kicks off its annual celebration of the Emerald Isle.
For two decades now, tens of thousands of people have flocked to the event to view (and perhaps wear) a grand collection of kilts and bagpipes. Those bagpipes roar to life with traditional Irish music, which shares the stage with step dancing and more contemporary Irish rock bands?including frequent headliner Gaelic Storm, who attendees may recognize from the film Titanic. Other areas of the festival brim with Irish and Celtic goods, including jewelry, sculptures, and kilt accessories.
In 2011, the Colorado Irish Festival marked the debut event for Killian's Irish Stout, which has a recipe that goes back to Enniscorthy, Ireland. George Killian's brew brings Ireland and Colorado together, since it's made at the local Coors brewery?making it an ideal choice for the festival's signature drink.
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Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
As master black-belts with years of training in their field, Grand Master Hart and Master Lewis believe that one of the most effective paths to martial-arts training goes through individual attention. At 5280 Karate Academy, their team of black-belt and master-level instructors work with students one-on-one as they delve into training in a safe, non-competitive environment. Taekwondo and karate programs focus on building physical skills such as basic striking technique and self-defense as well as mental discipline and self-esteem. Once students become comfortable with the basics, coaches work with them to develop more personalized training programs designed to accommodate their individual fitness levels and willingness to punch a plank of wood in the face.
At Sunstone Yoga, students radiate calm and self-awareness as they practice ancient poses designed to stretch, strengthen, and purify the body. Instructors complete 500 hours of training in yogic techniques, teaching, and physiology before leading classes, so they can hand out researched, tested tips on safety and alignment. Most classes come in 30-, 60-, and 90-minute varieties and focus on energy or restorative relaxation. A two-class introductory series welcomes beginners with basic standing poses, and the popular fire series explores up to 34 poses in a 99-degree room that loosens muscles to facilitate deeper stretches as it ousts toxins. Filled with soothing music and 90-degree temperatures, the water series cultivates more serenity than getting a massage from a singing whale.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.