Swan Lakes Golf's majestic green turf and adrenaline-pumping batting cages provide a verdant playground of orb-pulverizing family fun. Championize chipping skills on the 18-hole putting greens (a $7 value per person), or show off big talent on the vibrant 18-hole miniature golf course (up to a $5 value a person), populated by pint-sized alligators perching on golf-club handles and hat brims. Professional flyswatters can practice air-slicing assaults in the batting cages (a $2 value per person), with heavy hitters taking their best swings at 25 pitches propelled from baseball-belching machines with varying difficulty levels.
Emily Jane Center for Dance?s owner, Emily Jane Weaver, couldn?t wait until she graduated from college to become a dance teacher. Though she received her BFA from the University of Utah?s nationally ranked modern-dance program in 2012, she began teaching in 2008. A dancer herself since 1995, Emily and her crew lead group classes for students as young as 18 months in a variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip-hop. Classes unique to the center include "Mornings/Afternoons of Magic" and "Me & Tot."
Puckrin's Soccer Shop's father-and-son team of Alan and Glenn Puckrin equips players of all ages with a variety of soccer gear. A wide brand selection is available, such as Diadora shin guards with sleeves ($15.99), Diadora soccer socks ($9.99), and Calle street soccer balls ($29.99) for impromptu scrimmages during morning traffic jams. For miniature and growing strikers, junior soccer cleats and turf shoes ($22.99–$39.99) protect feet, aerate topsoil, and idolize full-grown adult cleats ($39.99–$219.99), both available in varying colors and brands such as Diadora, Umbro, Lotto, Joma, and Kelme. Puckrin's Soccer Shop puts stylish players at ease with goalkeeper gloves ($9.99–$49.99) in brands such as Sondico or Reusch, as well as sleek soccer shorts ($19.99), which serve as a modest transitional outfit from field to steakhouse.
Crawford School of Irish Dance has been helping dancers as young as six years old hone their kicks and toe points since 1983. Classes consist of 8–12 dancers overseen by an experienced step dancer certified by the Dublin Commission of Irish Dance. Irish step-dancing teaches young kickers how to focus, listen, and follow directions while adults and kids alike increase flexibility and memory function with quick movements. Registration is included, as is a new-student information packet. Classes generally are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The three founders of Scariff Hardiman School of Irish Dance, Stephen Scariff, Alan Scariff, and Kieran Hardiman bring the vibrant footwork and Celtic rhythms of the Emerald Isle’s most recognizable dances to the eager feet of local students. Each instructor comes to class backed by years of performance experience—Alan makes use of the eight years he spent touring with Riverdance, and Stephen draws on insights gained while co-creating and choreographing Irish Dance Invasion, an international hit that introduced the world to the military advantages of red hair. Each man also bears the blessing of An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha, the world’s authority on Irish dance authenticity since the 1930s.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.