When slender tree trunks don't offer enough protection, paintballers dive behind barrels, inch along behind rough-hewn wooden barricades, or crouch behind a dense pile of sticks. These are the barriers that ALLSTARR Paintball's playing field offers paintball warriors as they battle for supremacy. As soon as they don the necessary protective gear and grab a paintball marker, competitors can get out on the field and start splatting the field—and their opponents—with color.
As instructors, choreographers, and award-winning competitors, Premier Dance Academy directors Ashley Velosky and Rachel Newton have approached performance from every side of the spotlight. Today, they share their expertise on the floating floors of two studios, crafting new rhythms with students who range from 2 year olds to seniors. Though they haven't lost their flair for competition—their company team participates in contests at the regional and national level—they host a broad curriculum of classes for curious and casual guests.
These lessons span centuries' worth of dance styles, encompassing the graceful leaps of ballet, the gravity-flouting tricks of break dancing, and the bold keyboard strokes of blog-hop. They also embrace creative fusions of technique: acro sessions weave acrobatics into classical steps, and lyrical classes blend ballet, modern, and jazz movements that respond to expressive soundtracks.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio’s panel of experienced instructors trains students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Groupon holders can bring a partner to the private or group lessons for no additional fee, or fly solo and dance with an instructor or an extraordinarily graceful coat rack. In either case, dancers leave with a greater understanding of the dance style of their choosing, such as a stately waltz, a spicy rumba, or the vibrantly playful swing. Practice parties encourage students to step back from formal instruction and give newly learned techniques a test drive. Feel free to mingle with other students under the protective cover of dimmed lighting, which camouflages missed steps or the discouraged use of dance-enhancing flash cards.
Michael Donofrio, the founder and lead guide of Vertical World Adventures, maneuvers his limbs up vertical surfaces of all shapes and sizes. Since 1996, he has guided thousands of people on ice, rock, and mountaineering trips to destinations as close as Crow Hill in Leominster State Forest and as remote as the far-flung mountains of the American West. No matter the theme or location of the exhibition, Michael and his team of seasoned guides ensures the safety of all participants with certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
In addition to plotting trips and staying safe, guides also make sure that their charges have the skills to surmount even the craggiest cliffs through a full slate of climbing classes. Scaled for all experience levels, classes focus on overcoming challenges and improving communication skills. Popular courses include Basic Mountaineering, Learn to Ice Climb Locally, and Self-Rescue Skills, which imparts techniques for escaping the belay and using prusiks to ascend the rope.
Some of the most surprising stats at Top Prospect Baseball & Softball Academy have nothing to do with batting average. Its square footage is impressive—the indoor baseball-softball facility covers 17,500. Its number of practice tunnels is no slouch, with eight, each 70 feet long and outfitted with pitching machines, L-screens, and pitching mounds. There are also more than a few baseball and softball clinics held there, in addition to pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons scheduled year-round.
The expert caretakers at Barney's Bicycle refurbish bedraggled bikes with a comprehensive, tires-to-handlebars tune-up. With the surgical precision of Doogie Howser, friendly staffers recalibrate wheels to cure listing bikes, adjust brakes and derailleurs, check the bearings, and test out tire pressure. Up-tuners also perform holistic restorations including bicycle tightening and adjustment, general lubrication, and cleansing frames of common contaminants such as gravel dust, mud, and earthworm stowaways. Groupon–holding cyclists can also receive a 10% discount on all over-the-counter two-wheeler essentials, such as gimmick horns and handlebar-mounted convection ovens.