Lexington's only Latin-dance studio, The Dance Place makes its spicy steps and traditional ballroom styles fun and accessible for all skill levels. Latin 101 introduces beginners to the energetic, sensual footwork of merengue, salsa, bachata, and cha cha. The Ballroom 101 course, meanwhile, focuses on the basics of the waltz, foxtrot, and the tango. Busting a move you've never busted before—be it a contemporary hip-shimmy, stately waltz, or a well-coordinated move to a nicer part of town, away from that mouthy opossum that keeps opening your mail—is an exhilarating way to get exercise, learn a new skill, and meet new and graceful friends. Classes start the week of January 16.
In Premier Athletics of Lexington's state-of-the-art gym, trampolines propel acrobats toward ceilings more than 20 feet tall, while tumblers practice somersaulting over spring floors that go easy on joints. Helmed by Lexington Gymnastics and Cheerleading's John Ireland, the former University of Kentucky cheerleader is dedicated to one-on-one, individualized instruction.
In these environs, coaches lead courses in cheer, gymnastics, tumbling, and dance for kids 18 months and older, teaching moves that range from the basics to competition-ready stunts, such as holding up a cue card with “10” on it before starting your routine. As home to the Kentucky Elite Allstars and the Gym Cats, instructors train gymnasts and cheerleaders of every age and skill level. As youngsters learn to tumble—or participate in laid-back courses taught during birthday parties—parents can cheer from a designated viewing area.
Although Lexington is almost 7,000 miles away from the Korean peninsula, you wouldn't know it from the training sessions at Lexington Taekwondo & Jiu Jitsu Academy. Here, adept masters teach their students the ancient art of tae kwon do, the precision kicks and fast strikes of which make it as hard to defend as it is graceful to watch. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes focus on grappling and ground fighting to show students how a smaller person can defeat a larger opponent through leverage and superior technique. Of course, these experts don't limit themselves to two disciplines; other classes introduce kids to karate, or train students in the art of martial weapons including the bo staff and nunchaku.
Safety comes first at Martial Arts USA, where students of all levels practice tae kwon do, judo, jujitsu, and hapkido on official Olympic judo mats. The instructors are led by Grand Master Yeong C. Jeon, a 15th-dan, 25-year teaching veteran. Under Jeon's guidance, the teachers instill physical fitness, self-discipline, respect, and focus to help students of all ages overcome their mental obstacles.
As the sounds of stuck landings echo off gym walls, owner and former University of Kentucky cheerleader John Ireland and Lexington Gymnastics and Cheerleading’s seasoned instructors share show-stopping routines and techniques with aspiring athletes ages 5–14 years old. One-hour daytime or evening classes fill kids with body-moving know-how, from beginning cheer’s introductory rah-rah routines to gymnastics classes’ balance-improving bar and beam work. Beginning tumbling lessons prepare bodies for the turbulent world of floor exercises. The trained staffers at Lexington Gymnastics and Cheerleading can accommodate special-needs children, ensuring a welcoming environment for a diverse crowd.
Day camp sessions focus on gymnastics, cheerleading, all sports, or circus activities. Summer camp instructors supply lunch every Friday, and take kids on field trips every week. During field trips, students may play laser tag, hike through scenic areas, or mount horses and gallop into the sunset and back.
Pedal Power Bike Shop’s friendly technicians incorporate techniques developed by the Serotta International Cycling Institute during professional bike fittings to customize cycles to each rider’s desires and capabilities. Tailored to two-wheelers of all brands, styles, and types, personalized two- to three-hour fittings begin with an interview covering the customer’s lifestyle and needs, such as any preexisting aches, daily routes, or dreams of jumping over the Adirondacks. Then, a physical assessment yields basic measurements and tests flexibility, priming patrons for a pedaling session atop an indoor trainer that allows the technician to determine the rider’s general position in real time. Drawing on the info they’ve gleaned, fitters will then make custom adjustments to client's bikes to help ensure a comfortable and efficient ride. Ideal for fostering one-of-a-kind comfort, bike fittings may also aid riders in avoiding strain and injury from repetitive use or from using the bike as a bed.