Within two studios, spanning across 2,800 square feet of dancing space, ballerinas-in-training of all ages prance across the floor under the instruction of an expert teacher. The teacher holds Dinky Dance classes for children ages 2?6 and power ballet fitness classes for adults, but the real specialty is Dance Academy. The program is designed to teach youngsters ages 2 and older the discipline and artistry of their preferred style, whether it?s ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, or hip-hop. Three times per year, students flaunt their moves for friends and family in a choreographed, costumed dance recital.
Kamy Henson started dancing when she was 5, and she hasn't stopped since. Over time she added tumbling and gymnastics to her skill set and became a dance teacher and coach. Kamy eventually she founded her own school: Ovation Academy of Dance. She has shared her passion for the art of dance with countless students, but perhaps the student she's most proud of inspiring is her daughter, Aubrey. Along with her fellow Ovation instructors, the award-winning Aubrey teaches ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical choreography to the students who twirl across the studio's glossy wood floor.
Lining up his shot, the golfer draws a breath and putts his ball down the last green on the legendary Jubilee Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. He checks the clock?all 18 holes in one hour. This would be impossible at the real St. Andrews between walking from hole to hole or fighting off the rabid venus flytraps that guard the greens, but in the PGA Tour simulator, it's par for the course. Visitors compete on more than 50 other championship courses from around the world with their own clubs or rented TaylorMade clubs, blasting golf balls toward the screens projecting the two simulators' immersive 3-D worlds. Along with 18-hole games, patrons can practice their drive on virtual ranges.
For nongolfers, the lounge stocks foosball and billiards tables, a skee ball machine, cornhole on the patio, and plenty of high-definition TVs to catch the latest sports. Card sharks can also show off their skills at weekly poker tournaments. Throughout all their events, Swingers Sports Lounge and Grill keeps patrons satiated with upscale food and beverage, such as burgers topped with sriracha mayo and a pound of wings doused in ghost-pepper sauce, which chefs summon during a s?ance.
Owner Peter Roth describes The Robusto Room as ?a very unique blend of martini lounge, meets nightclub, meets cigar bar.? Here, rich clouds of smoke elegantly curl from premium stogies bought at the onsite cigar shop as bartenders forge creative concoctions from behind a sleek wooden bar. In addition to the rattle of martini shakers, beats from live DJs fill the low-lit space hailed as Best Singles Hangout by the readers of 5280 magazine. Additionally, they offer a variety of events, including karaoke, Texas hold?em, trivia, and single-malt-scotch flights that entice whiskey aficionados and full-time Merle Haggard impersonators alike.
Beauty may only be skin deep, but at Zolarium Tanning Studio, that's OK. Versed in a vast array of tanning and skincare services, the studio’s technicians help their clientele achieve golden-bronze hues without having to withstand the sun's creepy leer. Each one is Smart Tan certified, a benchmark that measures each operator's knowledge of ultraviolet light, safe tanning practices, and ability to disassemble a tanning bed should it become sentient. They use this knowledge to monitor each tanner in their studio simultaneously, through Zolarium's networked array of horizontal and vertical tanning beds.
The beautifying treatments don't stop at tanning; DaVinci teeth whitening, Evolv airbrush, and a plethora of skincare lotions help clients maintain all manner of youthful glows. Zolarium also keeps the community looking good, giving back through charitable efforts such as sponsoring the Denver Firefighter Calendar every year.
UFC Gym?s four fight-centric Denver-area gyms ditch the polished look of wood-floored workout studios for gritty, competitive spaces filled with 150-pound punching bags and intense workouts. Like a baker molding gingerbread men, UFC Gym sculpts six-packs with boxing, kickboxing, and mixed-martial-arts classes. Although instructors and students agree that the gym?s atmosphere may enkindle intimidation in first-time attendees, most experience boosted self-confidence after conquering their first class. Private training sessions further stoke courage with workouts that leave patrons with the exhilaration of having survived 12 rounds in the ring or five minutes in a high-school lunchroom.