Brian Wright unexpectedly discovered hip-hop dancing in the ’90s while trying to emulate dance moves from Usher videos. However dancers discover their passion, Wright and his staff at WeBreak Hip-Hop Dance Company seek to empower individuals with hip-hop and break dancing through teaching and performances. New dancers can develop basic skills in group and private classes for all ages, and experienced dancers can join a performance group and participate in workshops.
The atmosphere at Pine Ave DG Boxing is fun, but the attitude is serious. Throughout the gym, fighters of all ages and experience levels pummel heavy bags and speed bags, work on footwork in the ring, and jump rope to condition their bodies into that of an elite athlete. At the center of it all is Anthony Skalberg, a retired boxer who decided to open up his own boxing gym and share his love for the sport with everyone.
At the gym, expert instructors train fighters for amateur and pro competition, but they also believe that boxing should be used for fitness, self-defense, and building self-esteem. During group classes organized by experience level, students work together to learn fundamentals such as punching, weaving, and trading mouth guards after each match. Instructors work to give each student individual attention, ensuring that they get personal time to work on mitt training. They also specialize in private boxing training at the gym and offer one-on-one mobile lessons at locations convenient for the student.
Though it's changed hands, equipment, and even names over its 50+ years history, Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center is a little piece of diving history. The scuba shop started its life as one of the first in the country, quickly came into the public consciousness thanks to a cover story in the February 1956 issue of Skin Diver magazine, and was even owned at one point by a colleague of Jacques Cousteau, Sam Lecocq.
Though a lot has changed since the early days, when Sam patented his “WaterLung” apparatus—the first single-hose regulator—Deep Blue has lead the charge into new technologies. Their state-of-the-art facility houses a heated indoor pool complete with an Eco-Safe filtration center. There, PADI-certified instructors teach landlubbers to breathe underwater in as little as two hours in introductory classes or certify treasure hunters as search and recover divers by throwing gold doubloons in the pool.
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
A member of the the National England golf team. Twenty-five years of coaching experience. Permanent resident status from the U.S. government for excellence in golf. Certified PGA instructor Paul Young has the credentials of an elite golf coach, but that doesn't mean he won't walk a first-timer through the act of putting. In fact, he's welcomes players of all skill levels, whether they're hoping to shave strokes off of their handicap or learn the basics of the game. His versatility stems from a personalized approach: he examines each client's quirks and form so that he can give advice on how to adjust their swing for better performance according to their body type and range of motion. His lessons also utilize video analysis to diagnose hitches in form or add to students' Tin Cup 2 audition reels.
Hoops on Fire Athletics specializes in practical drills designed to elevate players' skills on the basketball court. Whether leading private, group, or team lessons, the instructors help improve players' vertical jump, agility, and footwork through techniques such as plyometrics, kettlebell training, and basketball-specific speed drills. In basketball lessons or clinics for volleyball and other sports, participants learn skills specifically for use in-game, rather than practicing generalized workouts.