In Tennis founder Chris Peck conducts private, group, and team coaching geared toward the sport he played for four years during college at his four-court facility. Peck's credentials include USPTA certification as a tennis professional and the position of tennis director for the city of Smyrna. He initiates young people into the world of racquet sports by helming afterschool programs for children as young as 4. Once they have mastered backhands, forehands, and strategy through years of practice, high-school and college competitors can sign up for the In Tennis tournament academy, where students compete to earn state, regional, and national rankings.
Droege's ATA Martial Arts employs small classes, a friendly environment, and expert instructors to teach self-defense skills from around the world. Derived from Israeli street-fighting techniques and currently taught to members of the Israeli army, Krav Maga preserves personal safety with a system of defensive tactics built on quick, instinctive strikes. In addition to training students ages16 and up to ward off attackers via realistic training scenarios, each class is a high-energy workout that builds strength and dispatches calories by swiftly knocking the fattening guns from their tiny hands. Classes are scheduled four days a week, and students can linger after class to hoist barbells in Droege's weight room.
Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.
Sprawling across expansive, velvety knolls that roll softly beneath soaring Georgia pines, Fox Creek Golf Club is a challenging par 62 course that serves golfers of all abilities on its freshly cut Champion Bermuda grass greens. Under the experienced instruction of PGA teaching professionals, a duet of 45-minute lessons ($65) fine-tunes all aspects of your short game and long game, including driving, putting, and parallel parking golf carts. Once you’ve honed your swing’s pendulous power and precision, you can show off your stroke during a rousing round of 18 holes with cart included, which spares you the hassle of traversing the course on foot and answering the riddles of its many bridge-dwelling trolls.
The sounds of whirring pottery wheels, tinkling piano keys, and clashing swords form a symphony of creative energy at Arts of Cobb, a local arts center guided by religious principles. Owner Lauren McBride, a.k.a. Miss Lala, divides the center's offerings into four main categories—artistry, rhythm and music, theater, and special offerings (which include fitness classes). The selection offers something for just about everybody. Parents can enroll young children in music and art lessons that combine creative projects with open play time, or attend yoga or fencing lessons themselves.
It isn’t every day that student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio.
Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Founded in 1995 with one location at Chattahoochee Plantation, Universal Tennis Academy has since grown to include seven other locations located throughout the Atlanta area. At the Joseph D. McGhee Tennis Center and Washington Park Tennis Center, tennis pros help developing players hone their skills with focused drills, match play, and challenge ladders, focusing on attitude and work ethic as well as technique. Eight of McGhee's nine hard courts and all eight of Washington Park's courts stay lit in the evening, allowing competitors to play their unresolved matches in the dark without lighting the ball on fire.