Certified dance instructors who have trained with Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire, and the National Dance Council of America impart ballroom, Latin, and swing moves to dancers in all-level and wedding-specific courses. The main ballroom's mammoth disco ball, grown from a sequin planted on the roof, tosses light across a blacked-out ceiling that, along with high-tech lighting, fosters a nightclub atmosphere during weekly dance parties.
Crunching metal and the sweet smell of burning rubber prevail as the Monster X Tour invades the Ocean Center, thrilling all ages in an action-packed motorsports showcase. Bigfoot, the forefather of all station-wagon smashers, leads a fleet of competitive 10,000-pound monster trucks, including Bear Foot and Black Knight, through jaw-dropping races, wheelie contests, and freestyle car composting. Transaurus, a two-story transforming robot that never learned to love, buries his woes by chomping entire cars in his massive jaws while watching reruns of Felicity. Before the show, VIP tickets also grant access to the Pit Party, where fans can have autographs signed by the drivers. During intermission, fans get the opportunity to eschew sea level with a ride inside a monster truck or visit General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard and learn its true feelings about excessive hood sliding.
Magnolia Roller Vixens is a community-wise sports initiative for adult females. MRV promotes and fosters the sport of flat track derby by facilitating the development of athletic ability, sportswomanship, and goodwill among its team members and staff. MRV is an apprentice league of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.
Building on the writing tradition of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and other players in Mississippi's literary heritage, New Stage Theatre populates its stages with contemporary and classic works by American playwrights. Often comical, often challenging, each season's flock of five musicals and straight plays spreads across colorfully set stages with an aim to attract a culturally diverse audience. The artistic staff balances works by the likes of Lorraine Hansberry, Arthur Miller, and Horton Foote with new and developing productions through the Eudora Welty New Play Series, named for the writer who served on the board of directors. New Stage Theatre staff complements their theatre's strong artistic vision with educational programs for youth and adults, including touring programs. These outreach endeavors earned theater staff the 1995 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. While the original New Stage Theatre was founded in an old church 46 years ago, all of its performances currently fill the large and small theaters at Jane Reid Petty Theatre Center.
The five members of Blackberry Smoke sear a new brand into the hide of Southern rock with their signature brew of country, bluegrass, metal, and gospel influences. Frontman Charlie Starr will pitch anthemic lyrics about coolers packed with cold beers and electronic cigarettes off Duling Hall's stained-glass windows. Gearing up to release a third full-length album within the year ahead, the quintet is currently swinging around the country on the strength of singles such as "Up in Smoke" and "Good One Comin' On" and the funding of using their flowing rock locks in shampoo commercials. Quick-riffing openers Matt Poss Band plant their Midwestern country rock into the fertile Mississippi soil with their brand-new album Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride.