The aromas of comfort food fill the air at Mot & Ed's, where guests tuck into zesty Southern-style eats. Lip-smacking ribs come in traditional servings, in rib tips served with fries, and wedged between buns in hearty sandwiches. Guests can also nosh on chicken fingers, stuffed turkey and beef burgers, and sides such as homestyle fries and sweet-n-spicy corn on the cob.
There's no one approach to personal training at JD Body Sculpting. Instead, owner and certified trainer JD designs custom programs, which might incorporate elements of aerobics, core strengthening, yoga, and other exercise disciplines. In addition to one-on-one sessions, he also leads group fitness classes and boot camps.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Since the original P & H opened in 1961, the meaning of the restaurant's signature letters has shifted from "Pearl and Harrison" to "Poor and Hungry," a term of endearment well understood by college kids. Hop a squat atop a bar stool and enjoy a foamy brew from the tap ($2.50–$4.75) as you peruse P & H's tempting menu of classic pub grub. Appetizers perk pep-deprived palates with chili-and-cheese tamales ($7.25), seasoned french fries ($3–$4), or fried pickle spears ($5–$6), giving you enough energy to finally write that great novel or to eat your main course. In addition to a wide variety of traditional sandwich options ($3.50–$7.50) including the meat-free veggie melt, P & H boasts succulently stuffed burgers ($7.50) including the El Espanol with cheddar and jalapenos and a feta- and caper-clad Greek that will have you gabbing about epistemology and metaphysics till bedtime.
In January 2012, Amanda Gonzales and Edgar Mendez—a former principal dancer and choreographer for the Los Rumberos dance company—founded Madison Dance Studio to share their love of rhythmic movement with all ages. The duo and their team of talented instructors lead classes, including salsa and hip-hop, atop of a wood floor illuminated by floating party lights. In addition to helming belly-dance sessions, they channel Latin-inspired dance moves and global party beats in Zumba fitness classes. Amanda encourages ladies to confidently express themselves on club dance floors during her signature Hip Hop in Heels class.
After all hips have been shimmied and snaked according to U.S. government standards, students and instructors can rest atop the cushy sectional sofa while admiring the sky-blue chevron murals, which add a modern vibe to the room's exposed brick.
Midtown Taekwondo's chief instructors Steven and Tara Miller, both of whom are sixth-degree black belts, lead a team of martial-arts experts. Relying on their skills and a spacious facility, staff train students as young as 4 years old in the Korean art of tae kwon do. Junior, all-ages, and adult-level classes help students develop fitness and self-defense skills as well as self-esteem and discipline. The studio also keeps school-age students supervised—and helps them with their homework—through an after-school pick-up program. But whatever the class, all students are held to an oath that encourages respect for authority and has them promise to build a better world.