Freeway Golf Course has a storied history. For one thing, in the 1960s, the course was owned by four African-American businessmen during a time when segregation was still very prevalent in the United States. The course also played host to the first-ever Sammy Davis Jr. Open. Today, golfers navigate across the hallowed grounds of Freeway while tackling the challenges it throws their way. Water swallows shots on six different holes, and the greens are fast and firm, much like an auctioneer explaining the rules of a pillow fight. The ninth hole holds rank as the course's signature hole, testing golfers with a mammoth 580-yard par five?far and away the course's longest hole.
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"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
The son of a champion Irish dancer, Justin followed in his mother's footsteps when he won North American Irish-dance championships and performed alongside Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance and the 2009 Feet of Flames tour in Taiwan. Now a certified dance instructor, he runs classes at Rince O' Chroi School of Irish Dance, teaching students the skills that he acquired over his illustrious career. Classes teach timing, steps, and patterns, allowing students to dance competitively or simply as a form of exercise.
Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
In late 1930s Bratislava, Imi Lichtenfield was fighting off anti-Semitic gangs. With a background in boxing and wrestling, he was a formidable opponent, but he quickly realized that sport combat was a stylized dance compared to street fighting. To prepare people for real, life-threatening conflict, he created a more practical martial art: Krav Maga.
Performance Krav Maga continues Lichtenfield's legacy by centering their classes on the same self-defense principles he instilled in Israeli soldiers and police officers. For example, both hands should never be moved in one defensive maneuver. Instead, natural movements should blend defense and offense, a popular technique also used by basketball players to block their own shots. And as the teachers impart these fundamentals to their students, they also hone their own skillset, training continuously under Krav Maga master Alain Cohen.
For more than two decades, the handlers at J.E.M. Stables, Inc. have opened their 25-acre plot of land to fellow horseback riding enthusiasts eager to polish their skills. Four instructors and 25 lesson horses team up for lesson in English and Western riding styles geared toward beginners as young as 5 and advanced riders alike. Group and private sessions may unfold outside on the lighted 150’x220’ ring or within the indoor arena, where students can practice while spectators look on from the observation lounge. In the summertime, the arenas also set the stage for five-day camps, when youngsters take part in clinics and demonstrations dedicated to topics such as grooming, tacking, and equine dentistry.