Like a satellite spinning round a heavenly body, couples cover the length and breadth of the dance floor with graceful steps at Westside Dance Center. The team of instructors—including recent Cincinnati Dancing for the Stars champion Doug Reynolds—train students in 14 types of ballroom dance, including salsa, swing, merengue, and my-foot’s-on-fire. Private sessions can help individuals perfect their tango and waltz holds, while group classes train dancers in basic steps and techniques, such as leading and not stepping on your partner’s toes. Westside Dance Center also trains couples preparing for their wedding dance, and leads a group salsa-rueda class, which involves a complex circle dance with interweaving patterns.
Anonymous Skateboard Shop rolls out style for skateboard enthusiasts, along with all the skateboarding equipment needed to rip. In addition to apparel, more than 100 different styles of shoes stock the shelves, including brands such as Adidas, DC, Habitat, Vans, and Nike SB. One of the largest selections of skateboards and accessories in Cincinnati lures rippers inside.
Beech Creek’s course blankets the rolling Ohio countryside with more than 5,400 yards of player-friendly fairways and greens. The relatively short layout welcomes novice golfers, while more experienced aces and tape-measure enthusiasts flaunt their length off the tee on three par 5s that measure at least 550 yards.
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Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing's 7,000-square-foot space once held the clatter and clang of a steel mill. Today, the sound of metal on metal has been replaced with the sounds of glove against pad, but much of the industrial charm remains. High windows above exposed brick and cinderblock walls cast light onto two full-sized rings, where welter weights and heavy weights alike learn from instructors as tough as steel. Their ranks include professional boxers, kickboxers, and MMA instructors, all of whom have the experience to carve rock-hard biceps out of any arms. One of their teachers, Marty Slone, once even sparred 100 rounds straight, a staggering accomplishment done to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Alongside experienced instructors, nationally ranked heavyweight boxer Danny Calhoun gets students fighting fit during boxing and martial-arts courses. Mr. Calhoun teaches students the same techniques for hand speed, footwork, and cardio endurance that he uses in his own pursuit of boxing's World Heavyweight Title. Instructors also offer classes in the practical self-defense art of Krav Maga, a battle-tested fighting style employed by the Israeli Defense Forces. The facility's combat tutelage has drawn such professional athletes as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Tyjuan Hagler and UFC champion Rich Franklin to The Punch House's arenas. Inside the high-ceilinged gym, red walls frame the expanse of blue and black floor mats, bruised from the many ground-pound lessons during mixed-martial-arts classes. Heavy, full-length bags sway, only slightly malformed from the devastating combos students are taught to deliver.