With a potpourri of toe-tapping tutorials, Rimview Dance Studios leads lessons for preschoolers, their parental counterparts, and everyone in between. Wee wigglers can shake and shimmy with Creative Movement classes, which engage dancers ages 3 to kindergarten age with pretap, preballet, and tumbling sessions, and older steppers can enlist in one of Rimview's more specialized rug-cutting classes. Hip- hop lets students discover their inner Tootsie Roll, and traditional jazz, infused with more modern moves, gets bodies moving in more pizzazzy time signatures. Check out the schedule for class times and dates.
Always looking for a challenge, Pangaea River Rafting's future owners Brooke and David Lawrence set out on a 4,000-mile cross-country bike ride years ago. But tackling that endeavor only increased the duo's thirst for more. After years guiding rafting expeditions along the Clark Fork River near Missoula, Montana, they decided the most exciting challenge would be to start their own rafting company. So, in 1989, they bought a small company by the name of Pangaea Expeditions, which they later renamed Pangaea River Rafting. During that time they also got married, fittingly alongside the river.
Over the course of more than 20 years, Brooke and David have developed a series of programs that highlight the area's tourist attractions as well as draw locals out into their surrounding habitat. They direct rafting ventures boasting wine tastings, happy hours, bird watching, team building, and catfish cuddling.
When visitors board one of Wild West Rafting's rafts, they're actually stepping into some historic, soggy shoes. The inflated vessels traverse the Yellowstone River, which was explored by members of the Lewis and Clarke expedition in 1806. These famed adventurers saw many of the things rafters still see: elk, bison, and other wildlife set against the rolling terrain of nearby mountains. Indeed, Wild West Rafting's trips pass several of the majestic sights that define the American West. But the river offers more than just scenery. Near Gardiner, Montana, the flow speeds up as the river descends into Paradise Valley and narrow canyons. Rafters on these sections face an on-water rollercoaster, flying through class III and IV rapids with names such as "Yankee's Revenge," "Box Car," and "Audience Members in the First Three Rows Will Get Wet."
While they're an adventure for most people, these trips define a typical workday for Wild West Rafting's guides, each of whom holds certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Swift Water Rescue. The staff includes experts such as Ryan Winter—who, before coming to the Yellowstone River, honed his paddling skills on the South African whitewaters of the Umkomasi, the Umzimkulu, and the Zambezi. The guides can take groups on rafting trips ranging from a couple of hours to multiple days. During longer excursions, they can combine rafting with horseback rides through Yellowstone National Park.
The rafters hear it before they see it. The steadily increasing roars emanating from down the river can only mean one thing: whitewater. As their raft rounds a bend, it plunges headfirst into a Class III rapid. Frothy spumes shower the group, but they remain focused, paddle in unison, and conquer nature's natural roller coaster.
Since 1976, Glacier Raft Company has created adrenalin-pumping experiences like these for more than 500,000 customers. Using the Middle Fork and Flathead River as their playground, guides lead rafting adventures that fuse the thrills of fast rapids with natural beauty of areas such as John Stevens Canyon. Though rafting is their focus, the outdoors outfit also leads other activities such as horseback riding and hiking trips. During fishing excursions, anglers cast for rainbow trout and radical bartenders harvest ice cubes from glaciers. The company also welcomes guests for extended stays in one of their classic log cabins.
Calling upon more than 50 years of competitive and training experience, grand master Suk Byung Park develops proper technique in his students while encouraging the growth of character through mental discipline, respect, and self-control. Park's many instructors boast accomplished careers and autographed copies of The Karate Kid, both of which allow them to impart their wisdom upon students of varying ages and skill levels. Classes gather multiple times a week for slightly more than an hour, covering disciplines including tae kwon do, judo, and other styles that teach the importance of only hurting flies when life or pinball high scores are at stake.
Since he started his training back in 1964, Sensei Greg Olson has won numerous awards, earned a sixth-degree black-belt in aikido, and accumulated 50 years of experience as a martial-arts teacher. At Big Sky Aikido, he shares the culmination of these experiences with his students, building strong foundations in concepts and techniques. Students will learn self-defense movements and "receptive" techniques with a foundation in health and wellness.