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The first time Jon Walker climbed into a saddle, he was a mere 5 years old. More than 35 years later, he and his wife, Carolyn—also an avid equestrian from a young age—share their passion for riding with students at Jon Walker Stables & Riding Academy Inc. Largely focused on English riding, the trainers lead private and group lessons for eager equestrians aged 3 and up. Across their more than 15-acre parcel, two barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, and trails welcome horses and their riders to trot, canter, and gallop year-round.

4933 Granny Trail
Gastonia,
NC
US

Charlotte Salsa's instructors acquaint students with salsa's invigorating rhythms, marrying the intensity of Cuban mambo with Latin jazz. Hip-swinging pupils pair up before learning the basics—including forward, side-to-side, and back-to-back steps—over the course of 10 courage-building sessions. Competition-winner Rodrigo A. Jimenez and ex-El Salvadoran salsa queen Wendy Jimenez instruct beginner classes that help unlock the turntable in your hips, blending flashy turns, twists, and spins into a whirling storm of devastating desire. The lesson calendar is flexible, with one-hour sessions held throughout the week.

3116 Milton Road
Charlotte,
NC
US

Designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, Birkdale Golf Club’s course transforms natural beauty into challenging obstacles, with 200 acres of rolling hills intersected by streams and framed by mature pines. The course’s bermuda fairways lie beyond elevation changes that give way to greenscapes festooned with ponds and deep, stone-lined bunkers that test players to use every club in their bags before desperately reaching for the oversized soup ladle. Once approach shots find the green, golfers must putt precisely atop the firm and true crenshaw bentgrass greens.

Birkdale Golf Club pampers players before and after rounds with a practice range and onsite tavern trimmed with rich wood hues and green leather barstools. The club also staffs a team of PGA pro instructors who school pupils in the arts of swinging and scorecard penmanship with private lessons and group clinics.

Course at a Glance: * Par 72 * Four sets of tees * Length of 7,013 yards from back tees * Course rating of 74.3 from back tees * Slope rating of 138 from back tees

3800 Prosperity Church Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Some people are born with a misplaced overabundance of self-confidence, as the popularity of karaoke bars can attest, but most develop the trait by accomplishing feats they never believed they were capable of. The black-belt-wearing, championship-winning instructors that helm ATA Karate’s 6 locations seek to foster that self-confidence by teaching students the art of self-defense in its many forms, including tae kwon do and Krav Maga. With a client base ranging from toddlers to adults, the ATA staff keeps people empowered and fit by demonstrating effective ways to properly punch, kick, and look cool in slow motion. In addition to teaching martial arts, instructors host leadership programs that show kids how to avoid the perils of peer pressure and adults how to maintain order in their lives. They also cover topics such as dealing with bullies and eliminating child abductions in a series of regular workshops.

5806 Prosperity Church Rd
Charlotte,
NC
US

Lotus offers a fun and supportive workout environment for women of all shapes and sizes. You needn't have a svelte tummy to engage in belly dance's ancient arts; in fact, it's an excellent way to tone tired torsos and increase overall core strength. Classes with Lotus's instructors offer a private space to learn belly rolls, hip pops, shoulder shimmies, and candle-arms, among other animated inanimate-appendage techniques. The schedule is set to run classes continuously in four-week sessions; feel free to mix and match times to meet your schedule's needs. Options are available for untrained tenderlings and spicily seasoned belly veterans alike. At the end of every four-class session, one free session of Intro to Bellydance is offered, to touch upon the fundamental fundamentals.

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte,
NC
US

Today's deal can get former wallflowers of all ages swing dance lessons from Gottaswing Charlotte for $6 each, half off the usual $12 per-class fee. Each one-hour lesson will be followed with a three-hour dance accompanied by live swing music. Lessons and dances are on the third Saturday of every month from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (more are being added soon; check the events calendar). Be sure to schedule ahead.Alexander removed the final loose stone from around the tower prison’s window slit, gently placing it on the floor lest a passing guard hear the unmistakable clink of masonry. The gap was, indeed, large enough for a man to squeeze through. He took the old man’s shirt and looped it around the remaining iron bar.

2101 Shenandoah Ave
Charlotte,
North Carolina
US