American Style Ballroom's founder Patric Didier has light tripped his way to a couple of Indiana Classic wins, a few gigs dancing for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and several commercial appearances. When he's not coaching professional competitive dancers, Patric teaches budding dancers of all skill levels how to gracefully hit the floor. Along with co-owner Jeanne Cross—a veteran instructor with more than 30 years of experience—the light-footed duo and its team lead private and group lessons at the studio's two locations. Students of any skill level pound the boards in styles ranging from raucous swing to elegant Viennese waltz to the slightly less elegant Viennese waltz on stilts. American Style Ballroom also hosts practice dance parties to give guests a chance to air out their new moves.
Pure Dance Works' instructors focus on creative dance, helping dancers up to age 10 build a foundation for any dance genre, including ballet and hip-hop. The studio's creative dance classes vary seasonally, giving new dancers several opportunities to get started and more experienced pupils chances to expand their skills and explore their own dance choreography. The instructors work to keep youngsters' bodies and minds busy, teaching manners, discipline, and cooperation during dance classes that hone technique, dance concepts, and creative expression. During each class, a chunk of time is dedicated to allowing young students to improvise and create group choreography with classmates or particularly lithe imaginary friends.
Devoted to fostering Fort Wayne's cycling community, Peloton Cycling Center equips its indoor arena for year-round training with stands for stand-still biking and CompuTrainer technology, which helps simulate the great outdoors while increasing your cycling speed by 2 to 4 mph and your power by 20% to 30%. During their month of access, serious cyclists will get to training-montage for their next competitive velocipede endeavor in an ultrafuturistic environment safe from the vagaries of time and the bitter chill of Midwestern winters. Groups of six to 12 people can ride the same "course" together simultaneously, while individual speeds, heart rates, distances, calories burned, and more are fed back to riders on display screens. Interactive course videos simulate Ironman courses for an immersive experience that only lacks bear attacks and alien abductions for wilderness realism, while additional 3-D software goes the extra mile to pump up the reality fog.
Fort Wayne School of Dance's experienced instructors help students express themselves in the graceful language of dance. In a high-energy Zumba class, Latin-inspired rhythms fuel energetic movement to banish calories from their stubborn strongholds. After three months of weekly 45-minute classes, students master the basic twists and turns of Zumba dance steps, and they can dash across the floor like dancing machines even more advanced than the roomba.
Schooled in a variety of jives including tango, swing, and ballroom dancing, instructors at The Dance Company finesse foxtrots and school feet in jitterbugging basics with their schedule of twirl-inducing classes. Trip lightly to the beat of a private lesson’s one-on-one attention, learning the rumba ropes solo or joined by a favorite friend, lover, or floor lamp. Group classes, held Monday–Thursday evenings, get aspiring Astaires two-stepping, swinging, and hustling together in an intimate, convivial setting. Students also practice partner pin-wheeling at once-a-month dance parties, with light snacks fueling the footwork as dozens of students show off new moves and old Mikhail Baryshnikov autographs.
Named after the prolific course architect who sculpted its front nine in 1927, Donald Ross Golf Club offers an 18-hole, par 72 layout that cleaves through groves of towering trees. Though the longer of the two nines, the front eases golfers into the round with more straight-forward holes—three of the four opening holes are among the five easiest on the course. More difficult terrain awaits on the back nine, where golf balls may be lost or set free in a stream that cuts across six different holes.
The Club offers a practice green where golfers can get a feel for the speed of the course conditions by chipping, putting, and slip-and-sliding across its grassy surface. In the event of inclement weather, players can head inside, where a Foresight golf simulator offers digital recreations of rounds at Carnoustie, Cog Hill, and other world-famous courses.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,821 yards from the tips * Course rating of 72.5 from the tips * Slope rating of 126 from the tips * Four tee options