At 17 years old, David Pearce spent his nights dancing and DJing in a slick Seattle club. When his best friend recognized his skills and suggested David join him as a daytime ballroom-dance instructor, he was unenthusiastic⎯until a visit to his friend's studio made David realize that ballroom dancing involved nothing but sleek movements and squiring ladies across the floor. He’s been hooked ever since. David opened The Studio with his wife, Jackie, who leads belly and hula dancing, and the pair demonstrates swing, Argentine tango, and other American ballroom dances with help from four other instructors.
Private lessons begin with David’s signature teaching style, which condenses every ballroom step into four basic movements and instills the fundamentals of leading and following before finally acquainting students with the dance style of their choice. Meanwhile, group lessons introduce hoofers to new moves in a lively and relaxed social-dancing atmosphere. Monthly parties, which often follow elaborate themes—such as a luau with leis, photo props, and decorations dappling the studio’s baby-blue walls—invite couples to twirl, sip refreshments, and eventually follow fellow revelers to nearby nightclubs or a Disney prince's ballroom to show off their versatile moves in a real-world setting.
In his more than 35 years of experience playing and coaching the game of golf, Ray Cisbani has seen every type of golfer succeed—from elite athletes to those with physical limitations. Ray served as the the head golf coach at Saint Leo University, where he lead the Lions against their Sunshine State Conference rivals for nine years. When not coaching college players during an important tournament he helps out recreational golfers, even if they don't have All-American aspirations or dreams of owning a mini golf course. Regardless of prior skill level, students at The Links Golf Club can learn how to develop a balanced swing and shave off strokes through lessons and swing analysis.
At Aikido Academy of Martial Arts, Sensei Elliott Schwartz and his nationally certified instructors works to teach adults and kids the self-defense techniques of Nihon Goshin aikido, a method that draws from other martial-arts modalities, including jujitsu, karate, and judo. In an encouraging and accessible atmosphere, classes teach techniques such as throws, joint locks, and strikes to students ranging from newcomers to prospective instructors.
At Suncoast MMA, sensei Chris Scura applies his knowledge of tae kwon do, jujitsu, and judo to mixed-martial-arts classes for kids and adults. During class, students learn how to perform jujitsu attacks, execute judo takedowns, and recite tae kwon do–themed sonnets. Over time, they develop a stronger physique and greater self-defense abilities.