Seen on Sábado Gigante and Univision and Telemundo programs, Al "Liquid Silver" Espinoza is one of the world's most innovative salsa dancers. Calling his unique dance style millennium salsa, Espinoza infuses the traditional Latin steps with contemporary hip-hop moves such as popping and locking and body waves. The result is a unique, thoroughly modern take on a style as old as dancing guitars. Interested parties can take lessons from the master on a weekly basis or at one-time workshops held on weekends, or they can just catch his act in person at salsa congresses from Miami to DC.
Baseball and softball players of all skill levels descend upon Extra Innings' 18,000-square-foot indoor facility to hone home-run-hitting swings and more. Players can swing, pitch, or field for 60 minutes inside one of the five indoor hitting tunnels that stretch 70 feet long, 15 feet wide, and 30 feet high as adjustable pitching machines sling unlimited fastballs toward the plate at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The facility outfits hitters with bats and helmets for no additional charge, and each tunnel is equipped with an L-screen, a pitcher's mound, and sliding nets that can transform the cage into an open-field area for practicing fielding skills and ribbon-dancing routines.
Cosmetologists, nail technicians, and barbers alike graduate from Margate School of Beauty armed with job market-ready backgrounds in art, fashion, and technical design. First, though, senior students gear up to matriculate with hands-on experience in the school’s salon and spa. They can shape and color locks, braid them into cornrows, or smooth textured strands. Beyond hair services, they brighten nails with polish and acrylics, and tend visages with facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion, which exfoliates more effectively than demolishing a sandcastle with your face.
Mambo Con Cache owner Brian Anthony spreads his fiery brand of salsa up and down the East Coast with studios in South Florida and New York. Set to the pulsating beat of Latin music, his classes keep students swiveling and sliding across the studios' spacious hardwood dance floors. Though Anthony brings his background in hip-hop footwork to the classes he teaches in Hollywood and Coconut Creek, his heart belongs to the salsa music he fell in love with early in his career. Whether popping in for a group class or a more intimate private lesson, students quickly grow confident as they practice the fundamentals of salsa by side-stepping with partners or high-kicking piñatas strewn about the studio.
As a marathon runner, distance swimmer, and certified spinning instructor, Rachel Bash is known for her boundless energy. At Hot Salutations, she channels this energy into motivating both a staff of experienced instructors and students of all abilities. Together, she and her instructors strive to help students get in shape and leave the outside world behind during hot-Vinyasa classes. In each studio, heating panels and humidifiers keep the room between 91 and 95 degrees with roughly 50% humidity to deepen lunges, detoxify the body, and stretch muscles left tense by spending too much time cramped up in a body.
Every visit to the more than 3,100-square-foot CrossFit Coconut Creek is bound to have a surprise or two. Every day, the instructors concoct a new combination of strength-and-conditioning exercises in the Workout of the Day, which could include pushups, lunges, box jumps, burpees, and sprints. No workout is the same, and each exercise can be scaled to match an exerciser’s fitness level. Newbies can get a running and jumping start to CrossFit with help from Fundamentals classes.