Steppin Out Ballroom's dance masters bring worlds of experience, passion, and enthusiasm to every group and private dance lesson. Their goal is always to create confident, well-rounded dancers. By encouraging students to begin with private lessons, they can customize programs to the individual and put the twinkle in their toes before twirling them into group lessons. Group classes are needed to perfect steps learned during private sessions and give dancers a social outlet. They further nurture the social side of dancing with practice parties, which let students show off their moves, dance with others who are also still learning, and enjoy a comfortable environment that simulates a night out at the club. The instructors also apply that same dedication to teaching engaged couples their first dance and leading kids during lessons and competitive teams.
In his 20 years of experience, professional ballroom dancer Wesley Crocker has matched steps with champions. He has trained under seven-time ballroom world champions Bruno and Luann Collins, American-Rhythm champion Susie Thompson, and U.S. champion Cher Rutherford. Even with all of the high marks on his resumé, the title he covets most is "teacher."
Wesley hopes to translate his extensive background into lessons for students of all skill levels, which mainly focus on ballroom, Latin, and cabaret steps. He works to accommodate groups, couples, and individuals with a blend of private and public classes. Through his tutelage, he hopes to keep the art of dance alive and kicking as well as expose people to a more fun and effective way to fuse music with exercise than bench-pressing a flute.
Unity Martial Arts is the first school in Arkansas to teach Cuong Nhu, a mixed martial art with a traditional feel and no contracts. Classes are offered for kids and adults all week long. Special events and summer camps are on the website along with a class schedule and video demonstration.
Motley's Pumpkin Patch and Farm helps usher in fall with a farm full of seasonal activities. With two tickets for admission ($6 value per person), you and a fellow end-of-the-year enthusiast can partake in a plethora of autumn activities. Cheer on porcine sprinters in the pig races as you watch bacon-with-legs scuttle around the racetrack, or enjoy the company of animals without demanding an athletic effort from them by feeding the farm's lineup of friendly ducks, chickens, sheep, and goats. Kids can scamper over hay-bale mountains as they re-create Edmund Hillary's 1953 expedition up Everest, with slides and swings also adorning the landscape.
The First Tee of Central Arkansas welcomes golfers with two distinct challenges: a championship-length nine-hole course and a par-3 nine-hole course. The longer of the two, the par-36 Chairman’s course sends golfers swinging across 3,428 yards of fairways lined with sparsely populated groves of trees. A golfer who is confident with a driver or shower-curtain rod can conquer the course’s lengthier holes, which include 539- and 551-yard par 5s and a 475-yard par 4 that is the course’s most difficult, due in part to a water hazard that hugs the left side and a misplaced track-and-field commentator who encourages the use of the flagstick as a javelin. For a more leisurely round, players can test their short iron skills on the par-3 Honors course, which features holes that range from 65 to 113 yards in length.
Along with its public courses, The First Tee of Central Arkansas uses the game of golf to teach local youth life skills through Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy. The academy reaches out to low-income and special-needs children, providing free access to the program as a means of enriching their lives and preparing them for the future.