At The Plaza Ballroom, owner Ann Groves and her troupe of instructors teach classic ballroom dances such as the tango and fox trot. Their studio hosts classes throughout the week, including ones geared toward beginners. To complement the lessons, dancers can attend The Plaza's Saturday night dance parties or one of its special events, such as a kids' dance camp that is set in the woods where the macarena was invented.
Home to UFC competitors, world champions, and black belts in muay thai boxing and jiu-jitsu, Valor Martial Arts gives pros and amateurs alike the chance to train with competitive-grade equipment and tutelage. In the 3,000-square-foot facility, Zebra floors and wall mats set the scene for kickboxers, who hit heavy bags, and an MMA-style octagon where fighters spar. The staff strives to have something for everyone, including jiu-jitsu sessions for adults and kids’ programs that aim to instill senses of accomplishment, confidence, discipline, and fitness. When they’re not facing a competitor, students make use of the weight training and exercise area before retiring to the onsite changing facilities.
Bobby Alcott's love for the nautical life first took shape during college, when he paid his tuition with profits from fishing aboard a 44-foot boat he had reconstructed himself. A trip to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 2003 further fueled his passion for sailing and entertaining, as he began leading charter trips. Now, 15 years after attaining his Coast Guard master's license, he seeks to instill passengers with nautical knowledge and show them a new perspective of Palm Beach through his business, Lacuna Tours.
Captain Bobby navigates his hurricane deck boat along smooth intra-coastal waters during tours and charters, adapting the course to his passengers’ chosen sites while politely vetoing their requests to exchange courtesies with the local narwhal. He expounds on nearby sites and local history with a sense of humor, which he developed during 10 years as a ski instructor. During the day or at sunset, Bobby steers the boat during private tours or themed trips such as birthday parties and wedding celebrations.
On extended tours, he runs the vessel onto the shore of one of Palm Beach's uninhabited islands and lets passengers disembark to relax on the beach and explore the nooks and crannies of abandoned sand castles. If children are onboard, he also brings ashore a small treasure chest filled with candy, balloons, and toy jewelry, and buries it in the sand when they aren't looking. Bobby then spins tales of pirate visits to the island, inviting the wee adventurers to search for the treasure. To further the swashbuckling theme, he also provides pirate costumes and props, giving parents ample photo opportunities.
Ceremony and ritual are important aspects of martial arts—so much so that people can forget the very real, very practical applications of self-defense training. The instructors at Hwang's Martial Arts prepare students so that they will be ready if they need to defend themselves, whether standing up or on the ground. Instructors stage realistic self-defense scenarios in tae kwon do and jujitsu classes that instill confidence and self-discipline with each grappling or countering move. Separate classes are also offered in krav maga, the hand-to-hand combat system used by the Israeli Defense Forces. These classes emphasize effective self-defense moves and demonstrate how to take down an attacker in the shortest time possible.
Established in 1978, the executive course at Lone Pine Golf Club gives golfers of every skill level the chance to play a quick and exciting round. Players find birdies attainable throughout the course as they take aim at the overall par of 62. Groups typically take between 2.5 and 3 hours to traverse the short, easily walkable course, allowing golfers to conserve energy without shaving their heads to reduce drag. Visitors who would like to squeeze in some practice can launch balls skyward from grass tees at the club's practice facility, and hone short strokes on its putting and chipping green.Course at a Glance:
All of the instructors at Legacy Mixed Martial Arts do indeed take on a legacy. They are taught by founder Sensei Cameron to preserve his style of training, passing it on to their students in an undiluted form—a practice that is less possible at chain martial-arts schools.
This method ensures a high level of training, regardless of the martial-arts style. Kids' karate classes, for example, mix the strikes of tae kwon do with kickboxing and submission grappling, and MMA sessions for adults include full-contact drills that incorporate muay thai and jujitsu techniques. Instructors also lead aikido and fitness-kickboxing lessons. Though the techniques of each class differ, the coaches strive to carry over core values such as respect and self-discipline.
Akin to the Batmen of the sea, the divemasters and instructors at The Scuba Club lead underwater adventures from their multi-level seaside mansion, using only the very best toys. After outfitting customers with gear from their Scubapro Platinum Dealer shop, they cart passengers to the many dive-ready sites a mere 20-minute journey away aboard their U.S. Coast Guard-certified boat. Beneath the waves, divers encounter turtles, eels, sharks, and rays in an aquatic parade of regular reef creatures and Atlantic water visitors.