Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Trained naturopath and reiki master Susan Lataille developed her passion for alternative medicine in 2008, when her son was diagnosed with ADHD. Since then, Lataille, creator and owner of DiscoverYou Events, has sought ways to kick-start the body's ability to heal itself, and recruits a diverse crew of speakers and exhibitors to illuminate the field during the two-day DiscoverYou: Wellness Expo. Amid the liveliness of the scene, dozens of exhibitors—including chiropractors, yoga instructors, and herbalists—equip and inspire guests to embark on epic quests toward wellness.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
The Southern New England Women’s Expo packs the Twin River Event Center with a female-minded cornucopia of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and enlightening over the course of six, pamper-packed hours. Track down treasures and adventures scattered amongst more than 140 booths peopled by exotic exhibitors and constructed from shattered glass ceilings. Though the fall expo schedule has yet to be released, its April iteration included seven cooking demonstrations from accolade-racked chefs, an interactive Zumba class, and three fashion shows espousing trendy threads and the health benefits of strutting to techno music. Like a reputable bingo nights or a disreputable doctor’s office, the Southern New England Women’s expo may be replete with prize giveaways, adding the smell of potential victory to the joy-saturated air. Attendees may turn ladies’ afternoons out into girls’ nights out by indulging in post-expo games at the nearby Twin River Casino (casino visits not covered by today’s Groupon).
Rhode Island Billiard Bar & Bistro has kept the polished pool balls clicking seven days a week for more than 100 years, recently returning the tin ceilings and mahogany bars of its billiards room to their full luster. Hone your skills at felt croquet on any of 15 9-foot tables and one 7-foot table ($3.50/hour for members, $5.50 for nonmembers). In between rounds of foosball, pinball, or watching the bocce bomb tournament on 15 TVs, mad gourmands can commingle menu items such as the calamari fritti ($7.99) and chicken fingers ($6.99) into clawed, ink-spraying gullet monsters.
Fitness trainer Paul Dexter knows that actions speak louder than words. That’s why the former Bally’s Total Fitness director became nationally ranked as a natural bodybuilder, proving he had the goods to transform his body and the bodies of others. To give his clients a more personal experience, Paul left Bally’s and teamed up with his wife Laura to open Dexter Training Concepts.
Along with a team of certified trainers, Paul and Laura lead personal-training sessions that approach fitness using a three-pronged philosophy: strength training, cardio exercise, and nutrition. They put these fitness pillars into practice inside a 5,000-square-foot gym, which holds training sessions as well as yoga, Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, boot-camp, and aerobics classes. Free weights and machines occupy most of the gym floor, a juice bar fuels athletes in between sessions, and an onsite licensed massage therapist soothes aching muscles with practiced strokes and whispered sweet nothings.
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