Kelly Salvatore's love for dance began at a young age, and it sustained her through the years as she trained and eventually became a passionate dance instructor herself. At Prot?g? Performing Arts, Kelly aims to inspire a similar degree of passion and enthusiasm in her students. She and her fellow instructors lead classes that cater to everyone from toddlers to adults. They keep their minds open in terms of the styles they teach, offering classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, and synchronized headbanging.
At 41, Steve Pratt still hits golf balls past 300 yards without shanks or curves, all thanks to having met a Guinness record holder. His studies under Dr. Mike Austin, inventor of the Mike Austin swing, gave him in-depth knowledge of the physics of a golf swing. Austin’s tutelage also helped him learn how to work with the body's joints to unleash massive drives and melt excess cartilage into moonshine. While his record of a 415-yard drive is a point of pride, he's more passionate about teaching this swing method to his students, and that passion has only increased over his 19-year teaching career.
Director Marianne Van Etten and her troupe of instructors help to inject steps with traditional American and international rhythms during interrelated lessons. The curriculum helps students of all experience levels to confidently navigate the dance floor without surgically removing a second left foot. Three-hour weekend workshops immerse students in the instruction of swing, Latin, and smooth techniques in one dose, and group classes gather guests for 55 minute sessions in styles including yoga and children's ballroom. Classes unfold inside the air-conditioned studio, which accommodates up to 75 dancers atop its spring-loaded wood floor. Further inspiring lofty steps, a stereo sound system floods the space, which overlooks views of mountainous terrain symbolizing the uphill battle faced when tangoing with both hands tied behind your back.
On a scenic, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, 18 PGA TOUR elites will don their finest polos and drive, putter, and electric slide their way to the $5 million purse at the end of the rainbow. The Sherwood Country Club course incorporates a delicate blend of valleys, peaks, waterfalls, and fire pits to challenge a field that includes Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, and Martin Kaymer. Check the schedule to plan your viewing blitzkrieg.
Monarchs National Gymnastics Training Center furnishes the facilities and equipment necessary for young tumblers to develop their skills. The center staffs experienced coaches to teach students during sundry group classes that encourage camaraderie. Choose any four consecutive one-hour classes for aspiring Olympians or unwittingly aspiring Olympians, including co-ed kinder classes designed for ideally low-to-the-ground toddlers or a boys-and-girls tumbling session—for ages 6–18—that teaches kids the easiest ways to catapult themselves out of a room during awkward silences or boring lectures. All-girls and all-boys classes are available for kids aged 6–18, and a girls' cheer class prepares sprightly young ones for futures as high-school pep leaders.
MVP Baseball and Softball Academy prepares ball players to storm the diamond by imparting focus, passion, and a genuine love of the game with instruction, professional batting cages, and memberships that offer discounts on academy services. With 10 batting-cage tokens, sluggers can step up to the plate to hit pitches zooming at up to 75 mph, while also perfecting their hand signals for bunt, steal second, and a wasp is in my pants. Those who prefer orbs hurling toward them at a slower pace can swing at tosses from the slow-pitch softball machine. For truly dedicated sultans of swat, MVP Baseball and Softball Academy offers memberships that endow athletes with discounts on private instruction, group lessons, batting-cage tokens, and team cage rentals.