Dance Tonight co-owner Jeremy Norris knows his students. "When it comes down to it, everyone really dances for one reason: to have fun," he states on his school?s website. Co-owner Emily Loyless and their staff of fellow NDCA-registered instructors share his sentiment. In addition to teaching salsa, west coast swing, and country dancing, their dance studio turns into a ballroom dance party on Friday nights where students practice moves from their lessons. Norris and company also schedule Zumba dance fitness classes, whose calorie burn far exceeds that of completing 100 Macarenas.
At Old City Entertainment Venue, revelers sip stylish libations, dine on gourmet snacks, and find time to dance amidst rustic brick walls and creative lighting. Patrons savor cocktails such as the Caribbean Bliss or 007 martini ($9) and absorb glasses of the signature sangria ($4). Bottles of wine ($16+), like lonely chefs, find their matches on a menu of sophisticated snacks such as the Four Cheese flat bread pizza with asiago, jack, feta, and mozzarella ($6.50). The roasted corn and feta salsa with blue corn tortilla chips or pita bread ($5) makes a colorful nosh, and the chocolate plate poses desserters with a threefold choice of blends, selected from dark, milk, strawberry-drenching, and sun-blotting chocolates ($14). Thursday through Saturday, the dance floor comes to life as kinetic lighting ricochets off brick archways and hanging curtains, sealing meals with bumping beats and good vibes.
Soups & Scoops Café services the whims of polar and equatorial explorers alike with a worthy assemblage of frosty and steamy comfort foods, from homemade ice creams and sorbets to soups, sandwiches, and salads. Voted Knoxville's Best Ice Cream Shop by CityVoters in 2010, Soups & Scoops plies patrons with more than 40 homemade ice creams and sorbets, available by the scoop, pint, quart, and bucket. From key lime sherbet ($5.25 for a pint) to vanilla malt ball ($45 for a six-quart bucket), each flavor is lovingly hand-wrought on-site and eagerly awaits a bevy of delectable toppings to deliver more sugar, crunch, and x-ray vision with every bite.
Direct Hit Shooting Academy has a private outdoor range, which is used exclusively for its pupils. The instructor keeps this range open for an additional hour after classes, so students can get a bit of extra practice.
Gordon Ray Holland, Jr., a US Army veteran and Direct Hit Shooting Academy's resident instructor, has spent more then 30 years working with firearms. Over those decades, Mr. Holland secured certifications from the State of Tennessee as well as the National Rifle Association. This expertise shines through at Direct Hit Shooting Academy, where he teaches basic pistol use, defensive shooting, and how to obtain conceal-carry permits. During these courses, Mr. Holland combines lecture-based sessions with hands-on practice.
Nothing But Bounce entertains children with an arsenal of inflatable playgrounds, including castles, animal-themed slides, and sports-themed games. The expansive indoor gymnasium and its friendly staff host fun frenzies year-round, from birthday parties to company picnics to family reunions. When weather permits, visitors can participate in outdoor recreational activities, which include cruising down a 45-degree slip 'n' slide and a 45-degree water slide. A three-way rock wall provides climbers with a variety of paths and holds guaranteed to keep children and their imaginary pet mountain goats busy.
Dough goes airborne in Bella-Roma's kitchen as chefs hand-toss crusts for pizzas and calzones. After crisping thin crusts in the oven, chefs ladle on generous toppings to create specialty pizzas such as the Roma Supreme, laden with sausage, beef, and peppers, or the barbecue chicken, which lies on a thick carpet of smoked gouda and fontina cheeses. Alternately, square deep-dish pizzas deliver thicker crust, deeper layers of cheese, and square-cut pepperonis for patrons who are allergic to circles. Once prepped, pies are set atop tables for dine-in or slipped into boxes for takeout. Bella-Roma also serves up nonpizza fare, including beef or five-cheese lasagnas and sub sandwiches on 8-inch hoagie rolls.