When discussing his teaching philosophy with reporters from Central Florida Lifestyle, the owner of Salsa Heat quipped, "if you can walk, you can dance." He himself didn't know much about dancing when he took his first salsa class in the early 90's, but he caught on after just a few sessions, falling in love with the dance's energetic spins and rhythmic movements.
Today, a team of professional dance instructors teach salsa spins and footwork to students of all experience levels. Zumba and bachata classes provide tutoring in other Latin dance styles, and salsa classes for kids teach youngsters dance fundamentals that hone coordination and motor skills. Throughout the year, the staff hosts special events on their spacious dance floors, such as salsa socials, salsa Christmas parties, and salsa-infused celebrations of Robert Heinlein's birthday.
Even tour pros would think twice about some of the shots at The Majors Golf Club. Take the tee shot at the 456-yard first hole, for example: the beefy yardage leaves no choice but to hit driver into a stiff cross-wind, and any miss to the left will likely stray out of bounds. The same tee shot anxiety returns at the 15th hole, a par-three with a genuine island green that requires a rock-solid 180-yard approach. The stylish course design should be no surprise, as it's the grassy brainchild of golf legend Arnold Palmer. Palmer also had a great collaborator in Mother Nature, as the grounds boast Carolina-style pine trees, sugary white sands, and natural contours that contribute to its visual drama. Before rounds, golfers can fine tune their swings at a natural-grass driving range or lick the greenside rough at a short-game area.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,850 yards from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard
Bang! Whiz! Yes, the sounds you'll hear at Hurricane Paintball Park are a lot like the ones you'll see in a comic book. That's because the action is just as fierce as geared-up groups storm into opposing-team territory in hopes of being the last ones standing. Castles, forts, and three-story towers pepper the 14-acre battlefield here, adding color and obstacles to this brand of simulated urban battleground. While tracking foes or trying to check off open spots on their bird-watching lists, competitors can use the open terrain to their advantage in lots of ways. Some may duck beneath fallen trees, dive behind stacks of rusty barrels, or seize buildings to take control of their vantage points. The fierce competition is open to all sharp shooters age 10 and older, whether for recreation, birthday parties, or corporate gatherings.
Studio 321 Fitness and Dance's facility houses multiple air-conditioned dance studios within its 4,500 square feet of space. These amenities, though, only scratch the surface. Here, more than a dozen veteran Zumba and dance instructors host classes six days per week. They help students burn calories with fast-paced dance-fitness sessions, or focus more on technique with instruction in partnered salsa and Argentinian tango. And to accommodate their cardholding gym members they also provide complimentary childcare, making attendance extra easy for parents or adults who are actually just three kids sitting on each other's shoulders inside a trench coat.
Paint Partay encourages visitors to unleash their artistic side in an upbeat, supportive setting. Local artists oversee the group lessons, providing tips and insight as students paint everything from a resplendent peacock to a tropical beach with cresting waves in the background. At the end of the class, everyone leaves with a unique masterpiece to take home and share. Purchasable drinks and appetizers help fuel students' creativity and keep spirits high throughout the experience.