Nearly 300 years ago, the elders of China's Shaolin Temple convened to develop a new kind of martial arts. They dreamt of a style that would eventually overcome all the others, thanks to its combat efficacy and the fact that it would take a much shorter time to learn. They named this style Wing Chun, a Chinese phrase that translates to "forever springtime" and reflected their hope for a renaissance in Shaolin martial arts.
This renaissance never quite arrived, but traditional Wing Chun is still practiced today. This is largely thanks to the efforts of practitioners such as Grandmaster William Cheung and Sifu Tim Berkemeier, the latter of whom founded Traditional Wing Chun Baltimore. It's easy to see Wing Chun's appeal to modern sensibilities, as it emphasizes a scientific approach that draws on biomechanics and angular deflections. It's also ideal for students who don't have the muscles to send their opponents flying across the room, as it focuses on disabling rather than brute strength.
Tahirah Bowrey—the owner and head dancer of Creative Impulse Dance Studio—helms a team of five talented instructors that teach fleet-footed charges to step, swivel, and sway in styles ranging from hip-hop to ballet. Students of all ages match their footwork to classical refrains or pulsing, bass-heavy beats in three class levels, suited to beginner through advanced coryphées. Adults tone their bodies’ contours and learn to outmaneuver calories in sensual, cardio-infused styles such as floor- and pole dancing, and young children prepare to dazzle discerning hopscotch judges with pirouettes perfected in ballet class. Instructors hold lessons in a spacious hardwood studio flooded with natural light from tall windows and echoing with the sounds of toes tapping in unison.
A leading name in franchise dance since 1912, Arthur Murray Studio hosts a panel of certified instructors ready and waiting to instruct students in the ways of balance and coordinated rhythmic motion. Stick to a stately waltz, spicy up life with a rumba, or feel vibrant and playful with a few swing steps in your personal repertoire. These lessons are ideal for a betrothed pair prepping for the big wedding dance or an individual looking for a fun new way to get in ship shape. The studio space provides a warm, aesthetically sound environment superbly suited to slicing and dicing a rug until it is no longer recognizable.
Lead by creative choreographers Lee and Christine Gedansky, Beginning Ballroom offers classes sure to intrigue fledgling frolickers and conga captains alike. The Ballroom Blitz class introduces students to four different dance styles. Get lethargic feet moving with the rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha, and swing, each taught during a different week. Master these moves to gain the confidence needed to own the dance floor at weddings, impress people at parties, or assimilate to the vintage decade you'll inevitably be trapped in thanks to your experiments with time travel. The Gedanskys possess more than 20 years of dance experience, including gold and silver medals in regional competitions. These debonair footwork artists instruct students of all ages and abilities in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere conducive to social, non-competitive, dancing fun.
Even if you do make good on your New Year’s resolution to travel back in time and avert World War II, you’ll still need something to do there when you get bored. Today’s Groupon will teach you to swing splendid danceful swings with three Monday-night swing-dancing classes at Charm City Swing for $10 (a $30 value). A syncopated step and triple-step at Charm City is the best reason to go out on a Monday night, according to Baltimore Magazine. No partner is necessary, so you can leave that clumsy dance-golem you created at home.
As a part of the Maryland state-park system, The Graham Equestrian Center allows riders to navigate the several miles of trails winding throughout Gunpowder Falls State Park. The center draws its name from Dr. Albert Graham, who deeded his farm and 22-stall barn to the park system in order to help fortify the bond between Maryland citizens and their natural surroundings.
Through horseback-riding lessons, the center's trainer, Jim McDonald, educates children and adults on all aspects of horsemanship and horse management, from basic riding techniques to advanced grooming methods. His lessons and events also help riders understand herd dynamics as they strengthen relationships with both horses and their landscape.
Earth Treks' Climbing Centers are state-of-the-art indoor climbing gyms located in Columbia, Timonium and Rockville, MD. We pride ourselves on offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Each gym is among the largest in the country with climbing for every skill level.