Making its home at Michael A. Ries Ice Rink, the nonprofit Forestwood Figure Skating Club connects young skaters with goal-oriented coaching. Once beginners pick up the fundamentals in the Learn to Skate program, they can move on to private instruction with the club's coaching staff, which combines for more than 25 years of experience. These sessions prepare each student for serious competition, affording access to sanctioned competitions and private ice time on a rink uncluttered by fellow skaters or rush hour Zamboni traffic. The organization is certified by the U.S. Figure Skating Association, the governing body that oversees testing and competitions for all Olympic hopefuls.
Latin Soul Ballroom's experienced instructors tutor fledgling and finessed two-steppers alike in ballroom jives, mambo moves, and an array of dance styles. A packed schedule of evening classes entices dancing shoes to take to the hardwood floor during four-week sessions that explore the East Coast swing, the sensual steps of Argentine tango, the club-style cha-cha's syncopated steps, and more. During 45-minute private lessons, students train their toes to follow the steps of an instructor with a diverse dance repertoire that incorporates styles such as bachata, lindy hop, and the touchdown celebrations of Nikola Tesla.
There is no way to dance a jig without joy. As with most traditional Irish dances, the bouncy choreography inherent to the form inspires enthusiasm in the dancers and audience. For aspiring steppers hoping to master the form for recreation, competition, or just to appease the ghost of W.B. Yeats, Leneghan Academy of Irish Dance has been the Cleveland area's premier institute for Irish dancing since 1992. Instructors steeped in tradition and sporting TCRG and ADCRG certifications in Irish dance transform the fledglings into footloose masters of Celtic syncopation, with many students advancing to national- and world-level competition or enlightening the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade with their graceful steps.
The muffled thuds of boxing gloves pummeling headgear or backs blasting into floor mats resound throughout Strong Style's steel- and chain-link-clad gym. Child and adult classes fuse moves from the judo, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu traditions as students throw punches and kicks or discuss international politics while grappling in two full-size boxing rings. Conditioning classes work the entire body with functional training tools such as weighted ropes, TRX suspension straps, and improbably huge truck tires, previously Paul Bunyan's rollerblade wheels. To zero in on individual fitness goals, clients may schedule personal-training sessions or design their own workouts using the facility's weights and cardio machines.
The soft pop of clubs connecting with golf balls drifts across The Range at Green & Harvard. Three acres of grass tees and 30 artificial-turf tees provide ample room for mobs to hone their swings after a long day chasing unnatural creations of science, and bunkers and practice greens enable focused work on the short game. The outfit replaces the entire fleet of range balls each year, so golfers rarely tee up a misshapen sphere.
Lights shine from above to allow nighttime repetitions, and at a pro shop, steely bouquets of clubs from Callaway and Top Flite stand in corners, overseen by trainers and staff members.
Golf: Inside & Out’s resident golf guru David Geier offers a comprehensive approach to golf training, helping golfers on their path to mastering the technical, tactical, physical, and mental elements of the game. As players pulverize golf balls at the studio’s indoor hitting bays, the watchful instructor observes and analyzes each swing with video technology. Golf students benefit from watching a video of their swings in slow motion, helping them understand nuggets of corrective advice and sympathize with brutally compressed golf balls. Geier also teaches principles of course management, physical training, and the mental and emotional training necessary to execute golf shots on a subconscious level, a process which can incorporate hypnotherapy.
Golf: Inside & Out also helps aspiring Arnold Palmers refine their skills with advanced club-fitting services. The shop's high-tech module evaluates customers' putts and swings, then tailors a custom blueprint that helps determine correct shaft flex, launch angle, and grip size. The device can also clarify the most compatible ball for a particular club.