Ballroom Factory Dance Studio's brigade of experienced instructors takes students with two left feet and whips them into dancing dynamos. Light trippers of all ages and skill levels learn the ins and outs of dance styles that range from ballroom basics and American waltz to international tango and advanced hokey pokey. Private or group classes twirl gracefully through an airy studio space, characterized by sleek wood floors and walls lined with mirrors. The studio's expertise also extends to voice and piano lessons for both children and adults in which pupils master scales, harmonies, and the ability to read music.
Since 1957, this friendly, family-oriented fun center has played host to wholly wholesome fun. Today, the newly renovated alley boasts top-notch lanes with mounted flat-screen LCD monitors, a spruced-up snack and slurp bar, fresh coats of colorful paint, a full-service pro shop, and more. Before you saunter up to throw your first ball, but after you secure your lucky ostrich neatly between your toes, guide your footsies into a pair of stylish bowling shoes ($4 rental value). In between frames, refuel your energy tank with a frothy brew from the bar or let one of the alley's sumptuous seats sing a lullaby from Rocky to your resting limbs.
Gateway Playhouse is in the middle of its 61st year of theatrical entertainment, having attracted top-flight actors and directors from New York and around the world. The company’s production of Hairspray pumps positivity into the classic musical about a plump teenager chasing down aspirations to boogie down on television. Eighth-note fans of '60s culture and the shimmy-inducing R & B grooves will immediately dig Hairspray’s music and lighting-fast costume changes.
At Rudi’s Bar and Grill, it's easy to lose track of time when faced with the eatery's combination of sports, beer, and finger-licking grub. Ten TVs encircle the bar, surrounding the place in the sights and sounds of the season’s sports, from basketball or football to competitive snowball fighting. Hungry customers can thwart their stomach’s growls with a menu of classic American bar fare. Appetizers such as fried mac and cheese, spinach dip, and sliders precede traditional and boneless wings, black-and-blue cheeseburgers, and pulled-pork sandwiches. On weekends, live music permeates the crowd, which grows throughout the night thanks to a lack of cover charges.
There's always something going on at Village Idiot Pub, where drink specials abound and live music takes the stage each weekend. A menu of pub grub tempts diners with starters such as lobster wontons and mac 'n' cheese wedges, along with beefy burgers topped with bacon and jalapeños. For finger-licking eats, the pub also prepares chicken wings in 11 sauces, from trademark buffalo to the super-spicy atomic.
For 25 years, instructors at Julie's Gym have been guiding kids and teens through noncompetitive curricula. Gymnastics classes and teams abound, but the school also features baby and toddler play groups, tumbling, and karate. There are even fitness classes for grownups. Private and group lessons, camps, and birthday parties at Julie's Gym blend fun, fitness, and education in a supportive environment.