Named to the PGA President's Council on Growing the Game in 2006 for his efforts with player-development programs, teaching professional Jason Magee aims to make the sport of golf more enjoyable through private and on-course lessons. Within his instructional domain at local Phoenix golf courses, he helps players of all skill levels to hone their entire games, from drives off the tee to putting on the green. Jason also helps players with the mental aspects of the game through instructional rounds, where he shares course-management strategies and debunks the myth that placing magnets in each hole the night before will facilitate holes in one.
Capoeira Brasil-Arizona is devoted to the martial-arts-dance fusion of capoeira, as well as numerous other Brazilian art and dance forms, such as samba and Maculelê. A team of eight highly qualified teachers will lead students through three classes in their choice of dance style ($15 each). Customers can stop in for beginner’s capoeira on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and discover the acrobatic beauty of capoeira—a martial art disguised as an improvisational dance, created by African slaves in Brazil hundreds of years ago—as rhythmic music fills their ears with adrenaline earplugs. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, guests can learn the samba, one of Brazil’s most popular musical genres and the sole reason why KISS finally disbanded. With classes offered seven days a week, and options suited to Brazilian beginners and capoeira aficionados alike, this cultural center has a place for everyone and every back flip in its place.
Ava Fleming—who won first place in the Egyptian category of the 2004 Belly Dancer of the Universe Competition—helms Studios 806, where she and her instructors lead students in a variety of dance and fitness classes. The calendar provides students the opportunity to move in classes such as several levels of belly dance, burlesque, and flamenco. Meanwhile, students can move emphatically with rhythms in Zumba, breathe and relax in yoga, or test their limits during boot-camp sessions.
Uniting diverse backgrounds in dance techniques such as jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and professional cheerleading, the seasoned instructors at Dance Starz AZ break down elegant ballroom and Latin dance moves for students of all ages. The team adeptly shepherds pupils through the intricate steps and sequin glimmers of the waltz, paso doble, swing, and tango. They also cultivate custom romantic dance routines for couples, small groups, and salty seafaring crews during private lessons, and pilot a roster of large group classes that rotates monthly. Though each dance method proffers active exercise, Dance Starz AZ further refines fitness with Zumba and yoga sessions.
Phoenix enjoys about 300 days of sunshine a year. Its desert climate can lead to some blazing-hot summers; the other nine months of the year, though, temperatures hover in the mid-70s. Due in no small part to its constant sunshine, the city has since ballooned into the fifth-largest city by population in the United States.The topography of the Phoenix area is a desert but by no means desolate. Camelback Mountain, located about 20 minutes south of the resort, is a designated city park area with scenic hiking trails that wind past boulders and red-sandstone formations. Hundreds of golf courses line the rugged landscape around Phoenix. Downtown Phoenix pulses with techno beats and rowdy live music shows, as a cornucopia of swanky bars and nightclubs keeps the party going downtown into the wee hours of the morning. For a laid-back nighttime experience, the sleepy neighboring city of Scottsdale has a number of rooftop lounges.
Fancy, Dusty, Harley, and Bella; these are the names of a few of the horses that trot and gallop at Robinson Ranch, carrying children and adults on their backs. John Robinson, a lifelong horseman, opened the ranch in 2000 in order to help individuals with mental and emotional challenges through equine therapy. Today, the ranch's instructors teach traditional horseback-riding lessons as well as therapeutic programs. Additionally, Robinson and his team host events such as petting zoos, Western barbecues, and hayrides.