Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Okinawan Karate Style of Shitohryu
Pro Tip: For your first class dress in loose clothing for exercise, like sweats.
In 1987, indoor climbing was as unpopular in the Seattle area as breeding labradoodles. But Vertical World––a pioneer indoor climbing gym––introduced the city to the up-and-coming sport of rock climbing in a controlled environment. Since its inception, the gym has expanded to three other locations in Everett, Tacoma, and Redmond, the latter hosting eastside climbers for more than 20 years.
A team of experienced route creators challenges climbers with more than 200 bouldering, lead, or top-rope routes in a wide variety of difficulty levels. The gym hosts competitive youth teams that have gone on to national or world tournaments. The gym's staff of climbers and guides also leads outdoor excursions that build confidence and teach novices how to identify a rock wall in the wild.
At The Dance Within, teaching the steps for belly dancing, hula, Bollywood, and burlesque isn't enough. The instructors also want to teach students about the culture surrounding the dance. The studio features a salon where you can get a henna tattoo, and a boutique shop where you can find dance garb such as burlesque bustiers, Bollywood disc earrings, and jerseys of popular ballet dancers.
Meadowmeer Golf & Country Club’s nine-hole course takes golfers on a pin-hunting odyssey through fairways and greens nestled in the shadows of dense tree lines. The scaled-down layout boasts dual sets of tees, creating front- and back-nine experiences unique enough to convince near-sighted sand wedges that they are playing a full-length course. The course shares its grounds with a practice area for chipping, pitching, and driving, as well as a nine-hole practice green, which helps players get a feel for the speed of greens without having to bribe an earthworm.
The brainchild of swing shaman Ian Havill, Havill Golf fuses state-of-the-art golf-improvement technology with top-notch instruction from the studio’s band of PGA Teaching Professionals. Hone club cadence with a one-hour swing study that includes a five-minute warm-up, 45-minute lesson with one of Havill’s expert instructors, and 10 minutes of review and practice. Each session includes a video analysis that grants students a chance to review and improve upon their technique, outfit, and postswing strut.
For the certified guides at AdventureTerra, having just another day at the office typically entails scaling the side of a huge rock, or ascending a towering tree. All told, the AdventureTerra team boasts a combined 30 years of climbing experience spread across 35 locations. It shares that wisdom during adventures around the Washington State area, as well as during climbing courses that place safety above everything else. The most popular of those courses, intro to rock climbing, focuses on essential techniques, including working with ropes, belaying, and rappelling. From there, students can build upon their skills in a number of ways, such as by scaling pyramid formations at local cheerleader competitions or by participating in one of AdventureTerra?s more advanced programs.