Urvashi Dance Company, under the direction of seasoned midsection maestro Heidi Capps-Hayden, brings centuries-old belly-dancing tradition to the modern Kentucky heartland. Today’s deal lets you choose three one-hour group classes, each of which offers a thorough workout that builds muscles you didn’t know you had. Tribal Cardio (Mondays at 6 p.m.) gets blood pumping and helps maintain a healthy hearts, and Zil Drill (Mondays at 8 p.m.) tackles the art of zils, the small finger cymbals belly dancers don to add subtle percussion to performances and practice their tree-frog impressions. During the American Tribal Style (ATS) introduction class (Mondays at 7 p.m.), the instructor takes a high-energy, collective approach to school students in the basics of this dancing tradition. After getting comfortable with the fundamentals, twirlers can move on to ATS Next Level (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.) and ATS Maximum (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m.) to transform tummies into mesmerizing kaleidoscopes.
Home to an event on the 1990 and 1991 Ben Hogan Tours, Pine Valley Golf Resort's challenging par 72 or 73 course touts 6,644 yards of Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. After warming up with two buckets of balls at the driving range—which is conveniently defenseless, lacking both sand traps and golf-ball-eating caddies—players can head out to the natural rolling terrain and demand a fun and challenging round from the scenic course, which is sprinkled with tranquil lakes, oxygen, and a covered bridge. As hauling a golf bag around all day can be tiring, Pine Valley will provide golfers with a motorized cart for stylishly puttering from hole to hole.
Skydive Kentucky with a BBB rating of A+, encourages customers to jump out of airplanes—but only in pursuit of a heart-pumping adrenaline rush. The skydive outfitter— ranked #5 in top drop zones in the nation by Dropzone— offers tandem, solo, and accelerated freefall jumps from up to 18,000 feet above the ground. Instructors train and expect customers to pull their ripcord and about 80% of clients can do so without any prompting from their instructor. Skydive trains their students to do as much as reasonable on their first tandem jump. Whether a seasoned veteran, a nervous first-timer, or a bird that wants bragging rights among his flock, Skydive Kentucky can guide thrill-seekers on an exciting yet safe descent back to earth.
Derby City Mixed Martial Arts, featured on ESPN as a cross-training haven for Kentucky Derby jockeys, coaches both beginners and competitive fighters. Expert instructors showcase such MMA schools as Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches leveraging holds to best bigger opponents, and muay thai kickboxing, deemed The Science of Eight Limbs after its signature move of throwing a tarantula at an opponent's face. Classes on agility, cardio conditioning, boxing, and wrestling round off the roster, and open sparring times let practitioners hone their fist- and footwork.
Strong Hold Climbing Gym at Hester's Family Fitness beckons to rock clingers of all skill levels with more than 4,000 square feet of top-rope routes, bouldering, and peerless climbing classes. With padded floors throughout, Strong Hold's crew of climbers can scale the multicolored routes with no fear of hard falls, and Strong Hold equips each climber with the harness, shoes, and cliff-badger bait necessary for topping its walls. Introductory classes, taught by master stone whisperers, cover the basics of rope work, proper knots, and the techniques required for pulling on slopers or crimps.
A good golf swing has many moving parts, from gripping the club correctly and to the smooth follow-through. For more than 14 years, LPGA teaching professional Brenda Daniels has fine-tuned those parts at Quail Chase Golf Club—a 27-hole championship course hemmed into Louisville's scotch pine and dogwood trees. As the facility's head instructor, Brenda leads lessons to help dissect the swings of both youth and adult golfers. To this end, she often utilizes slow-motion video analysis, which allows her to pinpoint flaws in the swing. Brenda also helms a number of special programs, including camps for kids, clinics for adults, and ladies-only sessions of Golf 101.