The Timberland Boot-Hockey Tournament, one of the largest pond-hockey events in the United States, is as much a rousing ice fiesta as it is a wintry, amateur puck fest. Four players on the ice (teams consist of a total of 12 players) compete for the puck with feats of icy finesses that are as fun as they are intense. In addition to the thrills of the game, participants receive a U.S. Pond Hockey Championships bag with an official hat, hand-warmers, a coupon to stare into Wayne Gretzky's eyes for 20 minutes, and other pond-hockey goodies.
Dance Tonight instructors conduct introductory lessons that introduce the basic step for 6-8 dances of your choice. Students might practice the salsa and the foxtrot in a single afternoon, or segue from swing into an elegant waltz, all the while developing a preference for those moves that resonate with their bodies. After they've completed these classes, a basic program further hones their focus. Group sessions and parties enable them to rehearse alongside fellow learners, all of whom benefit from the studio's welcoming, judgment-free vibe.
Though the instructors keep the mood smooth and groovy, they're constantly channeling professional experience; owner Francesca Spumoni and her partner Jacek Kozdroj have competed nationally in American Style Ballroom. They can also assist with special events at their venue or on-location, hosting wedding receptions, school dances, and other celebrations.
Little did Arthur Murray know when he opened the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in 1912 that it would play an integral part in history. It was a dance studio that helped revolutionize direct mail advertising and led Murray to be the first person in the world to broadcast live dance music on the radio. By the 1930s, he had his instructors teaching new dances including “The Big Apple,” followed by the “Teeny Banana” on first-class steamship cruises. His instructors moved from steamships to big screens, teaching actors dance moves and starring in such films as Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever. By then, the studio had inspired the hit song “Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry” by Betty Hutton and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Today, the studio’s name appears on the pages of Vogue, Martha Stewart Wedding, and Sports Illustrated.
Aside from remaining a presence in media and cities around the world, the Arthur Murray Dance Studio gets feet moving by teaching popular dances that include the cha-cha, fox trot, salsa, samba, and swing. The studio instructs on a variety of dances that help people look cool at bar mitzvahs, nightclubs, crosswalks, and anywhere dance is popular.:m]]
Dedicated to saving music and arts education in Minnesota schools, Viva Musica clangs a bell of awareness during its benefit concert with three musical acts and a silent auction. Five-piece rock group Eden opens the afternoon of entertainment with tracks from its forthcoming EP, Guilty Pleasures, a concept album about driving with just one hand on the wheel. Lead single “The Man I Am” exerts the pull that has sold out rooms such as First Avenue, with insistent percussion underlying moodily intricate piano melodies and poetic lyrics intoned in a slightly grunge-inflected vocal style.