The Quad City Symphony Orchestra tickles ears with beautiful melodies and spectacular performances during its annual "Holiday Pops" concerts. Guest conductor Michael Butterman takes charge of an all-star cast that features six-time U.S. figure-skating champion Todd Eldredge as he shows off his moves and carves his version of a perfect tumbleweed into the ice. Actor and Quad Cities native John Getz lends his vocal talents to festive proceedings, and internationally acclaimed trumpeter Jon Faddis jazzes up orchestral pieces with fiery improvisation. The show takes place at the i wireless Center, with guests choosing from lower-bowl seats for straight-ahead sightlines or upper-bowl perches for enviable views of conductor stage dives.
It's great to learn new things and hone dance techniques, but for the instructors and students at QC SoDa?which stands for Quad Cities Social Dancing?it's even more important to make new friends and have a blast. These dynamic rug-cutters use cha-cha, salsa, bachata, swing, and other ballroom styles as a vehicle toward a rollicking great time, cultivating a supportive atmosphere where students get to know each other as well as they get to know the lindy hop. Annual social dances, a Meetup presence, and Friday-night country western dances?with free popcorn?show that QC SoDa dancers are just as focused on making connections as they are on hitting the right steps.
The It's Glow Time 5K isn't your typical 5K race?unless your typical 5K route is dotted with "party zones." The zones' black lights make runners' neon outfits and face paint glow, and speakers in each zone blast jams to pump up racers. These areas aren't just in the middle of the race course, either. Both the start and the finish are party zones, though the finish line would be more aptly described as a full-on party for triumphant runners. A DJ spins amped-up tunes, racers wave glow sticks, and laser lights illuminate the festivities.
Morrow's Academy of Martial Arts works to cultivate mental and physical strength, with a specialty in kung fu. Seventh-degree black belt and 30-year veteran John A. Morrow leads the academy with an eye toward building self-esteem, self-discipline, and coordination. A record-holder for both the Guinness Book of World Records and mortal enemy of plywood boards, John Morrow encourages his students to reach their own goals with his own personal training programs for children and adults.
Rows of kettlebells, barbells, giant tires, and climbing ropes fill the inside of Warrior CrossFit. Each piece of equipment was carefully selected for its ability to mimic functional fitness?the epitome of the CrossFit workout. In addition to creating new exercises daily, certified CrossFit coaches oversee the fitness sessions, making sure every squat, pull-up, and Gatorade break is being executed with proper form. This sort of hands-on coaching allows members to safely improve their strength, flexibility, endurance, and metabolic conditioning.
ACE-certified personal trainer Cindy founded Cindy K's Fitness in 2001 as a workout invitation to women of every age and build. On the gym's exercise floor, equipment for weight, cardio and circuit training conditions muscles without exuding a competitive vibe. Personal trainers customize routines based on their client's goals, and group classes—which cover kettlebell swings, weightlifting for seniors, and ab-sculpting drills—rally students for communal reps. The gym's overarching focus on "fitness for the busy woman" remains evident in its varied class scheduling and infrared sauna, whose rays recharge laser pointers in time for same-day business meetings.