Elliott Genovia fell in love with salsa dancing 12 years ago when he took his first salsa class. He soon became a member of Sacramento's salsa performance team and trained with respected dancers including Salomon Rivera and Ricardo Tellez. Through his education, he developed a cordial, supportive demeanor that helped him to offer dance lessons to aspiring dancers and clumsy police officers to get out of speeding tickets. Elliott opened his own studio, Dancing With Elliott, which eventually emerged from its cocoon to become Genovia Dance in 2010 after he married his dancing partner, Cara, who also teaches at the studio. The two teach both private lessons and group classes to students of all ability levels in the dance styles of salsa, merengue, cha-cha, hustle, and bachata.
At Hybrid Fitness, an 8,000-square-foot facility, Sean Tribble, a purple belt in Brazilian jujitsu, assists by teaching his grappling art. Personal trainer Amanda Staudinger rounds out clients' training regimens with a cardio cross-training class designed to get participants in fighting shape, with strong limbs, a powerful core, and hands replaced with bricks.
Hybrid fitness tones both adults and children, and its instructors often take their classes outside. Hybrid offers fun Zumba classes, which tone bodies to the beats of Latin music, as well as muay thai, brazilian jiujitsu, boxing, and fitness conditioning.
The cadence of a baseline rally—bounce-thwack, bounce-thwack, the shuffling of scurrying feet—echoes across Sierra View Country Club, the scenic training ground for the pupils of Total Tennis. Head tennis professional Steve Dunmore roams the six lighted tennis courts, dispensing advice on stroke techniques, footwork, and strategy. The courts host multiple tournaments and USTA events each year as well as instructional programs for players of all ages and abilities.
Arena Softball's advanced pitching machines fling curveballs, sliders, and fastballs at players preparing for a big game on their indoor softball field. The same field also hosts birthday-party matches regulated by experienced umpires, and after the game, players can feast on snacks or home-run softballs.
Additionally, experienced coaches lead lessons, teaching kids the ins and outs of fielding, positioning, and batting, as well as camps for kids aged 6–18. Arena Softball also hosts a variety of leagues.
When you're learning self-defense moves, you want to be trained by an expert. With almost 40 years under his black belt, Doyle McMahan is an expert. The head instructor at Dragon Star Karate, McMahan built his resume as a member of the U.S. Army's Special Operations and a trainer for the Army's self-defense program. Through these experiences and his stints as public speaker and a consultant, he developed an energetic style that informs his interactive classes. He instills discipline and self-esteem in youngsters during sessions for kids, teaches effective self-defense techniques in Krav Maga classes, and helps members shed pounds and build confidence with KravFit Kickboxing.
Clint Robinson's U.S. Air Force duty took him around the world, but it was his time in South Korea that made the biggest mark. There, he learned the art of tae kwon do—and the positive fitness and values associated with it. When he returned to the states and left the Air Force, it didn't take long for him to found his own martial-arts school. More than 40 years and 19 locations later, Robinson's Taekwondo continues to thrive on the same principles on which Clint founded his business: excellence, personal attention, and tradition. He now counts children's, adult, and family programs as part of his curriculum. With continued training, students of all ages not only hone their fitness, but also improve their mental sharpness, self-confidence, and discipline.