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Sweating is a great way to meet new people, and Sports Monster has proved that since it started its first adult league in 1994. With year-round offerings that include volleyball, kickball, soccer, bowling, and other sports, interested kickers, hitters, and dribblers can sign up solo or with a fully formed team of friends or coworkers. Games take place all around the St. Louis area. With many nights available, participants can choose a time and location that best suits them. Annual members of Sports Monster leagues get an additional perk: free online dating opportunities with other league members, the only facet of the experience that doesn’t offer any season-end trophies.

4256 Magnolia Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

With more than 11 years of cross-country dance experience, Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company LLC's artistic director and certified Zumba instructor Carmen Guynn promotes cultural awareness during a range of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance classes, including Zumba, salsa, and bachata. The dance haven derives its name from the Spanish words for soul and rhythm, which Guynn hopes will inspire her students to summon their inner selves on the dance floor without toting along heavy x-ray machines. In addition, the studio donates money to charities such as International Crisis Aid, Feed the City, and the Ronald McDonald House.

3515 Park Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Bryan Guidry and Dave Burke lead students of all levels and ages through a variety of martial-arts classes. They teach students the grappling maneuvers of Brazilian jujitsu, the throwing moves of judo, and the kneeing and elbowing of kickboxing.

2222 South Vandeventer Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

Self-defense, a new hobby, a future career in MMA competition?there are many reasons a person might set foot into Watson Martial Arts for the first time. But chances are the decision has something to do with the studio's talented team of instructors, who boast a resume that other martial artists can only hope to punch apart in envy.

Take head jiu-jitsu and MMA instructor Kyle Watson for instance. A veteran of UFC competitions, Kyle has traveled the globe to train and enter competitions, picking up numerous medals for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu along the way. He even made it to the semi-finals on season 12 of The Ultimate Fighter.

Things start much simpler than all that, of course. Watson Martial Arts' programs begin with fundamental classes, and students of any skill level should be able to find an appropriate class on the schedule. But whether for beginners or advanced students, each class tends to follow roughly the same pattern: a brief warm-up period, an instructor demonstration, some guided drills, and, finally, a period of intense practice, perhaps even with opponent resistance.

3942 Laclede Ave
St. Louis,
MO
US

It’s only 5 kilometers long, but the Zombie Survival Dash, as the name might suggest, is a bit more than the average run. As runners tagged with timing chips for tracking, placement, and action shots make their way toward the finish line, they're also equipped with three flags representing their health. Meanwhile, the course's stretch is littered with both traditional obstacles and costumed zombies who block, stumble, and chase runners and attempt to steal their health flags.

All the while, spectators look on, as every half hour a wave of 300 survivors is unleashed upon the course. Then, spectators, survivors, and zombies retire hand-in-hand to an all-day after party with live music and entertainment, just like at the end of a real zombie movie. Vendors dispense food and drink as partiers participate in zombie-themed fair activities such as faux-grenade tosses and body-bag drags.

1410 South Jefferson Avenue
St. Louis,
MO
US

Lotus Arts Studio's classes are a medley of swinging hips, frolicking feet, and flittering fingers. Owner Lauren Haas, a professional belly dancer, shares her Egyptian-style training with students who are interested in belly dancing and possess their own bellies. Highly skilled yoga instructors help yogis and neophyte benders pose, stretch, and sweat while Zumba, the Latin-inspired cardio dance class, spicies up stale workout routines and Bollywood classes fuse classical Indian dance styles with popular Western styles. At Lotus, wallflowers learn to gleefully waltz, tango, cha-cha, and bunny hop onto dance floors, as classes are ideal for individuals with no dance experience or more than one left foot. Registration is required and classes convene once a week. Check out the class schedule for a full list of classes and times.

2608 South Cherokee Street
St. Louis,
MO
US