Having seen an upswing in interest in one of the world’s oldest dance styles, Johanna and Karen started a belly-dancing collective in 2004 as a way to create a community for both professionals and students and an audience for monthly showcases. They gave these enthusiasts a brick-and-mortar hangout in 2008 when they opened their first center for classes and events, which has since blossomed and moved into a new space nearly four times the size of the old studio.
Today, Hip Expressions offers drop-in and ongoing classes led by seasoned instructors. Classes focus on introducing newcomers to the art form’s fundamental isolation techniques that keep hips and waists from arguing over the remote. In addition to belly dancing, classes include a variety of other dances and fitness crazes such as Zumba, yoga for dancers, or active isolated stretching.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching kids a program of STEM?science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kids absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring kids receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, kids enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
When she dances, Sarah Murray doesn't just use a pole?she incorporates more than 15 years of ballet and modern dance training. And as the owner of Impulse Pole Dance & Exotic Fitness, she doesn't just dance. She and all her instructors have gone through pole safety and training certification, which they use to teach sultry, graceful routines in the studio's pole dance sequence. It starts with basic spins and transitions in the mandatory Intro to Pole Dance class, then progresses to more complex inversions and tricks such as The Phoenix, in which the dancer burns down her pole and builds a new one. In business more than five years, Impulse Pole Dance & Exotic Fitness was voted Best of the Bay 2011-Pole Fitness, and caters to women of all dance and fitness levels.
In sports, home-field advantage gives your team the upper hand. In fishing, it's actually not much different. Born and raised in St. Pete, Pocket Change's Captain Anthony knows exactly where to fish and all the ideal conditions for success on the water. During his group outings?which include tackle, bait, and lures for everyone?he leads the way as anglers haul in snook, redfish, trout, and other fish. They do so from the company's 16-foot custom skiff or its 18-foot bayboat, scouring local grass flats and reefs for their scaly targets. Afterward, Pocket Change also provides filet packaging so anglers can take their catch home to eat or to show their parents how much they continue to achieve in life.
Burgers and shepherd's pie. Those are just of the specialties at Durty's that reel in diners at lunch, dinner, and late-night meal grabs. But equally engrossing as what's on your table is what's happening around it. The bar hosts a slew of activities throughout the week, including karaoke, live music, and trivia night, where patrons answer fun questions such as "Why do we exist?" There's also plenty of everyday entertainment with pool, darts, and sports on the big-screen TVs.
Bayside Gymnastics' experienced instructors are safety certified by USA Gymnastics, meaning they've never twisted any of their students into soft pretzels or forgotten about them in the oven. Committed to customer satisfaction, Bayside keeps class sizes small and intimate to facilitate individualized instruction. Classes are offered for all experience levels, from beginner to elite, and Bayside's spacious and well-equipped facilities provide the resources tots need for agilified acrobatic advancement. In addition to promoting flexibility, strength, and coordination, gymnastics has more ephemeral, non-heist-related benefits for children, such as increased self-esteem, determination, and the satisfaction of participating in an internationally sanctioned sport.