Every week, The Palomar Ballroom's 80-year-old space reverberates with a DJ's Latin beats and synchronized salsa shimmies. Beneath a baroque chandelier, couples twirl passionately enough for the New York Times to deem this salsa party the "spiciest spot downtown." Owner and award-winning ballroom dancer Jeremy Pilling prizes the supportive atmosphere that allows his students to commingle at these parties, whose themes can also cover Argentine tango and swing.
To lead up to its festivities, The Palomar Ballroom hosts drop-in classes, weekly series, rehearsals for routines, and private lessons for dancers that range from beginner to expert. During these sessions, seasoned instructors stress the social aspects of dance while teaching the techniques, rotating partners often so that they can learn different ways to twirl, dip, and ceremoniously lacerate a rug. Visiting dance champions also lead workshops on their specialties, showcasing advanced steps in cha cha, samba, swing, rumba, and other styles.
Beauty may only be skin deep, but at Zolarium Tanning Studio, that's OK. Versed in a vast array of tanning and skincare services, the studio’s technicians help their clientele achieve golden-bronze hues without having to withstand the sun's creepy leer. Each one is Smart Tan certified, a benchmark that measures each operator's knowledge of ultraviolet light, safe tanning practices, and ability to disassemble a tanning bed should it become sentient. They use this knowledge to monitor each tanner in their studio simultaneously, through Zolarium's networked array of horizontal and vertical tanning beds.
The beautifying treatments don't stop at tanning; DaVinci teeth whitening, Evolv airbrush, and a plethora of skincare lotions help clients maintain all manner of youthful glows. Zolarium also keeps the community looking good, giving back through charitable efforts such as sponsoring the Denver Firefighter Calendar every year.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
Italy may be a long way from Oak Tree Ristorante in Felton, but Sebastian Nobile refuses to take shortcuts. Inspired by his Italian grandfather?s recipes, the chef crafts all of his dishes from scratch. His attention to detail is apparent in the fluffy nuggets of gnocchi that he drizzles with homemade pesto and the organic vegetables that he sources from local suppliers whenever possible. Chef Nobile?s local focus tends to make the menu more interesting, as it compels him to work with seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant?s dining room betrays the same unstrained elegance as its food. A peaked roof is lined in blonde wood to promote an open, airy feel, and windows climb to the ceiling to allow for views of the gladiators swinging from the branches of the garden's giant oak.
Dawgs! owner Marti Meyer takes the tradition of hot dogs in new culinary directions, topping gourmet meats with international condiments and fashioning franks that accommodate vegan and gluten-free lifestyles. Steamed french or sesame-seed rolls cradle smoked brats or American Kobe beef dogs, and a condiment bar leads to edible reproductions of Jackson Pollock's work with a slew of traditional toppings and four types of mustard. "Premier toppings" give dogs an international identity with a blend of ingredients, such as cuban black beans and corn relish with roasted red peppers or the Parthenon, a medley of sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese. Grownups can indulge in beer or wine, and everyone can indulge in ice cream and milkshakes.
Led by the muscle-building prowess of certified personal trainers, Perfect Fit Personal Training's classes guide athletic hopefuls in group and private training sessions. Coaches consult with their clients and evaluate their performance as they train, providing nutritional advice and occasional power-ups or extra lives as needed. Each workout is customized to the trainee so that participants undergo their optimal regimen of weight bearing, cardiovascular, and flexibility exercises, as well as specialty sessions such as semi-private yoga, Pilates, and outdoor adventure training. Instructors work their muscle-toning magic in a modern gym space boasting hardwood floors and gleaming new equipment.