The athletics enthusiasts at Sports Den curate an assortment of officially licensed major-league-sports memorabilia that can be toted around on people's persons or displayed in people's homes. Fans of all ages and oscillating speeds can cover their torsos in pride with a Seattle Seahawks T-shirt ($19.99) or a replica football jersey ($80). Seattle Mariners authentic on-field hats ($33.99) shield scalps and mascot faces from harmful ultraviolet rays during long days at the ballpark or inside tanning beds. Sports Den also offers a variety of sports-related knick-knacks such as official baseballs, key chains, pendants, and trading cards (prices vary). Though the majority of wares pay homage to local teams—the Mariners, Seahawks, Sonics, Huskies, and Thunderbirds—the Den's shelves are peppered with tokens, trinkets, and accouterments commemorating a slew of other professional and collegiate sports teams.
High above the city, you might hear the sounds of splashing in the Seattle Municipal Tower. They're coming from the 25-meter lap pool and jacuzzi at one of Seattle Executive Fitness's two downtown outposts. Both gyms tend to the bodies of busy Seattleites with personal training sessions with certified fitness gurus, rows of cardio and Hammer Strength equipment, and more than 60 weekly classes. Before exercisers head back into the city to impress their bosses with their new muscles, they can freshen up in the facilities' plush locker rooms, which have showers, towel service, dry saunas, and steam rooms.
Now that you and your brother have discovered the unique thrill of playing Battleship with real ships, you’ll need to buy some new game pieces. Today’s Groupon will let you scope out your options: For $11, you get a five-day pass to the Seattle Boat Show (a $24 value) at the Qwest Field Event Center and on South Lake Union. The boat show runs from Friday, January 29, until Saturday, February 6. Your Groupon will also include:
Since 2000, Camp Jitterbug has grown from an intimate soiree with only about 100 students to a leading force in the swing-dancing world. It now occupies spaces throughout Seattle, inviting swing bands to play non-stop for four days as a multitude of dancers hone their skills in workshops and evening dance sessions. These workshops cater to specific skill levels, combining expert instruction with live music for a three-day learning experience. Evening dance festivities then begin around 8:30 p.m. and go until the last horn falls silent at around 5 a.m., giving dancers eight-and-a-half hours to put their newfound skills to the test. The next day, the organizers invite dancers back to do it all again, encouraging them to allow the joy of dance to overshadow any lingering exhaustion or soreness from the day before.
Meanwhile, the dancers of Jump Session Show punctuate the weekend with performances and demonstrations. The rug-cutters wow crowds with intricate, precisely timed dance moves, just like desperate presidential candidates during their final debate.
The Brazilian martial art known as capoeira was founded 500 years ago. Though it began as a fighting practice disguised as a game, capoeira is now widely practiced as a form of exercise, self-expression, and community celebration. Its fluid movements combine acrobatics and dance and are often set to traditional Brazilian music. Professor Fenix, the founder of Fenix Fitness, has been training in capoeira for nearly 20 years. During private and group classes at his studio, he passes on his skills to children, adults, and exceptionally coordinated dogs.
Abdoulaye Sylla started his dancing career as a child in the West African nation of Guinea, recruited by the government to represent the country in dance competitions. He won numerous awards with his evocative moves and infectious smile, later going on to perform with Les Ballets Africains and train the dancers of folkloric troupe Les Merveilles D’Afrique. In 1994, he relocated to the United States, where he began to share his gifts through performance and teaching. At One World Arts Exchange, he helps students learn high-energy dance techniques with step-by-step instruction. Classes are often accompanied by live drumming and explanations of the dances' cultural meaning.