Embellished with precarious overhangs and crevices, RockQuest Climbing Center’s 20,00-square-foot wall affords challenges to climbers of all skill levels. The expanse features separate areas for bouldering and roped climbing and is open to all climbers who can pass a simple belay test. A staff of experienced climbers, meanwhile, offers belay courses to acquaint newcomers with proper climbing technique and safety considerations.
Though Master Sun Park's friendly demeanor doesn't suggest it, a powerful warrior lies behind his warm smile and crisp, white uniform. At age 11, Park earned a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do before continuing on to win numerous championship titles in Ohio state and national competitions. Now, with more than 43 years of martial-arts experience beneath his fifth-degree black belt, Park extends his expertise to students 4 and older at his private training studio.
Plush blue mats stretch across the studio's floor, where Park and his staff of WTF- and USAT-certified instructors lead tae kwon do and kickboxing classes for children and adults alike, in addition to personal-training sessions. They strive to promote physical fitness along with the values of discipline, responsibility, and confidence. Throughout the studio, students wallop punching bags, halve wooden boards, and carve the likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme into stone with just their fists of fury.
The short par 3 course at Golden Tee challenges golfers with its undulating bent-grass greens, uphill and downhill shots, and multiple tee options. During nine-hole rounds, duffer duets can opt to swing from blue tees, boasting a driving span of 110–165 yards, or red tees, situated from 51 to 100 yards⎯or golfers can further challenge themselves by teeing off from a moving golf cart. Along the green jaunt, golfers will need to maneuver chips and drives past the course's shot-taxing obstacles, which include 11 bunkers, 4 golf-ball-hungry lakes, and a plethora of spontaneously combusting fairways. Each round adjourns with a pair of drinks and hot dogs, which are ceremonially chipped into their mouths via pitching wedge by a local golf pro.
Planet Dance coordinates minds and feet through varied classes in both its downtown programs and its uptown programs. The studios’ trained instructors—whose talents have been featured in settings that run the gamut from Broadway to MTV—specialize in myriad dance styles, dutifully assisting students as they shimmy and two-step their way through classes designed for dancers of all skill levels. Gracefully pirouette through ballet sessions or learn how to artfully convey covert messages through Morse code in tap-dancing lessons. Each location sets an inviting stage for all soon-to-be-twinkled toes; the Planet Dance Uptown location houses its classes in three dance studios, all sporting floating wood floors with marley surfaces expertly tuned for floorboard-pounding.
The instructors at Art of Ballroom Dance Center take a structured, personalized approach to imparting pupils and couples with dance-step savvy to prepare for parties and weddings. Using tiered dance programs, the center tracks student progress through multiple levels, beginning with the basic foot-position, rhythm, and timing lessons of the basic introductory program, and leading ultimately to the rigorous, competition-caliber moves of the Gold program. During private and group lessons, pupils tap toes in various styles such as salsa, Latin, and swing, and acquire rhythm through attentive instruction. Newly mastered skills spring into motion during dance parties, which let students practice steps in a social setting with multiple partners or a whole janitorial closet’s worth of mops.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.