Studio 18 owner and founder Alex Kazmarck opened a full-service dance center when he was just beginning to learn the art of dance. He wanted to create a welcoming space “for the student, by the student,” a place that allowed him and others to practice every dance style. Today, Studio 18 offers three beautiful ballrooms where students of all levels take learn ballroom, Latin, and swing. Styles range from the cha cha’s quick-stepping hip movements Cha to the waltz’s graceful glides.
The staff also hosts Zumba, belly dancing, and hip-hop classes, and will help couples coordinate their wedding dances to ensure they don’t spend their first dance constantly crashing into the cake. And you can let loose and show off your new moves during nightly dance practice parties and bachelorette parties.
Surfside Fitness hosts health-seekers in their gyms and on beaches, touting mats, kettlebells, ellipticals, and other high-quality equipment. Make over muscles with one-day gym sessions, during which a cornucopia of treadmills, ellipticals, ergs, and recumbent bikes elevate heart rates, while free weights, cables, and a human-sized hamster wheel build muscle tissue. Classes welcome exercise enthusiasts of all ability levels, with offerings such as yoga, TRX, Zumba, and circuit classes. Alternatively, boot camp sessions on the beach better bikini bodies with sets of challenging strength-training exercises, motivational instructors, and dumbbells made of sand.
East Coast Parasail leads wind-riders on thrilling aerial tours of historic Cape May and the Jersey Shore. In order to defy gravity without insulting it outright, sightseer duos ride the breeze in a two-man skyhook over the Cape May harbor while securely tethered to a U.S. Coast Guard–certified winch boat. Launching from the deck of the vessel allows parasailers to stay dry in-flight, unless they signal the USCG-certified captain for a reverse-Achillean dip. Once airborne, fliers surf the air waves suspended at heights of up to 500 feet. Many parasailing trips coincide with local dolphin-feeding patterns, giving hobby marine biologists the chance to survey sea-mammal cafeterias from above.
CrossFit Razor?s coaches don?t watch from the sidelines during workouts. They actively engage athletes with each movement, making sure they are lifting barbells correctly and swinging kettlebells with ease. Group CrossFit classes challenge athletes with workouts steeped in functional fitness. Classes take place in both indoor and outdoor spaces?and always in a supportive environment. Athletes heft equipment ranging from giant tires and weighted sleds to really heavy feathers.
Grandmaster Dennis Tosten founded the first Amerikick in 1967 and has since taught several champion fighters, police officers, and everyday students karate and self-defense. Today, the lauded chain teaches fitness classes inspired by martial arts, including cardio kickboxing in six states. Each location upholds a curriculum that blends Chinese and Japanese martial-arts styles—including kenpo and tae kwon do—with modern self-defense strategies, further updating traditional practices by eschewing uniforms and belts for casual workout gear. Having attained certification in teaching kickboxing from the National Association of Professional Martial Artists, Amerikick's seasoned instructors also each possess black belts in karate, a rank as difficult to attain as the snake charmer's belt of live cobras.
With an assemblage of knowledgeable teachers and frequently scheduled classes, Academy of Ballroom Dancing fosters a confident gracefulness in dancers of all skill levels. Two 30-minute lessons allow students private pow-wows with instructors, gaining personalized tips and confirming whether or not tango dancers really do eat roses. To expand dance repertoires, students twirl through eight group classes from Academy of Ballroom Dancing's Latin-focused or classical-ballroom programs. Once well versed in physical linguistics, students can put their knowledge to the test at three dance parties, navigating the exciting world of social dance etiquette by finding the appropriate socks for a sock hop, or politely convincing a wallflower to swing.