The certified instructors at DanceCenter want to show their students the positive effects dancing can bring to their lives. At this large, wood-floored studio, students can gain flexibility and burn calories as they learn the moves of salsa, waltz, tango, country-line dancing, and ballet, among a host of other styles. Kids and adults can come in for personalized instruction and energetic group classes or private lessons.
Often, the two key ingredients for a fun social gathering are drinks and music. Gold Mine Tavern's staff keeps the libations—draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails—flowing and on most weekends pour live music over their guests as well. Those tunes might vibrate off the walls of a tent covering the outdoor patio. They might even seep into the main bar area and reverberate against exposed brick, solid-red walls, or the flat-screen TVs that hang from them. Three pool tables fight video poker games for attention, and ceiling fans cool off any heat generated from the eight ball clacking against the six ball at the speed of frustration. Although the tavern itself was established in 1965, it recently underwent a full remodel.
The Orleans Bowling Center, ensconced inside the Orleans Hotel & Casino, tests ball-heaving stamina with 24 hours of daily bowl time. After renting shoes, step up to one of 70 lanes and impress friends, family, or familial mailpersons with your smooth, pin-pulverizing strikes. In between each of three high-stakes games, ball hurlers can unwind in the center's spacious seating area, surrounded by Technicolor backdrops and reptile-themed bowling murals. A quick visit to the on-site snack bar or cocktail lounge slakes thirst, and a stop by the K&K Bowling Services full-service pro shop can yield a spiffy new shirt or an upgrade to the more modern, self-aware bowling balls. The Orleans Bowling Center also boasts a video arcade to keep entertainment at a high between frames.
Although it has set up shop in the Nevada desert, Vizzun Entertainment is dedicated to promoting island culture through Hawaiian-themed concerts and festivals. Endorsing bands such as Maoli—a Maui-based quartet known for its blend of Hawaiian roots and reggae—and producing events including comedy nights with Hawaiian standups, the company deftly turns even the most landlocked venue into a beachy retreat.