The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Nilo Cruz, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings introduces children ages 8 and older to the world of magical realism with a story plucked from the imagination of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. Cruz’s adaptation begins the day siblings Fefé and Momó discover a man—elderly and winged—has landed in their impoverished seaside village, coaxed there after the moon takes a mesmerizing midnight bike ride through the city streets. Though the pair decides the mysterious man is an angel in need, the town’s grownups find themselves torn between worship and exploitation as they transform him into a freak show to bring wealth to their struggling hamlet.
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Voted "Best Bar" in 2011 by the New Times, Whiskey Tango All American Bar & Grill whets appetites with an eclectic menu of dishes inspired by America's culinary topography. Chef Elliott’s spaghetti sandwich gives dizzy forks a whirling respite with its buttery loaf of toasted garlic bread stuffed with juicy chicken, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and cascading ringlets of spaghetti ($8.95). Pursed lips can slurp spoonfuls of Georgia sweet vidalia onion soup, crowded with caramelized slivers of vidalia petals and capped with melted cheddar cheese ($5.95) before bare teeth shred tender morsels off a main course of St. Louis–style ribs ($13.95 for a half rack; $16.95 for a full rack). Like eating steak with chopsticks, the San Diego tuna nachos synthesize distinct food identities by topping fried wanton chips with slices of sushi-grade tuna cooked rare, seaweed salad, and pickled ginger ($13.95).
The age-appropriate classes at My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments and 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides, and more.
While navigating the ocean’s aquatic avenues on a pontoon boat from Doctor Jet Ski & Boat Rental, up to 10 passengers can indulge in some of the same amenities of a convertible sports car. Each vessel has a bimini top that slips down to let in sun rays, a sound system for pumping music, and space for dogs to stick out their heads to catch the breeze. However, the wraparound seating and spacious swim platforms remind passengers that they're at sea, and pop-up changing rooms allow them to transition into their bathing suits so they don’t have to wear laminated street clothes. Full- or half-day rentals provide enough time for pontoon boats to travel to any of the three sandbars near the marina for intimate, oceanic getaways.
For a more low-key ride, the company’s Yamaha WaveRunner rentals satisfy needs for speed for up to three riders at a time. Children can hold on to adult drivers as jet skis leapfrog waves and rocket through frothy spumes during bouts of splashy entertainment.