In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
Koha is the Maori word for gift, and Koha Yoga founders Whakapaingia Luke and Sara Laimon found the gift of each other by accident one fateful day. After playing Rugby in LA wreaked havoc on his body, Whakapaingia discovered the healing practices of yoga and Thai massage. One afternoon, he was out practicing yoga on Venice Beach, where Sara, who missed a flight and found herself stranded, would haphazardly stumble upon him. She had been a longtime practitioner of yoga, and decided to join him on a whim. This impulse on Sara's part led to the two falling in love and eventually melding yogic postures and acrobatics into what would become their signature flying-yoga style.
Today, they teach this revolutionary form of flying yoga—which involves one practitioner supporting an “airborne” partner with their limbs in a lying position and making jet-engine noises with their mouth —alongside Maori- and reggae-inspired mat classes, standup-paddleboard yoga lessons, and Thai-massage body sessions. Furthermore, the founders donate 10 percent of all class proceeds to help impoverished people around the world via Kiva.
Willow Run Golf Club delights golfers of all skill levels with 18 holes of well-manicured greenery and sylvan surroundings. Before hitting the links, argyle-clad shoulders test their oscillating aptitude in the practice range, sending dimpled orbs on expertly arched trajectories. Dynamic teeing twosomes tour the verdant course, clapping daintily for excellent shots and providing whispered commentary about one another’s outfits. Gallop across the greens in a horseless buggy that dutifully bears the burden of heavy bags loaded with woods, irons, and marble busts of Arnold Palmer. As an après-clubbing treat, famished wedge wielders nosh on a toothsome brat or hot dog from the clubhouse menu, while toasting swinging successes with goblets of fountain soda.
Driven by a desire to share the life-changing potential of martial arts, Dean Konley founded American Dojo in 1994. But his journey to that point wasn’t easy. As a child, Konley struggled with dyslexia, a condition that followed him into adolescence. Weighed down by bullying and constant frustration, he resorted to destructive behavior. Then, Konley found martial arts. Practicing martial arts gave Konley an outlet, and it quickly became a source of the success, discipline, and self-confidence he’d lacked in other areas of life. Konley earned his first black belt in 1986 and hasn’t quit progressing since.
Today, alongside his wife, Virginia, and a staff of highly trained instructors, Konley heads two American Dojo locations. Both of Konley’s facilities are family-oriented, and both offer classes for students as young as 4. Beyond empowering its members through goal-oriented lessons and programs, American Dojo opens its doors for birthday parties, too, allowing youngsters to burn off energy in a more positive manner than teaching the dog how to count cards at the casino.
The staff members at Cyclesmith use knowledge gleaned from their own cycling lives and participation in local races to furnish athletes with the necessities for off- or on-road excursions, from Trek and Haro BMX bikes to apparel and accessories from Mavic and Bontrager. Armed with the Fit Kit bicycle-fitting system, technicians tailor new rides to individual frames, providing a ride as custom and smooth as a RoboCop's uniform. Once techs have helped patrons to select fresh cycles from their top-shelf assortment, customers can apply credit from trading in old bikes toward their purchase. The shop also offers repair services to keep cycles running smoothly.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the three laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC uses motion sensors and high-speed cameras to monitor swings and break down each individual’s form on a high-definition video display. Sensors chirp with approval whenever they detect the perfect stroke or an especially witty golfing joke. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals will point out flaws and strengths while providing golfers with tips on how to permanently improve their game from tee to green.
Staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics, GolfTEC’s motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws and strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval whenever you execute a perfect stroke or crack an especially witty golfing joke.