Erin O?Boyle teaches ballroom dancing in private and group lessons at Social Style. She spent more than 14 years perfecting her craft and studied under Dancing with the Stars performers Jesse DeSoto and Tony Dovolani. Bringing this experience to her classes, O?Boyle helps new and veteran dancers refine their technique on 12 different styles of ballroom dancing, including the foxtrot, rumba, salsa, waltz, and merengue. And beyond social dance, she packs her class schedule with hula, hip-hop, and modern dance as well as barre fitness and pilates sessions.
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.
The flame-red walls of Core Fitness amp up the instructors as they devise intense classes for their students. They use suspension-training straps, kettlebells, and their own experience as bodybuilders to lead a roster of classes designed to confuse muscles and build strength.
There's a time, right at dusk, when the expansive greens of Brookfield Hills Golf Course look more like velvet than grass. These greens are the most forgiving aspect on a course riddled with water hazards and precisely placed bunkers.
On the par-32 front nine, the wooded framework of towering deciduous and pine trees makes it easy to forget the course is located in a busy suburb. The eighth hole works those trees into its design, challenging players to shoot their balls or launch them with slingshots over the treetops en route to the green. At par 30, the back nine puts more of an emphasis on the short game, and six of the holes feature imposing water hazards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-62 course * Total length of 4,926 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 100 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard