Julianna always expressed herself through her feet. Beginning with childhood tap dancing, she progressed through dance styles, learning ballet, modern, and jazz with Marcia Hicks of the Chicago Ballet. Then, while eating at Greek restaurant, she became captivated by the flowing, controlled movements of the dining room’s Middle-Eastern dancer. Gripped by this new fascination, she began her own belly-dancing journey, working with a local teacher in Florida before seeking instruction with renowned instructors from around the world.
Now the head instructor of the Women's Bellydance Center, Julie oversees teachers who show women how to glide through sensuous exercises in a comfortable atmosphere. Classes, such as ATS, Tribal or Bellyrobics, focus on techniques ranging from rib-cage isolation to shimmying, focusing on one or two distinctive styles with moves plucked from eastern dance traditions.
Golfers drive, chip, and putt their way across Hilaman Golf Course, a 30-year-old, par 72 layout that spans 6,333 yards of player-friendly terrain. On most holes, players look out onto wide, unobstructed fairways that invite them to swing freely with their driver or steer their golf cart blindfolded. Water comes into play on multiple holes—a small pond sits directly in front of the fourth green, and holes 11–16 strategically wrap around two large water hazards to make the back nine slightly more challenging. The course complements its 18 holes with a restaurant that serves up sandwiches and salads, a driving range for golfers to hone their game, and four tennis courts where players can learn how to hit short irons off of asphalt.
Course at a Glance:
Renovated in 1998, Jake Gaither Golf Course is a nine-hole, par 36 playground where golfers can take careful aim at distant flags and tiptoe across rolling fairways and greens to sneak up on holes-in-one. After partnering with a friend or borrowing a complete stranger, cruise the grounds in a cart while keeping watch for views of elusive birdies and eagles in their natural environment. A pair of three-ball sleeves arms players with the knowledge that the round will continue even if a few of their dimpled orbs happen to drown in a water hazard, and the facility’s practice putting area allows for pregame warm-ups to prepare for peppering greens with a variety of shots fired straight from the hips like a racketeering belly-dancer.
Professor Gallop Franklin shuns half measures. Not content to settle on one black belt, he trotted headlong into four—one in goju karate, one in tae kwon do, one in tang soo do, and one in nisei goju. A devoted martial artist since 1963, Gallop pulls from his lifetime of training and instructional experience to lead karate classes at his dojo, Gallop’s Karate. Red and blue mats stretch across the floor of a facility more than 2,000 square feet, where he and his staff of kick-smart martial artists lead students of all ages through karate techniques and training exercises, aiming to enhance physical fitness levels while building confidence and discipline. The instructors infuse adult classes with rigorous drills of functional exercises—a regimen described by reporters from Tallahassee Magazine as “a mind-boggling number of jumping jacks, pushups, karate sit-ups and leg lifts.”
In addition to traditional karate classes, trainers also conduct an energetic boot-camp program that combines martial arts movements with high-intensity exercises. The staff hosts a daily after-school program as well, where they engage youngsters in crafts, games, and karate lessons. They offer students assistance in homework, help them study for tests, and lend constructive feedback on their performance art pieces expressing anguish over bad cafeteria food.
The experienced instructors at Dance Tallahassee lead numerous drop-in classes that focus on a selection of dance and fitness styles for new and experienced movers. Hot yoga and Pilates come together in a glorious dawn of dance-studio lineage to create hot Pilates, which spotlights traditional core and posture exercises while the gentle dozing of a dragon powers a nearby hot furnace. Zumba classes combine traditional workout stretches with rhythmic dancing, Latin beats, and twisting elbows. The buttercup-yellow studio's glossy hardwood floors also support theater-jazz classes, during which heeled shoes tap endlessly in soft odes to lost bowler hats. A full-wall mirror reflects the pliés and leaps of the ballet class, which plays host to a custom ballet barre.
The experienced staff at Zone 5 Coffee & Bikes tweaks two-wheeled transporters and helps kick-start your ride with caffeinated drinks. Feel free to grab a coffee—brewed with organic Jittery Joe’s or locally roasted Lucky Goat Coffee beans—or munch on their specialty muffins and assorted breakfast pastries. Coffee isn't the only brew they stock—there's also a rotating selection of six craft beers on hand, such as SweetWater 420, Highlands oatmeal stout, and Bell’s amber ale. As you kick back inside, you can check the weather for your upcoming bike ride on the free WiFi connection.
Back in the repair room, Zone 5’s seasoned technicians work tirelessly to tune-up and fix up bikes. In addition to providing bike maintenance, Zone 5 also has a stable of bikes for sale as well as gooey cinnamon rolls big enough to replace a flat tire.