The Performing Arts Center of Tallahassee enlightens kids with fun and educational summer camps focused on several artistic concentrations. The Junior Ballerina (ages 6–8) and Prima Ballerina (ages 9–12) camps are structured for ballerinas in training, focusing on the graceful art while also exploring music and choreography under the clever guise of popular fairytales. Dancers in ballet classes frolic, dress up in costumes, make crafts, and play theatrical games such as Shakespearian time tables. Friday marks the end of camp, when family and friends can gather to watch a final performance and receive a DVD copy.
For more than a decade, Raindance Irrigation has transformed overgrown yards into verdant, manicured lawns. The team clips grass and maintains irrigation systems rather than encouraging homeowners to stick their heads out the window when they cry.
An expansive floor space replete with treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines satisfies all fitness needs at American Fitness 24/7. Racks of free weights rest against a wall of mirrors, and an open area yields enough room for people to swing kettlebells and to play on the adult jungle-gym. Certified trainers guide members through group training and semiprivate personal training to help meet fitness goals that range from losing weight to prepping for a marathon.
Designed by the late Dean Refram, a former PGA Tour pro and course architect who worked with Arnold Palmer, The Golf Club at Summerbrooke's 18-hole, par 72 course bounds over a diverse landscape of rolling hills, dense groves of trees, and waterways and ravines. Measuring 6,845 yards from the farthest tees, the course begins with a relatively open, par 4 first hole, graciously letting duffers find their groove before hitting into tighter fairways and treacherous tree lines. An 80-foot-deep ravine surrounds the green of the par 3 15th, which marks the beginning of the three-hole Contemplation Corner, a climactic gauntlet that challenges clubbers with forced carries, bottomless ravines, and burbling water hazards. A relaxing finishing hole, the par 5 18th settles the nerves, letting golfers swing freely as their pin-hunting odyssey draws to a close.
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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.
Gold's Gym Tallahassee has provided a body-sculpting destination for fitness seekers for more than 20 years. Members take advantage of unlimited access to three locations, each sporting rows of free weights and cardio equipment--including True Fitness treadmills--as well as tanning services. For exercise in a group environment, instructors lead small class training such as Les Mills, while the cardio cinema immerses guests in a projected movie and surround sound as they sweat away calories on treadmills, bikes, and ellipticals.