While all of us spend each day moving, it takes an analytical awareness of self to become a movement expert like Jayne Bernasconi. The owner of Yoga on York leads a double live as dance faculty member at Towson University and an Aerial Dancer. She combined the aerial silks of her dance career with the asana of yoga, debuting her newly invented aerial yoga at the Aerial Dance Festival in Colorado in 2002. Her original creation represents but one of nine types of yoga taught at her studio, and stands alongside classic sequences, yoga and Pilates fusion classes, and yoga for kids.
Ballyhooed by both Baltimore magazine and City Paper, Stoneleigh Lanes sets the scene for friendly bowling battles in a retro 16-lane alley. Strikers lace up rented kicks and hurl three-hole balls at 10 ivory duckpins. Sixteen-inch cheesy pizzas hush fifth-frame tummy grumbles, and sudsy pitchers of soda quench postpizza thirsts. The alley's BYOB policy lets bowlers imbibe brews brought from home, clearing out refrigerator space to be used for snowball storage. Handwritten scoring and gravity-feed ball returns enhance the spot’s retro charm.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.
Lead by creative choreographers Lee and Christine Gedansky, Beginning Ballroom offers classes sure to intrigue fledgling frolickers and conga captains alike. The Ballroom Blitz class introduces students to four different dance styles. Get lethargic feet moving with the rumba, foxtrot, cha-cha, and swing, each taught during a different week. Master these moves to gain the confidence needed to own the dance floor at weddings, impress people at parties, or assimilate to the vintage decade you'll inevitably be trapped in thanks to your experiments with time travel. The Gedanskys possess more than 20 years of dance experience, including gold and silver medals in regional competitions. These debonair footwork artists instruct students of all ages and abilities in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere conducive to social, non-competitive, dancing fun.
The best movie-watching experiences are always when the environment is just right: the temperature, the lighting, and the snacks. At The Senator Theater in Baltimore, enjoy a classic viewing-experience in one of their beautifully restored theaters. Each is complete with curtains over the giant screens, velvet seats, and romantically-inclined lighting. At The Senator, they show not only the biggest current blockbusters, but also smaller, independent, films. (Yes. This variety may include subtitles). There are also seasonal showings for holidays. Really, what could be more fun than seeing It’s a Wonderful Life as Frank Capra envisioned: on Christmas Eve in a beautiful 1940s theater. Get the full experience at The Senator Theater in Baltimore.