Named the Best Place to Take a Dance Class in 2012 by Tucson Lifestyle magazine, Shall We Dance boasts experienced instructors that help instill dancing wisdom and undeniable rhythm in people looking to twirl and sidestep across the studio’s hardwood floor. Students pair up during group dance lessons or work one-on-one with instructors during private lessons as they are shown how to gracefully execute an arsenal of dance steps in styles such as salsa, Argentinean tango, swing, and waltz. The studio also offers weekly dance parties (held Friday nights from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.), which provide a casual setting for students to practice with different dance partners, ready couples for weddings, or prep solo dancers for musical housecleaning sessions.
Brewing just 90 gallons at a time, the brewers at Sentinel Peak Brewing Company nano-brewery maintain tight control on the quality of their beers by hand-crafting such small batches. Often inspired by their travels, the resulting beers include a roster of regulars and a handful of seasonals, such as the Haboob IPA, and the Summer Scorcher Citrus Ale. At the brew-pub, visitors can sip on their ultra-fresh, unfiltered beers alongside an impressive menu of beer-friendly eats, such as soft pretzels and buffalo-chicken paninis.
Wine Depot opens its cellar doors just once a week, at which point vinophiles can pour inside to peruse rare, handcrafted, Old World German wines in more than 30 varietals. Wine Depot's oldest supplier boasts a start date of 1464, back when grapes were new to the planet and thought they'd never experience the fate of raisins. The specialty store's mammoth cellar maintains a proper storage temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring all 20,000-plus bottles ($14–$600, $20–$30 on average) stay tasty and fresh. Sips range from crisp, mineral-forward pinot grigios to richly tannic cabernet franc, and semisweet and dry rieslings lend classic German tastes to atypical German breakfasts made of pizza puffs. To aid patrons in decision making, the experienced staffers at Wine Depot host a schedule of free weekly wine tastings, each offering samples of five handcrafted wines.
Grand Cinemas, originally opened in 1998, has two second-run theaters, Crossroads and Oracle View, in its movie-watching network. Films may be a few months old by the time they reach Grand Cinemas’s 35-foot screens, but Dolby surround sound and a unique snack bar keep the experience from going stale. Their managing staff is always eager to accept suggestions for feature films both large and small, and their modest ticket prices and membership packages grant visitors a bigger budget for snacks, offering discounts of up to $2.50 on a single item and diamond-studded soda glasses. See independent films from Hollywood and Sundance at the Crossroads location at a discounted rate.
Each year, the Arizona International Film Festival collects features and shorts from all over the world, repping nations including Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United States. During the course of 17 days, the festival screens more than 100 films in categories such as Feature Narrative, Comedy Short, Feature Documentary, and Experimental Short. The festival also hosts special programs such as Cine Sin Fronteras, which examines border issues, and IndieYouth, a collection of films made by filmmakers young enough to not remember when documentaries were primarily just overhead projections of the week’s rainfall statistics.
Stocking the closets of sporty folks since 1982, Alan’s Shoe House and New Balance Tucson helps customers find the right footwear for them from such brands as New Balance, Dunham, and Ecco. The New Balance Tucson location carries a wide variety of New Balance apparel and shoes.