With its flagship location residing in Chicagoland, Urban Beat Dance brings the fancy footwork of the Windy City to its second dance school in Brandon, Florida. Beginner classes combine with semiprofessional performance companies for a studio experience that explores a range of modern dance styles, from hip-hop to jazz, break dance, and ballet. Classes cater to dancers of all ages, teaching them basic techniques such as how to spin on your head, perform a box step, or knock someone out with a pointe shoe. A trio of companies for teenage dancers takes the show to outside venues, and Urban Beat Dance caps off its year with a showcase during which performers from both the company and the school strut their moves for a captivated audience.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.
TITLE Boxing Club began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson, Tony Carbajo, and John Rotche. Hanson, Carbajo, and Rotche provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The Carrollwood and Brandon locations both boast dozens of 90-pound heavy bags built into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Drumrolls of punches and kicks resound from these inanimate foes as patrons burn calories and learn self-defense moves during hour-long boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide a safe haven for viewing merchandise.
When Maria Espinoza dances, she feels free from both everyday worries and chronic health problems. She opened Dancin' Motion to share this feeling with others, giving the community a creative outlet for dance, art, and music lessons. Instructors lead dance classes such as salsa, belly dance, and Zumba to shake the dust off advanced students' dancing shoes or train beginners in dance basics. Each month at social dances, DJ David fills the sprawling studio space and adjoining outdoor patio, available for private event rental, with the rhythms of upbeat Latin tunes and the sound effects of downbeat Latin legal dramas. During daylight hours, congas, timbales, and bongos fill class spaces with Latin percussion during private music lessons.
Bloomingdale Golfers Club's 18-hole course stretches 7,165 yards into immaculate fairways hemmed by scenic waterways and trees draped in spanish moss. The layout features four long and memorable par 5s, including the 564-yard fourth hole, which bends left, then fades to the right, then doubles back left in a dizzying snake pattern that defies orthodox shot-making and golf carts prone to motion sickness. Each fairway serves as an emerald runway to the course's majestic greens, which sprout champion dwarf bermuda grass, a putting surface favored by seven prestigious PGA Tour venues.
Golfers can warm up at the practice facilities, which include a two-tiered driving range, half-acre practice green, and a short game area with a practice bunker. Famed PGA Tour pros Lee Janzen, Steve Stricker, and Michael Bradley have all refined their swings at Bloomingdale Golfers Club.
After rounds, golfers can relax at The Legends Grille, which serves up ham and turkey sandwiches, barbecue pulled chicken, and other casual fare. As they dine, guests can watch sports on seven big-screen TVs or enjoy the gallery of golfer-heckling birds soaring above the outdoor patio.
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All of X-treme Champions' instructors live, die, and whistle by the Coaches' Oath—a pledge to parents that emphasizes life lessons and sportsmanship rather than cutthroat competition. As they arm kids with the skills and knowledge necessary to master sports skills, they also encourage cooperation and etiquette, making sure each player knows to curtsy before tackling an opponent. During seasonal leagues, teams practice and play games on the same day, easily fitting with parents' schedules and forging new friendships through both camaraderie and competition.