Martin Percival starred in the principal role for Michael Flatley's North America–touring Lord of the Dance and played the original Flatley role of "the lord." This knight in tights and his lovely team of jig-jumping instructors will lay down the law of rhythm and greens with beginner-level dances like the reel and light jig.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
Like farming, picnics, and attempting to climb a skyscraper with suction cups, golf outings are dependent on ideal weather conditions. Striker Golf's facility takes rain and cold out of the equation by offering golfers a chance to play in a climate-controlled compound. Within the 4,200-square-foot facility rest four expansive hitting bays for practicing long drives and a 700-square-foot putting green for fine-tuning one's short game. HD golf simulators replicate rounds on famous courses through vivid images and precise motion-tracking sensors to give players an authentic experience without having to dodge runaway golf carts.
While a cool breeze blows in off nearby Lake Rhoda, the friendly, Motorcycle Safety Foundation–certified instructors at Bluecreek Motorcycle Training Co. shout instructions over the clamor of engines revved by student riders. The academy’s fully enclosed riding range encourages beginners and experts alike to safely practice skills, such as stopping, turning, and swerving—all with the help of the seven men and three women who make up the teaching staff. Courses also incorporate study time in spacious, air-conditioned classrooms, where students commit laws and road signs to memory instead of sticking post-it notes on the inside of their helmet visors.
With a staff of trainers handpicked by owner Trevor Wittman, Grudge Training Center spurs all sorts of exercisers to get in shape through boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts. The center's family-friendly 6,000-square-foot training area features several modern amenities and regulation facilities.