The accommodating staff at Park Center Lanes—a 24-lane bowling coliseum with freshly sanded approach areas—hosts bouts of pin-punishing fun in a lively, family-friendly environment. Before bowling off steam frame by frame, guests visit the rental desk to retrieve a pair of well-fitting, snazzy bowling shoes. Once donning the appropriate footwear, bowlers can roll their way through three games as the automatic scoring machine does all the math—so players don’t have to scrawl numbers on the back of bowling-pin restraining orders. Bumpers can be deployed for children to keep errant Brunswick balls from encroaching on other lanes. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Rock & Bowl douses the alley in neon lighting and classic rock music. Prevent the overheating associated with gutter-ball rage by sipping a small soft drink and basking in Park Center Lanes’ air conditioning.
At Moveir Dance Studio, instructor Mark Tetro de-mystifies the in-tandem movement of ballroom dance in a 3,500-square-foot studio boasting a competition-size dance floor. Tetro follows Dance Vision International Dance Association syllabi, with vetted lesson progressions and top-notch teaching techniques. The studio invites students of all levels to learn a variety of American and international dance styles, such as tango, ballroom, Latin, west coast swing, and Viennese waltz, in one-hour group classes. Weekend open dance sessions allow twirlers-in-training three hours to strut their stuff to a variety of music in a supportive, fun environment. Progressive group workshop partakers attend two two-hour workshops, geared toward long-term retention of choreography and steps, over two weeks.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Anazeh Sands enlivens evenings with fermented nectars, billiards tables, and meaty meals. Pool cues crash and sippers slurp at the bar at both Anazeh Sands East and West, but diners can only explore Charley’s dinner menu at the west location. The magic mushroom burger ($5.95), pile of pepperoni pizza, which features a pile of pepperoni ($10.50), and pacific tilapia ($8.95) each sing an ode to meat-craving taste buds while satiating your innermost stomach.
Basketball courts in newly built facilities echo with youthful excitement near the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids' on-site sports medicine center. Groups of boys and girls in grades first through seventh, divided based on age, converge one day each week to practice basketball basics such as dribbling, passing, and harmonizing their squeaking sneakers. Pupils gather every Saturday to test their newfound abilities in a friendly match with another team amidst waves of applause and encouragement from families and coaches. Before the season begins, complimentary T-shirts give players a sense of belonging and help bolster wardrobes rendered obsolete by growth spurts. Schedules will vary according to age groups and coaches, and teams welcome basketball novices, intermediate players, and referees hoping to learn how the whistle works.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio 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.
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