Known in the dance world as Salsa Eddy, Edmanuel Deynes, has been smooth-stepping since childhood and has showcased his toe-tapping talents in a slew of competitions, workshops, and performances. The professional hip- swiveler infuses novice appendages with his Latin-inspired tutelage during three levels of group classes—beginner, basic/intermediate, and intermediate/advanced. Body-swaying visitors can step into one of the hour-long sessions and move their limbs in tune with the salsa beat, creating an elegant dancing duo with themselves and their own or newly-paired partners (partners are not required). Classes meet once a week, allowing enough time to recover from newly discovered muscle soreness and to study the differences between salsa dancing and dancing while covered in salsa. See the website for specific coordination-enhancing class times and dates for each location.
The stiff white collar that comes with an eight-hour-a-day desk job can feel pretty stifling. Steve Kozakov opened Slava Boxing to help America's office workforce cut loose, beating stress and inactivity in his high-energy boxing classes. Steve sticks to the classic training principles and exercises that professional fighters use when getting in the ring, though there's one key difference: He never expects his students to actually fight. Instead, he treats his regimens as a fun way to get into shape, make a few friends, and blow off some pent up steam, preferably while releasing the long, high-pitched scream of a teakettle on the hunt.
Golf Etc. features a bevy of bogey-friendly products from brands such as Titleist, Ping, Bridgestone Golf, Adidas, Callaway, TaylorMade, and more. In addition to its armory of traditional fairway artillery, Golf Etc. also builds, repairs, re-grips, and re-shafts trusty clubs at its on-site workshop. Re-gripping is $3 per club, plus the price of grip, and can be completed the day the clubs are brought in. If your club handle is already gripped for success, you can opt for a one-hour video golf lesson ($80), which uses a digital coaching system known only as V-1 to give golfers a clearer understanding of their swing and teach them how to harness its inherent energy to jump-start a dead golf-cart battery. Golfers can also get their drivers fitted ($75) and find out which long-distance clubber is best for their game using the Swing Labs Digital Fitting System. Short-gamers can practice putts on a 280-square-foot indoor green that features authentic challenging breaks. Prices provided are from the Pearland store and may vary by location.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Throughout the year, Choice Tee keeps players in tiptop game shape with a fully automated driving range, golf-simulator room, and miniature-golf course. Ceiling fans rotate high above covered tees, keeping players cool as they practice driving balls further than 350 yards. The robotic tees reload after each drive, allowing players to practice without straining their backs. The facility also hosts surreal short-game practice on a 19-hole miniature-golf course. A misting fountain sits at the circuit’s epicenter, and a series of emerald corridors tests players who tap like a bugler at dawn through the labyrinth of faux-grass turf, harnessing their putt-putt prowess as they attempt to read testy breaks, outfox smooth-putting opponents, and curb cases of the yips.