After traveling the globe performing and racking up awards, world-champion dancer Brian Barakauskas returned to his native Louisville to pay homage to the city where he first learned to dance. At his studio, Dance Louisville, Barakauskas and his staff of professional instructors tap into their extensive dance backgrounds to help students reach their own dance goals, whether they want to compete professionally or simply learn a new salsa routine for an upcoming boardroom presentation. Pupils flit across a 2,400-square-foot floating dance floor during both private and group lessons as well as wedding-dance rehearsals.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.
Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.
Tell us about your business.
Christian Way Farm was established to provide a family friendly place to enjoy the experience of a farm and a visit to the country. From picnics to a relaxing afternoon on the front porch of the barn, feeding animals, playing in a corn truck, or now playing through a farm-themed miniature golf course, the farm is intended to be a place to enjoy the outdoors, participate in farm activities and feel the goodness of God—in all that He has created for us to enjoy.
What makes your business stand out?
The farm is gorgeous and has been maintained to keep the natural look. The store is in a barn. The tractors are older. Visitors can touch the animals. They can use the antique equipment. The setting is authentic farm but maintained to accommodate the public.
What inspired you to start this business?
In 1999, Milt was managing a large orchard and we decided he should quit his job there to move our family to Hopkinsville and build a house on the exact location of his grandfather's home on the family farm. Our goal was to begin with a pumpkin patch, but at the time that's all we knew. In the years since our first crop of pumpkins, we have built our business with the idea that planting seeds is important. We knew that we were to invite people to the farm and without "preaching" to share the love of Christ with everyone who comes here. We wanted an agri-tourism experience that made a safe fun place for families to come, but we wanted that atmosphere to be one that means our customers walk away knowing they have been cared for in the best possible way. Planting a seed—that will bring a harvest of good experiences.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
On a regular basis we hear, "Can we just move here? Can we just live with you all here," and on a temporary basis, some move in with us for a while. We often hear from soldiers who said, "I can just really decompress here," and from families where a spouse is about to deploy [and tell us], "We just wanted to enjoy a good family day together before he leaves."
What’s your favorite part about your job?
All of it. Living on the farm, raising [our] family while doing this, and meeting thousands of people.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Reservations/Appointments: Not necessary
Most popular offering: Miniature golf, feeding farm animals, and pumpkin patch
Pro Tip: We are located in the country so allow time to travel to here and allow plenty of time to visit.
Urvashi Dance Company, under the direction of seasoned midsection maestro Heidi Capps-Hayden, brings centuries-old belly-dancing tradition to the modern Kentucky heartland. Today’s deal lets you choose three one-hour group classes, each of which offers a thorough workout that builds muscles you didn’t know you had. Tribal Cardio (Mondays at 6 p.m.) gets blood pumping and helps maintain a healthy hearts, and Zil Drill (Mondays at 8 p.m.) tackles the art of zils, the small finger cymbals belly dancers don to add subtle percussion to performances and practice their tree-frog impressions. During the American Tribal Style (ATS) introduction class (Mondays at 7 p.m.), the instructor takes a high-energy, collective approach to school students in the basics of this dancing tradition. After getting comfortable with the fundamentals, twirlers can move on to ATS Next Level (Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m.) and ATS Maximum (Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m.) to transform tummies into mesmerizing kaleidoscopes.