Every day, MIY Ceramics' spacious art studio begets a kaleidoscope of one-of-a-kind masterpieces made by students and staffers alike. With a bevy of supplies for crafting pottery, glass pieces, and jewelry, artists of every level can discover a new passion or hone existing skills under the trained guidance of the studio's helpful attendants and in-house Greek muses.
Hollywood Hot Glass founder Brenna Baker took an interest in the ancient art of glassblowing at age 14, launching a journey that took her from Corning, New York, to Murano, Italy, in pursuit of her dreams. Now an accomplished Master Gaffer, Baker passes her passion for the ancient art of glass artistry onto newcomers and experienced glassblowers alike. She and her staff lead a variety of private lessons, group sessions, and walk-in workshops in which visitors create glass artwork such as vases, ornaments, tumblers, and flowers.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.
Marlon Hyde, Hy-Tech Training Center's founder and CEO, draws from more than two decades of private security-management experience in Jamaica and the United States and boasts a laundry list of training and certifications. At Hy-Tech Training Center, he imparts his wisdom to students across a wide range of fields, ultimately helping them become private investigators and security officials.
He and his certified private investigator instructors show pupils how to execute CPR and first aid, handcuffing technique, and using legal firearms, preparing them for safely and effectively carrying out their duties without cuing Keystone Cops music. During the private investigation course, students glean strategies in handling evidence and courtroom procedures, with an introduction to computer forensics. The week-long intensive rewards graduates with a class-CC certification, which is the first step in gaining a career in the private-security industry.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod, cut your workout time in half, or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.