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160 Boylston St
Boston,
MA
US

With a history of nautical scholarship that dates back to the mid 1930s, Community Boating Inc. has graduated thousands of students from its hands-on sailing school and into the ranks of skipperdom. Seasoned instructors lead classes for all ages, with separate youth, adult, and universal-access programs to ensure that the sweeping vistas, invigorating mists, and albatross necklaces of seafaring can be enjoyed by all. Certified students and members can take jaunts across the Charles River atop a kayak or Mercury sailboat borrowed from Community Boating Inc.?s 100-strong fleet of windblown and man-powered vessels.

21 David G Mugar Way
Boston,
MA
US

Wendy Reardon has worn many hats. From a writer for Hanna-Barbera Cartoons to a papal historian in London, she's journeyed far and wide in her career choices, but anyone who knows her now would say she's at her best without a hat on?after all, it falls off every time she does a graceful inversion. Having been an exotic dancer in Los Angeles and London, she wanted to share the fun, athletic, and confidence building aspects of the industry to women in Massachusetts, and, as a result, opened Gypsy Rose Exotic Fitness & Pole Dancing Lessons. She has even authored "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Exotic & Pole Dancing" and the studio has been featured by a large number of media outlets.

Here, she hosts small and personalized classes for participants, ensuring each of them truly learns the topic at hand. She inspired gals of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels to boost their confidence and strengthen their bodies, with Release the Kraken for beginners and Poultry in Motion teaching free-style swings, poses, and ankle swings. Her classes don't shy away from the more racy side of the art form either, with subjects ranging from striptease to couple's lap dances, complete with recitals.

364 Boylston St
Boston,
MA
US

Boston Pilates Plus's high-intensity fitness classes, designed by fitness guru Sebastien Lagree, combine the traditional principles of Pilates with strength and cardio training to help students of all abilities sculpt toned physiques. On the brightly lit studio's gleaming wood floors, students buff up their bods on Megaformer machines, which target the upper and lower body using a system of springs, pulleys, and a strategically out-of-reach donut dangling on a fishing line. Students tone their muscles as joints and connective tissue breathe easy in the fat-burning, low-impact classes. For a more cardio-centric routine, try the barre blast class, which guides students through a low-impact workout that blends cardio, barre stretches, and strength training. Boot camps similarly focus on cardio, meeting twice a week for four weeks to romp through 30 minutes of intense exercise.

30 Newbury Street
Boston,
MA
US

44 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US

Anyone strolling down Marlborough Street in tony Back Bay might miss the French Cultural Center of Boston if they weren’t looking for it. The nonprofit’s home looks like any other historic mansion lining the street, but inside is a Francophile’s dream. Dedicated to ensuring the growth of French language and culture in present-day New England, the organization boasts the second largest private collection of French books in the United States – more than 25,000 publications – as well as periodicals, DVDs, CDs and more. The cultural center is also home to a school that offers language classes for both adults and children. Combine all of that with an array of lively cultural events held throughout the year, from art exhibitions and lectures to cooking demonstrations, and the French Cultural Center becomes one of Boston’s hubs of French culture.

53 Marlborough St
Boston,
MA
US