Personal Development in West End

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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

Masacote Entertainment is an internationally renowned Latin Music & Dance company with a specialty in Salsa.

The company is comprised of 3 entities: Masacote Latin Dance Company; The Masacote Dance School, and the Ritmo Masacote Orchestra.

Masacote offers instruction, performances, concerts, events, travel, and more.

215 First Street
Cambridge,
MA
US

For all its technological wizardry, the smartest smartphone can easily be reduced to a dim bulb in a matter of seconds. Sometimes screens crack or shatter. Sometimes batteries go kaput. And sometimes, smartphones make foolhardy attempts toward careers as professional divers. When these common accidents happen, the expert techs at Mobile Depot are ready to resurrect devices with repairs that generally take between 30 minutes to an hour to resolve. In addition to their expertise in fixing Samsung and iPhone devices, the team also sells new and pre-owned phones and tablets, along with essential accessories such as cases, headphones, chargers, and memory cards.

3 Center Plaza
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

The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.

41 Winter Street
Boston,
MA
US

Professional bartenders teach in classrooms set up as fully functioning bars. The facilities present lifelike conditions for students to learn skills such as the proper shake and pour for a variety of cocktails, muddling raw ingredients, and getting the right amount of head on a draft beer. Courses also cover the technical elements of bartending, which may include setting up drink stations, understanding liquor laws and board-of-health requirements, and operating payment systems that accept both credit cards and gold ingots.

41 Winter St
Boston,
MA
US