Professional dancer Francis Teri knows how to celebrate. He?s danced at Ziegfeld Theater for the party in honor of Dirty Dancing's 20th anniversary and at the 30th anniversary shindig for the iconic Saturday Night Fever. At Dance Fever Studios, he and a team of experienced dance instructors party down everyday, helping students hone specific footwork skills or nail the basics in beginner and intermediate classes. Attendees learn good timing and partner connection in beginner salsa, or how to pull off the waltz and foxtrot in ballroom dancing. During beginner and intermediate hustle classes, students learn how to do the basic dance step without disturbing the goldfish in their shoes.
With a disciplined team of teachers and coaches, Class One Mixed Martial Arts & Crossfit teaches a range of striking and grappling arts, including Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Sanda kickboxing, along with conditioning Crossfit workouts. Many of their instructors boast professional experience, including Luiz “The Joker” Azeredo, a Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt who has defeated top MMA stars and made numerous appearances in the prestigious Pride Fighting Championships. These fitness experts lead sessions for adults, as well as children’s classes that introduce the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, and Muay Thai kickboxing. Along with engaging in physical activity, the program teaches kids sportsmanship and how to accessorize with mouth guards.
The instructors of Brooklyn Fitness & Swimming are at home on almost any terrain—land, water, and the air between a court and a basketball hoop. They channel this versatility while coaching students of all ages in the fundamentals of fitness. Children can learn to swim at the Sportspark swimming pool, or improve their athletic performance during sports training. Sessions for adults range from boot camps led by ex-military personnel to interval training on the beach, as well as private, custom workouts. Regardless of their specialty, teachers back up their expertise with certifications and backgrounds in exercise-related fields.
Learning world dance from a world traveler has its advantages. iDance Studio's instructors hail from locales as far-flung as Russia, Uzbekistan, India, and Puerto Rico, and their careers as professional dancers have taken them across the world. Led by renowned belly-dance performer LaUra, who has performed for both Mary J Blige and Beyonc?, their latest destination is Brooklyn. In the cheery studio tucked above the Millennium Theater, instructors teach world dance styles worthy of their collection of souvenir pilot's wings: Uzbek classical, Turkish, Russian, Indian, Gypsy, Flamenco, Tajik, and of course belly dance. Students of all ages can jump into these high-octane classes, improving their hip-swiveling while working up a healthy sweat.
The students at Jung’s Professional Tae Kwon Do enter into a kind of social contract when they begin classes, pledging to develop self-discipline and to use their skills only to defend themselves or others. Owner and Master Jaeho Jung is a graduate of the Korean secret service and a former trainer of the US Army and New York Police Department. Jung brings over 20 years of teaching experience to the table and envisions martial arts as a vehicle for building confidence in younger students and self-defense skills for adults. The dojo honors its students' accomplishments with belt-testing and board-breaking days that are performed in front of the school. Jung's even offers tae kwon do birthday parties for the kids that offer pizza, juice, and a mini tae kwon do lesson.
After board-certified and licensed acupuncturist Mordechai Genut received his Master of Science in oriental medicine and spent time interning in oncology support, he opened his own private practice, GH Acupuncture & Healing. There, he focuses on healing with an emphasis on maintaining a "healthy body, peaceful mind, and a balanced spirit [in] each treatment." Treating conditions such as stress, pain, anxiety, and insomnia, Mordechai utilizes traditional Chinese medicine, performing treatments such as acupuncture, cupping, and qigong, a blend of meditation and breathing exercises that helps bolster full-body circulation and the ability to center one’s qi underwater.