Founded by Dance Legend Gus Giordano, Gus Giordano Dance School offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes for All ages & levels. DISCOVER DANCE (age 2-12), DANCE ED (high school - adult students) Scholarship Program, & Giordano Juniors Performing Company Program.
Amy Giordano, School Director
If you've ever played Mortal Kombat II, you've met Coach Anthony Marquez. You probably just know him as Kung Lao, the Shao Lin monk sporting a razor-edged hat. After lending his likeness and skills to Midway Games for the iconic fighting title, he opened his own gym?EKF Martial Arts?to share his fighting style with real-life students. EKF actually stands for "Extreme Kung Fu," and Coach Tony, as students call him, teaches a lot of martial arts to adults and kids throughout the week. Kung fu's graceful, powerful movements help students improve flexibility, speed, and body control, both in unarmed fighting styles and weapon forms. Any Monday or Wednesday a visit to the gym might find students wielding one-time tools of war, from familiar swords and staffs to the exotic and strange rope darts and chain whips.
Though Kung Fu is Coach Tony's specialty, he loves all forms of fighting. He himself also teaches competitive sanshou, a form of Chinese kickboxing known for its graceful takedowns. Other instructors at the gym?former and current professionals of various disciplines?cover muay thai, boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and, of course, MMA. The gym is home to a handful of MMA fighters who compete at the amateur level, and boast a nearly four-year long uninterrupted winning streak. The varied training regimen, which includes intense conditioning classes affectionately referred to as "The Eliminator," aims to produce well-rounded fighters with the strength, conditioning, and confidence to wear shorts of any length, at any time.
Even at the peak of Chicago’s hottest summers and meanest winters, the Johnny Sprockets team can be seen riding on the lakefront path or dodging cabs in the bike lanes. Owner Manuel Tenorio makes it clear that the staff members are cyclists and not just salespeople. They learn about their inventory first-hand, and they outfit their customers with equipment that they themselves endorse.
The team also services and repairs all types of cycles. With each visit, they perform a free, no-obligation estimate to assess cycle health and suss out any potential troubles. They can perform minor repairs on the spot, and they also accept appointments for tune-ups, overhauls, or a bike’s first haircut.
Though typically only a wistful dream of humans and ostriches, spending a day soaring through the air becomes a reality at Trapeze School New York in Chicago (TSNY Chicago). One of six locations across the country, TSNY Chicago educates participants of all levels in the art of flying through group trapeze sessions. The aerial academy also dapples its schedule with lyra, static trapeze, tightwire, trampoline, conditioning, and acrobatics classes, allowing students to have fun and eat unlimited servings of cloud while getting in shape.
Vibrant yellow walls wrap around the intimate-café interior of Vee Vee’s African Restaurant as chefs churn out traditional West African cuisines focused on Nigerian delicacies. The casual BYOB atmosphere stimulates conversation as patrons nosh on starters of egusi soup and fried plantains sporting delectable caramelized edges, before introducing taste buds to more meat-centric entrees, such as jerk chicken partnered with much friendlier sides of rice and red beans. Highlighted by Centerstage Chicago, Vee Vee’s eatery makes an impression on locals and tourists afar hosting Black History Month dinners, pounding the pavement at college cultural festivals, and as a "staple at neighborhood festivals throughout the city including the Taste of Chicago."