For more than 20 years, glass artist Agnes Sanchez has been breathing life into molten mounds, crafting delicate works of art that evoke the elements of the earth. Long-necked vases in glittering hues abut delicate ornaments at Agnes’s studio and gallery, Agnes of Glass, where the internationally trained artist exercises her technique and leads glass-blowing workshops. During the hands-on sessions, students and large-lunged wolves looking for a creative outlet exhale their way to completion of a decorative project.
Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.
Named one of 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine in 2009, Ballet Nouveau Colorado expands the boundaries of dance innovation under acclaimed artistic director Garrett Ammon. Love in the Digital Age blends contemporary music, multimedia, and contemporary dance routines to weave a tapestry of ardor that examines how romance is affected by modern technology. As the company’s dancers vault and spin their expressive limbs across the stage, couples can cuddle up in awe before the energetic flow, passionate movements, and furious onstage texting. Ammon, known for Carry On—his dance collaboration with the band Paper Bird, choreographed the show in concert with Kristopher Collins, who arranged digital spectacles for acts such as the Black Eyed Peas and once composed an email by tap dancing on the keyboard.
SEF Language School employs certified, trained instructors with at least five years of teaching experience to introduce students to the magic of other languages. Using a unique curriculum developed by SEF, instructors use games, songs, and conversational exercises to instill fundamental fluency in languages such as Spanish, Italian, and French. Instructors lead private and group classes for all levels and carry out other services such as translation and interpretation.
Get your bank tellers, kayakers, grandpas, and expectant mothers together and get today's Groupon for perfect posture and mad movement skills. For just $45, you get any five classes at The Pilates Movement, a $70 to $115 value depending on the classes you choose. Most deals only offer Pilates mat classes, but with today's flexible offer, you can take any combination of five mat, pole, chair, and equipment group classes for the same low price. Find out how the reformer, a piece of specialized Pilates equipment, got its name, and learn take-home techniques you can practice in your cramped apartment in a mat class. At just $9 per class, this deal is the perfect opportunity to try a few different classes on for size.Lovable Bears lineman William “The Refrigerator” Perry is generally considered the Godfather of American Pilates due to his memorably rapped couplet: “You’re lookin’ at the Fridge / Pilates focuses on the core to improve strength and posture.” The Fridge continued to influence the popularity of Pilates in America when he guest-starred in an episode of the The A-Team, playing the deceased German founder of Pilates, Joseph “The Refrigerator” Pilates. The memorable episode is traditionally run every July 4th to celebrate Independence Day.
Johnson Language Institute instructors David Johnson and Claudia Burdisso teach Spanish and English during classes with up to five pupils. After teaching English to students in Argentina, David and Claudia have come to believe that mastering a 2nd language should be a pleasurable, pressure-free experience. At Johnson Language Institute, students will absorb a new language quickly, learning nouns, verbs, tenses, and the Spanish translation for “Yowza!”
Outside of general courses, Johnson Language Institute also offers classes that specialize in Spanish or English in a business setting. If you’re heading to Spain, Mexico, or another Spanish-speaking country for leisure, you can take a class that focuses on how to communicate at a hotel, airport, or restaurant. Students readying their brains for exams can find curricula tailored to SAT and TOEFL questions.