The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds adults of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of tango, swing, or rumba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice provides a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Equipment: No particular brands-- yoga and Pilates training equipment.
Students should bring: Water, yoga mat, clothes they can move in.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Pro Tip: Be ready to move and try something new.
Having earned multiple certifications as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Samantha LaPella took the next step toward empowering her clients: she opened a studio that specializes in women-friendly workouts. There, she and her all-female staff approach exercise with moves from a wide variety of disciplines. They helm group classes that range from yoga to boxing to boot camp, augmenting their workouts with nutritional pointers. In an effort to boost coordination and confidence, they also plan dance-based sessions, including Zumba and the salsa-powered moves of Shake It Up. Embodying the vibrant, stylish spirit of its staff and students, the gym flaunts hot-pink walls and shimmering chandeliers, which double as retrievable trophies for the most advanced pole-dancing students.
Dr. Yelena Khrapko, DDS, and the team at Hylan Dental Arts lavish jaws with both cosmetic and general dentistry, with services ranging from dental fillings to veneers. State-of-the-art equipment assists techs in inspecting teeth, revealing cavities and sunset innards with panoramic x-rays, or taking mouth caves to the big screen with intraoral cameras.
Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
Since its beginnings in 1980, Staten Island Fencing Club has developed the skills of collegiate athletes and Olympic hopefuls under the guidance of head coach and founder Steve Khinoy, a Johns Hopkins PhD with more than 30 years of coaching experience. In 2010, the club—once relegated to college cafeterias and church basements—took up permanent residence at Staten Island Fencing Center, a full-time facility as bright and spacious as the Man in the Moon's front yard, complete with fencing strips, an armory, and a pro shop. There, Dr. Khinoy cultivates an atmosphere of camaraderie, teaching both novice and advanced swordsmen to master the Olympic and NCAA sport's triumvirate of blades: foils, sabers, and épées.
Under President and Coach Susan Monardo, the center's focus has been to help both the recreational fencer and competitive fencer reach their goals. Beyond one-hour introductory lessons, regular courses stretch for several weeks, during which competitors learn the strategies and fancy footwork necessary to best opponents on the piste and during freestyle dance contests. Summertime day camps and clinics sharpen slashing technique with five hours of daily instruction that include warm-ups, basic drills, and individual lessons. The staff also hosts parties for birthdays or other celebrations, in which guests practice the art of dueling amid cake, refreshments, and bouquets of colorful balloons shrieking in terror.