The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students 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 Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
In studios across the world, painters toil, pouring their souls into the canvas. Within nearby ballrooms, dancers tango in time with the music with well-placed steps. For Mykol and Susan, these two seemingly disparate art forms draw from the same emotional well. At Art, Wine & Tango, they share their expertise within the twin disciplines of tango and painting.
Trained in dance in Buenos Aires, Susan has also studied art at Glassell School of Art and the Art League. A commercial builder, Mykol, used his eye for shapes and structures to build the beautiful building where their classes in Argentine tango and ongoing art take place within two studios. Together, they teach couples the intricate interplay between leader and follower while also demonstrating the importance of non-verbal communication within the dance.
In addition to dance classes, the studio's instructors also help students unshackle inner creative spirits through BYOB art lessons. While aspiring artists sip on wine or beer and relax, an art teacher demonstrates how to recreate colorful acrylic painting in easily replicable steps. As the last stroke dries on the venue-provided canvases, the instructors discard smocks and don dancing shoes, switching the lessons from laid-back painting to elegant Argentine tango. After a taste of tango, attendees head home wiser, more nimble, and with a frame-ready painting to decorate their homes.
After undertaking a three-week foray into asceticism, Body & Brain Holistic Yoga's founder Ilchi Lee reached an epiphany about the interconnectedness of the body, the mind, and the universe at large. In an effort to share his newfound philosophies with others, Lee formulated a holistic yoga technique adapted from a 9,000-year-old text and sun do, an ancient Korean practice that mixes yoga, tai chi, and meditation techniques. Nowadays, senior and basic instructors teach Lee's curriculum at facilities across the county, where students can tap ki energy during various classes and workshops, including Dahn yoga classes, healing chakra workshops, and the five-step Brain Education Systems Training (BEST). BEST training teaches natural healing techniques that rely on the brain and involve no copays to the medulla oblongata. Each program at Brain & Body Holistic Yoga is designed to imbue participants with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits.