In Jack Kerouac?s On the Road, narrator Sal Paradise has this to say about New York?s most famous river: "If you drop a rose in the Hudson River at its mysterious source in the Adirondacks, think of all the places it journeys by as it goes out to sea forever?think of that wonderful Hudson Valley." At Mountain Valley Guides, the kayaking team allows customers to heed Sal?s thoughts and explore the river's expanse of open water, marshes, islands, and cliffs.
Presenting the internationally renowned, research-based music and movement program Music Together, Over the Moon invites parents and infant-to-kindergarten-aged children to sing, dance, listen, and explore musical instruments in a variety of fun-filled classes. During weekly 45-minute Music Together sessions, adult caregivers accompany budding music muses, delving into the power of music and creativity through a variety of experiential, non-performance-based exercises. The mixed-age classes focus on natural family-filled learning as younger children watch and imitate older kids and learn a 25-song course catalog. Pint-sized sound-seekers sing, practice rhythmic rhymes, and play instruments free from classroom formalities and engage in family-building creativity.
At Hardball Training Center, seasoned coaches impart young players with the mental and physical fitness to excel in baseball and softball. A staff of trainers draw from extensive experience in sports at collegiate, minor-league, and major-league levels to guide pupils in proper pitching techniques, defensive strategies, hitting, and skill drills. A 16,000-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor space keeps practice running no matter the weather, and batting cages and pitching tunnels allow players to fine-tune their abilities.
Whether they're looking to build up to the precision power-hitting of a Ted Williams or the impressive mustache-growing of a Rollie Fingers, students can develop personalized training plans with coaches that cater to their specific strengths, skills, and goals. Softball and baseball teams and small groups hone fundamentals with pre-, mid-, and post-season regimens, while sessions in the gym condition athletes to perform at their peaks.
Geoffrey Barbey has always viewed the world through a painter's eye. But after graduating from several esteemed art institutes during the 1970s, he came to a disheartening realization: traditional painting had fallen by the wayside. So, following a yearlong painting adventure throughout Europe and North Africa, Geoffrey settled into a career in advertising and commercial film production. He remained there for 25 years.
Eventually, all that time spent helping other creative people pursue their goals led Geoffrey back to the canvas. He took classes and began building a portfolio to get the word out. Today, that portfolio––filled with colorful still-life pieces––includes works that have been featured in private collections and exhibitions. Geoffrey shares his painting experience during intimate classes at his Dobbs Ferry studio. There, students create their own masterpieces while learning about fundamental topics including color theory and composition.
Ride Revolution's method for blasting calories and chiseling muscles into the body involves shocking the system and keeping muscles guessing at what level of strenuousness is coming next. Cycling-class participants have to push through terrain that varies from steep inclines to flat sprints, motivated only by the instructor's encouragement, the class's upbeat music, and the fistfuls of pennies promised upon completion.
In the dark, cool cycling room, exercisers atop top-of-the-line Schwinn bikes keep their legs pumping in a variety of classes, including a 45-minute midday ride, a 60-minute standard cycle session, and even a charity ride. Unlike traditional gyms, which can't focus all their energy on cycling, Ride Revolution is a cycling-only studio, which means it features such amenities as stadium-style seating, atmospheric lighting, and the cutting-edge Performance IQ heart-rate-monitoring system.
The best way to learn a sport is to actually play it. To that end, Speed Soccer's coaches have devised a four-stage training regimen built around helping youngsters and preteens perfect their technique in game-specific situations. These drills are introduced during year-round camps and training programs, which are specifically tailored for casual players looking to master some new skills as well as for more serious competitors hoping to learn how to kick a ball into low orbit. Whether Speed Soccer's coaches are working with individuals, small groups, or an entire team, they do their best to provide personalized feedback that helps attendees refine their all-around game while also instilling values of good sportsmanship and personal responsibility.