Island Riders' PASA-certified instructors conduct kiteboarding, wakeboarding, and surfing lessons for wave commuters. Designed for students with no kiteboarding experience and held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., the three-hour Intro to Kiteboarding lesson includes a kite-flying lesson with the trainer kite, a ground school covering safety issues, and access to a diorama about the water cycle. While Island Riders supplies the kite, control bar, and board, students are required to wear their own water booties while on the Great South Bay or splashing in the kiddie bay.
Spin DJ Academy incorporates electronic music into The New York Academy of Music curriculum for the first time. During the 12-week program, the instructor covers the history, technology, and practices behind DJing, teaching classes of 6?12 pupils how to sample, scratch, and create their own mash-ups. The Spin DJ Academy program ends with the chance for students to showcase their newfound skills during a live performance at Revolution Music Hall. Pioneering figures in the DJing and electronic music community are also invited to share their experiences during seminars. Students eager to explore music production may also enroll in programs that teach the basics of Ableton software as well as the audio science of re-mixes, mashups, and re-edits. Spin DJ Academy's production facilities provide the ideal learning lab for burgeoning producers.
The professional musicians who teach at New York Academy of Music believe talent appears at a young age. That's why their music programs start for kids as young as 2 years old with Rock 'n' Tots, a class where pre-kindergarten kids can listen to rock and pop while they bop and learn. Once students have excelled beyond the bounds of Rock 'n' Tots, they can attend the RockStar Academy?where they'll learn how to perform and write songs?or take private lessons that cover nearly all instruments and styles. For seasoned performers, an onsite recording studio provides a place to lay down tracks.
Twisted Lotus Yoga wants everyone to enjoy the restorative power of yoga, regardless of age, experience, or even mood. That's why they offer so many different variations on the practice: both heated and non-heated classes are offered, including vinyasa and gentler yin yoga classes. In heated classes, infrared heat set at 85- to 90-degrees helps rid the body of toxins as it boosts flexibility and blood circulation. But regardless of the room temperature, the atmosphere at Twisted Lotus Yoga is always warm and welcoming, so students of all levels leave feeling inspired and refreshed.
CPR Cell Phone Repair brings gadgets back to life with a variety of services. Its deft team repairs phones suffering from maladies such as water damage, cracked screens, and charging issues. Gamers take solace in CPR?s ability to expertly handle the popularly named ?ring of death? that can plague consoles. They also repair LCD screens for tablets and laptops. Customer can mail in their gadgets, drop them off at the store, or sit comfortably and wait while their devices are fixed.
When the judges; scores came in, Sugar Rush Bakery's Andrew Mincher finished in second place on Food Network's Cupcake Wars. Going into the competition, he thought, "This is what I do and I thought, I’m going to have fun doing it." His positive attitude—and his recipe for banana-rum cupcakes with peanut-butter buttercream frosting—paid off.
The recognition came as a hefty endorsement for the brand-new owner of the former Di Monda Bakery. Mincher recently bought out the business with his dad and brother so that he could make cupcakes his way. Inside, customers find him doing exactly that, whipping together delicious cupcakes and other sweets such as cookies and fresh-baked breads. He decorates his creations with chunks of chocolate or cheerful frosting faces that seem to ask, "Do I look cute in this foil?"