From the time she was 2 years old, Elizabeth DeGennaro has been gracing the stage. Having grown up in the dancing world, she blossomed into a full-fledged toe-tapper, landing spots on America's Got Talent and The Gong Show, as well as an acting role as a showgirl on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Elizabeth isn't just happy entertaining, though. The professional dancer shares her expertise with students of all skill levels at her own studio, Wild Cherryz Dance and Fitness. There, she incorporates moves from the swath of styles she's fluent in—including Latin and cabaret—during Zumba, burlesque dance, and pole fitness classes to create unique and well-rounded sessions. As a certified trainer, she also infuses her classes with fitness elements—in ballet barre, for example, she borrows from the core training of Pilates and yoga, as well as the movements of ballet. She even offers PCS classes, which blends yoga and Pilates for a more intense workout.
Of course, Elizabeth doesn't just work with adults. As someone who started dancing young, she also extends her skills toward children as young as 3 years old, offering kids' ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Zumba classes.
The Long Island Athletics Baseball program does its part to replenish the sport's stock of future talent, fostering youngsters under the trained eyes of a dedicated, experienced staff. During clinics, which are available for various aspects of the game including batting, base running, and sunflower-seed spitting, small groups gather on the diamond to field advice and recommendations from the program's coaches. The across-the-board emphasis on individualized instruction, as well as hard work, passion, and unselfish play, has helped many former players springboard to the next level of competition, specifically at the collegiate level.
The patter of moving feet drifts among the colorful mats and sparring areas of Sitan Gym. Trainers experienced in kickboxing and general fitness pass their knowledge on to students, who range from young children to adults. Classes include kettle bell classes, fitness and conditioning classes, and cardio and weight loss classes and can help them get a workout, better their physique, prepare for martial-arts competitions, or simply gain the confidence to wear a bright-yellow belt.
At House of Addixion Tattoo Company, artists George Woodiwiss and Matt Murphy ink human canvases with detailed artwork that lasts a lifetime. Their skills are varied, ranging from realism to surrealism, calligraphy, and dark horror, having created a mammoth portfolio of work over their years at the trade. While the artists add pigment and shade to skins, Dezy Schirmer preps lobes, navels, eyebrows, and more for adornments with her piercing prowess.
"What smells so great?" wondered the customers at Rod Silva's smoothie shop back in 1995. They were enjoying the aromas of Silva's home-cooked lunches. Before he knew it, Silva was preparing food for them, and soon Muscle Maker Grill was born. A fitness enthusiast since he was a young man, Silva firmly believed healthy food could also taste great, instead of like the packaging it came in. Today, the restaurant has spawned franchises in across the country, each crafting the same level of healthful and quick fare.