Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Fully licensed by the New York State Department of Education, Allstar Bartenders Training educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning which cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. Allstar's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending. Allstar treats its graduates to complimentary lifetime job-placement assistance and refresher courses.
Shape Up Ladies Fitness Center provides a curve-sculpting sanctuary for women of every age, body type, and fitness level. Each group class fosters noncompetitive vibes as torsos stretch across Pilates mats or shimmy to salsa beats. The gym area's strength machines have all been engineered to suit feminine physiques, and cardio gear such as treadmills and recumbent bicycles welcomes calorie-burning sessions. The center offers free and fully supervised childcare from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, enabling moms to perfect Zumba steps without their child's unnecessarily harsh critiques.
After falling in in love with not only yoga's physical benefits but also its total body and mind conditioning, co-founders Donna Janeira and Claudia Lanzetta helped establish Be Yoga. The studio's location overlooks Long Island Sound, reflecting the peacefulness of the rippling water with glowing burnished-wood floors. Students work at their own pace before sleek mirrors to further their yoga or fitness training. Students can also choose to pursue the studio's ample non-yoga classes, which include barre workouts wherein students learn to perform muscle-lengthening stretches while supporting themselves with a ballet barre.
No matter what the calendar reads, it’s always October in spirit at Manor Oktoberfest, a German-style eatery that channels Munich’s lively fest of the same name. Owner Mark Gallagher serves Bavarian fare that ranges from traditional appetizers—including smoked black forest bacon and pierogies—to hearty entrees such as a variety of wursts and Hungarian schnitzel. It wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without a lot of beer, and the restaurant carries more than 30 varieties. Draught beers, including Hofbrau Original and Franziskaner Weissbier, come in half-liter or one-liter mugs, or in a two-liter boot if you’ve also lost one shoe.
Mere minutes from Madison Square Garden and Fifth Avenue shopping, Nelly Spillane's mingles time-tested Irish eats with American favorites. Irish pub classics such as beer-battered fish 'n' chips and curry fries with melted cheddar appear alongside burgers, wings, and 16 beers on draft. A stamped-tin ceiling and warm polished wood lend themselves to the eatery's traditional-pub atmosphere, and a lineup of flat-screen televisions airs sports games as diners surf the free WiFi to look up how to say "free WiFi" in Gaelic.