Spotlighted in Time magazine and the New York Times, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals is a nationally renowned program offering a unique take on musical education for children 3 months to 4 years old. Classes consist of 45 minutes of singing, dancing, musical storytelling, and jamming. Children's songsmith David Weinstone designed a curriculum celebrating the urban environment as well as universal concerns of youth via his classes, which have exploded into the national spotlight since their humble beginnings in 1997. Rather than being strict and results-driven, the teaching style at Music for Aardvarks is based on adult modeling and exposing children to ideas and sounds without dumbing them down. Parent participation is strongly encouraged for atonal squealers and former Yes drummers alike. Check the Music for Aardvarks website for the drop-in sessions and 10-class series schedules.
Imagine a lifestyle in which you park a Ferrari at a private boat slip, slide onto a custom yacht, and ferry it across a waterway to a private island hosting a 20-room mansion modeled after an Italian villa. Though this may sound like a dream only attainable by the mega rich or an heir to a chocolate-fountain fortune, Imagine Lifestyles facilitates such lavish accommodations with a cavalry of luxury vehicles, vacation homes, and yacht charters. They specialize in auto rentals, entrusting cars from brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Porsche, and BMW to drivers for as short as a half day or as long as several weeks. To shield these pristine and rare rides from the elements, they also deal in luxury vacation home rentals, ranging from beach mansions in Miami to chic lofts and high-rise penthouses. The service also charters air and sea transportation, including jets of all sizes and yachts for all occasions.
Bathed in the rosy glow of sunset, the Statue of Liberty seems eager to hop aboard the boat floating leisurely past her feet and take a turn about the packed dance floor. The joyful strains of merengue drift from the vessel, where a flock of well-dressed guests show off their moves and weave along the deck for a refreshing breath of night air. Dedicated to cultivating merry outings such as this, Affairs Afloat hosts a variety of cruises along the Hudson River and New York City Harbor aboard their two vessels, each Coast Guard certified for events accommodating up to 450 guests. Throughout the year, each themed cruise features live entertainment ranging from DJs to Brazilian bands and dance troupes, and a cash bar and cash buffet keep internal engines revved up throughout the evening. Guests unwind as they drink in unique views of the city, from glittering skyscrapers to the nesting King Kongs that call them home.
Elizabeth Lunney and Rachel Meyer?ABC Languages? cofounders and directors?share a passion for culture that has led them to teach and study different languages in Europe and Asia. Between them and their teaching staff, they?re fluent with more than 20 different languages, including Arabic, Japanese, Swahili, and a combination of all 20 used to decipher the text of crosswords. Elizabeth and Rachel?s combined quarter century of training, and each of the other instructors? minimum of two years of teaching experience, enables them to lead child and adult students through group and private lessons. Their staff?s ability to train students to curl their tongues into even the most foreign of shapes has attracted distinguished clientele, including the NBA, Willem Dafoe, and Uma Thurman in preparation for Kill Bill.
Facilitating the fan-delighting collision of comic-book universes and intergalactic heroes, Wizard World organizes Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across the continent. At each event, stars from the silver screen set down roots in booths across the convention floor, wielding markers for autographs and their photo-op-ready smiles. Past guests have run the gamut from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of AMC?s The Walking Dead. Away from the crowds, stars also participate in talks and Q&A panels as part of the event?s programming. Along with beloved actors, Wizard World?s conventions grant guests a chance to interact with writers and artists as well as partake in activities such as gaming tournaments and costume contests.
Todd Chen, director of Rise Dance Company, stepped into salsa serendipitously: after a disastrous party that found him standing at the sidelines as more experienced dancers twirled his date around the room, he began to apply his hip-hop experience to Latin beats. Instead of hoarding his newfound sultriness, Chen recruited a team of seasoned instructors, who break each move into simple steps that are easy to learn and practice. The company's dynamic group Zumba workouts pair Latin-inspired dance steps with vibrant world music. As with training a parrot to rap, both Zumba and traditional salsa classes revolve around repetition to build up a repertoire of steps that translate to dance floors everywhere, helping students internalize the moves as they melt stress and calories.