Though she's been a professional artist for more than 25 years, April Tracey's career began with a momentous decision. After receiving her BFA from Queen's University, April was accepted to the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. However, she instead decided to strike out on her own, launching an art gallery, supply store, and school. Now she offers her discerning eye to students through critique services. April pores over pieces in all mediums, offering compassionate criticism in person or via Skype, email, or messages hidden behind the work's frame.
Doing crafts, baking cookies, and reading picture books might all sound like typical camp activities, but at Spanish Camp they come with a catch: they're all conducted in Castilian Spanish. After all, complete immersion in a language is the best way for a little brain to absorb its intricacies, aside from conversing with a foreign imaginary friend. The summer- and winter-break camp sessions include seasonally appropriate activities?outdoor play in the summer and Christmas crafts in December?that teach kids Spanish vocabulary and encourage them to practice aloud. Native Spaniard Se?ora Isabel not only leads the camps but also gives private Spanish lessons to both kids and adults.
Guided by a mission of embracing every student's quest for personal growth, the team at YogaWorks offers programs for all ages and walks of life. Harnessing a minimum of 500 hours of Yoga Alliance training, expert instructors build lean muscles with traditional Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes enhanced by inspiring music, ambient candlelight, meditation, and props. Their fitness classes further the body-shaping results of yoga, strengthening core muscles with Pilates, increasing endurance and lean muscles with TRX classes, and building stamina with resistance-based SculptWorks.
Instructors also host exotic yoga retreats, which marry the excitement of travel to far-away locales with the benefits of yoga to bestow students with the confident grace required to approach a foreign yoga mat without startling it. Those in search of further training can access online videos by subscribing to myyogaworks.com, which offers a free, 14-day trial for new users. Students can search for videos by workout duration, skill level, and the targeted area of the body.
Students in beginner to advanced classes at the Cultural Center for Language Studies learn to converse casually in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Guided by an experienced and fluent teaching staff, they'll practice their chosen tongue in real-life contexts, deciphering commercials, documentaries, and the price lists of black-market piñata distributors. Opt for an intensive weekend course that teaches the rudiments of grammar in two three-hour sessions, or spread your six hours over four 1.5-hour weekday classes. Grouponers who continue courses beyond their six hours will need to buy their textbooks and stand on their head while they count to 10 in Klingon.
Fittingly located in Newark’s Ironbound section, A Fit Above Fitness Center invites members to pump iron amid top-notch equipment from Hammer Strength and Life Fitness. Members use the boxing center’s heavyweight bags to practice jabs, or join TRX, yoga, and boot-camp classes to hone their physiques. After the workout, members can hit the sauna and grab a smoothie at the juice bar before heading up to the rooftop tanning beds, where they can add a sun-kissed glow to newly bulging muscles.