World Gym maintains its 35-year legacy of body-sculpting know-how at its various globe-spanning locations, jump-starting workout routines with cardio equipment, free weights, and more than 50 weekly exercise classes. Taught by certified trainers, classes at this 34,000 square foot facility include yoga, spin, and Zumba to name a few. After running, jumping, lifting, or stretching, exercisers can retire to saunas that vaporize stress with misty heat. A colorful, carpeted childcare center entertains youngsters as parents submit backs to certified massage therapists who wrestle tension out of muscles, and plenty of on-site parking is available.
For many, being a professional singer is a distant and often unrealized dream. But for students of The Singing Experience, the reality gets more attainable, even if only for one night. That's because the program immerses performers in a singing workshop that teaches vocal techniques and helps them overcoms stage fright. At the end of the course, students sing a song in a live cabaret performance on the stage of The Triad.
All this was made possible by performer Linda Amiel Burns, who dreamed up The Singing Experience in 1977 as a way to help novice singers tackle their fears of performing and of sea witches stealing their voices. It's also become a valuable tool of expression. "You sing out anger, love, your problems," Burns told The New York Times in 2009. She knows what she's talking about—she founded the business after a divorce and has helped countless others since. She has also earned accolades along the way from CBS and Cabaret Scenes magazine. A member of SAG and AFTRA, Linda also lends her talents to various arts programs, and is a two-time winner of the MAC Award.
Some couples write their own marriage vows, while others?well, others prefer a more fiery expression of their love and commitment. At New York Wedding Ring, metal artist Sam Abbay helps couples forge their own engagement and wedding rings from raw precious metals, coins, and existing jewelry. At a studio replete with all the necessary equipment, Abbay will guide you and your significant other as you choose your raw material?like palladium, gold, and platinum?and conceive a design for rings that can even include engravings and settings for gemstones.
The process, which can take as little as four hours or as long as a day, includes melting the metals, annealing, and shaping. All the while, Abbay is on hand to offer advice such as how thick wedding rings should be and how to keep them polished if there are no automatic car washes in your area to run through. He can also work with clients to design a custom ring of his own creation. The romantic experience culminates on a couple's big day, when they exchange their handmade and personally designed rings?a perfect symbol for the love they've nurtured.
Simon Herfray, a French native hailing from the Vend?e region, is a master's-degree-certified pastry chef and baker. He's whisked and sculpted fine treats for esteemed establishments in the London and New York culinary scenes?Aubaine and Bluebird in South Kensington, Falai and Caf? M Studio in Manhattan, and Bacchus Bistro and La D?fense Bistro in Brooklyn.
At French'Encas, Simon directs his world-class sweetmeat techniques toward kitchens full of apron-wearing students and in-disguise dentists. Whether it's their first or hundredth time gripping pastry bags and whisks, attendees handcraft their very own macarons, chocolate-lemon tarts, chocolate fondant, and full quiche lorraine meals. Some classes cater to advanced students, some cover basics, and others suit all skill levels. And when not instructing students, Simon and his team whip up treats for parties and other events.
After seven years of teaching dance at others' studios, JesAnn Nail realized it was time for her to strike out on her own. In 2012, the Texas native opened Art in Motion Dance Co. in the heart of Midtown, where she brings her years of experience to classrooms filled with curious and passionate students of dance. Specializing in swing, salsa, ballroom, and dance-fitness classes, JesAnn gathers groups for four-week sessions to teach dancers of all levels graceful movement. Each 55-minute class imparts personal attention and training, whether clients are looking to impress guests on their wedding day or to show up everyone on the playground with a wild swing routine.
Anyone has the potential to become an artist, once provided with the right resources and motivation. With this philosophy in mind, the instructors at Art Station provide the tools as long as you'll bring the motivation??and the booze. During classes, guests can sip their BYOB beverage of choice while learning painting skills such as texturing and shading. Crafts creations are available for adults as well as kids in plaster, wood, canvas, jewelry making, and mosaics. In addition to being a party location for kids and adults and a perfect place to create one-of-a-kind gifts, Art Station is also a retail store, offering art supplies and custom framing services.