Inside The Legacy Art Studio, there's an extensive library of art books, reference materials, and biographies of iconic artists. It's fitting, then, that the studio was built on the disciplines and technical skills passed on through art history, and found in the pages of those books, all without discounting contemporary methods.
In 2004, founder Nilda Maria Comas decided to pick up where ancient Greek sculptors and Renaissance painters left off. The Puerto Rican?born master artist rooted her studio in academic training, and speaks the universal languages of drawing, painting, and sculpture?along with Spanish, English, Italian, and French. When she's not leading students on educational journeys abroad, Nilda can be found at her Fort Lauderdale studio teaching others how to paint masterpieces, sculpt lifelike creations, or draw the winning lottery numbers.
In a small 900-square-foot space, a group of dedicated wrestlers forged a signature method of Brazilian jujitsu training in the heat of Boca Raton. They called themselves simply the American Top Team. They conquered regional tournaments, dominated state showdowns, and ultimately sent team member after team member to the UFC to show off their stuff. Their students won accolades?and fights?and the school grew. Now, the organization provides advanced martial-arts training in Brazilian jujitsu, MMA, muay thai, and more from 60 different martial-arts academies.
Segway Fort Lauderdale owner Johnathan Rosen views Segways as about as simple to get the hang of as walking (he's seen clients ages 5 to 92 master them). On these jaunts of Fort Lauderdale, groups roll through scenic areas, visit piers, and take optional jaunts down back alleys. There, they can try out their Segways' top speed?roughly 12.5 mph, about as fast as a cheetah wearing substantial ankle weights. As participants roll along, guides can share tidbits about the comings and goings of area celebrities in the area and the Segway's history. There's also plenty of time for participants to talk amongst themselves while a company photographer snaps complimentary action shots.
Benefiting Covenant House Florida, A Night of Broadway Stars raises money to help homeless youth during an elegant evening of cuisine, drinks, and music. Festivities kick off with a reception that immerses guests in luxury, replete with gourmet dinner stations and premium cocktails served in top hats. Live and silent auctions give attendees the opportunity to bid on autographed celebrity pictures, glitzy jewelry, and a seven-night voyage with Azamara Club Cruises. After taking seats in the Amaturo Theater, audiences scramble to put out sparks from the vocal fireworks of such Broadway celebrities as Jesus Christ Superstar leading man Danny Zolli and longtime Jekyll & Hyde star Rob Evan.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
The intimate venue known today as City Theatre opened its doors in 1993 as the Second City Detroit. Renamed in 2004, the space still hews to the comedy troupe’s mission with a packed schedule of thigh-slapping theatrical performances. The stage is located inside the Hockeytown Café, where the entertainment is supplemented by a menu of beer, buffalo wings, and deep-fried pucks.