The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Wading through indoor heated pools, the instructors at British Swim School teach independent swimming skills to learners aged 3 months and older, adhering to a curriculum devised by British national swimmer Rita Goldberg. The 30-minute one-on-one sessions and small-group lessons, containing six or fewer swimmers, elucidate essential techniques for water safety and the importance of speaking fluent manatee. Swimboree (ages 3 months–3 years with parents) and Young Minnows sessions (ages 1–3 years without parents) teach wee swimmers basic water-survival skills, such as the back float. Turtle One and Turtle Two classes focus on freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke maneuvers, honing more structured swimming skills in older kiddos. British Swim School's Shark courses enhance stamina and speed and teach even more demanding strokes, such as the butterfly and little-known mountain-goat flail. Certain British Swim School classes require parents to participate in the water or to supervise from the pool deck, and adults-only lessons allow grown-ups to refine their own abilities without the supervision of a toddler.
For students as young as 5, Human Horizons Art School and Gallery is a place to let their artistic flags fly. During oil-painting and drawing classes, instructors work with pupils of all ages and experience levels, whether fostering a fledgling painter or helping more focused students develop cohesive portfolios for magnet programs. Setting up at easels or along the community tables, artists choose the subject matter of each composition.
It's never too early for music. Crescendo Music Center gets kids started with their introduction to music class which teaches youngsters aged 3–5 the basics of reading notes, melodies, and time notation. Kids with a little more music under their belt can refine their skills in private lessons or during ensemble jams. To make sure students get the chance to hone their performance skills as well, the center holds regular recitals. These concerts give kids the chance to perform for mom and dad and to practice lighting their instrument on fire after the encore.
Celebrity School of Beauty might sound like a place that's all about fun and glamour, but it's a serious institution, with nationally accredited beauty programs led by a president with a PhD in higher education. That's not to say students don't have fun there?they pursue courses in whatever they're passionate about, whether it's cosmetology, makeup artistry, or massage. And then they practice their newfound skills at the onsite Celebrity Salon & Spa, where clients receive discounted services from students who are supervised by licensed educators and the ghosts of previously cut hairs.
A dull thud shakes the padded floor as Ronny Lindsay drops a barbell after demonstrating squat thrusters to his student. All around him trainers bellow motivation, and the air is damp with the sweat of men and women of all ages powering through the workout of the day. This scenario plays out daily for Bruno and his team of trainers, each of whom holds at least a CrossFit Level 1 trainer certification and listens to a soundtrack of workout grunts on a loop before bed.
The trainers introduce exercisers to CrossFit gradually. They start by teaching On Ramp fundamentals classes and then roll out the workout of the day, which typically includes a nonstop sequence of exercises such as sprints, lunges, and pull-ups. Aside from the daily workout, the trainers oversee a specialized CrossFit Football program, which was created with guidance from an actual professional football veteran.