The Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom more than lives up to the splendor suggested by its name. When the new owner and management took over the downtown Greenwich ballroom, they completely redecorated it in the opulent style of the Regency period. Today, its expansive wooden floor hosts private lessons and group classes in dance styles such as salsa, foxtrot, rumba, and Argentine tango. Arthur Murray's renowned teaching system is designed to help students develop a strong foundation in two to four dances. Instructors emphasize the three most important elements of dancing—step patterns, timing, and leading or following—and make sure that their students are having fun at every twist and turn.
At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts?the ancient predecessor of all martial arts?they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.
At Sportsplex, lines of gleaming strength and conditioning machines stand ready to help exercisers transform their bodies. When clients aren't lifting dumbbells and bars or swimming in a pool that uses the chlorine-free SaltPure system, they can work out with personal trainers or in small-group Group Jamz sessions, or play squash on the on-site courts.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Among the three of them, the coaches at Stamford Fencing Center possess 10 Ukrainian national fencing championships, more than 50 years of training, and one stint as head coach of the Ukrainian saber team at the 2000 Olympics. The team uses this expertise to advocate for the growth of fencing and develop budding fencers into superstars. Beginners focus on footwork and blade work, developing noticeable improvements in hand-eye coordination, balance, quickness, and ability to fend off everyday attacks from aggressive knitters. Additionally, the sport provides excellent cardiovascular exercise, helping to increase stamina and improve overall health.
Punching bags are inherently rebellious creatures. That’s why for the last 20 years, YB World Taekwondo Academy has been keeping them in check with a dynamic array of martial-arts classes. The school’s skilled instructors offer safe, contact and no-contact sessions, ideal for teaching hand-eye coordination and self-defense while students scorch calories. What's more, all tae kwon do classes are overseen by Grandmaster Kim, who claims more than 32 years of martial-arts experience. The schedule is diverse, with classes for adults and children of all skill levels.