The instructors at Black Belt Academy stress practical results, with many classes geared toward teaching children and adults real-world self-defense skills. In addition to krav maga classes in this vein, the academy offers high-energy cardio kickboxing workouts and grappling lessons that blend wrestling, judo, and Brazilian jujitsu.
At Village Green Miniature Golf, dimpled orbs roll along two different 18-hole courses. As a reward for executing perfect putts and remembering the words to the Happy Birthday song during a friend's party, visitors can gorge on pizza, soda, and ice cream sandwiches.
The Ballet Center, Ballet Long Island, and The Theater Company all share one space and one mission: to provide opportunities for all people to experience the art of performance. Seasoned dance instructors lead 38 different types of dance classes in preparation for performances in the studio, with ballet and theater companies, and at the Islip Town Hall West recital. Classes train toes to pas de basque in beginners classes for youth through professional-level pointe classes, and contemporary styles such as modern and hip-hop infuse choreography with vivacious rhythms and full-body flutters. Small class sizes ensure students can progress quickly with individual instruction, and a floating dance floor set on high-density foam absorbs shocks and reduces the chances of injury from attempting a triple salchow sans ice skates. As a nonprofit, The Ballet Center directs its funds to make it possible for community members to learn dance through scholarships and low tuition fees.
For 25 years, instructors at Julie's Gym have been guiding kids and teens through noncompetitive curricula. Gymnastics classes and teams abound, but the school also features baby and toddler play groups, tumbling, and karate. There are even fitness classes for grownups. Private and group lessons, camps, and birthday parties at Julie's Gym blend fun, fitness, and education in a supportive environment.
Kickboxing.com represents a conglomeration of schools from all around the world, including locations in America, Japan, Singapore, and the Dominican Republic. They focus on high-quality training from different disciplines of martial arts that range from kenpo karate to capoeira and taekwondo. Each school combines the art of kicking with the basis of Western boxing to create devastating combinations that use every limb.
Michael Rosati began studying karate in Japan in 1972, learning the shorin ryu method under numerous high-profile coaches, including Ansei Ueshiro, who helped bring karate to the United States. Rosati became a coach too, leading the US World Cup karate team from 1993 to 1994. He now teaches self-defense, strength, and flexibility to men, women, and kids at Rosati System of Martial Arts. He also draws on his years in the US Marine Corps and as a codeveloper of a defensive-tactics program for the New York Police Department and SWAT team to develop his studio's krav maga classes. Krav maga classes combine a variety of elements including self-defense and fitness and help its students further develop core strength.
Alfred Pena founded Rhythmology to bring an in-depth study of rhythm and dance to the public. Along with a team of experienced instructors, Alfred enlightens minds and bodies in various Latin dance styles including salsa, bachata, merengue, west coast swing, flamenco, international latin, and hustle.
Rhythmology spreads the words and beats of dance via students and semipro dance teams and stays in touch with the Latin community with Latin parties throughout the area. Alfred still maintains a career as a professional competitive salsa dancer, and was featured in Prince Royce’s music video of “Stand by Me”. Additionally, he is the current U.S. bachata champion, the U.S. salsa runner-up champion, and a finalist in scores of world salsa championships.