The party host kept snapping shots, instantly uploading each picture onto his television. It was the early 1990s, and to T.J. Gillespie?who had dabbled in photography until breaking a lens and camera?digital photography seemed like a magic trick. T.J. now teaches that magic trick, using a full-frame Nikon D600, to students during three-hour group or freeform one-on-one sessions. He emphasizes hands-on practice over long lectures, harnessing his teaching experience from years as a full-time computer-software instructor to patiently guide pupils through locating and adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. By spending time outdoors, T.J.'s apprentices discover how to work around various light conditions and how to capture subjects in focus while the background is out of focus.
Mambo Con Cache owner Brian Anthony spreads his fiery brand of salsa up and down the East Coast with studios in South Florida and New York. Set to the pulsating beat of Latin music, his classes keep students swiveling and sliding across the studios' spacious hardwood dance floors. Though Anthony brings his background in hip-hop footwork to the classes he teaches in Hollywood and Coconut Creek, his heart belongs to the salsa music he fell in love with early in his career. Whether popping in for a group class or a more intimate private lesson, students quickly grow confident as they practice the fundamentals of salsa by side-stepping with partners or high-kicking piñatas strewn about the studio.
Every day, MIY Ceramics' spacious art studio begets a kaleidoscope of one-of-a-kind masterpieces made by students and staffers alike. With a bevy of supplies for crafting pottery, glass pieces, and jewelry, artists of every level can discover a new passion or hone existing skills under the trained guidance of the studio's helpful attendants and in-house Greek muses.
Yoga One houses a team of friendly, experienced yogites who help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized. Hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara classes are offered throughout the week for beginners through advanced practitioners, ensuring that patrons of all experience levels can find a comfortable place to pose. The various classes are packed with a multitude of benefits that will help students subdue snappy muscles, relieve stiffness and pain, increase flexibility and strength, or prepare for future laser-limboing cat burglars.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.