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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Riders at MPR Farms enjoy access to an irrigated riding arena composed of beach sand and rubber—impervious to freezing in the cold and dust in the heat—and miles of state trails just beyond the property's borders. They'll learn in a wide variety of disciplines, too, taking their choice from hunting, jumping, and equitation during personalized lessons that assist in attaining goals, whether that means competing in shows or evolving polo into baseball on horses.