Rocking out in front of an ecstatic crowd is every musician's dream. For students of all ages and skill levels at Rockaway Arts Academy, it comes true twice a year, when the academy hosts recitals inside a 400-seat auditorium. To ready pupils for the spotlight, instructors with extensive backgrounds in teaching and performing customize lessons around each student's goals and favorite musical styles. Along with private instruction for instruments such as guitar, piano, and drums, teachers gather their students for group sessions that range from music-theory tutorials to rock-band classes.
In addition to housing a show room full of discounted pianos, violins, guitars, and other new instruments, B Natural Pianos and Music School is home to a cadre of teachers who illuminate burgeoning musicians from the tender age of 3. Instructors hold a bachelor’s degree in music in one hand while playing their instrument of choice with the other. They lead private and group lessons on more than a dozen instruments, such as piano, guitar, and tamed guitarfish. The music school also teaches voice.
With more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment and numerous strength machines, the Rockaway branch of World Gym upholds the franchise's relentless tradition of providing comprehensive fitness. Each device in the cardio stable is hooked up to a personal cable TV. Conversely, a bevy of tanning beds help clients obtain a healthy glow to match their burgeoning biceps. Instructors lead a medley of aerobics and yoga classes, and personal trainers help members to craft their own custom fitness plans.
The instructors at Prana Yoga Center help visitors connect with the mind, body, and spirit through yoga and Pilates classes inside an elegant studio. A peaceful sanctuary that was voted Best Yoga Studio by readers of Morris/Essex Health & Life, Prana Yoga Center’s practice space emulates Hindu culture with rustic tile and wood details, mottled orange and yellow walls, and a tranquil golden icon. Classes range from gentle, meditative sessions to advanced sequences, including twists, arm balances, and back bends, most of which do not require students to have rubber skeletons. The studio also hosts events such as introductory workshops, guest instructors, candlelight yoga, and special mommy-and-me classes.
Corks pop and spirits flow at Eastcoast School of Bartending, where students learn the tricks of the trade in a realistic environment. When not busy in the classroom, students man an actual a 35-foot U-shaped bar stocked with more than 250 bottles, bar utensils, and more than 200 glasses of varying types ready to aid on the journey to bartending mastery. Eastcoast’s instructors cover all areas of the craft, including drink recipes, customer service, alcohol awareness, and how to memorize every regular’s favorite cartoon character. After completing the course, students receive a graduation license approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and recognized in all 50 states. Eastcoast also offers graduates free job-placement services and refresher training for life.
Even though the year 2000 left the world bereft of jetpack-tuxedos, the staff of World Class Driving still believes in a merger of high class and high speeds. They have amassed a collection of 20 supercars—all owned, none rented—through which they share their enthusiasm for velocity with America. Patrons sign up for drives on open roads and racetracks, piloting recent models from Ferrari, Bentley, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Lamborghini. Surrounded by the scarlet shell of a Ferrari 458 Italia, for example, they can propel themselves to 60 miles per hour in a scorching 3.4 seconds.
Although swiftness remains a key element of its creed, the company doesn't shirk on style: steering a Bentley Continental GT, according to the website, is "like driving a very powerful, very deluxe English drawing room." Each car also has an immersive aural component, from the "basso profundo" of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren's side pipes to the adorable mewing of the Jaguar XKR-S as it repeatedly drives over a ball of yarn.
The US Tour XL permits participants to zoom down 120 miles of public road in five of these exotic vehicles by setting up checkpoints along the route. In Las Vegas, customers drive four types of cars during a scenic trip to the Hoover Dam or take out a trio around Red Rock Canyon. The 360 Track Experience, on the other hand, indulges adrenaline cravings with a day of Ferrari Challenge racing at various professional tracks.
Curves is a fitness center designed exclusively for women. Redeem your Groupon at one of the 21 participating locations. Each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals. The value of this Groupon also includes a one time $99 service fee.