The resident experts at Beads Amore impart the intricacies of beading in classes for all skill levels. From the fundamentals of stringing and design to wire working and project-specific lessons, classes cover a wide spectrum of jewelry-related topics. Each class takes place inside Beads Amore's shop, which practically overflows with exotic and semi-precious stone beads. The jewelry artists teach with beads made of everything from pewter to gems, and lessons cover silversmithing and using beads to accentuate lamps or your cat’s tail.
Knitting Off Broadway supplies a wide variety of yarn and knitting supplies to experienced fiber-twisters and amateur cloth-conjurers alike. With today's deal, Knitting Off Broadway's staff of webbing wizards, who boast more than 100 years of combined knitting experience, will teach the basics of the craft in a one-hour private lesson ($30). Knitters will also receive one skein of Rowan cotton rope (a $10 value) for use during the lesson. Private lessons teach yarn-yearners the ins and outs of knitting, including how to cast on and create knit and purl stitches, so they can start creating scarves, mittens, and ribbed kitten golems in no time. With your newfound knitting skills, you'll be able to join the neighborhood knitting society and start churning out enough thick wool sweaters and cotton stockings to swaddle an entire army of chilly babies. Pupils will thrive within Knitting Off Broadway's sun-soaked storefront, where colorful balls of yarn peacefully wait for their inevitable transformation into one of Joseph's amazing technicolored dreamcoats. Find an outlet for your constantly swaying hands and put a rocking chair to good use with today's Groupon to Knitting Off Broadway.
Through his camera lens, Fritz Mortl captures the beauty of architecture, from a building's exterior to the finer points of its interior design. He shoots commercial and residential spaces for real-estate agents, who can then use the photographs to market properties. Aside from real-estate work through Mortlimaging, Mortl has shot photos featured in newspapers and magazines, and some of his work has shown up on television.
Professional clicker Eileen Keenan guides pupils through the basics of using their DSLR cameras and bringing their vision for artistic images to life during two-hour introductory workshops. Keenan teaches her students to bend light and photogenic spoons to their will by revealing the secrets of camera's photo-perfecting mechanisms such as aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. A group of 15 or fewer students bonds with their cameras as they coordinate the three techniques to properly expose images and then manipulate them for desired visual effect. Budding shutterbugs spend the final 30 minutes of class actively practicing what they’ve learned about balance, composition, and capturing fairies on film as they venture forth to work their shutters under the instructor’s watchful eye. Students must provide their own DSLRs.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or cha-cha. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Venezuelan-born Cesar Acosta worked a slew of jobs—including in construction and a pizza restaurant—before finding his niche as a licensed Zumba fitness instructor. He and a staff of instructors guide students through over 20 fitness classes every week. Zumba and Zumba Toning—are set to catchy international beats. The studio also features another dance-oriented class called Back It Up, which includes modified dances from popular music videos with hip-hop and krump dance moves. Insanity, Pilates Barre, Piloxing, and PiYo round out the variety of sweat-inducing classes.