For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
The elegant steppers of Arts & Rhythm Ballroom Dance Studio teach students of all ages and skill levels to sway and swing. Owner Irene Torres and dance director Carmen Torres, together with other instructors, boast a wealth of ballroom dancing and teaching experience, as well as the ability to touch their toes to their eyes. The team shares the steps of a variety of styles, such as swing, tango, fox trot, waltz, rumba, cha cha, merengue, itchy lizard, and more in a safe, comfortable studio. The center's welcoming philosophy demands neither a partner nor previous dancing experience.
Muggivan School of Irish Dance owner and certified Irish-dance teacher Joni Muggivan tutored under the instruction of world-renowned dancer Paul Tinen and has since relayed her craft to aspiring prancers of the traditional Irish dance. Put up your foot dukes in Muggivan's Intro to Irish Dance classes, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Cut a languid rug with the Slow Jig step, or high-kick your way to Ireland with the Hornpipe step. Joni's pupils are trained in competitive-style Irish dancing so that they may go on to represent Louisiana on the local or international stage. Past Muggivan disciplines have performed at the Irish Channel's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
Grand Master Tommy Cheng comes to New Orleans by way of Hong Kong and brings more than 60 years of martial-arts knowledge. At NOLA Kung Fu with Sifu Tommy, his specialty is kung fu with a strong tai-chi influence. The gym has four convenient locations, and each offers a flexible schedule of classes. Beginners can hone form, more advanced fighters can increase agility, and they all can more readily defend themselves against armed opponents or aggressive kangaroos.
After Frankie Cheek discovered segway tours while visiting Italy, he decided to start his own company in his native New Orleans. When he was boarding a plane back home, Hurricane Katrina struck, redirecting him to Louisiana’s grandfather country: France. While exploring Paris in the wake of the devastating tragedy back home, Cheek drew inspiration for his future segway tours—he was resolved, according to his website, to "help a city rich in history move forward while riding the most high-tech transporter available." Since returning to New Orleans, he’s led daily segway adventures, whirring groups of sightseers around the French Quarter, the riverfront, and Jackson Square with the ease, maneuverability, and safety-minded attitude of a cool biker gang. Plus, through a partnership with other tour companies, Cheek can also guide guests through swamps, plantations, and supposedly haunted locales.