Clad in fatigues and soaking in sweat, the denizens of Pure Power Boot Camp lift logs, climb walls, and navigate obstacle courses. If it sounds like military boot camp, that's no accident; each of the drill instructors are current or former military members. Presided over by Lauren Brenner?who became a personal trainer at 16 before playing Division I tennis and working as a trainer for the Syracuse men's basketball team?each instructor leads a platoon that trains together multiple times per week. Pure Power Boot Camp's boot-camp training is ideal for adventure races like Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash as it incorporates real obstacles and situations. After their initial training, members can enroll in maintenance courses that help them keep their new bodies in shape and offer an excuse to see the climbing wall with which they fell in love.
Within a 20,000-square-foot facility, Active Kidz hosts a panoply of interactive games and hands-on physical activities to excite, entertain, and exercise daring youngsters. Enter the 4,500-square-foot laser tag arena for a doubleheader of wave-particle conflict. Teams battle evil robots and each other in the setting of a post-apocalyptic future where only the strongest of vests survive. Alternately, exploring pairs climb into the adventure maze, a four-level labyrinth sporting tunnels, bridges, and a minotaur that has remained tangled in the web-climb for untold eons. More than 40 play elements exercise pint-sized imaginations, while two slides teach kids the thrill of gravitational velocity. Two $10 arcade cards give access to the non-redemption games in the room of digital diversions, and triumphs are toasted with bubbly sodas.
What was once Lil's Dancing School has now transformed into The Studio Dance & Pilates, thanks to a longtime Lil's teacher, June Coppola. Her lifelong journey with dance began at age 4, and after 23 years of teaching at Lil's, she got the chance to take it over and realize her dream of owning her own studio. Now, a multitude of experienced teachers, including a core group that has danced together for more than 25 years, lead classes in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary dance for dancers of all ages. Coppola has also incorporated Pilates, yoga, and Zumba into the class offerings, giving her clients a chance to both hone their dance skills and tone their bodies.
Given the knowledge and experience that comes from long careers in the NHL, AHL, and IHL—not to mention Peter's spot on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team—the identical Ferraro twins know what they're doing when it comes to ice hockey. Whether playing for the Rangers or simply conquering a big old meatball sub, the duo shares every experience—and now, they plan to open a state-of-the-art 85,000-square-foot hockey facility in the fall of 2013. Equipped with two NHL regulation rinks, an outdoor recreational rink, and a partnership with the Long Island Gulls and the New York Bobcats, the new facility will host camps and clinics for youth and adult hockey players.
It seems like everyone has played the stage at Tilles Center. Past performers include Yo-Yo Ma, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill Cosby, and even a full-size dragon—or at least a puppet version of one. But not all of their bigger acts come from afar. The venue also plays home to local artistic heroes such as the Long Island Philharmonic, the Eglevsky Ballet, and an all-dragon chamber quartet.