Ballet Long Island, a nonprofit professional ballet company that focuses on bringing affordable ballet performances to its community, has been doing just that since 1985. The consummate dancers, many of whom have studied in the organization’s training and education programs, unleash performances throughout the year across several stages, from Disney-themed shows such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to original numbers.
"The finest blade stays in the scabbard." It might seem counterintuitive to relate this mantra to a sword-fighting technique, but it rules the Iaido sword combat class at Okami Dojo. That's because the most important aspect of Iaido is avoiding bloodshed altogether. When combat is inevitable, Iaido teaches practitioners to control each movement precisely: removal of sword from scabbard, strike, wiping the blade clean, and re-sheathing it.
Along with Iaido, the dojo's instructors also teach another Japanese-born martial art: jujutsu. Through forceful pins, locks, and throws, a jujutsu practitioner can incapacitate an armed opponent with ease.
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.
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.
Michael Rosati now teaches self-defense, strength, and flexibility through Krav Maga to men, women, and children at Smithtown Krav Maga. He also draws on his years in the US Marine Corps and as a codeveloper of a defensive-tactics program for the New York Police Department and SWAT team to develop his studio's krav maga classes. Krav maga classes combine a variety of elements, including self-defense and fitness, and help its students further develop core strength.
Classic blue-and-red mats span from wall to mirror-covered wall inside Wards ATA Martial Arts. That room is where kids and adults alike convene while wearing crisp white uniforms cinched at the waist with colorful belts. Students learn martial-arts techniques, including tae kwon do and karate.