Total Nails and Hair Academy is a beauty school that offers salon and spa services to clients that are performed by soon-to-be-stylists. Here, licensed aestheticians and therapists carefully watch over students as they snip chic hairstyles, pamper hands and feet with spa mani-pedis, and provide healing massages. Come in for a relaxing facial, or have an electrolysis session for permanently fuzz-free skin.
Dance Unlimited's graceful gurus nurture students' passion for rhythm and movement, schooling soft-shoers of all experience levels in a positive atmosphere. Taught by Dr. Nicole Rothman, the aerobic-dance hybrid Zumba class (Wednesdays, 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.) makes hearts race to the tunes and rhythms of Latin music, like a dog-sled team driven by a Mariachi band. The Ballroom/Latin class (Wednesdays, 8:15 p.m.–9:15 p.m.) alternates instruction on salsa, samba, tango, and cha-cha with swing, waltz, and other footwork favorites. Couples are welcome, but for those not living buddy-cop fantasies, a partner isn't necessary. Groupon customers are free to take all six of their lessons in a single category, or mix, match, and even take both on the same night. Bring appropriate floor-pounding footwear and call ahead to reserve your spot.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
Coach Mo prides himself on his ability to adapt workouts to suit any age, background, or fitness level. To make good on his goal, he offers a variety of programs such as Athletic FitCamp for athletes aged 10–18, MaxFitOne small-group training, and one-on-one personal training.
At Craft Gallery, professional teaching artists cater a variety of classes and workshops to mold students into matter-manipulating virtuosos. The gallery's small class sizes allow instructors to work with each sculpting scholar during the hands-on sessions. In the hand-built-clay workshop (Tuesdays or Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., reservations required), students will discover firing fundamentals while coercing stubborn lumps of clay to take various shapes with the use of secret massage techniques. The full hour includes a demonstration, instruction, clay, tools, and bisque-kiln firing. The fused-glass jewelry class (Thursdays, 1—2 p.m.) enables students to create their own colorful pendants, earrings, and monocles, and the paint-your-own-pottery sessions (Tuesdays–Saturdays, 12–3 p.m.) expose terra-cotta trainees to the art of glazing figurines, bowls, and mugs with personalized designs or subliminal pictures of cats.
Bindu guides yogis of all levels through daily classes that strengthen and restore bodies and calm bustling brains. Bindu specializes in Vinyasa yoga, a practice that streams muscle and breath movement into one continuous flow. During Divine Play Vinyasa sessions, disciplined contractions, extensions, and alignments awaken life-force energy and the ability to channel soft-serve through ordinary drinking fountains. Vinyasa concludes in the relaxation pose shavasana, known less poetically as corpse pose, wherein yogis simulate the proud posture of dead presidents. Bindu's eight yoga masters also lead therapeutic Viniyoga and athletic Ashtanga classes that align and restore wayward muscles to their rightful places. Sessions range from 60–90 minutes.