At Step II Dance Center, the teachers help to transform their students into polished performers with an array of classes, laying the foundations for future dancers, singers, and actors. They teach students as young as 3 and as old as 82 to move their bodies in styles such as ballet, soft shoe Irish dance, and hip-hop, as well as in theater dance, which students put to use as they star in renditions of musicals such as 42nd Street and Annie. Independent filmmakers and companies such as Forman Mills have hosted auditions for commercials and movies at Step II Dance Center, giving students a chance to break out in the business without plastering their headshots all over a film producer's cartons of milk.
As a member of Black Belt Schools International, Karate 4 Kidz of Newtown offers kids, adults, and teens the latest in self-defense techniques and exercise science. Chief instructor Jay Cruz has been training internationally in martial arts for more than 25 years and uses his knowledge and experience to help build students' confidence and physical abilities. Cruz specializes in muay thai and other types of kickboxing, and he also offers resistance-band classes, karate for kids as young as 3, and sessions designed for special-needs children.
• For $32, you get two Thunder hats, concessions, and two tickets to the game against the Erie SeaWolves on Monday, July 18, at 7:05 p.m. (up to a $78 total value). • For $32, you get two Thunder hats, concessions, and two tickets to the game against the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Thursday, July 28, at 7:05 p.m. (up to a $78 total value).
If Bruce Lee watched a class at East Coast Academy of Martial Arts, he might smile as he observed instructor Michele Thompson teach his signature style of jun fan gung fu. Michele teams up with Dave Shrank and Scott Gray—who specialize in niche styles such as maphilindo silat—to help students learn in an authentic setting. They also specialize in other unique martial arts, such as Filipino kali and Chinese wing chun, as well as yoga classes and sessions for children and women.
Israeli Krav Maga teaches law enforcement officers, military trainees, and ordinary citizens to use combat skills originally developed for the Israeli defense forces and modified for civilian self-defense. Having trained under krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld, Grandmaster Haim Gidon now oversees the instructors he has trained and certified. Some of Gidon's instructors––who have military and law enforcement experience––have been featured in USA Today and on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News, and have even trained celebrities such as John Mayer, whose guitar has been known to pick fights with him. These faculty members teach krav maga with a focus on empowering students while helping them to develop awareness, and life-saving skills.