The Art of Fitness helps people fitten and flexibilify their bodies with diverse classes, including traditional Pilates programs, ballet, Zumba, and more. The Pilates mat class draws from Joseph Pilates’s delectable trail mix of martial arts, yoga, boxing, and gymnastics to grant bodies extra strength and length while focusing on spinal mobility, and the Zumba class Zumblasts calories to the mesmerizing beats of Latin music. A burlesquercise class, open to females only, leads its students through a fun, theatrical workout that closes with a dance routine known as the “bump and grind.”
Among the artistic beliefs held by Resobox founder Fumio Tashiro, not all Japanese art has to be made in Japan. As he has experienced it, Japanese art can be made by Japanese expats such as himself, foreigners inspired by Japanese culture, or students in Resobox’s classes, which teach Japanese arts such as ink painting and manga cartooning. Tashiro, a composer and stand-up bassist, encourages collaboration between artists in all these categories within his space, often becoming a breeding ground for art projects that start conversations on Japan or evoke its culture. Resobox also honors the country with classes in classical dances and iaido, the art of wielding a samurai sword correctly rather than just braiding it into your hair. The house café’s offerings also showcase Japanese cuisine, with bento boxes of broiled and salted yellowtail, stir-fried shrimp, inari sushi, and other delicacies, plus Japanese Nel Drip Coffee crafted with flannel filters.
For the staff at Cathy's Dance Studio, dance instruction is about more than just perfecting a tap routine or executing a proper pas de chat. It's also about building character. Each session encourages young people to bond, gain confidence, and form enduring friendships in a noncompetitive environment. This has been a part of the school's mission ever since Miss Cathy Dooley founded it in 1956, with the aim of sharing the joy of dance with aspiring students throughout Queens. Under the direction of Miss Michelle–who studied under such legends as Gregory Hines and Brenda Bufalino–this tradition continues. For over 57 years, the studio's combination of quality instruction and friendly atmosphere has earned it accolades from sources from tap legend Charles "Honi" Coles to Mayor Bloomberg. Students commute from all five boroughs to attend its ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap classes and show off cutting-edge moves at an extravagant year-end gala performance.
Though the staff at Super Kickers focuses on teaching children the basics of soccer, their efforts don't end with sports instruction. In addition to leading youth in soccer-focused activities in the seasonal indoor and outdoor sessions of their youth soccer program, they also conduct an after-school club that merges physical activity with music and arts. And as an after-school program alternative, the staff also helms a series of Flex Pass programs spanning music and crafts. Children might make art using paints, marshmallows, and shaving cream, learn to sight-read and play the piano, join in yoga-centric imagination games, or practice keeping rhythm and melody with singing, tambourines, and egg shakers. Additionally, during summer and holiday camps, coaches and teachers lead children in indoor or outdoor soccer games, as well as other seasonal activities such as music and dance, yoga, crafts, martial arts, and bounce house time.
At Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE's events, culinary experts share some of their favorite things to eat and sip. Many of NYCWFF's hosts are acclaimed chefs with beloved television shows: attendees may rub elbows with the likes of Rebel Eats' Justin Warner and Andrew Zimmern of Bizarre Foods . At the festival's Groupon-exclusive events, they can also broaden their palates through a range of experiences, including tastings, cocktail parties, and gourmet food fights between celebrity chefs. It's for a good cause, too: 100% of the NYCWFF's net proceeds go directly to Share Our Strength?s No Kid Hungry? campaign and Food Bank For New York City.
Heart and Soul of Yoga’s teachers believe that the most effective yoga practices are tailored to the individual, a goal they seek to achieve by limiting every class to a maximum of six students. Each instructor has put in 500 hours to become certified in ISHTA, a school of yoga that combines physical, energetic, and healing yoga practices to meet a wide range of specific needs. Instructors recommend modified poses for those with injuries and lead prenatal classes that gently guide women through the physical stresses of motherhood. Heart and Soul of Yoga also recognizes yoga's ability to affect the mind and offers workshops that help students reconnect with their chakras or figure out whether they can actually read other people's thoughts.