Trapeze School New York Beantown's instructors marry exercise and art as they teach trapeze calisthenics to aerial athletes of all skill levels, winning praise and coverage from publications such as the New York Times, Huffington Post, Boston Herald, and Wall Street Journal. Their skilled instructors team up with students to safely defy gravity during aerial classes, party packages, and kids' summer camps, which span airborne disciplines such as flying trapeze and silks to nonairborne skills such as juggling and underwater tightrope walking. The school fuels communication within the high-flying community through a digital discussion group and special events. Additionally, TSNY's nonprofit community-outreach branch donates flying-trapeze instruction to underprivileged people and supports the arts and sciences through fundraising events.
On Friday nights at Crosby Whistle Stop dance hall, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing’s Central’s weekly social dances. Sometimes it’s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it’s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it’s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
Influenced by dance trends from Europe to Latin America, the staff at SuperShag Dance Studios splits its time between three Boston-area spaces filled with dancing poles, yoga mats, and custom sound systems. Founder Chris Johnston—who won several amateur Latin dance championships as a kid in Ireland and was named a World Class adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America—carefully amassed his talented troupe of teachers from dance schools around the world and from Fred Astaire’s botched attempts to clone himself. During private and group lessons, they spice up Latin-, ballroom-, and pole-dance numbers with an urban twist heavily influenced by British Dancesport, and ready students for competitions.
Formed by a pack of game-changing new comedians, The Comedy Studio's casual laugh lab hosts both acclaimed funny people and fresh faces. The jam-packed schedule ensures plenty of opportunities to take in a show. The 8 p.m. shows break up the monotony of a chaotic workweek but end early enough (10 p.m.) to curb next-day exhaustion. Seating is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. The all-ages facility provides a funny-bone-fondling venue for blind dates, out-of-town visitors, or disgruntled neighbors.
Since 1844, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, former home of such dignitaries as Theodore Roosevelt and Jack Lemmon, has stirred laugher with its long-standing tradition of brow-raising productions penned by students. For its 164th presentation, the Pudding players attack the fabric of the space-time continuum with a gigantic holepuncher of satire in There Will Be Flood. Space cowgirl Lauren Forcement leads a scallywag crew of time travelers on a mission to thwart an ancient prophecy before the world becomes a waterpark of the posthumous. Along its zillion-year journey to save humanity, the gang encounters punny prehistorical cutups such as caveman Homer Erectus, dinosaur Tyra Nassaurus, and Mayan deity Paco Lips. Fraught with Pudding’s undergraduate enthusiasm and tradition of cross-dressing burlesque, There Will Be Flood gorges guffaws from audiences and wounded howls from defrauded historians.
A joint effort of the inmates of the Improv Asylum theater and the soon-to-be unleashed comedy club Laugh Boston, the Legends of Boston Comedy New Year’s Eve show offers a knee-slapping alternative to televised events and auld lang sighing. Set in the historic confines of Plymouth Memorial Hall, laughs reverberate and glasses clink in celebratory toasts as favorite veteran comics of the Boston scene let loose with ribald punch lines.