The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe-tapper Fred Astaire himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic ballroom and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or tango. Apprentice foot flashers will develop their skills and confidence in two private lessons before entering a group dance party, during which they'll trip the light fantastic with fellow students without tripping on the light itself.
Stacy Plaske, founder and owner of Balance Yoga & Healing Arts, nurtures an environment of self-discovery and holistic health with a team of alternative-health professionals and the experience she accrued over 10 years of teaching Ashtanga-style yoga. Stacy hones her understanding of the challenging yoga modality through constant study and yearly pilgrimages to India, where she studies Ashtanga’s self-guided counterpart, Mysore. Bolstered by a staff of instructors, Stacy helms a schedule of athletic Ashtanga, flowing Vinyasa, and alignment-focused Iyengar classes. Instructors accommodate students of all skill levels by suggesting modified poses, and ease less flexible attendees into stretches by affixing helium balloons to students' limbs. The center’s professional massage therapists use relaxing or restorative modalities to soothe overstressed muscles, and an on-staff acupuncturist frees up the body's blocked energy pathways with a combination of precise needle placement and Chinese herbal medicine.
With an arsenal of treadmills and weight-training equipment at their disposal, the personal trainers and fitness instructors at Gym 33 help clients reach their personal fitness goals. One-on-one training tailors fitness regimens to each member's needs, whether their goals include strength training or improving cardiovascular health. The gym further caters to clients' busy schedules with flexible hours and childcare.
Within Sole Pilates & Yoga’s beet-red walls, instructors lead small groups of students through rigorous postures on Pilates reformer machines. With just five machines in their studio, the instructors can ensure that each student benefits from personal adjustments and individual attention. The machines' pulleys, bars, and sliding carriages add extra resistance to traditional Pilates postures, testing students' strength against their own body weight to develop lean, toned muscles. In addition to the Pilates reformer, the instructors lead mat Pilates classes to carve strong core muscles, and yoga sessions that flow through strength- and relaxation-inducing poses, resulting in enough flexibility and body control to squeeze into a milk carton.
A lifelong wrestler and athlete, Jordan Stump founded CrossFit Farmingdale to share the techniques that keep him in top shape with a new crop of fitness seekers. Despite his competitive background, you're more likely to find him with a tractor tire around his neck than a gold medal, sweating alongside his students in his fully equipped gym. In addition to the ever-mutating CrossFit workout, he also teaches kettlebell classes, endurance training, and soft tissue and mobility classes.