Muggivan School of Irish Dance owner and certified Irish-dance teacher Joni Muggivan tutored under the instruction of world-renowned dancer Paul Tinen and has since relayed her craft to aspiring prancers of the traditional Irish dance. Put up your foot dukes in Muggivan's Intro to Irish Dance classes, offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. Cut a languid rug with the Slow Jig step, or high-kick your way to Ireland with the Hornpipe step. Joni's pupils are trained in competitive-style Irish dancing so that they may go on to represent Louisiana on the local or international stage. Past Muggivan disciplines have performed at the Irish Channel's St. Patrick's Day Parade, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and on Louisiana Public Broadcasting.
For more than two decades, the professional framers at Cannon Framing & Artworks have converted photographs and works of art into tasteful wall displays with matting, protective glass, and frames in classic or contemporary styles. The staff helps clients choose colors that complement a painting’s blues and greens, simple mouldings that draw the eye toward the photos inside, or thick baroque frames that distract police inspectors from noticing stolen Mona Lisa_s. While waiting for the framer to take measurements, peruse the store’s gallery of paintings, posters, and sports memorabilia, many of which reflect owners Kay and John’s enthusiasm for for collegiate sports and pro football.
In his years as a New Orleans firefighter, professional MMA fighter, and certified personal trainer, Gino Ascani has gathered a wealth of ideas on how to build the ideal gym. At Nola Xtreme Fitness, Ascani leads private training sessions, spinning classes, TRX classes, and group fitness sessions while utilizing more than 7,000 square feet of equipment-lined space. The facility houses cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines along with free weights, kettlebells, weight machines, and a pile of porcelain toilets that can be thrown off the gym’s roof.
Enter the gates of Carousel Gardens Amusement Park to spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl, board knocking bumper cars, and glide down the 40-foot fun slide, in addition to basking in the glee rays of more than 10 other timeless amusement-park behemoths. The Ferris wheel produces sky-skimming panoramic views, and a miniature train offers a leisurely tour through picturesque City Park. Flying horses meditate about infinity as they make rounds on the historic wooden carousel while riders reminisce about simpler times when animals were all carved from gilded logs. Smaller children can wander in wonder around Storyland, located next to the amusement park, which brims with more than 25 larger-than-life playground pieces inspired by well-known children's stories and rhymes.
City Park Movement and Art furnishes a space for children and adults to explore, refine, and celebrate their creativity in a supportive community environment. Movement offerings such as kids’ ballet and tap dance may jumpstart a creative journey towards an en pointe career, or add rhythm, syncopation, and finesse to a preexisting stomping habit. Adult hip-hop fusion classes weave elements of jazz, African dance, and hip-hop movement into an exuberant form of dance and self-expression, and Pilates with weights eases stiff bodies into loosened states of increased strength and flexibility. Kinetic energy also creeps into children's art classes, which infuse activities such as drawing and storytelling with fun yoga moves to create a creativity-fitness hybrid on par with cardio crocheting and kung-fu quilting.
When Darryl and Larry Massey founded their flagship sporting goods store, Massey’s Professional Outfitters, in 1972, they never dreamed it would become an empire. But that’s exactly what happened. Within a handful of years, the father-and-son company had sprouted five locations stocked with a range of recreational equipment for outdoor enthusiasts. Though an undulating market and shifts in consumer interests challenged the company, Massey’s remained dedicated to equipping its clientele with gear from revered brands such as Patagonia, North Face, and Lowe Alpine. Today, their legacy is carried on by family members who share their vision of focusing on the needs of each consumer, whether the client wants to rent a kayak or requires specialty footwear for hiking or wading through a swimming pool of cake batter.