With its bright yellow walls speckled with Disney decals and bright stickers, Fun Time Pottery invites artists of all ages and skill levels to work in a cheery, creative atmosphere. During open paint sessions, participants choose a piece of pottery from the overflowing shelves that line the room, using stencils and paints to add their own personal touches to plates, mugs, and figurines. Pottery classes let students delve into the intricacies of clay shaping, with instructors teaching their charges how to bring forth new objects from shapeless lumps of clay, and how much paprika to add to play-doh before it’s edible. After finishing their sculpting, pupils learn how to paint and glaze their works, creating unique keepsakes from start to finish.
At Joe’s Music & Dance Academy, students of all ages benefit from expert instruction in a variety of instruments and dance styles. Teachers lead private lessons for instruments that range from piano and violin to guitar, bass, drums, voice, and most orchestral instruments. For aspiring Astaires, dance instructors helm programs for students of all ages in disciplines such as ballet, jazz and hip-hop, tap dance, and musical theater. Joe’s also offers students myriad opportunities to collaborate and perform together in the form of music and dance recitals, jazz ensembles, and workshops.
Profiled on the PBS series Circus, the international performers of Big Apple Circus stretch one ring to new limits with this year's original show, "Dance On!". From a ringside seat, eyes clearly catch the nuances of intricate acts, such as the Kenyan Boys, whose perplexing pole-shimmying has previously landed them performances at Walt Disney parks and during halftime shows for various NBA teams. Regina Dobrovitskaya, a gymnast since age 11 and a Russian since birth, puts her master's degree in sport gymnastics to work while dangling from the rafters from her Cloud Swing, and China's Hebei Wuqiao Acrobatic Troupe synchronizes lasso twirling and acrobaticizes monocycling to thumping drumbeats. Leading the charge is lovable clown Grandma, a marquis member of Big Apple since 1982 and inductee to the International Clown Hall of Fame who has also been seen on CBS's Circus of the Stars and with multiple appearances in Macy's famed Thanksgiving Day Parade and lesser-known Boxing Day Stand-Still. All Groupon purchasers will be seated in the ringside section, shown in blue on the seating chart. Parking discount at Central parking available with ticket stub; $10 for up to 5 hours on weekday evenings. Must surrender ticket stub to Central parking post-show to redeem parking discount. Group seating is also available.
Cunningham Sports Center serves as the home of the New York Tennis Academy, which has produced more than 150 ranked junior players and more than 50 Division 1 competitors over its 25-year run. Experienced professionals teach the sport’s finer points—forehands, backhands, and the fabled whirling dervish—to youths and adults of all ability levels during group lessons and tournament-training sessions. The full-service center features 10 hard courts and operates year-round. For those working on secret serving techniques, private instruction is available.
At Golden Touch Boot Camp, owner Dewayne Barrett helps clients reach their personal fitness goals using his experience as a personal trainer and as a competitor in international high-hurdling and sprinting contests. Barrett and his staff assist athletes and casual exercisers alike with personalized workout plans, weight-loss and muscle-building regimens, marathon training, and specialized classes in boxing and kickboxing. The staff also includes massage therapists trained to knead out athletes' muscular aches. An assistant cross country track and field coach for St. Johns University, Barrett boasts a number of athletic accomplishments, most recently a 2011 World Championship bronze medal for Jamaica in the 4x400m.
At Grace Space - Yoga at RDCC, Grace Hernandez leads students through the ancient postures and breathing exercises of Hatha yoga, a style that developed in India more than 2,000 years ago. Grace’s studio is fully matted, meaning students don’t need to bring a mat to class. Along with exposing people to the benefits of yoga, Grace also wants to help her community. Once a month she leads a free class that focuses on a few postures and delves into the anatomy and benefits behind them—all she asks is that attendees bring clothing, canned goods, or monetary donations that Grace then purposes toward causes and groups.