Jorday Rivera's passion for hip-hop and Latin dance infuses her classes with rhythmic energy during each meeting at her namesake studio. Jorday's interest in dance began at a young age when her parents took her to the bustling streets of Broadway to watch colorful stage productions and the spontaneous musical numbers that would take place during each rainstorm. By the time she reached adulthood, Jorday had garnered extensive experience in mambo, salsa, cha-cha, and hip-hop disciplines and had danced side by side with the likes of Eddie Torres and Mario Diaz. This accumulation of hip-swiveling savvy eventually led Jorday to cultivate a love of teaching, finally opening her own dance studio in 1997. Today, the studio houses a variety of dance classes, from modern and hip-hop to belly dancing and Latin, led by a cadre of instructors trained in a panoply of styles.
Rhythms and Soul’s laid-back, adult-oriented studio and clubby moves were featured on an episode of MTV's Made. Bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into your life, and reshape your monthly party schedule into dance-shaped Rectangos with salsa, Latin ballroom dancing, tango, swing, the hustle, and even dance fitness. Rhythms and Soul’s phalanx of professional coryphées give students individual attention while maintaining a pressure-free, non-competitive atmosphere. You can sign up with a partner by purchasing an extra Groupon as a gift, or fly solo at Rhythms and Soul. Its 60-minute group dance classes impart club-style maneuvering methods, classic ballroom steps, and other partner-pleasing gyrations by keeping the whole group revolvingly involved.
Though it's known for landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Times Square, New York City offers so much more. The "so much more" is what NEWrotic New York City Tours founder Mark Preven wants visitors to experience. Growing up as the son of an airline employee, his passport boasts stamps from all over the world, giving him a greater understanding of how to truly experience a new place and culture as a tourist. With this experience as a world traveler, along with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Big Apple, he puts together unique tours that whisk participants past the requisite attractions and into the cacophonous heart of the real city.
Mark's guided jaunts can take visitors to neighborhoods adorned with graffiti art and Old World religious architecture, or to the water's edges of Roosevelt Island, where guests can see almost all of Midtown Manhattan. One tour traipses to jazz legend Louis Armstrong's home in Queens, while another takes visitors to the American Museum of the Moving Image to learn about the city's history with movie making. Regardless of the tour they choose, participants get to experience the New York that locals live and breathe, making them feel like a native resident, if just for one day.