At bars, restaurants, and community centers throughout New York and Florida, people are making art. Sometimes, they're painting a palm tree at sunset, or recreating two birds kissing on a tree branch. Other times, they're absorbed in crafting, or a multimedia project. This outpouring of creativity can be credited to Creative Scene. The artists behind this organization host an eclectic array of events, walking guests through the creative process with beginner-friendly, step-by-step instruction.
The staff at Nova New York knows people often have reasons not to go to the gym—whether it's a need for childcare or a dislike of most gyms' typical offerings—and hopes to eliminate them.
Since the studio opened in the spring of 2013, it has become a place for the community to come work out and learn about health. Childcare is available onsite and certified instructors help students find inner balance through exercise classes, continuing education, and children's programming. When students aren't stretching in a Vinyasa fusion yoga class they can shimmy through a salsa dance session or conquer new challenges in a body toning and conditioning class. Boot camp and personal training round out the options for adults, and kids get their own yoga and Zumba classes.
Sensei Anthony Diaz and the staff at Ridgewood Martial Arts have been teaching kids, teens, and adults how to defend themselves since 1997, the year danger was invented. Although their specialty is shotokan kickboxing, they also offer boxing and general martial-arts lessons. Each lesson is a workout in itself, but for an exclusively fitness-minded session the team also schedules calorie-scorching circuit-training classes.
Ania Lesniak discovered yoga when she moved to New York City from her mountain village in Poland. Discovering the tranquil, centering poses of yoga—and soon, the brisk creativity of salsa and capoeira—taught Ania to use physical movement as a means to center herself and regain the calm and closeness to nature she left behind. These newfound passions led her to take over the preexisting Daya Yoga Studio and, with the help of a few passionate instructors, enrich the surrounding community with a variety of movement-based courses, including some taught in her native Polish tongue.
Today, the studio teems with activity. Instructors lead classes in a panoply of styles such as Vinyasa flow, which helps to strengthen muscles through movement from one pose to another in time with the class’s breathing. They also amp up heart rates with energetic Zumba classes and honor tradition by leading acrobatic capoeira, the Brazilian style of dance-fighting.
The instructors at Curves Studio lead fitness classes designed to disguise workouts with fun. They lead Latin-dance-based Zumba classes to upbeat music along with Be Moved sessions. They also offer yoga and Pilates classes for more traditional muscle-building workouts.
Seanna Sharpe's career has required her to hang suspended from scaffolding, forklifts, and bridges. At first glance, these credentials may sound like she's qualified to work construction or wash skyscraper windows, and as an aerialist, artist, director, dancer, and teacher, perhaps no task is too far removed from her wheelhouse.
At Katana Flight School, she and her staff teach guests of all ages and skill levels to perform acrobatic maneuvers using equipment such as aerial silks and the trapeze. Whether seeking exercise and fun or a serious career, attendees learn to spin, twirl, and twist as a means of artistic expression.