Lots of mandatory steps stand between a person and a driver's license, from time in the classroom to time on the road. JayJay Driving School guides drivers-in-training through every step of the process. The school's five-hour classroom course and 45-minute driving lessons cover everything from safe driving to parallel parking. Once aspiring licensees are ready, staff members can set them up with a road test at the DMV and even supply a rental car to use during the test. JayJay's other services include six-hour courses on defensive driving techniques that are less suspicious than covering a car in barbed wire.
Travelmasters' Academy founder Boris Mordkovich spent years learning first hand how to navigate the rules and policies of frequent flyer programs. He was successful in accumulating more than 500,000 frequent flyer miles per year, and often traveled to distant locales for free. Today, Mordkovich instructs seasoned and occasional air commuters in the secrets of flying for free, showing students how to legitimately earn thousands of miles without stepping foot into a plane.
The academy prides itself on its "one free ticket or your money back" guarantee. Mordkovich promises students that they can use the classes' knowledge to earn at least 25,000 miles, good for at least one roundtrip ticket in the US, or they will receive a full refund and a pair of "I'm Sorry" wings.
When it comes to music, Nick LeClair Throop does a bit of everything. He sings and plays multiple instruments: guitar, piano, bass, and banjo. He moves between funk, soul, pop, and other styles with the ease of a record shop employee on rollerblades. The versatile musician also holds a bachelor's in music performance from Ithaca College. He shares all of this expertise with music students during onsite or on-location lessons.
A restaurant, a rock-climbing wall, batting cages, and a custom embroidery shop are all housed in Artistic Stitch?s 30,000 square foot facility. At the cages, Probatter Simulators accelerate batters? learning processes with sophisticated programming that allows for different types of pitches, aiming lobs in the strike zone, around it, or directly at the nearest Ming vase. A 20? rock-climbing wall invites visitors to ascend to new heights, and soccer and doge ball games spark friendly competition. In addition to general recreational play, day-camp sessions and birthday party packages allow children to let loose and engage in energetic matches. Famished athletes can replenish their energy at the on-site restaurant, Saverio?s Bistro, which serves up piping-hot brick-oven pizzas, paninis, and pastas.
Valastro International Academy's staff of experienced law-enforcement officials teaches visitors responsible firearms operation and safe handling inside a private training facility. Classes acquaint clients—from everyday citizens to experienced security guards—in defensive tactics, such as retaining a firearm during a confrontation and defusing an altercation with observational humor. Beyond teaching humans how to defend themselves, Valastro's instructors also include canine trainers who lead basic obedience and housebreaking classes and teach dogs advanced skills such as search-and-rescue and narcotics detection.
The accomplished and diverse faculty of The Teaching Studios of Art hones students' latent artistic gifts during hands-on classes. Sessions change monthly, with October offerings including Old Master Copy helmed by Adam Miller and second-chaired by a paintbrush-wielding pumpkin. Students study historical painting techniques in the three-hour time slot, plucking a classic work of art to emulate while the instructor leads them through the reproduction process. Kristin Künc's The Alla Prima Portrait class initiates pupils in the ways of portraiture through line drawings and discussions of portrait masters such as Sargent, Eakins, and Sears Portrait Studio. In addition to learning principles of proportion, contour, and structure, budding artists absorb fundamentals of traditional art that have gone largely untaught since Modernist styles became dominant.