Featured on ABC, Fox, and various channels, Dance With Me doesn't just teach students the mechanics of fun, fit, and healthy dancing?they transform them into dancers. And the process goes beyond learning fancy footwork. Participants are welcomed into a setting that cultivates confidence, nurtures self-expression, and bolsters social interaction skills, since it really does take more than one person to tango.
The joy of ballroom dancing becomes contagious at each of Dance With Me's modernized studios, which host classes specifically tailored toward each visitor's goals. And those classes are taught by a uniquely qualified team of professionals, some of whom may have familiar faces. Co-founder Maksim Chmerkovskiy is a renowned Latin Ballroom dance champion, choreographer, and instructor, but he's perhaps best known for keeping celebrities on their toes in his 14 appearances on Dancing with the Stars. Along with National and World Champions and Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars choreographers Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani, he has instilled Dance With Me's staff with their professional chops and ability to stay composed when cha-cha-cha-ing with a boom mic.
Made up of certified New York City teachers, the staff of Infinity Test Prep has a unique grasp on the competitive nature of the metropolis’s school system, something usually only understood by the professors living in public schools’ vents. As such, they can help students get a foot in the door of the city’s top specialized and private high schools with their extracurricular academic, art, and dance classes. Instructors keep classes small—at or below the 30-pupil mark—to ensure learners stay engaged and efficiently soak up new knowledge, whether it’s a technique for acing the PSAT or a relaxing yoga pose. Available sessions also include drama and guitar lessons with a working actor and musician, Chinese lessons with bilingual teachers, and college-counseling workshops with a high-school guidance counselor to determine if a potential campus and student-to-water-fountain ratio are right for one’s child.
For more than 20 years, The Leadership Program has worked with public schools, private schools, and the New York City Department of Education to provide special programs for more than 22,000 participants, 4,000 teachers, and 7,000 parents each year. The organization’s specialists offer a variety of award-winning and nationally recognized programs that range from conflict resolution and youth development to professional development, parent development, and social services. They also mold minds with additional programs that include youth advisory, diversity outreach, and academic arts.
Not a peep can be heard from Sullivan Room's underground cavern before nightfall. As soon as the clock strikes 1 a.m., however, the unassuming space becomes the scene of a techno party complete with LED lights, international DJs, and throngs of cocktail-swigging dancers.
Belly Dance Maternity equips expecting mothers with an expansive collection of maternity and nursing wear from designer brands such as Michael Stars, ErgoBaby, and Spanx. Plus-size swimsuits, casual dresses, and nursing intimates bedeck pregnant mannequins, showcasing their curves while concealing the watermelons strapped to their stomachs. Postnatal accessories include stylish diaper bags and nursing covers.
Bill Kline and Katrine Bangsgaard have proven their skills as professional dancers; now, they share their skills with others as dance instructors. At Swing and Samba, they offer sessions for students of all skill levels. They also lead private lessons for students who seek personalized practice and one-on-one attention.