Queens Dance Project’s team of lifelong dancers coach students through workout-oriented dance routines. During the newly unveiled pole-dancing workshops, students build muscle tone while executing spins and tricks under dimmed studio lights. Alternatively, Zumba classes keep heart rates high by pairing hip-swiveling moves with Latin beats, and tap-dancing sessions teach students how to make it rain using just their shoes. Youngsters can also build coordination and confidence at the studio, which has an age-stratified youth program to nurture kids 2 years and older with mat work and musical instruments.
When not hosting Food Network series The Melting Pot, Chef Alex Garcia helps lead the Nuevo Latino cooking movement by assembling menus of delicious Latin fusion fare at several restaurants. Babalu is one of those eateries, where he combines the flavors and atmosphere of Puerto Rican streets of yesteryear with the personality of the modern-day Bronx.
Chef Garcia splits the menu into two categories: small plates of familiar Latin American fare categorized as "From the Streets," and larger entrees such as paella on the "From the Market" portion of the menu. "From the Market" draws influence not only from seaside Latin American markets, but also from the fresh foods found in the Bronx. Specialties include mofongo—a hot combination of plantains, shrimp, and chicken—and veracruzano, roasted snapper smothered in a salsa that's unique to the city of Veracruz in Mexico.
Queensborough performing Arts Center sets the stage for professionals such as Joan Rivers, David Cassidy and Michael Bolton. Enrichment classes, including Singing with GLEE! and Broadway DANCE!, teach students of all ages how to sing and dance like the stars.
The Queensborough Performing Arts Center’s intimate 875-seat unites generations ranging from X to Y with the adhesive properties of live music. After three Grammy awards and multiple gold records, Blood Sweat & Tears continues to exasperate cleanup crews by leaving it all on the stage with hits such as “God Bless the Child” and “Spinning Wheel.” "Yesterday: A Tribute to the Beatles" recreates historic performances from 1964 to 1974 in two acts that focus on the Fab Four’s mop-top and psychedelic eras, adding in vintage film footage and stage banter laced with Liverpudlian lingo. The bright lights of the Strip shine on the Motor City in "Las Vegas Tribute to Motown", which includes hits from The Supremes and The Temptations, and "The Official Blues Brothers Revue" cools down audiences with a flurry of blues jams straight from the Windy City. "Spencers: Theatre of Illusion" takes place on Mother's Day and lets eyes in on the fun with a heart-stopping series of stage artistry that combines drama, comedy, and magic tricks straight from the pages of Houdini’s disappearing-ink diary.
The agile instructors at Dancing Feet Studio are quick to adjust their teaching style to suit students of different ages and experience levels, guiding them through the steps of ballroom dance, salsa, and many other styles. Classes are divided into five levels ranging from beginner to advanced, and dance partners frequently rotate within each session, so participants don't need to bring their own dance partner.
As a native of the Dominican Republic, Claudette Munné loves merengue beats—but as classical pianists, she and her husband Massimiliano Facchini also cherish traditional piano pieces by European composers. To celebrate these dual passions, the pair arranged a series of fresh, merengue takes on old classics, a project that resulted in a sold-out two-piano show at Carnegie Hall and an interview with NBC.
Revamping traditional piano music isn't the couple's only collaboration, however. They also worked together to found Belle Arti Center for the Arts, a music school that caters mainly to children. Their toddler classes focus on training young ears and building a sense of rhythm that moves beyond freestyle clapping. During private lessons, they train students on instruments from the guitar and violin to woodwinds. Their classes follow a semester schedule, with each semester session culminating in a recital for family and friends.