East Coast Fitness’s 20,000 square feet house separate rooms for martial arts, spinning, group workouts, massages, and general exercise. On the main floor, strength-training machines, cardio machines, and free weights occupy separate areas, with additional room sectioned off for stability ball exercise and a herd of eight punching bags. Certified trainers and instructors also lead more than 15 classes that range from spinning and Pilates to yoga, kickboxing, agility training, and Zumba. In the lobby, a juice bar refreshes hungry athletes and a separate room offers free childcare.
Light streams into the second-story windows of NYC Fitness, illuminating hardworking exercisers as they pound away on cardio machines or lift weights in the sprawling gym. Meanwhile, expert instructors lead clients of all fitness levels through a slate of classes, including spinning, Pilates, and Zumba.
Josefina Garcia and Lisa Martinez have been studying dance since they were each 5 years old. Together, they started J and L Dance Center in 1992 to pass on their know-how and instill a strong sense of self-worth in each of their protégés. These days, they usher students to win awards and recognition at showcases and competitions throughout the country. Newbies of all ages train under these masters and a crew of skilled instructors who specialize in a range of genres including ballet, tap, hip-hop, flamenco, and jazz styles. Wood-sprung floors in all three dance rooms cushion the fall of toes and feet in flight, and wall-to-wall mirrors throughout the space enable students to dance-battle their reflections.
Simon Herfray, a French native hailing from the Vend?e region, is a master's-degree-certified pastry chef and baker. He's whisked and sculpted fine treats for esteemed establishments in the London and New York culinary scenes?Aubaine and Bluebird in South Kensington, Falai and Caf? M Studio in Manhattan, and Bacchus Bistro and La D?fense Bistro in Brooklyn.
At French'Encas, Simon directs his world-class sweetmeat techniques toward kitchens full of apron-wearing students and in-disguise dentists. Whether it's their first or hundredth time gripping pastry bags and whisks, attendees handcraft their very own macarons, chocolate-lemon tarts, chocolate fondant, and full quiche lorraine meals. Some classes cater to advanced students, some cover basics, and others suit all skill levels. And when not instructing students, Simon and his team whip up treats for parties and other events.
Ilana Martin has toured with Barry White, Patti LaBelle, and Stevie Wonder, but she founded Vocal Workout Singing School to do something else: teach. Ilana guides groups, duos, and individuals at this elite and boutique vocal training studio for radio singers. Vocal Workout coaches aim for what Ilana terms a "'me singing' sound". The school's holistic philosophy incorporates awareness of one's mind, body, and spirit, revealing confident tones via a balanced, happy instrument. Forbes and Refinery 29 have each sent their own reporters to work with Ilana, resulting in lighthearted videos that showcase the deft way in which the renowned vocal coach puts nervous pupils at ease.
After seven years of teaching dance at others' studios, JesAnn Nail realized it was time for her to strike out on her own. In 2012, the Texas native opened Art in Motion Dance Co. in the heart of Midtown, where she brings her years of experience to classrooms filled with curious and passionate students of dance. Specializing in swing, salsa, ballroom, and dance-fitness classes, JesAnn gathers groups for four-week sessions to teach dancers of all levels graceful movement. Each 55-minute class imparts personal attention and training, whether clients are looking to impress guests on their wedding day or to show up everyone on the playground with a wild swing routine.