As a child in Argentina, Nancy Gerardi soaked up the Spanish and Italian songs of her grandmother—many of them filtered through her father’s spirited accordion playing. Naturally, this musical upbringing led her to discover her talent for dance at a young age. It wasn’t until she arrived in the United States, however, that she decided to combine this talent with her skills as a businesswoman to open her own dance studio.
Today, at My Passion Dance Studio & Entertainment, Nancy translates the music of her youth into fun and fluid dance steps. Whether in private classes or small groups, her students strut and stomp on helpless piñatas as they learn spirited Latin dance styles such as merengue, bachata, tango, and flamenco. Nancy’s studio doesn’t limit its offerings to the styles she grew up with, though. Students can also learn the graceful moves of ballet, jazz, or hip-hop, or take lessons in piano and guitar.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.
"This is a candy shop for creativity," Make Meaning's CEO, Dan Nissanoff, told New York Family. The crafting hotspot, named the Best Crafting Hub by New York Magazine, boasts a dizzying range of activities. Inside the brightly lit confines, youngsters and adults can make candles, jewelry, and soap. They can also paint ceramic pieces, create paintings on canvas, and decorate cakes.
The inspiration behind the business? The connections that Nissanoff made with
his family when they worked on craft projects together. In order to offer that up to other families, he created Make Meaning, where he and his staff lead guests through craft projects, organize special events from corporate gatherings to birthday parties, and encourage inventiveness and fun.
Fully licensed by the New York State Department of Education, 1-800-BARTEND educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning which cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. 1-800-BARTEND's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending. 1-800-BARTEND treats its graduates to complimentary lifetime job-placement assistance and refresher courses.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Website Design Package
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Q&A with Adriana Monted'oro, President & Design Director
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are always available to our clients. Regardless of what we are doing or how busy we are, when our clients call us, I personally call them back. Weekends, holidays, evenings. If something needs attention immediately, we take care of it immediately. If our client wants to meet with us, either at our office or at his/hers, we will meet with them at the very earliest possible time. As for our work, I can honestly say that our clients are completely satisfied with our websites as well as with the attention we give to them. We truly care about their businesses. Aside from that, we create really beautiful websites which work perfectly and are completely unique and specific to each individual client.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I had been a designer/illustrator for many years. I had been employed by other firms so I already understood and had experience in the business end of design, but I wanted more creative freedom. In 2005 I decided that I knew enough about designing, and managing a team, and felt I was capable of managing my own business. I was very positive about taking that step and I'm very happy I did!
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
One of my clients told me that he could never have built up his business without me. I know that's really stretching it, but it felt great hearing that! We did go the extra mile for this client (probably several extra miles) and we wanted so much to see him succeed. We not only set up his website, but we also advised and helped him set up advertisements, amazon sales, an online membership club, etc. It's a very nice feeling to know someone appreciates what we do and it's even nicer knowing you've been helpful in someone else's success.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Personally, I love conceptualizing a site for a particular business. I like to incorporate, if I can, the personality of the client with unique design elements specifically for that client/business. I am the visual designer here, so I do enjoy designing most.