During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
From the time she was 2 years old, Elizabeth DeGennaro has been gracing the stage. Having grown up in the dancing world, she blossomed into a full-fledged toe-tapper, landing spots on America's Got Talent and The Gong Show, as well as an acting role as a showgirl on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Elizabeth isn't just happy entertaining, though. The professional dancer shares her expertise with students of all skill levels at her own studio, Wild Cherryz Dance and Fitness. There, she incorporates moves from the swath of styles she's fluent in—including Latin and cabaret—during Zumba, burlesque dance, and pole fitness classes to create unique and well-rounded sessions. As a certified trainer, she also infuses her classes with fitness elements—in ballet barre, for example, she borrows from the core training of Pilates and yoga, as well as the movements of ballet. She even offers PCS classes, which blends yoga and Pilates for a more intense workout.
Of course, Elizabeth doesn't just work with adults. As someone who started dancing young, she also extends her skills toward children as young as 3 years old, offering kids' ballet, jazz, hip hop, and Zumba classes.
With dozens of locations across the United States, Kickboxing FitClub helps guests tone bodies and improve cardiovascular health through kickboxing lessons for all experience levels. Whether in group classes of 10–20 students or private sessions, students learn stretches, resistance exercises, punches, and kicks appropriate for their skill level. Private appointments with staff nutritionists help individuals develop dietary plans that bolster health in tandem with workouts.
The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
At Integral Ballet School, a staff of professional dancers leads students of all ages and ability levels in learning the art of movement. Instructors teach children and adults the skills needed to elegantly perform ballet and tap dances, or entrance onlookers with more experimental modern and hip-hop moves. For adults, they also lead a series of fitness-focused dance classes, including ballet boot camp and belly dancing, along with yoga and Pilates sessions to help students achieve lithe dancer bods.
Katrina Wells was frustrated. The new mother loved spending time with her child but still longed for a place to relax and sip coffee. Family-friendly play centers had been widespread when she lived in South Florida, but they seemed entirely absent from her new home in Long Island. Undeterred, Wells took initiative and designed a business that would cater to children and their parents.
Across Le Play Cafe Indoor Play Area & Coffee Lounge's 2,000 square feet, imaginations spring to life at performance stages, dress-up areas, and pretend kitchens. A climbable play structure helps little ones to develop gross motor skills, and age-appropriate toys delight toddlers. On the other side of the play center, scents of fresh roasted coffee fill the café as parents relax, socialize, and share photos of their baby dolls. In addition to cheering children and adults, Wells' brainchild also puts a smile on Mother Nature's vine-covered face. Her eco-friendly facility boasts LED lighting and oversize windows that help to reduce energy costs.