The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Nilo Cruz, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings introduces children ages 8 and older to the world of magical realism with a story plucked from the imagination of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez. Cruz’s adaptation begins the day siblings Fefé and Momó discover a man—elderly and winged—has landed in their impoverished seaside village, coaxed there after the moon takes a mesmerizing midnight bike ride through the city streets. Though the pair decides the mysterious man is an angel in need, the town’s grownups find themselves torn between worship and exploitation as they transform him into a freak show to bring wealth to their struggling hamlet.
Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
CrossFit is “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement” that uses fitness techniques such as squatting, lifting, and running in combination with kettlebells, medicine balls, and cardio to rapidly tone up muscles. The skilled CrossFit trainers encourage small-group classes to constantly push their limits in each high-intensity, 45-minute class.
Built on the scientific foundations of whole-body vibration, the Power Plate at Power Fit Studios can grant bodies such benefits as improved muscle tone, increased circulation, and higher bone density. When combined with exercise and a reasonable amount of rocket fuel, sessions spent atop the platform can speed users’ fitness goals. The studio also supports clients' inner and outer well-being with more traditional approaches, including Zumba, burlesque, and chakra-meditation classes as well as a range of soothing spa services.
By immersing their students in the art of hairstyling, aesthetics, and massage therapy, Florida’s Beauty Schools of America ensures the next generation of beauty experts maximizes their potential. Courses cover the latest in nail art technology, emerging hair removal techniques, and the telltale signs that a toad is actually an enchanted prince. Students don’t only learn in the classroom, but develop real-world skills by practicing their craft on clients. Through this symbiotic relationship, students become the best stylists they can be and leave the classroom prepared to impress.