Drummer Paradise's instructors would never reduce their art to mere banging. Far from it—the team champions drumming's benefits, from exercising cardio muscles to the mental demands of staying on beat. Of course, the main emphasis of lessons at Drummer Paradise is learning the instrument itself, a process that begins with honing skills such as reading music, as well as focusing on developing musical skills in child students. To enrich their rhythmic techniques, child and adult students alike can supplement their sessions with exercises from Drummer Paradise's library of 100-plus instructional books and DVDs. Once they've mastered the skins, pupils can even enter the Drummer Paradise studio to lay down a beat of their own.
Bass player, composer, and educator Agustin Conti boasts more than two decades of professional performing and recording experience in the United States, Europe, and South America. In 2005, he settled in South Florida, where he opened his own private teaching studio a year later. When he’s not leading classes at Miami Dade College, Conti schools students during in-person and virtual lessons for the four-, five-, and six-string electric bass; the upright bass; and the wall-mounted animatronic largemouth bass. The bilingual instructor uses a variety of teaching styles, such as letting students learn by ear or by reading the music.
US 1 Fitness has sculpted local physiques for nearly 20 years in a 24-hour workout facility equipped with helpful staff and parent-friendly childcare. Designed for students of all skill sets, 25 weekly classes sling supportive group workouts that make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. Spinning students pedal toward fitness goals atop Johnny G bikes, as Zumba workouts incite a metabolic brushfire with fiery dance moves inspired by salsa, samba, and tango. Like a three-legged race with Sigmund Freud, yoga classes unite both mind and body with sinew-stretching poses, strength work, and focusing exercises, and Absolute Abs chisels cement-like stomachs with 15 minutes of intense core-centric conditioning. Consult the class schedule for specific dates and times.
Yoga Place of Bay Harbor is a studio that truly welcomes students of all ages and fitness levels, from experienced students training for their instructor certification to toddlers attending their first class. The studio's Argentinean-born owners understand first-hand how important yoga can be for children?owner Paola Villegas first started practicing yoga as a child, as a way of healing after a severe car accident. Her co-owner, Maria Yantorno, oversees the studio's children's program, Fly Kids Yoga. Its classes help toddlers through preteens?including those with special needs?improve their coordination and focus while learning how to work through stress.
But the women and their staff of instructors also lead a diverse schedule of classes for adults, including Vinyasa, Jivamukti, and prenatal yoga. In fact, Paola is a certified doula, and offers prenatal massage and Mommy & Me classes for any babies who aren't too cool to be seen with their moms in public.