Certified professionals serve up a flurry of small-group and private clinics at Bay Terrace Tennis, an elite indoor facility where players of all skill levels develop their racket prowess and submit their bodies to challenging workouts. Neon balls illuminate the indoor courts as groups of four to six learn to chart cross-court trajectories that leave opponents haplessly ensnared in a mess of netting and sweatbands. The size of each five-week clinic ensures a high degree of personal attention and a low tolerance for using the court to play golf. Instructors place students according to their level, so beginners can start from scratch while seasoned vets brush up on their backhands and prepare to reignite rectangular rivalries with former Tour menaces.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
At Queens Mixed Martial Arts, instructors emphasize not just proper form but the mental benefits of the fighting arts. The team of instructors – all active competitors with more than 40 combined years of experience – aim to build self-confidence and discipline through muay thai and brazilian jiu-jitsu classes. Muay thai emphasizes knee, elbow, and ankle strikes, and Alliance brazilian jiu-jitsu classes teach that smaller opponents can take down larger opponents through superior skill and leverage, helping students develop flexibility, proper technique, cardiovascular endurance, and increased motor coordination. Children’s martial-arts classes help forge confidence and discipline, and cardio-kickboxing classes blast away calories through an unyielding assault of jabs, crosses, and roundhouse kicks.
The brown- and black-belt instructors at Gracie Barra believe that the physical and mental strengths you practice inside their walls can translate to life outside their walls. Clients learn how to deal with stress and interpersonal issues, and how to effectively use constructive thinking. The center helps practitioners achieve their goals based on how much they put into their personal development. For adults or children looking to lose weight, boost self-esteem, or learn self-defense, they can enroll in a future-champions, a women’s, a fundamentals, or an advanced program.
Queensborough performing Arts Center sets the stage for professionals such as Joan Rivers, David Cassidy and Michael Bolton. Enrichment classes, including Singing with GLEE! and Broadway DANCE!, teach students of all ages how to sing and dance like the stars.
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.