In addition to sabers, fencing coaches Dan Berliner wields a razor-sharp resume; Dan won the USA Fencing National Championship in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and is a former member of the USA Fencing World Cup team. At SON DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center, our coaches divulge their secrets during classes for students as young as age 4, covering everything from fundamentals to advanced techniques. As their pupils learn to parry and repost, the teachers strive to also impart less tangible virtues such as honor and the determination to read The Three Musketeers in its original French. As a testament to the duo's success, many of the center's past protégés have gone on to compete on the national circuit in numerous divisions.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Celebrity makeup artist Jennifer Bradley believes in a purer kind of cosmetic, one that’s free from the fillers, fragrances, and oils that can aggravate skin. As an actress and singer in LA, Jennifer experienced these very issues on her own acne-prone skin, leading her to create formulas that improve faces from the outside in. Jennifer uses her line of cosmetics, which includes both skincare and makeup products, to enhance the faces of celebrities. Past clients have included Barack and Michelle Obama, Sean Connery, and Drew Barrymore, as well as guests who attended her makeup seminars. Jennifer’s work also has been featured in publications including Us Weekly and People.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
The Barkan Method of Hot Yoga is a product of numerous influences. Developed by a master yoga instructor, Jimmy Barkan, the practice originated in Calcutta, India, where Jimmy began infusing Hatha-yoga postures and movements with those of other disciplines. Today, on the other side of the globe, his instructors host each class in rooms heated to warm or hot levels, which not only helps stretch limbs, but also strengthens muscle groups and defrosts the poultry they plan on eating later. Following in Jimmy’s footsteps, these teachers bolster their knowledge of the discipline by earning certification from the Barkan Method and recognition from Yoga Alliance.
Loyalty to digital cameras’ factory settings can hinder photographers shooting in unusual venues. Photographer Paulo Jordao teaches his students to manually adjust their settings to suit their surroundings during hands-on workshops, whose curricula also emphasize lighting, composition, and post-shoot editing. Open to all skill levels, the workshops can expand semi-professionals’ skill sets or aid parents trying to document their tots’ childhoods without adding extensive footnotes to their height chart.
When he’s not teaching workshops, Jordao, along with his wife, Peggy, who is also a photographer, can be found snapping photos of newly engaged couples, capturing sultry boudoir shoots, and shooting videos for special events.