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Director and founder of JMK Entertainment, Jennifer Kennedy has been performing and teaching her dance moves for more than three decades, and she channels her sensual moves from experience performing in cabarets aboard Virgin Islands cruise ships. JMK's burlesque performers showcase their skills and sense of fun in events that feature variety acts, cabaret performers, guest artists, and guest poles. In addition to lively performances, she and her instructors patrol a studio of 20 poles, teaching basic to advanced pole-fitness classes.

461 Main Street
Pawtucket,
RI
US

I am a jewelry designer who travels to markets and bazaars around the world to find objects to rework into jewelry, from cast antique French lace to ancient Tibetan keys. I also make cocktail rings that feature untreated semi-precious gemstones chosen for their positive "properties," like ant-aging, love and happiness.

1005 Main Street
Pawtucket,
RI
US

Massage and wellness therapies, customized to meet your individual pain management needs and to increase relaxation and decrease stress. Mobile massage is offered throughout RI and southern MA.

212 Glenwood Avenue
Pawtucket,
RI
US

Established: 2000

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

Pro Tip: Come watch a class, ask questions, and observe the style of Aikido and culture of our dojo.

Handicap Accessible: No

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Aikido Martial Arts Classes

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

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Adult Student and Teacher In Youth Program

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

In additional to our regular one hour classes for kids and adults, we periodically hold seminars with multiple classes, featuring visiting instructors for adult seminars and special games and origami for the kids' seminars. Our kids are often thrilled when one of our regular one hour classes ends with an Aikido inspired versions of tag, dodge ball, and more.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

The only pressure you should put on yourself to learn and progress is to attend practice regularly, pay attention, and have fun. The instructors and teaching methods will take care of the rest. Aikido is a true martial art where you can continue to learn, grow, and progress for as long as you practice. Beginners practice safely along with experienced students and can join at any time. There are no competitions in Aikido, as students learn to practice cooperatively in a common pursuit of self-development.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We are very fortunate to receive instruction from one of the most senior ranking Aikido instructors in the United States, David Halprin, 7th degree black belt. David Halprin's primary teacher, Mitsunari Kanai, was part of the last group of live-in students under the founder of Aikido, Ueshiba Morihei (or "O-Sensei" to Aikido practitioners, meaning "Great Teacher"). Since Aikido is best learned through dedicated practice and guided instruction, we consider our direct lineage to the founder of Aikido to be a strong asset in maintaining high standards and authentic techniques, true to the founders teachings.

545 Pawtucket Avenue
Pawtucket,
RI
US

Before the invention of modern nautical technology, sudden storms, dense fog, and strong currents provided a challenge for even the most seasoned sailors. These treacherous conditions proved insurmountable for many navigating the waters surrounding Nantucket, dashing vessels against the shoals and sinking more than 700 ships over the centuries. So many wrecks began to fill the floor of the waters around Nantucket Island that the area was referred to as "a graveyard of the Atlantic."

The Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum honors the bravery of the local islanders?often members of organizations such as the Massachusetts Humane Society, United States Life-Saving Service, and the United States Coast Guard?who placed their own lives in danger by attempting to rescue the crews stranded aboard sinking ships. The museum's permanent collection, which consists of more than 5,000 pieces, gives guests an opportunity to learn more about these individuals' heroic efforts.

In addition to vintage photographs and exhibits recounting famous shipwrecks and the ensuing rescue attempts, the museum also features period artifacts that helped save lives. Additionally, the museum is a great place to take a bike ride or picnic on the beautiful grounds with views of the water.

4 Winter Street
Nantucket,
MA
US

Jennifer Kennedy, the owner and head instructor of JMK Entertainment, is no stranger to the spotlight. She practiced graceful steps as a performer on Caribbean cruise ships and has been teaching dance for more than three decades. Joined by a team of instructors with lengthy histories in dance, she continues to champion the health-boosting effects of the graceful art with an added element: the pole.

Her Basic Pole classes dust off glimmers of sensuality and teach the foundational moves needed for full-fledged routines or Flag Day pageants. The more advanced Booty Beat Pole folds 10 basic steps into a cardio workout, and sets the routine to high-energy music. Jennifer's teachers also cultivate fitness and whimsy at burlesque, belly-dance, and cardio-chair-fitness classes.

Flirt-filled sessions kick off in an airy industrial space softened by exposed wooden beams overhead, with sunlight streaming through a skylight and large windows. Before and after class, guests can kick back in the waiting area's leather couches while mentally rehearsing moves or packing poles back into Mary Poppins–style gym bags.

461 Main Street
Pawtucket,
RI
US

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