In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
The course at Stonybrook Golf Club weaves along verdant paths buttressed by dense walls of foliage, creating a relatively short 3,514-yard track from the back tees. Course architect Robert Krieger incorporated frequent misdirection that leads to blind shots, including double doglegs on the 6th and 15th holes, the course’s only two par 5s. Water hazards come into play on seven holes and speedy greens can cause further complications for golfers with the yips or roller-skate golf shoes. When walking, a round can be finished in under three hours, letting players quickly return to daily life or the scene of the accident.
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Hot Salsa Hot spices up dance floors with three exotic flavors of Latin dance: salsa, bachata, and zouk. Henri Velandia, the school’s founder, and his team of trained instructors incorporate urban street moves as well as formal ballroom techniques into classes that accommodate women, men, children, and all skills levels, from experienced dancers to novices with closets full of left shoes. Students can learn the smooth rhythm and strong posture of salsa, glide to the sensual styling of Brazilian zouk, or pick up the tempo with the fluid movements and quick direction changes of bachata. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.
"No matter what you do with your dancing always be sure of one thing," writes Jersey Dance owner Jennifer in her dance blog. "The process of learning to dance should be the most enjoyable part." The longtime competitive dancer lives and teaches by that principle, as does her team of instructors. Their nonjudgmental vibe pervades the studio, creating a space where soonlyweds can get help choreographing their wedding dance from an encouraging professional. Likewise, groups of beginners can experience the thrill of learning the steps they see on dance-competition shows while skipping the part where they're given scores and spanked by the ghost of Fred Astaire. One-on-one sessions, meanwhile, offer private pointers on the complexities of the quickstep, the dagger-sharp footwork of Argentine tango, or enough floor space to safely attempt West Coast swing at its jitterbuggiest. Whatever is being taught that week, Jennifer and Co. tailor in-studio socials that give dancers a party setting to show off everything they've learned.
Flash back to Okinawa, 1800s. Gichin Funakoshi––who is often called the father of modern karate––was getting limber and dangerous with his own "shotokan" self-defense method. Derived from shoto, meaning "wind in the pines", the form is characterized by low stances and powerful, dynamic techniques. In short, he wasn't a guy to be messed with.
Today, the form is still effective and awesome. Case in point: sixth-degree black belt and sensei Takeshi Kitagawa, who teaches traditional Japanese karate out of Princeton Shotokan Sankukai. He is a licensed instructor and holds an A-ranked referee license from USA Karate, the national governing body of the sport of karate. During daily classes, Takeshi draws on more than 20 years of teaching experience to verse students of all ages in techniques such as kicking, balance, blocking, and tying a black belt using only one finger.
Princeton Golf Course carves through wooded landscape alongside the Delaware and Raritan Canal, presenting varied terrain that challenges golfers with intersecting waterways, dense tree lines, and contoured bunkers. The 18-hole track measures a shade over 6,000 yards from the back tees with a par of 70. At the completion of a round, groups can seek shelter from the sun in the course bar and grille, or retool their golf bags with accessories from the pro shop.
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