TGA of Bergen County's staffers know golf and tennis, but above all else, they know kids. The highly trained pros and education experts have teamed up to design age-specific golf and tennis programs that not only teach children the rules of the game but also instill valuable life lessons, education, and a love for physical fitness. A proud USTA National Partner, the TGA develops its methodologies and curriculum in conjunction with the USTA's youth tennis standards. As children swing clubs and rackets, the instructors stress playing fair and developing self-confidence through success, giving them positive motivation and praise after they sink a tricky putt or hit a winner on the tennis court. The classes are interspersed with academic lessons on subjects such as math, science, and history, and of course, a healthy dose of fun. Whether the prescreened and certified instructors are leading kids in a summer camp or after-school program, they provide all the clubs, rackets, balls, and robo-caddies needed.
For two days, young performers experience what it's like to audition for a Broadway show. They take on the challenging roles of professional actors, singers, and dancers, while training with coaches and auditioning their skills. The structure of these weekends mirrors actual Broadway auditions, but in reality they are Journey to Broadway's signature theater workshops.
The mock auditions and training sessions take place in a group environment, which allows students to learn from each other's work. Instructors watch and give each young performer ample hands-on coaching. The faculty includes working professionals such as award-winning choreographer Danielle Brennan, known for her expertise in training young dancers, David Hibbard, whose students have performed on Broadway, and Emily Hsu, a triple threat who has graced the Playbills of a dozen Broadway shows.
Edie Ollwerther grew up a touring dancer, with television and teaching credits to her name. When she married, she took a break—but it wasn't long before neighborhood parents knew of her history in dance. They encouraged her to begin giving lessons to their children, and Edie obliged by transforming her basement into a studio space.
That was in the 1970s. Today, Edie and her fellow instructors—some of whom are former students, now grown—act as the heads of a continually growing family of dancers. Their curriculum encompasses tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater, as well as vocal coaching and hip-hop routines. Some of their pupils learn to shimmy as a hobby, and others aim to join the competition team, whose performances have taken them to Disney World and aboard a Carnival Cruise ship.
With a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of girls, women, and their families, YWCA Bergen County and its fitness classes help strengthen the mind and body, in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. The history of the organization is rich with groundbreaking programs to bolster race relations, achieve women's empowerment, support social-justice issues, and promote children's health by providing access to physical activity. Other fitness initiatives take place in the YWCA's gyms, where instructors put to use training in Zumba, yoga, and other disciplines. Employees further the organization's vision with dedication to school-age programs, child-care, and other health and fitness efforts in our community.
Pinot's Palette is less an art studio than it is a way for people to enjoy a libation-filled night out with friends, one that happens to include a painting project. The painting sessions evoke adults' inner artists whether they have any painting experience or not, encouraging conversation and good cheer while painting and sipping. Some locations feature a BYOB policy while others serve beer and wine from the bar. Each session features a predetermined painting?from flowers and animals to known classics such as Van Gogh's Starry Night?which each participant tackles from their own artistic angle under the guidance of an experienced instructor.
"We are constantly being told how welcoming our studio is," say instructors at Ho-Ho-Kus Yoga, and their pride in this statement informs their entire approach. All the classes are designed to accommodate all levels. Whether the class is Yoga For Every(body) or Yoga Boot Camp, it's clear the focus is on improving one's own practice, rather than competing with others or lugging a treadmill into the studio from home. There are yoga classes for children, whole families, and expectant moms, as well as specialty classes such as Iyengar and candlelight yoga.