Inspired by their three children, Lisa and Andy Curwin decided to create a youth center that would offer kids entertainment and education under the same roof. An elevated climbing structure dominates the multihued, easy-to-monitor space that eventually sprang from the Curwins' collective imagination. All its slides lead to the center of the building, allowing parents to keep an eye on multiple children while sitting at brightly colored tables and getting pinkies in shape for upcoming tea parties. The room is packed with plenty of other play-ready games and equipment—bounce houses where youngsters can burn off energy and break through the space-time continuum; skee-ball and basketball stations that boost hand-eye coordination and churn out redeemable prize tickets; and skate and tricycle rinks where tykes can establish new recess allegiances. Kango reinforces its play center with a full-service academy that provides programs for young children from infants to kindergartners and ensures visitors stay properly fueled and hydrated by stocking a snack bar with burgers, fries, fruit, and sweets.
Tango Cafe Dance Studio's instructors guide new steppers and experienced hoofers through several North and South American dances, such as swing, salsa, and Argentine tango within the confines of a 187-year-old Greek mansion that was the former home of Rochester's first mayor. Practice dance sessions after class give students a chance to cut loose with newly learned footwork and to refine their piercing, seductive gaze while gliding around on the new hardwood dance floors.?
The studio also hosts a live concert series,?Fandango at the Tango, on Sunday nights,?as well as tango and salsa socials?several times a month.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Amid an expansive dance floor with columns wrapped in lights, instructors teach many styles of rug-cutting, designing lessons to get students of all ages boogying. Seven days a week, visitors can find the studio bustling with group classes, drop-in classes, and private lessons. The full calendar even includes open social dances that offer a quick lesson on a specific style before setting groups free to put their own spins on the steps. In addition to set classes, special workshops and guest teachers stir a dose of specialty wisdom into the studio's full agenda book.
Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded their first gym in Buffalo in 1980 and now boast a network of six women-only gyms. In addition to personal training, instructors at these facilities lead hundreds of group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool, which hosts such classes as Aqua-cise.
Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works?it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.