Mark Sandler and Carrie Gaynor—co-directors of Absolute Yoga & Wellness—teach yoga as an extension of the healing arts they both practice. Mark focuses on the mind, bringing his studies of yogic philosophy and psychology under Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to the classroom. Carrie draws upon the medical know-how she garnered in her two decades as a nurse to enhance the benefits of her practice. Together, they seek to restore health to bodies through exercise and associated physical therapies, such as kinesis myofascial integration and yoga therapy.
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.
Groove Juice Swing's nine multitalented dance instructors, many of whom also play instruments, have spent more than a decade helping novice dancers sharpen their rug-cutting skills during private and group classes, which focus on Jazz Age and swing-era styles. In their quest to master the art of swing, students shuffle their feet through three levels of dance classes that build on one another, beginning with level-one classes covering the basics. Level-two classes, which focus on the lindy hop, teach participants to float on air as if they were standing on a floor of industrial fans, and level-three classes delve into more advanced techniques, such as doing the Charleston with a partner.
Outside of Groove Juice Swing––located at Tango Cafe’s dance studio––passersby can hear jazzy tunes by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone emanating from lively dance classes held every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night. Aside from classes, students can flaunt freshly learned skills during Groove Juice Swing’s annual Stompology workshop or events with live bands hosted by dance experts Steven Mitchell and Virginie Jensen.
Audrey is a physician assistant, a world music lover, a photographer, a scrapbooker, and a traveler. With a professional background in health, a personal penchant for international beats, and a slew of creative, artistic projects dominating the right side of her brain, it's no wonder Audrey excels at leading Zumba's Latin-inspired fitness parties. She's licensed in 5 of Zumba's subspecialties, and she's extremely meticulous about curating the perfect playlists.
Yoga DrishTi's instructor Nicole privately guides students of all levels through reflective small-group classes. Using ancient Indian sounds known as kirtan, students exercise their mind, body, and spirit through classes that are concentrated, alignment-based, and heart-centered. With a weekly menu that includes Manas [Mind] Your Mondays and Warrior Wednesdays, Yoga DrishTi's schedule provides several offerings to help pupils achieve inner tranquility.
Professional artist Vanessa Sheldon doesn't limit her creativity to the studio. During her two-hour Paint Class Wine Glass art parties, she invites aspiring painters to unlock their inner Monets at bars, restaurants, and event spaces across the city. Once they're set up with their provided materials, attendees learn to masterfully create portraits that can later be used to decorate homes, businesses, or public transportation platforms. Classes also fuel creativity with food and drink, whether it's a glass of BYOB wine or a cocktail purchased from an onsite bartender. Shelton oversees each party, guiding artists with advice gained through years of canvas time.