All of the instructors at Hudson Dance Studio are professional- and champion-level dancers who have trained in Europe. Armed with an encyclopedic overseas knowledge of dance, they lead students of all skill levels through classes that explore myriad styles, including ballet for adults, Zumba, samba, Argentine tango, swing, foxtrot, and the waltz. The instructing team fosters a supportive environment in which students can meet new people, have fun, and feel comfortable. Hudson Dance Studio frequently hosts dance parties and special events, and is also available for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Envision Video Services saves recorded relics from the dustbin of multimedia history with its media digitization services. Envision's ambience archivists crack open the contents of a range of outdated films and formats, including VHS, Betamax, and Hi8 tape, preserving contents on future-friendly DVDs and CDs. Rediscover heaps of home movies with video digitization, freeing memories of birthdays, holidays, and Mr. Belvedere tributes from captivity within antiquated storage systems (single tape conversions start at $19.95). Older self-cinematographers can unspool rusty reels with Envision's film digitization, allowing new generations to peek into historical family vacations or discover full-color proof of LBJ's secret life as a sideshow contortionist (starting at $49.90, plus $0.16 per foot).
Scratch DJ Academy founders Rob Principe and the late Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC opened the academy in 2001 to lower the barrier of entry for learning its eponymous art form. Today, its talented faculty know that juggling beats can be harder than juggling irritated porcupines, and their skill at teaching the complex art has drawn media attention from the likes of The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The academy’s instructors include Grandwizard Theodore, who began DJing at 13, and Rob Swift, who claims a resumé with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a collaboration with Herbie Hancock. Scratch offers a slew of courses and educational tours that cover topics ranging from the basics of music production to advanced digital DJing. It reaches more than 100,000 students each year and has taught future DJs from all 50 states and 35 different countries.
With bicoastal learning labs that give students complete access to mixing and sound equipment, dubspot is one of the country's foremost institutions for learning music and media technologies. The school's course list covers everything from DJing to sound design. Class sizes of 10 people or less ensure each student gets plenty of one-on-one instruction, which is fortunate since the instructors have plenty of wisdom to offer. Their ranks include a Grammy-nominated producer and a sound designer for the Oscar-winning animated film Wall-E.
Even when they're not in class, students have access to the lab facilities six days a week. Those unable to attend courses in person at the New York or LA schools can also enroll online, an option which gives them access to instructional videos for up to one year or until their computer gets old enough to move out on its own.
Inplayables' inflatable wonderland includes slides, arenas, and bounce houses, where children can safely burn off pent-up energy while having fun. In addition to their open-play jump sessions, the staff summons princesses and cartoon characters for raucous, high-flying rock-star and princess birthday bashes that include themed activities. Other party packages reward energy-expending kids with pizza and activities, such as bubble blowing or face painting, all useful to take part in when preparing for a future in which every company is run by clowns.
Girls Night: The Musical brings to the stage of the Midtown Theater a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating combines rows of chairs with tables that hark back to intimate cabarets of yore, when every audience member was waited on by a wax figure of Dean Martin. General-admission seating is first come, first served, and begins 30 minutes prior to the show. Entertainment Events has produced amateur and professional performances in more than 250 cities both domestic and abroad. The production company also supports communities, schools, art groups, and civic organizations with fundraising efforts.