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.
When traversing Oak Meadow Farm’s 52 verdant acres, one is struck by sweeping views of nearby produce farms. Students contribute to this idyllic pastoral scene as they learn the basics of riding in either indoor or outdoor rings. The experienced staff is led by head trainer Amy Kriwitsky who brings her individual experiences, such as her bachelor’s degree in animal science, to teaching beginners how to tack and nay effectively. Her efforts have earned Oak Meadow Farm praise in publications such as Today’s Equestrian and Chronicle of the Horse.
At Art & Soul Gallery Studio, Lis-el and Alexis Crowley lead casual art classes in a space brimming with creations by local artists. In the studio, the artists demonstrate steps in crafting items such as fused-glass pieces and painted scarves. Students follow along during class sessions, eventually bringing pieces into existence with their own individual flair and burgeoning telekinetic powers. After class, students can decamp to the gallery for a glimpse of other’s work or pop into a comfortable lounge for sips of coffee or tea.
Spanning four locations, Club Fitness caters to health-seekers with its expansive cardio rooms, personal-training sessions, and group fitness classes. Most studios boast an impressive array of amenities, such as a private, women-only area, shake and supplement bar, babysitting, tanning beds, and weights that lift themselves and then high-five you. Guests can work out on the sprawling cardio decks, or get sweaty in group fitness classes that include Insanity, Bodypump, and Step.
Each instructor at Evolution Pilates is certified through Stott Pilates, which requires a minimum of 200 hours of training. Backed by this certification, the instructors lead private and group classes for all types of exercisers, from beginners to experienced athletes. The classes incorporate equipment such as reformers, which help exercisers build lean muscles.
The 119th Wapping Fair beckons curious visitors with a flock of engaging performers, interactive displays, farm animals, and hilarious races featuring pigs and hot-dog dachshunds. Audiences gather around the slew of entertainers, such as sword-swallowing showman Roderick Russell and Jayna Lee⎯a multitalented acrobat, aerial trapeze artist, stilt walker, income-tax specialist, and juggler. After visitors are fresh out of applause, they can pursue hands-on fun at one of the interactive displays, where they'll explore such skills as butter making, organic landscaping, cow milking, and how to judge a pumpkin on its personality over its performance in the swimsuit competition.