The consortium of professional instructors at the many 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.
Nancy Mahon, founder of Sanctuary Yoga Studios, was raised by a family of Buddhist teachers. Her family led her down a meditative path throughout her teenage years, which laid a foundation for a lifetime of studying zen, as well as other cultures and religions. She was also inspired to pursue yoga with an inquiry-based approach to cultivate awareness and understanding. While she instructs, she strives to elicit the same passion from her students. She incorporates classic poses, breathing techniques, and meditations to coax bodies and minds into harmony without resorting to bribery.
Inside her serene studio, sunlight and gentle breezes waft through the room as seasoned instructors lead hatha- and Vinyasa-based classes. Students of any skill level can deepen their practice through traditional yoga, or target problem areas and ailments during therapeutic and stretching sessions or classes focused on abs and glutes. When they aren't teaching regular classes, the yogis inculcate novice instructors with their teacher-training programs recognized by the Yoga Alliance.
The Karma Vault invites students of all ages and skills to participate in group, semiprivate, and private classes. Certified instructors and trainers lead a variety of yoga classes in styles such as Vinyasa yoga, hot yoga, and beginners' yoga. The studio also offers wellness coaching, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling.
At New City Yoga, programs for adults and children alike focus on challenging the mind and body with a mix of modalities including yoga, tai chi, ki gong, and energy healing. Yoga classes focus on physical well-being with strengthening and toning work, and they also benefit students emotionally by introducing techniques that can improve emotional health by breaking unhealthy habits, including how to get the Cookie Monster off your speed dial once and for all. Along with meditation classes and private healing-massage sessions, the center also hosts energy principle and other meditation-based workshops.
FIT4MOM helps women stay in shape throughout their pregnancies and into motherhood. The Fit4Baby class strengthens muscles while reducing traditional pregnancy aches and pains. Stroller Strides welcomes moms to push their babies in buggies while they power walk and strength train, a much more effective workout than repeatedly lifting a diaper bag full of bricks. FIT4MOM’s instructors also lead barre-inspired classes and 5K training.
Bounce! Trampoline Sports proves that learning to dunk a basketball is not a matter of practice and persistence, but of location. On the slam-dunk court, preteens can achieve the same amount of air time as pro stars, dropping the ball into the net before landing safely on the springy floor. The court is one of five inside the trampoline gym, which covers 25,000 square feet—including the sloped walls—with elastic surface. These antigravity zones allow for freeform flips and bounds as well as games and activities. Dodge-ball teams lob soft spheres at each other in midjump, and low-impact aerobics classes condition students through energizing leaps. The center also caters to skateboarders and snowboarders, who can rehearse their tricks without worrying about hard falls or the harsh critiques of a nearby Sasquatch.
During open bounce time, the gym welcomes guests of all ages to test its cushy amenities, all of which are supervised by staff and protected by various safety measures. Bounce! Jr., a separate area for youngsters aged 6 and younger, boasts its own miniature version of the main courts' foam pit, as well as an inflatable obstacle course. Group events range from birthday parties to corporate gatherings, and an arcade allows friends to take breaks from the hopping grounds. All of these features have helped Bounce! to garner considerable press—its trampolines have been seen on Today and as far away as Japan on Tokyo TV.
Snap Fitness of Mahwah’s spacious fitness center furnishes members with 24-hour access to state-of-the-art cardio and strength-training equipment as well as onsite tanning and an online fitness program. Clients can arrive day or night to tour the gym’s myriad machines and beseech fitness experts for health tips during staffed hours throughout the week. Members have access to the Truestar Health Nutritional Portal, which helps clients infuse healthy habits into everyday life by offering advice 24/7 on key areas such as nutrition, sleep patterns, and growing backyard vegetable gardens in zen-like configurations. Tanning highlights newly protruding muscles with a sun-kissed glow.