Fascinating Rhythm's extensively trained dance teachers and former dancers corral students of all ages and skill levels into groups of 25 to 30 and then clear the cobwebs from unused toes with a full spectrum of classes. Two-year-olds in the Be-Bop Ballet Babies class bundle their energy into pliés, tendus, hopping, turning, and respectfully debating the superiority of Petipa's Don Quixote adaptation, all to the accompaniment of a spritely soundtrack. Flocks of less little ones (ages 3–5 and 6–9) migrate toward Happy Feet classes to dip toes into the foundation steps of ballet, jazz, and tap. So You Think You Can Dance spices up gyrating jives with hip-hop, hard- and soft-shoe Irish, and modern dance techniques for ages 6–13, and Reno Glee pipes in pop and rock vocal training on top of choreography, similar to the hit TV series The Deadliest Catch. Fascinating Rhythm also tailors classes to special-needs dancers, which focus on coordination and basic skills such as skipping, hopping, leaping, and balancing.
For the staff at Music Fuze, making music more accessible doesn't just mean selling and repairing instruments. It also means helping people form a deeper connection to music, no matter how much talent or experience they possess. With that in mind, the shop's talented instructors schedule everything from individual music lessons for beginners to a three-month training program for rockers who want to learn how to play in a band. The staff also opens their shop's doors for kids' birthday parties, allowing youngsters to fiddle with instruments and practice their Grammy acceptance speeches during karaoke sessions.
Musician Tim Lake has been playing music for 25 years. During lessons held at the Muzic Fuze store, Tim Lake helps students of all ages and experience levels express themselves instrumentally. Sight-reading, ear-training, and music theory are a few areas of specialty. As an added convenience, Tim keeps extra guitars in his studio for students who'd rather not lug around their own.
Licensed massage therapist Aric Shapiro makes friends with aching muscles and promotes deep relaxation by incorporating techniques from a wide range of modalities. During his signature massage, Aric spends 60 or 90 minutes convincing clients he will not sign their backs and introducing muscles to the deft strokes he combines from myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, and lymphatic drainage. Aric also culls methods from his black belt in aikido, such as breath work and body alignment, to further alleviate pain and deliver muscles to a stress-free state. By tailoring each massage to fit the specific needs of the client, Aric can design his kneads to palliate the ailments of a wide range of conditions, from shoulder stiffness to dorsal-fin ticklishness.
The team at Lynn Greene Photography has been snapping shots together since 2006—long enough to know that the most important part of their job is, by a happy coincidence, also the most fun. Each session begins with some lighthearted goofing around, establishing a playful tone that helps most people strike a relaxed pose. Their clients range from families to high-school seniors to sexy boudoir models, and they never fail to elicit a natural smile from any of the above. That said, they know when to get serious. They often help out corporate professionals looking for business headshots to separate them from the pack.
Immediately after holding an in-studio or outdoor session, clients are invited to preview their images at the studio. While there, they can decide which pictures to preserve as prints, in coffee-table books, or on fake dollar bills.
McLaughlin Studios employs a team of professional performing artists to teach private and group lessons in instrumental music, dance, and musical theater. Private music lessons further an individual's proficiency in pop, jazz, rock, classical, and show-tunes styles, whereas group sessions encourage cohesive learning for bands and ensembles prepping for three annual recitals. Adept dancers help protégés progress at their own pace as they learn complex steps and how to dodge tossed rose bouquets with creative movement, ballet, strength training, and modern dance-fusion styles.
Started just a year ago, the McLaughlin Theatre Company gathers youth performers for independent productions at the MTC Playhouse. Young thespians hone their on-stage and auditioning skills in acting classes, which serve as more secure steps toward performing in Broadway musicals than thumb-wrestling matches with Andrew Lloyd Weber.