The instructors of Piel Canela Dance and Music School are spreading the word with their feet. A nonprofit organization devoted to introducing newcomers to the sounds and steps of salsa and mambo, Piel Canela's team works to teach students not only the steps of dance but an appreciation for the music and culture from which they sprung. Latin dances—along with ballet, hip-hop, Zumba, and competitive standing—dominate the class lineup, and workshops, socials, and salsa vacations are offered to deepen students' skill sets. While the school's focus is centrally on losing one's extra left foot, the school also holds classes in art, Spanish language, and music.
Today's Groupon teaches you to skillfully strum with a 10-week guitar course at NYC Guitar School. Take any one of its $319 classes for $160. Lessons for every level of skill and practice are offered, from guitar for absolute beginners to intermediate classes including blues guitar to advanced classes such as modes of lead guitar. NYC Guitar School has a cure for every type of guitar ague with unique offerings including a Jimi Hendrix class, flamenco, a songwriter's circle, and a range of bass and classical guitar classes. All classes are limited to six students or less.
Hosting for ESPN. Starring in national commercials. Modeling for magazine covers and print ads. Having done it all herself, Mari White knows what it takes to make it as a model and entertainer in New York. At Mari Models, she shares her knowledge with kids and teens who have similar aspirations. Alongside other instructors who are also working models, she leads summer camps and workshops that cover auditions and casting, runway technique, health and nutrition, and confident self-presentation.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Berklee College of Music, David Sklar has composed for independent films, played at Lincoln Center, and won several piano competitions of his own. But his true legacy lives on in the deft fingers of the countless protégés to attend his studio, where he helps them hone their musical expression and creativity with a mixture of technique, music theory, and ear training during fun and engaging one-on-one lessons. Specializing in a variety of styles—from classical sonatas to show tunes and pop music—David also gives students his undivided attention during voice and songwriting classes.