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.
Certified yoga instructor Lisa Leonard leads Vinyasa Flow classes, which strengthen and tone bodies and calm minds through a series of linked yoga poses. Students may start off seated on the floor, inhaling and exhaling deeply, before slowly transitioning to poses that challenge the core and improve balance. Eventually, they'll work their way to standing poses that stretch out the body and increase flexibility.
Lisa can tailor her lessons to beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. The certified yoga-chair specialist also teaches clients unable to participate in her traditional classes due to their advanced age or physical limitations.