In 1947, on New York City's Park Avenue, the first Fred Astaire Dance Studio—cofounded by the eponymous toe tapper himself—opened its doors to the public. More than six decades later, now boasting schools across North America, the dancing institution still adheres to the legendary Mr. Astaire's curriculum and instruction techniques.
Specializing in social ballroom and competitive dances, the schools' current consortium of professional instructors shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through dance lessons that span from classic ballroom and foxtrot romps to the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo. In addition to classes, the studio hosts social practice parties where up to 40 students hone newly acquired rug-cutting capabilities. As foot-charming music blares from the speakers, instructors work to cultivate a lively social setting where each guest can dance, mingle, and surgically correct their second left foot without fear of embarrassment.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
There is nothing like it in the world.
The first Create Connect Jewelry studio location is now open in Madison, Wisconsin.
Of the products you sell, which are your favorites?
it is hard to choose!
I would have to choose the Joyce Statement bracelet or coins and snaps from the Create Connectables interchangeable jewelry lines.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We all love are jewelry, but not all women and girls can fuse glass or solder wire.
I wanted to provide a simple technique to making professional looking jewelry without classes or the expense of additional supplies.
What do you love most about your job?
Seeing the complete joy on my customers faces when they are so excited about the jewelry they made.
Michaela Torcaso, the owner and CEO of Tibia Healing Center, couldn't decide what the world needed more—inner or outer peace—so she decided to give it both. The former begins its incubation in the massage school, where aspiring massage therapists spend 675 hours training for their certification. From there, calm is channeled through graduates' hands and into the minds and muscles of the clients of the Tibia Healing Center, where myriad modalities address everything from injury to stress from trying to balance a checkbook on one's nose.
When she's not planting the seeds of inner peace in her clients, Tibia's owner is spreading it outwards through her nonprofit, Creating a Peaceful World, which volunteers healing bodywork services to individuals including the families of murder victims and charity participants. Torcaso also offers scholarships to aspiring massage therapists who need financial assistance to pursue their education.
Once a Badger, always a Badger. And with a membership to the Wisconsin Alumni Association, you can namedrop your close, personal friend Bucky in establishments across the state for some special treatment. Sprecher's Restaurants across the state serve their beers, burgers, and sausages at a 10% discount for members, and Wisconsinmade.com also knocks off 10% on orders of all food and Badger apparel. Big-name hotels and charming B&Bs in Wisconsin towns offer discounts, as does OrlandoVacation.com—which gets Wisconsinites with a taste for warmer climates and a desire to learn hair-braiding tips from Elsa herself 35% off a trip to Orlando.
Discounts on concert tickets, flowers, office supplies, and athletic events round out the benefits for UW grads. The alumni association also welcomes people who never attended the university, but who still love it to join. It's where Badgers belong.
Nestled in Lake Edge Shopping Center, Fired Up Pottery helps visitors tap into their artistic sides with hands-on pottery, fused-glass activities, and canvas painting. Alongside their friends and neighbors, patrons can apply personalized designs to plain bisque pottery pieces, or arrange precut, brightly hued glass into designs for soap dishes, sun catchers, or the reading glasses of napping friends. Alternatively, more structured classes impart basic pottery-throwing techniques. The spacious studio can play host to parties and group events, and staffers fire handiwork into finished products available for pickup one–two weeks after studio sessions. Though appointments are recommended for large parties, Fired Up welcomes smaller groups and solo artists to walk in for a class when the mood strikes.
The movers from You Move Me pull up to homes, determined to relieve their customers from the stress that comes with moving. They earn their clients' trust by arriving on time and then doing a careful walk through of the home before starting to load up; afterward, they run down a checklist to make sure nothing was left behind. During packing services, employees are equally conscientious, protecting customers' items in specially designed moving boxes rather than in extra-large piñatas.