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 and demonstrations.
At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of
Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts—the ancient predecessor of all martial arts—they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.
At bars, restaurants, and community centers throughout New York and Florida, people are making art after dark. Sometimes, they're painting a palm tree at sunset, or recreating two birds kissing on a tree branch. Other times, they're absorbed in crafting, or a multimedia project. This outpouring of creativity can be credited to Creative Scene. The artists behind this organization host an eclectic array of workshops, walking guests through the creative process with beginner-friendly, step-by-step instruction.
You never know what kind of creativity a child holds within. At After School Art Classes, a professional artist with three decades of experience as an art restorer and painter helps kids express their creative energy during afternoon art classes. Young students from age 6 to 16 make their visions come to life with oil paint or acrylics and small classes ensure plenty of one-on-one instruction.
If dancing is on the agenda, be sure to swing by Millennium School-Irish Dance in Ridgefield for an exciting (and exhausting) experience.
Millennium School-Irish Dance offers instruction in a number of dance styles, from classical to modern.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.