24 Nov 2018
ENCOURAGE your inner musician in private or group lessons. If you haven’t played the piano since fourth grade or always yearned to pick up an electric guitar and shred, winter is the perfect time to hunker down and learn how to play an instrument.[This article is a continuation of making winter fun again- part one ]
The Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains inspires and challenges adults of all ages: whether “trying a new instrument for the first time or dusting off the instrument you played in high school.” Individual or group instrumental lessons in piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp, harpsichord and organ, as well as music theory classes are available for all experience levels. www.musicconservatory.org; 914-761-3900. (photo: courtesy of Music Conservatory of Westchester)
School of Rock in Bedford utilizes a performance-based curriculum with weekly private lessons and group band rehearsals. Guitar lessons for adults are available for all levels. Lessons in piano, bass, drums and vocals are also offered. www.bedford.schoolofrock.com; 914-234-0418. (Locations in Mamaroneck and White Plains, too.)
TAP into your inner dancer during the winter months ahead. Move those feet (and hips!), stay active, meet new people and dance!
Calling all singles and couples. Arthur Murray Dance Studio in White Plains offers group and private lessons in salsa, tango, cha-cha and more. A family-owned business here in Westchester since 1957, started by his parents, Michael Powers says their studio is full of empty nesters and retirees looking to socialize. As he describes it, dancing is a together sport and more popular than ever. “When you dance together, you both win.” So put on those dancing shoes and head on over. www.arthurmurraywhiteplains.com; 914-948-5929. (Locations in Mt. Kisco and Yonkers as well.)
How about friends, fitness and fun with the Friendly Squares Dance Club in Katonah? Individuals, couples and families are welcome at the free Fun Nights on January 28 and February 4. The 15-week beginner square dance course starts February 11. To register, call 914-433-2919.
UNLEASH your inner comedian and have fun presenting your own material and learning from the pros.
Hone your stand-up comedy routine at the Comedy Open Mic nights at Lucy’s Laugh Lounge in Pleasantville on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.lucyslaughlounge.com or call 914-200-4812 to sign up for improv workshops for aspiring performers of all levels.
You can also attend weekly adult improv classes at Croton Academy of Arts in Croton-on-Hudson. The 90-minute classes are taught by professional actors and comedians, providing in-class exercises on acting techniques, building characters and using imagination. Have fun, laugh a lot and de-stress! www.crotonacademy.org; 914-862-0988.
For part one of this article, click here.