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Feature: Jersey City Ballroom, at The Brunswick Center

Whether it’s just to have fun and be comfortable on the dance floor or putting together a showcase number:


Jersey City Ballroom



Ever since they were kids, dance partners and Jersey City Ballroom owners Werner Figar and Shimkiri Sawian-Figar have loved to dance. 



Figar, who started as a gymnast, was inspired after watching Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing” to try dance. Sawian-Figar, on the other hand, was glued to the small screen, watching “America’s Ballroom Challenge” and dreaming of leaving her tap and ballet shoes behind.



Today, their dreams have come true. Sawian-Figar is the undefeated Edison Ballroom Champion, Vice-Champion of the N.J. Open Rising Star Latin and has been a finalist in many U.S. competitions. Figar, on the other hand, is a three-time Austrian Champion, has been on “Dancing With the Stars Austria” and has been one of the top 30 professional international Latin dancers in the world.



While they’re proud of their accomplishments, Sawian-Figar says the most rewarding part of ballroom dancing is — well, it’s fun!



“The great thing about ballroom dancing is that it takes all of the fun things about moving with music and adds a social element because you dance with other people on the dance floor!” said Sawian-Figar. “Dancing promotes happiness through movement — who doesn’t feel happier moving to their favorite song?”

While they’re proud of their accomplishments, Sawian-Figar says the most rewarding part of ballroom dancing is — well, it’s fun!






Now, the pair wants to help others have fun and find their passion for dance. 



At Jersey City Ballroom, dancers of all ages and skill levels can either take group classes or receive private one-on-one instruction. Not sure which you like? First-time students can get a 2-for-1 deal and try both formats to find the right fit.



“We believe that everyone can dance and that dancing makes life better. We offer the highest quality instruction for all ages, from young children to adults, and all levels, from absolute beginners to very advanced dancers,” said Sawian-Figar. 

Learn traditional ballroom dance styles like the waltz, tango and foxtrot, as well as Latin styles like salsa and jive

“We enjoy helping people achieve their dance goals, whether it’s just to have fun and be comfortable on the dance floor or putting together a showcase number,” she said, adding that as a married couple, they also have a soft spot for couples learning a first dance for their weddings.



She adds that students will be able to learn traditional ballroom dance styles like the waltz, tango and foxtrot, as well as Latin styles like salsa and jive.

“Our favorite dance style is Latin! We love the rhythm and we like how versatile this style is, you can adapt it to a lot of different music and make it suit your personality,” said Sawian-Figar.



Overall, Sawian-Figar says their focus is on making the experience rewarding for their students.



“We really strive to help our students feel comfortable dancing so they can enjoy it more, but we also like to stretch their boundaries so that they can achieve something better, perhaps a new dance move that they never thought they could do,” she said. “It’s also great for fitness because you’re constantly moving and on your feet and as you dance, you feel a sense of community with your fellow students.”

“Our favorite dance style is Latin!”



Jersey City Ballroom is a perfect fit for the Brunswick Center as well as the community overall, she adds. 



“We love being part of the Brunswick Center! We really support the idea of having a central location that you can go to for wellness and fitness. Also, it’s the first of its kind in Jersey City and as we’re also the first ballroom and Latin studio, that really resonates with us!”





“We really strive to help our students feel comfortable dancing so they can enjoy it more, but we also like to stretch their boundaries so that they can achieve something better, perhaps a new dance move that they never thought they could do.”



“Dancing makes life better!”





For more information, visit JerseyCityBallroom.com.





Feature: AU Capoeira, at The Brunswick Center

A place that combines both dance classes and exercise programs with music and martial arts:


AU Capoeira



At a health and wellness haven like the Brunswick Center, it’s not hard to find dance classes or exercise programs, but a place that combines both with music and martial arts? That’s a rare and precious gift.
 
Arts United Capoeira, or AU Capoeira, has been bringing the beauty of this Brazilian martial art to Jersey City since 2002, when it was founded by Mestre Glauber. With speed, power, agility and grace, Mestre Glauber taught his students the art’s trademark kicks,  spins and other highly complex moves.
 
The group was most recently based at the legendary Jersey City arts institution 58 Coles before the building’s sale, but is now happy to call the Brunswick Center home.
 
Since Mestre Glaubers’s return to his native Brazil in 2010, the group has been run by Regina Cassorla, Elaine Ocson, Alex Tyshkov and Randy Brathwaite — known in the capoeira realm as Tropicana, So Riso, Bombriol and Chapa, respectively.
 
“We have this great energy together and we are truly blessed,” said Regina. “As capoeira has changed me and my partners’ lives, we believe it will change the life of anyone that practices capoeira.
 

“Capoeira has something in it for people of all ages and abilities. It helps with personal development, allows self-expression in an open and responsive environment and is lots of fun!” she added. “Capoeira is life, is energy, is happiness, and is community!”
 
Those who are curious can take a free first trial class, she says, before deciding whether or not to join the school. The group offers classes every day of the week except Friday and Sunday, and allows students to pay per class or per month, or to book private lessons. Kids and adults who master the discipline can then graduate from the school during one of two yearly ceremonies.

“Capoeira has something in it for people of all ages and abilities. It helps with personal development, allows self-expression in an open and responsive environment and is lots of fun!”

The students also travel together every summer to visit Mestre Glauber near the pristine beaches of Ubatuba, Brazil.
 
“It’s oriented for students and their families to come join us for a celebration,” Regina explained. “We stay in a bed and breakfast, we practice capoeira, and we have lots of free time to visit other places, rest by the beach and meet people. It’s so much fun!
 
“Things like this are what set our business apart — we are a family, and we have fun together…The daily stress fades away once you enter the classroom. You submerge yourself in learning capoeira, its music and song, and you meet amazing new people from all types of backgrounds.”


“Things like this are what set our business apart — we are a family, and we have fun together…The daily stress fades away once you enter the classroom. You submerge yourself in learning capoeira, its music and song, and you meet amazing new people from all types of backgrounds.”



“Capoeira is life, is energy, is happiness, and is community!”





For more information, visit AU Capoeira.

Feature: Black Bird Art Gallery, at The Brunswick Center

At this studio, locals of all ages and levels of skill jump into art and become creators themselves:


Black Bird Art Gallery


With Jersey City’s art scene getting bigger every day, it’s hard to not want in on the fun. Luckily for so-called “non-artists,” local painter and tattooist Christian Masot is looking to help them take their first steps.



You might know Masot as the organizer of New Jersey’s biannual arts event SketchCon. At the event, dozens of professional artists display their fine art, crafts and artisan goods.



At Blackbird Gallery and Art Studio at the Brunswick Center, Masot aims to help locals of all ages and levels of skill jump into art and become creators themselves.



“I want to educate people about painting, photography and drawing in a comfortable environment,” said Masot. “It’s like when people want to start working out, going to the gym can be intimidating. We want to be a place that is approachable for everybody. Anyone with curiosity about painting or taking a picture is welcome here.”



Masot says he also wants to have painting and photography meet-up groups and a gallery to display nontraditional, edgy and street art.

He is also especially interested in teaching kids.


“Right now, we’re losing a lot of public funding for art in schools. Art is just not as available as it was when I was younger,” said Masot, who went to local institutions like Kearny High School and Montclair State. “We had art lessons and classes, and I even sometimes had three periods of art a day!

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Masot said kids aren’t just lacking learning opportunities; supplies and interest can also be hard to come by. 

”Art has become a hobby and people have to really seek it out because it’s not readily there. When I ask people why they don’t paint, they assume they’ll be bad at it and say, ‘I can only draw stick figures.’ 

”I said, ‘Of course you’re going to stink. If you were bowling, you’re not going to bowl 300 right away, but you’d still go.’ Why is it so intimidating to try art?”



“Anyone with curiosity about painting or taking a picture is welcome here.”


This, he adds, is one reason he’s particularly passionate about reaching out to young artists.



“We want kids to develop a passion while they have the ambition to go all out. I want everyone to have the same spirit as kids. When you’re a kid, you’ll try anything…This is about trying something new and learning about yourself.

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Masot says he’s excited to be at the Brunswick Center, which he hopes can one day host SketchCon and other arts events.


“Jersey City has a pretty good art and culture scene happening and I want to be in there,” said Masot. “We want to be a place where like-minded people can get together, do projects and just go in and forget about the world for a couple hours.”




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For more information, visit blackbirdartgalleryjc.com.

Feature: Power-House Pilates, at The Brunswick Center

Clients can get personal instruction and support as they build their flexibility, strength and fitness:


Power-House Pilates



It can be hard to get a workout on the East Coast without being jammed into cramped classes at busy big box gyms. At Power-House Pilates, however, clients can get personal instruction and support as they build their flexibility, strength and fitness.

Owners Risa Harris and Morwen Banq met while working at a Manhattan-based studio and bonded over their love of the fitness system, which uses concentration, control, centering, flow of movement, precision and breathing.


Harris and Banq, who both have a dance background, said they first started using Pilates as a way to supplement their dance training and improve their dancing abilities. But you don’t have to be a ballerina to do Pilates, they say.

“Pilates is great for everybody — people who are sick or people with injuries; younger people, older people,” said Banq. “There’s so many variations and modifications to the exercise…everybody can benefit from it.

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Harris agreed, adding, “The goal with Pilates is full-body strength training with a big focus on core strength.

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“It’s really great or people with back pain, preventing injury, helping people have much better posture and overall just making people feel much better,” she said. “It makes people feel really good and helps them get in better shape using an exercise program they can sustain for the rest of their lives.”



Both say they are committed to making Pilates a more personal experience, with Harris saying she wants to “make people feel really cared for.”

“We just want to offer personalized Pilates instruction in classes that are really small, with up to 4 people, and private sessions,” said Harris. 

Banq says they will also offer tantric Pilates and Mommy-and-Me classes for new moms and their newborn babies. Clients can pay per session, or purchase packages.


“…you don’t have to be a ballerina to do Pilates.”




“It’s really great for people with back pain, preventing injury, helping people have much better posture and overall just making people feel much better.”

Banq, who lives in the Powerhouse Arts District (which coincidentally shares its name with the Pilates term for the body’s core and the pair’s studio), said she’s excited to bring their new business to a booming area like Jersey City.

“There are so many people moving here and I think it’s going to be a good addition to the neighborhood,” said Banq. “When I first moved here six years ago, it was just starting to change. Before, people were living in Jersey City and going to the city to work, but now they’re staying in JC and we’re seeing more fitness places opening.

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Harris is particularly excited about joining other fitness-related businesses at the Brunswick Center.



“It’s nice to not feel isolated and feel a sense of community,” she said. “I think it can only be a positive thing to be around other like-minded people who are also in the fitness industry and to just feed off each other’s energy.”


“…an exercise program they can sustain for the rest of their lives.”



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For more information, visit Power-HousePilates.com.

Feature: FreedOM Therapeutics, at The Brunswick Center

Where therapeutic massage and yoga are combined, to refresh oneself both physically and mentally:


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Working 65 to 70 hours a week in the retail industry, Oneika Mays found herself constantly stressed, tired and aching. That is, until she found yoga.

Today, the longtime Jersey City resident has long left the world of retail behind and is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher and owner of FreedOM Therapeutics.



“When people first get on my table, I have them take a moment and breathe so they have a sense of awareness. Then we do a gentle body scan, face-up or face-down, which gives them a chance to bring themselves into this moment,” said Mays.

“Using yoga and meditation in conjunction with massage gets people inspired and helps them set their mind on self-healing.”




Mays, who has taught yoga to everyone from cancer patients to prisoners on Rikers Island, says therapeutic massage and yoga combined allow her clients to refresh themselves both physically and mentally. In the case of her patients with athletic injuries, she says they can even heal faster with her help.


“Working with stretches is such a different way to explore therapeutics than statically lying on a table — You just feel more moved.”



She tailors each 60- to 90-minute session for each client. Some of her patients just opt for yoga, others for just massage, and for several, her winning combo of both.

“Some people like to do therapeutic postures before moving onto the table, or even stretches with a yoga feel on the table,” she said. “Working with stretches is such a different way to explore therapeutics than statically lying on a table. You just feel more moved!”

Being in the Brunswick Center also adds to the experience, she says.

“It’s amazing. The energy in this space just feels so good — there are people doing spin, kickboxing and even capoeira! Everyone is so community-oriented and it’s just such a friendly place,” she said, adding that the center is one of the most fantastic community resources in the Village neighborhood and Jersey City overall.

“There is an explosion happening in Jersey City that is absolutely incredible, especially with local businesses that have a wellness spin,” said Mays. “It feels like the time is right to be here. It’s great to see how Jersey City has blossomed into a great place for people to live and now, work.”




For more information, visit FreedOM Therapeutics.

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