Category: BGT Focus

A note on Stepping Up for Our city . . .

As a Jersey City business owner and developer, I am not a proponent of any new taxes. However, I also realize how important it is to work together to support our community when it needs us the most. Investing in the school system is the only way to ensure that our schools continue to improve. I would like to believe that one day, our education system will be the reason that more families choose to stay behind and build their lives and futures here. Do I like the new payroll tax? Of course not. However, I am choosing to support this payroll tax to fund our schools because I believe our city needs our support.

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For This Holiday Season: Shop Jersey City Buy Local

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Help Us Choose a Name!

Help Us Choose a building name for our next project located at 387 8th St across Jones Park.

Click on the Link to choose from 4 options:
https://poll.app.do/building-name-2411148

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Jersey City Grows Up | NYTimes.com

It’s not just for singles anymore. Families are choosing to stay in the area, and pushing into nearby waterfront towns like West New York and Weehawken.

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Prioritizing Safe Building Practices

Apparently 8 years ago today, we had started our 1st project at 357 3rd st. in Jersey City. Luckily we found better sub contractors who understand safety today. The project was finally CO-ed in 2012. Let’s just say this picture gives our team chills and goosebumps and the same time. Cheers to them

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Air Conditioners for Cordero!

Please consider helping the Rafael De J Cordero School of Jersey City raise funds for air conditioning in their school. Our children deserve to study in a more comfortable learning environment!

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Cordero PTP is raising money to buy air conditioners for the school. The PTP will buy the units and the district will install them. If your company…

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2018’s Most Diverse Cities in the U.S. | WalletHub®

Jersey City Ranked #1 most diverse city in the US –

2018’s Most Diverse Cities in the U.S. May 3, 2018 | Adam McCann, Financial Writer America is undergoing an extreme makeover, thanks to rapid demographic diversification. By 2050, you won’t even…

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And our thanks to you, Jersey City Kickboxing, for being a great member of The Brunswick Center community.

I just wanted to give a shout out to Behnam Torrei and BGT Enterprises. When Jersey City Kickboxing was going to lose…

Posted by Paul Clark on Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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Career Fair on Monday, January 22nd — at The Brunswick School in Downtown Jersey City!

Looking for a teacher or assistant teacher position? Join us Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:30AM for our Career Day. Receive information about our openings and have an interview on the spot! Email info@thebrunswickschool.com to RSVP to attend.

Looking for a teacher or assistant teacher position? Join us Monday, January 22, 2018 at 9:30AM for our Career Day….

Posted by The Brunswick School in Downtown Jersey City on Saturday, January 20, 2018

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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.