Education Listings

"Peace of mind" seems to be the catchphrase of the year, so relax, relate, and release at the Milton Feher School of Dance and Relaxation (246-4144). Ease into classes like yoga, jazz, ballet, stretching techniques, and meditation. Five classes cost $75.

There is something for everyone at April's Dance-N-Feet (718-272-1813), where ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, gymnastics, and hip hop are all available. Baby boomers who want to jam with their kids should inquire about the "mommy and me" class schedule. Four weeks will cost you $32 plus a $10 registration fee. —Adamma Ince

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At biz Kids NY (243-6638), located in the West Village, Peggy Lewis and her team of instructors turn child stars (and wannabe child stars) into true-blue actors. Students ages eight and up can elect television/film classes or receive full conservatory training including mask work, mime, and commedia dell'arte. Fees range from $380 to $560 for 12 weeks.

One of the benefits of studying at Terry Schreiber Studio (741-0209) is that three months of classes make you eligible to audition for the studio's five to six annual mainstage productions. If you're lucky, you can spend those three months studying alongside the next Ed Norton (a proud alum). Yummy. Courses last from four to 12 weeks and cost from $170 to $400.

At the Actors Movement Studio (736-3309), Lloyd Williamson and others teach classes designed to enhance and expand Meisner training as well as other schools of acting. The Williamson technique aims at creating a released and open body and developing the voice ($560 to $620 for 14 weeks).

Bernice Loren's studio, Expressions (586-6804), leads students in a unified approach to acting, voice, and dance. Students may choose between very small group classes (four pupils or less) which cost $275 for a term of 12 lessons in addition to a registration fee. Private lessons are $35 for an hour and a half.

Located in the heart of the theater district, The Actors' Connection (843-4848) hosts a bevy of nightly seminars designed to pair actors with agents and casting directors. During each seminar, actors have the chance to perform monologues, receive critiques, and learn what auditioners look for. Each seminar costs $29.

The folks at New York Performance Alliance (566-1500) are not only teachers and administrators, they're film and theatrical producers as well, often casting directly from the student body. Courses include scene study, text interpretation, period styles, commercial technique, and film technique. Performance classes are limited to 16 students and cost from $200 to $400. —Alexis Soloski

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Learn the finer points of body-piercing at the Gauntlet's (229-0180) seminar. It offer tips on needle sterilization and disease transmission prevention as well as beginning techniques for piercing just about everything and anything above the navel. The five-day seminars cost $1095 and are offered February 8 through 12 or February 22 through 27.

No listing of fashion design would be complete without mentioning the Parsons School of Design (229-5151) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (217-7642). Each school offers costly courses (running about $40,540 for a two-year program at Parsons or about $7700 for a two-year program at FIT), but with a heightened sense of professionalism and opportunities to work with designer-critics like Donna Karan or Isaac Mizrahi—perks for four-year degree students—both schools are priceless. Financial aid is available. Spring semester for FIT starts February 1. Spring semester for Parsons starts January 26.

"If you do not have sewing skills, do not come here," says Alice Sapho, whose mother founded the Maison Sapho School of Dressmaking and Designing (873-9183). Her 10-month course is not for beginners. Instead, she accepts students from around the world to train with her in the art of fine dressmaking. Maison Sapho concentrates on creating original dresses without using commercial patterns. Costs for classes may vary. Classes start in February.

Studio Jewelers LTD (686-1944) offers instruction in basic jewelry making, design, and repair. Each 12-week course (considered part-time) provides one-on-one training and materials such as copper and other metals. It also offers three- and six-month­long comprehensive classes that teach the fundamentals of jewelry making as well as diamond setting, pearl and bead stringing, and wax molding. The cost of the 12-week classes ranges from $370 to $550. The full-time three- and six-month courses start at $3100. These courses start February 1 and all others start the first week of every month.

For 10 years, Cecelia Bauer has taught the ancient tradition of classical jewelry making to New Yorkers at the C. Bauer Studio (643-8913). This technique—called fusing and granulation—uses no soldering. Instead, she utilizes gold to bond metals together, creating chains and other fine high-karat jewelry. Bauer offers morning, noon, and night classes and summer sessions. The 10-week seminars cost $430 and next start March 2. —David Kihara

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You just might get the best deal in town at the Downtown Community Television Center (966-4510). AVID classes start at only $120. Basic Video Production Workshop is available in English or Spanish, and costs $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Register early because these nocturnal classes fill up quickly.

The New School Film Department (229-5630) offers courses in production, screenwriting, theory, and more. Spring semester starts February 1. Prices range from $365 to $1600 per class. Call for info and schedule of classes.

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