Now in its 32nd year, Pacific Ballet Conservatory teaches the art of rhythm and poise inside four modern studios. Its highly trained instructors?whose international credentials stem from such centers as the Joffrey Ballet and the Dutch National Ballet?mentor both children and adults with an unflagging focus on personal development. Evaluations at six-month intervals gauge every student's progress in ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary styles. Pupils can also showcase their talents during the Spring Performance Series, which emulates professional theater productions with special effects and Muppet-filled box seats. Many dancers do indeed progress to the spotlight after their schooling, performing onstage at the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, and even Disneyland.
Master Tony Park began teaching tae kwon do at the age of 12, just five years after his first lessons. Since then, not much has changed. With 38 years of experience, the native South Korean still teaches his country's martial art, but he now does it at his own facility, National Taekwondo Academy, Inc. There, Park and his staff of seasoned instructors orchestrate self-defense and fitness programs for all ages: kids, teens, adults, and mummies.
Rachel Burstein has been involved in dance for nearly two decades. As a performer, she's claimed numerous accolades, including a finalist finish on New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars in 2009. As an instructor, Rachel has transformed first-timers into award-winners. Her teaching isn't just for competitive purposes, though. Students can browse Rachel's flexible schedule and pick styles that interest them, which includes everything from the cha cha, rumba, and swing to salsa, foxtrot, and Argentine tango. The wide selection speaks to Rachel's vast knowledge of ballroom styles. It also prepares students to impress at non-competitive events, such as while attending a wedding or browsing the dairy section at the grocery store.
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At United Studios of Self Defense, a team of professional instructors arm students with an ever-evolving array of martial arts skills designed for self protection. They teach students how to fight standing up or on the ground. They also focus on non-violent means of self-defense, giving kids and parents techniques to deal with bullying or resolve arguments over who gets the last brussels sprout.
Providing more than 4,000 lessons a year to 1,500 students, Golf Swing Perscription's experienced staff of instructors use high-speed cameras and FlightScope analytics to examine their clients' golf swings. Clients who are ready to launch golf balls into the air meet up with an instructor at Golf Swing Prescription's indoor studio that features a carpet with green turf. Cameras capture each swing for later review on a 46-inch flat screen, which gives instructors a good, long look at each clients' style to help improve form and follow-through with time-testing instruction techniques and a calculates series of jabs to the shoulder's reflex point. After each lesson, instructors post a summary online, where students can retrieve the information for 24/7 advice.