With more than 30 years of kid-entertaining experience, The Little Gym provides a safe and noncompetitive environment wherein wee ones can exercise their brains and bodies. Maturing moppets aged 4 months to 3 years glean social and cognitive skills from a parent-child program that helps developing minds learn colors and numbers and helps parents learn to take turns and share. Gymnastics allows energized preschoolers to tumble at their own pace and caters to differing ages, levels of muscle development, and hatred of vegetables. Grade-school gymnasts tackle the mat, bar, vault, and beam in classes set to their ability, not age. Dance and cheerleading classes allow the rhythmically inclined to shake and sway and the vocally enthused to yell things other than other people's Social Security numbers.
The Golf Academy/LA's savvy instructors impart tee-to-green golf wisdom to help golfers improve all aspects of their golf games and golf-specific fitness goals. Lessons harness the latest teaching aids and technology, which allow golf aces to analyze each of their client's swings with verifiable data gleaned from 3-D sensors, slow-motion video feedback, and caddies returning from a mulligan-free future. Instructors advocate the importance of physical fitness and custom-fitted clubs to the development of a well-rounded game, which can be achieved and attained within the academy's three locations.
When it comes to musical instruction, Musician's Depot's field of talent is deep. Practiced instructors, many of whom work as studio musicians and perform in their own bands, teach almost every instrument imaginable, from guitar and drums to flute, violin, and french horn. Kids and adults alike can stop in for a lesson, peruse the stock of instruments for sale, or rent an instrument month-to-month before they commit to full ownership.
The equine experts at Los Angeles Horseback Riding whisk riders of all levels away on trots along scenic pathways that wend through the Santa Monica Mountains Backbone Trail. Each outing is capped at seven people to ensure tranquil traveling, and tour-takers hit the trails atop a fine steed outfitted in its best western tacking and slimming hoof stilettos. A one-hour ride affords pony-piloting pairs the chance to fan the flames of the centaur-like bond between human and horse as esurient eyes chow down on resplendent views including valley, mountain, and ocean sightings. Post-lope, tuck in to a decadent brunch at the Los Angeles Horseback Riding ranch nestled amongst 1,000 sylvan acres of parkland, nibbling on organic eats and waxing poetic about the betwixt-and-between philosophical status of the hybrid meal.
Up On Stage Productions develops the stars of tomorrow with coaching from a team of industry professionals, many of who have appeared on Broadway and in international touring productions. To sharpen the techniques of young performers, the company's dance and theatrical programs emphasize stage fundamentals, from movement and voice control to character development and improvisation. All programs at Up On Stage come stocked with the necessities, including set design, costumes, and instructions for breaking a leg without actually breaking a leg.
To win his final of four gold medals, champion swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg overcame the odds, which seemed to be stacked against him. During the two years before the 2004 Athens games, he had to undergo both a shoulder surgery and a knee surgery and recover in enough time to compete with the United States in Athens. Due to his determination, he was able to recover, and along with his three relay teammates, he stood atop the podium once more.
Now retired, Krayzelburg created his eponymous swim academy to help kids beat the odds in what might otherwise be dangerous situations by becoming water-safe. Since the company's founding in 2005, Krayzelburg's crew has taught thousands of children how to be safe, proficient swimmers. During group classes, private lessons, and parent-tot sessions, the team uses a seven-level SwimRight method to build proper form. The approach is based on 40 years of swim-instruction techniques, and it graduates students from basic water-safety skills to more advanced strokes.
In addition to the two locations in California, the academy offers lessons at eight partner sites across the country. The Los Angeles academy is located on the premises of the Westside Jewish Community Center within a remodeled aquatic center with two swimming pools, a 90-degree kids' pool, and a lap pool that is kept at a cozy 85 degrees.