Determined to inspire and empower the next generation of aspiring dancers, Francine Garton founded The Royal Dance Academy in 2001 and has since opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Sorrento Valley with five studios. Garton and her staff of passionate instructors?all with professional dance experience?cater to children pursuing dance as a recreational hobby or as a more serious endeavor. With lessons available for everyone from college-aged students to children as young as 18 months, the academy covers a diverse assortment of dance disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. Lessons meet in the center's four professionally equipped dance studios, which feature joint-friendly sprung floors and NASA-grade antigravity technology. Although the instructors' ultimate goal is to teach students how to have fun while expressing themselves through dance, the teachers also offer more specialized training programs for attendees interested in competitive dance or musical-theater performance.
The instructors at California Ballet School have danced at such prestigious companies at the New York Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Students learn the art of ballet beginning at age 2 and can continue classes through adulthood. While ballet is the main focus of the school, instructors also teach flamenco, hip-hop, and jazz.
The experienced dance teachers and choreographers at Metro Dance teach students of all ages and skill levels the steps to popular dance styles, ranging from hip-hop and breakdancing to classic ballet, jazz, and tap dance. Students learn dance basics and new moves while having fun in a laid-back group setting.
Specializing in a variety of social dance styles, A Time To Dance's team of talented instructors motivates students of all abilities to groove across the floor during drop-in group, progressive, and private classes. The schedule offers classes six days a week, including Zumba sessions, in which Latin beats and easy-to-follow steps lambaste calories faster than a dietician sword-fighting a gingerbread man. Similarly, swing dancing helps to prepare Lindy Hoppers for rockabilly weddings, and salsa classes at the studio come in mild and medium, covering spins, footwork, and partnering. Dancers from across the skill spectrum can also strut their stuff during tango, bachata, Bollywood, and hip-hop sweat sessions. Those seeking individualized attention can jump into private lessons, during which instructors tailor tutelage in any type of dance to each individual's skill set.
Drawing on her background as a competitive dancer, choreographer, and certified yoga instructor, Lesa M. Green combines ballet barre exercises with Pilates and yoga techniques in her signature class, The MIX Technique. Sessions help clients to build stronger cores and leaner muscles and can be complemented by sessions of massage, acupuncture, or personal training. The studio also offers yoga for all speeds, including slow-practice yin yoga and yoked yoga, which blends yoga with weights and cardio work. Guests can slow down even more with bedtime yoga classes conducted by candlelight or stop in for a monthly Yoga Winedown, where guests can stretch their arms out for another glass of refreshing grape blood.
Burning calories and enhancing coordination, the music-fueled workouts of Fit in 60 can be tailored to suit new exercisers, injured athletes, and moms-to-be. Fit in 60's founder discovered firsthand how focused, floor-based isometrics could sculpt muscles as long and flexible as a dachshund doing a gymnastics routine. However, these exercises didn't always raise the heart rate enough to provide a cardiovascular workout. Disappointed, she began to experiment. Lo and behold, when the moves were flipped upright, she could pair them with dance elements, which solved the heart-rate problem and added a dose of excitement.