Professional pilots at the FAA-approved Royal Aviation flight school instruct students on taking to the skies, guiding them in manning a small aircraft on discovery flights. Before soaring through the atmosphere, first-time fliers undergo an hour of private ground instruction, in which an experienced instructor teaches them the basics of plane operation and imparts tips on overcoming sky rage. During the airborne portion of the lesson, customers can bring along a friend or family-member sidekick and brave the skies for a 60-minute aerial voyage. With step-by-step guidance from the instructor, students launch a four-seated Cessna 172 aircraft from the John Wayne Airport, whizzing past confused birds and dipping through cumulus clouds. Postlanding, students can record technical tips and any superhero sightings in their flight logbook.
Fortified with a shiny fleet of powerful bikes, the thrill purveyors at EagleRider will equip aspirant cycle saddlers with a helmet, safety equipment, and unlimited mileage. With this deal, you get to choose any of the available motorcycles, which can include Harleys, Hondas, Yamahas, and BMWs. Riders can take advantage of EagleRider’s self-guided tours, including the 140-mile Heritage Loop Tour. On a self-guided tour, you’ll breeze by scenic Virginian plantations, gorgeous open farmland, and cows with splotches shaped like Alfred Hitchcock’s silhouette.
Art can be made anywhere and the professional artists of Painting & Vino prove this every week with pop-up painting-and-wine classes held at wine bars, restaurants, and other locations conducive to creativity and socializing. Over drinks and conversation, participants learn to create a different painting during each session, whether its a painting of the teacher's own design or a Master work by artists such as Van Gogh or Picasso. Instructors go over the paintings step-by-step and pepper in trivia about the piece's history, which students can then recite to calm down angry animals. Classes include all supplies, such as canvases, paints, brushes, and aprons.
All the instructors at Teen Road to Safety are active-duty or retired police offers, and have been trained in defensive-driving techniques. They offer classroom sessions featuring guest speakers, online courses, and behind-the-wheel training.
YAS Fitness Center's signature fitness class started with an annoyance: founder Kimberly Fowler's regular trek from her spin studio to her yoga studio, which took her all the way across town. At the time, she was the COO of a major corporation, but her curiosity at why someone hadn't combined the two workouts soon grew larger than her desire to maintain her cushy job. Just like that, her new career was born.
Kimberly equipped the first YAS studio—a simple acronym that stands for yoga and Spinning—with stationary bikes on one side and floor space for mats on the other, a unique design that matched Kimberly's unique attitude. She eschewed yoga's more spiritual, crunchy aspects—hence the huge letters on the studio wall that read "no granola"—in favor of effective, accessible workouts. Her philosophy resonated, and that first studio has expanded into four, with expanded schedules to boot. Beyond the signature fusion class, the studios host pure cycling sessions and Yoga for Athletes, designed to stretch muscles tight from running, basketball, or competitive clenching.
Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre. The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities Allyson and Rob Carrier have always dreamed of owning their own business— so when Allyson started taking Cardio Barre classes, Rob took note as he saw her body change and heard her talk about how great she felt because of the class. When they moved to Costa Mesa in 2010, they decided to bring Cardio Barre to Orange County with their own studio.