"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
As a member of the late ‘90s breakdance group Reckless Habits Crew, RHC Entertainment founder Aliwood hosted his very first All Out event. By gathering together college and corporate sponsors, Aliwood and his team were able to showcase their breakdancing. Other events have showcased performers such as inline skaters and hip-hop dancers at car shows and LA nightclubs. Today, RHC Entertainment’s team shares its talents with up-and-coming dancers, actors, and musicians by molding their skills in classes.
At Edelweiss Premier Ballroom, seasoned dance instructors impart their love of artistic movement to students of all ages and experience levels. The broad curriculum includes classes in styles such as ballroom, latin, cha-cha, foxtrot, rumba, and waltz.
At Addicted To Yoga's two locations, seasoned yogis map out more than 45 weekly yoga and Pilates classes, each designed to liberate practitioners of stress and tension. Yoga, a workout utilizing smooth sequences of breath and movement, naturally lends itself to socialization during group classes divided according to each patron’s ability to fight someone wearing the same ankle warmers. Introductory yoga sessions fill the studio with the sounds of calm exhalations as guests begin to learn the ropes, and more advanced classes focus on boosting strength and introducing more complex poses. Meditation classes weave gentle yoga into a time of tranquility, and Pilates classes tone specific problem areas.
At the Chino studio, students fan mats across hardwood floors in two yoga rooms, each drenched with sunlight like a cat napping on an orbiting meteor. After healthy bites and conversation in the courtyard, pupils spill into a separate Pilates room stocked with reformer machines. At the freshly erected Rancho Cucamonga location, which looks out upon nearby mountains, Asian blooms complement warm-hued furnishings. Staffers at both locations extend a helping hand to the communities that sustain them with free classes for members of the armed forces, low-income families, and other groups.
Monique Jaime of Yoganette Yoga describes her MO as an instructor: “I teach a style called Vinyasa Flow; it is called this because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance. This style allows a lot of variety, but will almost certainly include Sun Salutations—expect movement, not just stretching.” Jaime and the several other instructors share personal anecdotes about their professional work, in which they lead students through a variety of yoga classes, from rhythmic, dynamic yoga flows to slower-paced, stress-relieving sessions. Their flow-based classes focus on strength, balance, and flexibility, and their detox classes use twisting poses and inversions to help the body cleanse itself, which is also what the body of the Catmobile would do if it existed. The team teaches barre-fusion classes that combine barre and core work with yoga poses for sweat-inducing, fat-burning workouts. Along with yoga classes, the studio hosts knitting and crocheting meet ups, meditation series, and workshops that help awaken the chakras for improved overall wellness.