The FAA-certified flight instructors at California Airways offer something for aspiring fliers of all ages with pilot certification programs, high-school summer camps, and birthday parties for smaller children. No matter what their experience level is, guests of legal age can handle the rudders of not only the business’s simulators but also its Cessna airplanes. Joining the California Airways club allows license-carrying pilots to rent these aircraft, provided they know the proper levitation incantations.
Captain Aqua's enthusiastic instructors plunge developing divers and nascent Neptunians into the exhilarating realm of scuba in the introductory Try Scuba course. In the pool’s safe confines, the resident pros—with more than 50 years of combined diving experience—guide amateur aqualetes through the basics of breathing underwater, an experience as eye-opening and electrifying as Flipper's shrill rap battles with Shamu. Though prospective fin jockeys must provide their own towel and swimsuit, Captain Aqua's furnishes other necessary aquatic accouterments. Students should bring a mask, snorkel, and fins if already owned; otherwise, they are available to borrow, free of charge. Call Captain Aqua's to schedule a class, for updated info on class times and dates, or to show off a recently learned whale mating call.
Muito Quente’s instructors, Blanca and Cindy, never seem to lose control when they’re doing the samba, despite the dance’s frenetic movements and shuffles. They put on spellbinding displays of quick footwork and rhythmic hip shakes, each skillful movement epitomizing the duo’s passion for Brazilian dance, which they have performed professionally at parades and private parties. In addition to standard samba, the dexterous duo executes the rapid repetitions of batucada, the Afro-Caribbean fusion of axé, and the group movement of samba reggae. Blanca and Cindy also regularly build their own elaborately sequined costumes and headpieces to perform at events throughout the area. At Muito Quente’s two dance studios, their passion takes the form of instruction as they teach students samba's calorie-burning moves and shed light on Brazilian culture.
Walking into The Ultimate Lounge is like taking a time machine to a trendy club opening 50 years in the future. The lounge's colorful lighting emanates not just from its ceiling and walls but also from its glowing tables and chairs. A high level of energy always infuses the spot thanks to danceable music and theme nights that create mingling opportunities, from Sports Mondays to Singles Sundays to Vanity Fridays, when music from around the world pumps up the club. It's likely that guests will hear Indian influences in that collection of world music, considering The Ultimate Lounge's menu, which features a wide range of Indian food. Diners can choose full plates like barbecue lamb kebabs or lighter fare and street-food bites such as lahsoon naan or aloo nazakat's cheese-filled potatoes.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
A native of Paris, Executive Chef Christian Nam-Hee sharpened his knife skills and his palate at l'Ecole de Paris des M?tiers de la Table. Today he lets his know-how blossom and wander in the kitchen of Bijou Restaurant & Bar, blending the culinary traditions of his homeland with the flavors found in northern California's seasonal organic ingredients. From his pans and cutting boards spring forth sweet-potato frites, quail stuffed with napa cabbage, and other dishes that embody the menu's inventive fusion spirit. To complement such an aesthetically poignant dining experience, the space itself?designed by DesignPlus's Pia Thomas?remains sleek and focused. The centerpiece is the bar, which glows a dreamy, iridescent amber that's complemented by ring chandeliers and absorbed by Italian leather chairs, a lounge area's plush velvet cushions, and tabletop black holes.