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 an instructor as the teachers 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.
Artemis Defense Institute encompasses classrooms and three separate VirTra simulators in our labs: one with a single screen, one with three screens, and one with five screens that completely immerse trainees in active, real-life scenarios.
Though no ammunition is used, simulators work in tandem with real Glock 22 and AR-15 firearms that have been converted for use with lasers and CO2 tanks to simulate recoil. Simulators also use an optional device called The Threat Fire, which gives shorts jolts of electricity to indicate being hit by incoming rounds.
Steven and Sandy Lieberman wanted to go into business together. That much they knew, but the husband-and-wife team didn't exactly have a specific business in mind. Maybe a bakery, maybe a laundromat?in the end, they stuck to what they knew: Steven's passion for firearms and self-defense. That was 2012. Since then, Artemis Defense Institute has drawn in everyone from the general public, to the Orange County Sheriffs department, to members of the Special Forces.
As a certified personal trainer for women and recent nominee for the Women in Business Award by the Orange County Business Journal, Rhiannan Nichole knows firsthand the benefits of working out. It wasn't until she started teaching pole-dancing classes, however, that she realized exercise can also induce inner change and empowerment. By blending challenging tricks with sensual movements in her own personal dance style, she works to help students feel more confident about their bodies, regardless of their age, shape, or fitness level. Along with fellow instructors, she leads seven classes, each of which centers on objectives rather than difficulty or government-mandated sweat quota. Rhiannan's vertical abilities have not only helped other women discover their inner vixens but have made her a fierce competitor in the California Pole Dance Championships and have even earned her a feature on the Pocket Pole iPhone application.
Seeing a ghost on your birthday isn't everybody's cup of tea, but for paranormal enthusiasts, it might just be the perfect gift. That's where Orange County Ghosts and Legends Tours steps in, offering interactive ghost hunting tours that make for special outings or just something new to experience. From sleuthing out "the lady in white" in Black Star Canyon, to treading the pavement of one of the oldest neighborhoods in California, tour-goers have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the other side.
Groups will learn ghost-catching lingo as they use technical equipment such as specialized ghost meters and detectors to locate haunted hot spots. Meanwhile, guides provide spooky narration and historical insight into the evening of haunted happenings.
As it turns out, technology and water mix pretty well. At SwimLabs, the staff uses advanced video technology to analyze strokes with 360-degree views. That happens inside the constant-current pool and allows for in-depth critiques and corrections. Of course, that level of studious scrutiny is for the swim school's competitive swimmers and triathletes. For kids just learning, the school has fun basic lessons that show kids there's no need to fear the wet stuff. A fear of water, however, is not an age-based condition. SwimLabs' team can help adults get past their phobia, too, as it's never too late to discover the myriad benefits of exploring aquatic worlds.
After a visit to the wine-rich valleys of Santa Ynez Valley, the founders of Frisby Cellars Winery resolved to strike out on their own inspired winemaking venture. At their winery, they process top-quality grapes sourced from Paso Robles and Santa Barbara vineyards, transforming them into a roster of wines available to try at their Lake Forest tasting room. There, samples are the main draw, from an award-winning pinot noir to a lush, fruit-laden chardonnay with hints of oak. Frisby wines can be found locally at restaurants, and the team also works with nonprofits to help fundraise for good causes.