Starting at age four, Michelle Larson dedicated herself to Irish dance, quickly ascending the ranks from regional to world championship-level dancing. But at 21, hungry for a change of pace, she focused her energy on interior design. It didn't take long, however, for the rhythmic patter of soft shoes to lure her back like a siren song, and in 1990 she founded the Painter Larson Academy of Irish Dance. Here, she trains children in Irish dance fundamentals, such as foot placement and timing, before teaching basic dances such as the light jig. Michelle's adult students learn these skills, too, as well as group dances that culminate in a traditional Irish dogpile.
For more than a quarter century, Robyn Melanson has developed a thorough knowledge of the dance community as a performer, instructor, choreographer, and coach. As the founder and director of Stage One Dance Studio, she and her staff of dance instructors teach clients the art of kinetic expression in styles as varied as jazz, ballet, and tap. The premises feature three studios, each equipped with raised hard-rock maple floors, where students ages 3-17 hone their skills.
Fullerton Dancesport Center owner Stuart Cole has made a career out of dancing with style. His long list of achievements and gigs include Scottish amateur ten-dance champion, US National Team representative to the World Championships, and film dancer in Dance with Me and Heaven’s Gate. So it is with this illustrious background that Stuart works with his team of instructors to bring their personal flair to dance lessons for students of all skill levels.
Whether in social groups or private sessions, students can dance seven days a week with a schedule of classes that range from the Latin-inspired salsa and cha cha to the more homegrown country line dancing and West Coast Swing. Wedding dance lessons help bride and groom glide across the floor or bowling lane during their first dance, while youth classes for dancers ages four and up impart basic ballroom and Latin dance techniques along with rhythm and posture. For a more sweat-inducing workout, Zumba fitness classes blend the dance styles taught in Latin lessons with energetic music.
The Slidebar Rock-n-Roll Kitchen is entrenched in Orange County's music scene. Owned by Jeremy Popoff, guitarist and songwriter for the platinum rock band Lit, the venue celebrates all things rock. Even the comfort food–influenced menu echoes a rock 'n' roll show, with diners choosing from "opening acts" such as the signature deep-fried mac 'n' cheese or seared ahi tuna before moving on to "headliners" such as grilled fish tacos and vodka cream fettuccine. Finally comes the "encore," during which guests dig into desserts such as cheesecake taquitos, then play air guitar on their forks and smash them on the table. Lighter options are also available for health-conscious dining rockstars, such as quinoa with tofu and kale salad. On any given night, local and national bands take the stage, and on Wednesday nights, patrons can attempt to make their own mark on rock 'n' roll history with a karaoke machine.
3-D Theatricals is the newest professional theatre company in the Southern California area. This means we have the unique opportunity to build our audience from the ground up! We strive to bring audiences a wide variety of shows from classics like "Hello Dolly" to regional premiers and newer shows like "Altar Boyz"