Voted Glendale's best dance instructor in 2011 by readers of the Glendale News-Press, Eva Mikos has experienced a lot in her nearly three-decade teaching career. Early on in her teacher training, she met the man who would become her husband of almost 40 years. Several competitions later, the two of them taught dance techniques to Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who soon began delivering her opinions through spirited ballroom routines. But perhaps her best experiences have been with ordinary people—shy students who gain self-confidence, couples who rekindle romance through a new hobby, and individuals who discover an exhilarating new exercise method. Eva helps students discover all of these benefits through the variety of social and competitive dance classes at Glendale Dance Center, which range from formal styles such as tango and waltz to the looser techniques of salsa, swing, and country.
In the intimate confines of Atwater Playhouse, a new 45-seat theater, acting teachers impart the skills behind not acting. Most commonly known as method acting, their style hinges on actually feeling a character's emotions, rather than simply mimicking them. This immersive approach, used by greats such as Meryl Streep and Al Pacino, has landed students roles in productions such as The Dark Knight Rises, Drive, and Weeds.
The 60-piece Symphony in the Glen performs a collection of frightening favorites during EEK! at The Greek, a celebration of Halloween-inspired music and The Greek Theatre's 80th anniversary. Classically trained musicians crescendo through a spooky catalog of songs, including the themes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Maestro Arthur B. Rubinstein also leads the musicians through a debut of his own ghoulish composition accompanied by a reading of Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Other horrific highlights include "Danse Macabre" and Mussorgsky's "Night On Bald Mountain," a composition notorious for haunting the dreams of Rogaine salesmen across the globe.
Knightsbridge Theatre's talented cadre of thespians presents a schedule of lovingly crafted stagings of classic theatrical texts in an intimate, newly restored theater. Five- and 10-seat subscriptions allow patrons to use their seats any way they like, bringing along a mass of friends for one show or sitting on a friend’s shoulders and plopping down into a single seat, or gifting tickets to a friend, family member, or favorite landscaper. Upcoming shows include Steel Magnolias, the original musical comedy Bergeracky, Rostand's comical French romance Cyrano De Bergerac and the medieval tale of intrigue The Lion in Winter. Shows take place in a renovated 1920s silent-movie house that contains just 99 seats, creating an intimate atmosphere that allows actors to connect to the audience without the use of duct tape.
A coral tree sprouts from the center of Rockwell Table & Stage's outdoor dining area, illuminated by both an in-ground sidelight and the moonlight pouring through the slats of exposed wooden beams. This atmospheric patio is a fitting arena for the menu's artful plates, such as the goat cheese and truffle ravioli, which chefs bathe in roasted-tomato sauce and pine-nut aioli. Inside, meanwhile, bartenders furnish glasses with signature tonics and glasses of wine as live musicians summon toe taps and head nods from the elevated stage. Plush booths, flickering table candles, and stone walls emanate rustic charm, creating the perfect vibe for a first date or a romantic game of Dungeons and Dragons.
The Acting Center is a new acting and improv school based on a rediscovered technique buried for the last 80 years. We are an acting studio that produces uniformly confident, completely certain actors who can create any character — in any emotion, in any situation—instantly.