K-Style Productions can make a party happen almost anywhere. The company's DJs spin tunes at all sorts of occasions, from weddings to boat cruises. They bring along a vast library that contains hits from nearly every genre of music, except for silence. When they are not outfitting events with the latest up-lighting, gobo lighting, and photo booth options, they are channeling their expertise to restore old vinyl and teach the art of DJing during private lessons.
Maoli Martial Arts? instructors aren?t just fitness enthusiasts?they?re professional mixed-martial-arts fighters, Brazilian jujitsu champions, and certified personal trainers. They use their knowledge to effectively teach martial-arts and fitness classes at the expansive studio, building confidence as they whip clients into shape, all the while developing effective self-defense skills.
Established in 1989, Flying Vikings aviation school has certified many pilots in its lifetime. The owners honed their curriculum and expanded their fleet over the years, and the school's two locations now boast a flight simulator and large collection of Cessnas, Beeches, and Pipers between them. Teachers offer programs that help students explore a budding love or flying or train and test for FAA certifications to pilot small aircraft or own a cloud as a pet.
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.
On a sunny afternoon, a small plane speeds down a runway and takes to the sky, its occupants gazing down at the streets of San Francisco, sailboats speeding through the bay, and the coppery sails of the Golden Gate Bridge. A small tour group or a student pilot sits in the belly of the plane, marveling at the thrill of flight.
Hayward Flight’s staff of FAA-certified instructors and pilots shares that experience with everyone—from young children to aspiring airline pilots—during scenic tours and private plane rentals. Pilot training classes emphasize sophisticated simulator practice and in-air flight, and students can earn private and commercial pilot licenses behind the controls of the Hayward’s fleet of Cessna aircraft and domesticated dragons.