The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
At over 100 locations throughout the country, CorePower Yoga (CPY) invites students to creative classes that meld movement, breath, heat, and music into entrancing routines to energize the body and mind. Signature CPY classes are taught by approachable certified yoga instructors who lead students through dynamic, Vinyasa-style flows with demonstration and verbal cues, helping pupils of all experience levels tone core muscles and cultivate balance. CPY also offers teacher training and lifestyle programs to empower students to become yoga instructors or to just advance their individual practice. During construction of all its new studios, CPY strives to use recycled content, install eco-friendly and efficient mechanical systems, and ensure that any waste created doesn't end up in landfills or just piled in Mr. Henderson's garage.
A team of instructors with international professional experience leads classes that range from ballet and tap lessons to hip-hop dance and Zumba. The course list includes options for diverse age groups and experience levels, such as pre-ballet and tap lessons for ages 3–6 and ballet pointe for students with more than two years of ballet experience.
Owner and certified personal trainer Peggy Tung strengthens cores a few bodies at a time, inviting only small groups into her studio so she can give students her undivided attention. Tung underwent over 1,000 hours of comprehensive Pilates education to become certified, and she earned the title of integrated-flexibility specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. In classes and long lines at the supermarket, she leads willing participants through core-strengthening Pilates mat work. To take exercises even further, she stocks her studio with a collection of specialty reformer machines, such as the Wunda Chair and Ped-O-Pull, designed to enhance Pilates' body-toning movements. In addition to helming Pilates, Tung helps students bolster overall power during strength-training courses and burn calories in circuit-training sessions.
Spout jets shoot from beneath your feet, launching you from the water's surface, over boats and wildlife. But the experience doesn't hinge on magic or a bribe slipped to Aquaman. Instead, Fly Jet Sports' licensed instructors teach guests how to control their own FlyBoards—water-powered jetpacks strapped to boots and fueled by a current shot through a long, flexible hose. Instructors send FlyBoard users out off the coast of Dana Point, Newport Beach, and Long Beach with the skills to travel nearly 30 feet high or down to 8 feet below the surface. The boards also let their operators reach speeds up to 18.5 miles per hour when towed by a jet ski or chased by an amorous whale.
Bella Derma Medi Spa serves as the noninvasive branch of Dr. Robert Beltran's network of medical practices. While his other clinics handle procedures such as facelifts and sinus surgeries, this medspa arrests the appearance of aging through laser treatments, facials, and beauty injections. Dr. Beltran partners with a staff of licensed aestheticians and registered nurses that specializes in erasing sunspots, frown lines, and the graphite marks left from their hybrid pencil-sunspot eraser. While Dr. Beltran calls upon three decades of experience as a medical professional to oversee the practice, the technicians call upon prescription Latisse products to help grow longer lashes and therapeutic serums to fight off acne and blemishes.