According to a profile in South Coast Magazine , Dancesport owner Matt Gregory began dancing at age 19, a relatively late start compared to most professional dancers, who often start three weeks before they're born. He and the rest of the Dancesport instructors share nearly 100 years of combined experience with their students inside a more than 3,000-square-foot ballroom. Specializing in private, one-on-one classes, these teachers and coaches–championship dancers brought on board to conduct special classes–teach tango, west coast swing, and foxtrot, among other dance styles.
Their class schedule is supplemented with group courses, wedding-prep training, and events such as parties, shows, and the philanthropic Dancing for a Cause, which was chronicled by the Orange County Register.
Kids will have so much fun launching spinning disks, applying temporary tattoos, mixing their own silly putty, practicing maniacal laughter, and reanimating dead tissue that they'll forget they're learning. The eight to 10 interactive experiments rarely make a mess, and Mad Science will handle any wacky hassle or silly spill. Upgrades are available by applying the value of the Groupon and paying the additional charges.
At the age of 5, Natalie Costa’s daughter was cute, lively, and photogenic—reason enough to give show business a try, she thought. But with no one to guide her and her daughter through the maze of booking auditions and getting representation, she found herself out thousands of dollars on useless portfolio shoots and manager fees. In response, Costa founded The Performers Academy, modeling the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on the dancing school she loved as a child. She made sure to stock it with instructors who had the inside knowledge she could have used at the outset: all professional actors, directors, and producers with lots of experience in film and TV and a special focus on children’s programming.
The academy caters both to kids seriously trying to break into the business and to casual enthusiasts who find performing a liberating way to build self-confidence. Age-appropriate classes deal with such key topics as managing audition stress, honing improvisational comedy skills, and projecting loud enough to be heard over that giant gong that somebody keeps bumping into.
Hospitality Institute of California equips students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to advance professionally in the hospitality industry. Industry veterans lead students through courses accredited by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, and guest lecturers from lauded hotels, such as the Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis, share insights into the world of hospitality management. In addition to these courses, the school offers job-placement services to help students obtain positions in restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs, and casinos.
It took photographer Dean C. Stinson less than a year to go from developing film for MotoPhoto to shooting corporate pictures for Ford Motor Company and Woodbridge Glass. In the 15 years since, he has refined his natural talent with the experience of shooting weddings, portraits, location sessions, and events. Skilled on both sides of the camera lens, Dean takes care of both photographing and processing images, professionally retouching prints and digitizing shots for upload onto websites or digital fireplace mantels.
The rumba, Argentine tango, waltz, and other ballroom dances are often absent from the dance floors at bars and clubs. To acquaint people with these classic dances, the staff at Sway Ballroom Dance stages complimentary private lessons for newcomers on their initial visit. The lessons, which boost dancers’ confidence and knowledge of basic movements, forerun any future group classes, dance parties, or dance-offs with bosses.