Long Beach Golf Learning Center furnishes players with everything needed to calibrate their strokes and lower their scores—especially the space to practice. On its 19-acre plot, an 11,000-square-foot putting area hones short games while more than 80 hitting spaces look out over a 340-yard-long driving range. Of those spaces, more than 20 are authentic grass and 40 come furnished with a Power Tee—an automated teeing system that saves guests the effort of leaning over to set up their ball or the bubblegum required to hire a toddler to do it. When more than space is necessary to bring about improvement, players can opt for lessons with director of instruction Eric Manley or have an expert club fitter tweak their equipment’s loft, lie, or shaft frequency at The Fitting Studio.
Under the tutelage of melodious maestro Andreas Mitisek, the Long Beach Opera's toughened tunesmiths bang out praiseworthy performances of works by an international array of composers. The opera's stage-bound songbirds tackle questions of morality, power, and faith during their performance of Philip Glass's Akhnaten, the third in the composer's Portrait Trilogy. Making its West Coast debut, Akhnaten follows the rise and fall of the titular pharaoh, a leader known for bringing monotheism to Egypt and owning an expansive collection of ceramic kittens. True to Glass's reputation as an avant-garde artist, Akhnaten features vocal performances in historically accurate languages—including Egyptian, Akkadian, Hebrew, and Klingon—translated into eye-catching English supertitles projected for instant understanding. The cast is led by a covey of Long Beach Opera rookies, including international songsters such as Jochen Kowalski, Oxana Senina, and Ralph Cato.
A member of the the National England golf team. Twenty-five years of coaching experience. Permanent resident status from the U.S. government for excellence in golf. Certified PGA instructor Paul Young has the credentials of an elite golf coach, but that doesn't mean he won't walk a first-timer through the act of putting. In fact, he's welcomes players of all skill levels, whether they're hoping to shave strokes off of their handicap or learn the basics of the game. His versatility stems from a personalized approach: he examines each client's quirks and form so that he can give advice on how to adjust their swing for better performance according to their body type and range of motion. His lessons also utilize video analysis to diagnose hitches in form or add to students' Tin Cup 2 audition reels.
Hoops on Fire Athletics specializes in practical drills designed to elevate players' skills on the basketball court. Whether leading private, group, or team lessons, the instructors help improve players' vertical jump, agility, and footwork through techniques such as plyometrics, kettlebell training, and basketball-specific speed drills. In basketball lessons or clinics for volleyball and other sports, participants learn skills specifically for use in-game, rather than practicing generalized workouts.
Brian Wright unexpectedly discovered hip-hop dancing in the ’90s while trying to emulate dance moves from Usher videos. However dancers discover their passion, Wright and his staff at WeBreak Hip-Hop Dance Company seek to empower individuals with hip-hop and break dancing through teaching and performances. New dancers can develop basic skills in group and private classes for all ages, and experienced dancers can join a performance group and participate in workshops.
The atmosphere at Pine Ave DG Boxing is fun, but the attitude is serious. Throughout the gym, fighters of all ages and experience levels pummel heavy bags and speed bags, work on footwork in the ring, and jump rope to condition their bodies into that of an elite athlete. At the center of it all is Anthony Skalberg, a retired boxer who decided to open up his own boxing gym and share his love for the sport with everyone.
At the gym, expert instructors train fighters for amateur and pro competition, but they also believe that boxing should be used for fitness, self-defense, and building self-esteem. During group classes organized by experience level, students work together to learn fundamentals such as punching, weaving, and trading mouth guards after each match. Instructors work to give each student individual attention, ensuring that they get personal time to work on mitt training. They also specialize in private boxing training at the gym and offer one-on-one mobile lessons at locations convenient for the student.