A nonprofit cooperative, imaginese Free Productions is a conglomerate of artists and dreamers working together to achieve goals, complete projects, and help others do the same. They work in a variety of media and art forms, including acting, directing, painting, and music. Through shared resources and equipment, as well as weekly workshops and courses, they hope to create a positive creative working environment in which to nurture and accomplish all manner of artistic endeavors.
Capoeira, a form of martial arts, has its roots in Brazil's slave trade: over almost 500 years of oppression, the slaves mingled with the natives, exchanged traditions, and developed capoeira, which treats fighting less like a pattern of techniques and more like a free-form game or conversation.
Participants create a circle known as a roda around two fighters. Observers outside the circle clap their hands and play instruments to one of four distinct rhythms while singing songs in Portuguese. Meanwhile, the duo in the center of the circle enacts a kind of physical dialogue by exchanging sweeping kicks, takedowns, and acrobatic moves. In addition to teaching self-defense, capoeira encourages courtesy and safety through a system of etiquette. Big on community and small on ego, it offers something for everyone and infuses participants with a sense of well-being and an appreciation of tradition.
It's this tradition that the three founders of Capoeira Brasil sought to preserve. Now founding member Mestre Boneco continues the quest to share capoeira's unique blend of music, culture, and martial arts. As the principal instructor at Capoeira Brasil in Los Angeles, Mestre shares the skills he has cultivated with his diverse and supportive training staff. In addition to teaching students, Capoeira Brasil also hosts workshops at universities, seminars, and festivals.
Thanks to Los Angeles School of Gymnastics, more than one million families have found themselves more flexible, more physically fit, and healthier since 1975. In the decades since opening their doors, the school has developed more and more programs to cater to diverse community members. Even their trampolines and padded floors welcome everyone from toddlers to adults and beginners to professional-level competitors capable of cartwheeling for miles.
As for the teaching staff, the school's coaches come from across the world (14 different countries in total), and each has completed multiple certification courses, including those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. That experience guides them in each one of their gymnastics programs, whether it's a class for parents and their toddlers, an adult parkour class, or a gymnastics camp for kids with special needs.
Created with the purpose of furthering collaboration and artistic development among photographers of all skill levels, The Los Angeles Photo School pairs beginner and experienced photographers with acclaimed and prolific pioneers in the field. Alongside professional instructors such as Dove Shore, Joseph Cultice, and Brian Bowen Smith—whose hard-to-miss work is often found on magazine covers, editorial features, and ads—students at the school are be able to learn everything from the basics of lighting to high-fashion photography from some of the best in the industry. The school also boasts a low teacher-to-student ratio, giving mentees the full attention and high-five exclusivity of their instructors.
As soon as they arrive in class at Kallpachay Spanish Immersion, whether it's after school or on Saturday morning, the sounds of English turn off—and their Spanish-learning minds turn on. The teachers, who are all native Spanish speakers, avoid the use of English so that students pick up Spanish as quickly as possible. They immerse young learners in the language, teaching it through games and conversation tailored to their age and skill level.
Student-created artwork lines the white walls of Hands-on 3rd's two studio spaces, the second of which belongs to partner company Art Works. The organizations share talented instructors, filling up the schedule at each location with drawing, painting, and sculpting classes from Art Works and yarn-work and sewing classes from Hands-on 3rd's staff. Whether a project requires a fresh stick of charcoal or a darning needle, an ample inventory arms students with the supplies needed to finish their projects, such as sketching a mustache on a dozing deskmate.