Infinite Horizons Professional Training Center's expert instructors teach computer and business skills that help their students stand out in the job market. Their hands-on classes teach skills such as time management and how to use computer software such as Microsoft Office. The instructors also help job seekers craft professional resumés and hone their interview skills.
Realizing their community's limited resources for foundational art education, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art was founded in 2002 as a portal for blossoming art students to sharpen skills with the help of talented, professional artists. Thus, an eclectic team of instructors took shape through a hand-selection process that yielded skill sets from the realms of fine art, entertainment, and paint-by-number calculus. Now in its 10th year of art education, the school—named a top 10 school worldwide by American Artist in Nov. 2011—acts as a springboard for students pursuing degrees in fine arts or the digitally driven video-game and film world of entertainment art. Individual classes afford à la carte education for beginning and advanced students of sculpture, drawing, painting, and illustration. Regardless of the field of study, LAAFA seeks to assist all students in completing advanced degrees at other institutions, accessing local art resources, and solving Van Gogh's tricky magic-eye series.
The Critter Squad solves the one problem that a majority of kid's parties face: a lack of chinchillas. The expert handlers roll up to celebrations with reptiles, bugs, cute mammals, or an eclectic mix?their menagerie includes almost 30 species, and runs the gamut from Cochita, a Brazilian short-tail opossum, to Long John, a Burmese python. Thanks to daily handling and etiquette lessons from Emily Post's pets, the animals are all very tame, so kids can pet their new friends fearlessly under the handler's supervision.
When Andromeda Stevens and Kelli Altounian founded Pilates Sports Center, they set out to create a studio that eschewed run-of-the-mill Pilates routines. To achieve this, they gathered a team of experienced fitness and Juilliard-trained dance instructors who teach a variety of inventive fitness classes, including Burn at the Barre, which uses a ballet barre and light weights to tone muscle, and Stretch & Stamina, which blends cardiovascular and endurance-training routines. In addition to offering reflexology, chiropractic, and physical-therapy treatments, Pilates Sports Center is home to a teacher-training program that nurtures aspiring Pilates and Burn at the Barre instructors.