The traveling coaches of Rise Up Basketball know that many virtues of great players are invisible—their work ethic, for example, or ability to cooperate with team members. So, when practicing with their clients, they focus on physical, mental, and social skills. Drills on shooting and passing merge with teamwork exercises and game-like scenarios that demand quick thinking, all of which occur at a local park or gym of the player's choosing. Whether they're guiding a single person, a group, or an active team, the instructors strive to build overall athleticism, no matter the student's age or initial skill level.
John Wells Golf Center's lighted driving range offers 60 spacious, canopy-covered hitting stalls that look out onto a range that stretches 260 yards into the distance. Yardage markers populate the field, letting players gauge the distance of each shot, and synthetic mats provide a smooth hitting surface so guests can leave their Persian rugs at home. The center offers lessons and clinics taught by a staff of five instructors anchored by Don Shauger, who trained two-time National Long Driving Champion John Marshall with methods he learned from Mike Austin, the golf renegade famous for hitting the game's longest drive ever—a 515-yard missile—at the age of 64. On select dates, the center offers free golf clinics for junior and adult beginners who purchase a bucket of range balls. Those looking to upgrade their golf gear or replace a wedge caught fraternizing with enemy irons can check into the discount pro shop, which offers name-brand apparel and equipment at as high as 50% off retail price.
Angeleno Funk Dance Academy teaches a new style of Salsa dancing combining Hip-Hop, Jazz, Ballroom, and Afro-Cuban. Learn from instructors from Dancing with the Stars, So you Think you can Dance and who have worked with Ciarra, Ne-Yo, Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, Will.I.Am, and many more!
At Vault, a diverse team of instructors leads classes ranging from CrossFit to kickboxing to yoga. For exercisers new to CrossFit, Vault provides a three-part Vault Access course that teaches the essential movements and techniques used in more advanced workouts. Each CrossFit workout is different, which prevents muscles from getting used to doing the same thing.
J.R. practically started dancing as soon as she learned to walk, and began teaching dance when she was 14. Some say her love of dance is infectious, and with that passion it wasn't long until she had her own studio, with another location opening soon in Corona Del Mar. Today, she teaches students ages 4 to adults a variety of dance styles for performance and competition. Whether customers are trying to have fun or advance to the professional level, they all have the opportunity to perform at specials events or venues, such as LA Clippers games. Through these performances and their private studio, Solid Dance Crew aims to provide a Hollywood-like experience.