With more than 60 years of combined rug-cutting experience, La Danse Cleveland's co-owners, Esther Rehm-Cohen and Tim Brown, have helped untold numbers of students twirl, hop, and belly slide across the dance floor. Certified as a ballroom instructor in 1981, Esther has won national awards for her teaching skills and has had the distinct honor of training couples who have gone on to rank in competitions. She garnered the position of head coach of the Case Western Reserve University ballroom team before fate's two-step led her to a partnership with Tim to run La Danse Cleveland's ample 6,000-square-foot studio. Boasting a background that includes competition in professional arenas as well as work as a dancing judge and a choreographer, co-owner Tim delights in crafting group classes and private lessons that excite and challenge students.
Included on the studio's roster of lessons are styles from Viennese waltz to nightclub two-step, along with sessions tailored specifically to children and to adult fitness goals. In classes and dance parties open to the public, students and social dancers alike rendezvous with Esther, Tim, and their impressive stable of instructors, whose resumés include stints with such world-class companies as the Boston Ballet and Gene Kelly's gutter-cleaning company.
Cleveland Ballroom Company's owner and principal instructor Nichy Vegas imparts graceful dance techniques to singles and couples in a variety of ballroom styles. Lessons range from beginner to advanced, allowing tyro twirlers and experienced foot-movers alike to learn new techniques and enjoy the fun of ballroom dance. Classes such as beginning and intermediate rhythm teach the importance of well-timed movements, a critical element of any basic two-step, foxtrot, or bullet-dodging routine. Alternate styles include tango, cha-cha, salsa, and the classic waltz—call ahead for information on future scheduling.
With this deal, movie buffs can scarf down popcorn while watching action-packed celluloid at one of seven different locales, including Cleveland Heights' Cedar Lee Theatre, which won a Scene magazine readers' poll for Best Movie Theater. Arty cinephiles can catch an independent or foreign film at this theatre, where the concession stand slings out tasty baked goods, sandwiches, specialty coffees, and more. Catch a flick at the historic Capitol Theatre, nestled in the Gordon Square Arts District, a renovated three-screen spot featuring Hollywood, specialty, and 3D films. Many of Cleveland Cinemas' other theaters boast multiple screens, digital sound, a Groucho Marx robot that quips one-liners from the balcony, and stadium seating for ideal movie gawking.
Envisioning themselves as the house band of the United Nations in 1962, Pink Martini's 12 musicians perform an eclectic songbook of pieces drawn from globe-spanning jams, American lounge tunes, and jazz. Guest vocalist Storm Large, who has appeared on the reality show Rock Star: Supernova, takes over the lead-singing reins for Pink Martini’s summer tour. With a style described as “powerful, at times operatic” by the Guardian, Large fills the gap left by former singer China Forbes and her classy charisma and potent purr. Originally opened in 1921 as a vaudeville house where Fred Astaire and Judy Garland once dropped jaws, the lavish State Theatre aligns with Pink Martini’s elegant visions of jet-setting cocktail parties.
Composed of veterans of HBO, The Onion, and Second City, the recently birthed comedy troupe TubShark unveils its mirth-making stylings with two shows at Big Dog Theater. Enjoy a night’s worth of free-range laughter with TubShark’s eclectic revue, which blends the sensibilities of groundbreaking programs such as Mr. Show, Kids in the Hall, and Trapper John, M.D.. Northeast Ohio–bred comedy talents Jesse Alison, James Catullo, Tim Cornett, Marissa DeSantis, Jessica Fleming, Liz Huff, and Nick Staron write and perform all sketches, weaving audience interaction, standup, film or video, and music like a gang of wisecracking seamstresses.
Accomplished actor Jessica Houde owns and operates the Houde School of Acting, bringing with her a lifetime of experience as a working actor in Los Angeles. Houde teaches the Meisner Method of acting, an interdependent series of exercises that encourage students to commit to an objective, rather than a script or an overenthusiastic extra. See the school’s schedule for additional information.