The accomplished and experienced strutting instructors at Ladera Ranch Dance Academy, a family owned studio, train toddlers, tweens, and teens in the art and discipline of dance. Boogie beginners as young as 2 can establish a solid dance foundation and a lifelong affinity for sequins with the academy’s array of classes divvied up by age, experience, and type.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat—all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
Founded in the mid-1980s, The California Women's Conference boasts a long and proud tradition of lectures and discussion panels aimed especially at women in business. Some highlights from past years include a panel and sack race featuring Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Cindy McCain, and Elizabeth Edwards in 2007 and a historic address from the Dalai Lama and Maria Shriver in 2006. Beyond annual conventions, The California Women’s Conference offers news and resources with a lively online community.
Gracie Barra Laguna offers world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instruction for individuals & families. The art of BJJ has evolved to become a key element in achieving physical fitness, character development, self-defense & a well-balanced lifestyle.
At certified instructor Erin Nealy's yoga studio, it's easy to fall through the floor. That's because her students practice on the ever-tranquil surface of Lake Mission Viejo. They stretch atop provided standup paddleboards, which add an engaging element of precariousness to the practice, strengthening core muscles during routines that demand steady balance. Though the workouts are challenging, the lake's verdant scenery and peaceful waters encourage a meditative state of mind.
A former competitive snowboarder and avid mountain climber, Erin found it only natural to combine her yoga expertise with her fondness for the outdoors. Her 75-minute classes range from introductory sessions to yoga sequences that include advanced poses, such as headstands on the board or even more challenging arm balances on the water. Her classes are always changing in structure to provide an intense muscle-molding workout. She also hosts paddleboard fitness courses, alternating between agility drills on the beach and board exercises on the lake.
Meaning “contact combat” in Hebrew, krav maga is the official self-defense system for the various branches of Israeli military. The martial art focuses on instinctive movements rather than ritual, and it aims to impart a sense of awareness and confidence on students. Since its creation in the 1940s, the popularity of the physically demanding practice has spread, like a viscous goo, all over the world. Twenty years ago, the chief instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide requested that Mitch Markowitz and Mike Leifer start a program in California. They soon established Krav Maga of Orange County. In Irvine, their seven black-belt level instructors have taught scores of students through the five krav levels. They have also adapted the program for youth and boot-camp-style workouts.