Tal Dvir's mother first noticed his artistic talent when he was 3 years old. Recognizing that he was no mere finger painter, she nurtured his talent, helping a teenaged Tal to complete a course of study at the prestigious Witzo Art School in Tel Aviv. Tal's life experiences have strengthened his love of deep contrasts, granting him "self-awareness [and] truer sense of [his] own complexities," which flow through his brush and onto the canvas.
Tal continued his studies at Meimad Visual Art School before going on to paint cities, landscapes, and dioramas of cities made from lawn clippings. His style, which melds contemporary realism and impressionism, draws inspiration from the likes of Velasquez, Degas, and Sargent. Today, Tal shares his artistic knowledge with both adults and children through private classes and workshops at the Irvine Art League.
Century Dancesport's attuned instructors spin and twirl through a nearly 6,000-square-foot studio, guiding the limbs of beginning dancers and ballroom ambassadors alike in both social and competitive choreography. A diverse schedule of group classes entices beat-keeping feet to hone their rug-cutting capabilities with a choice of classes that can emphasize the elegance of the waltz, the fervency of salsa, or the practicality of the sprinkler. During dancing instruction, teachers fine tune their pupils' leading and following techniques and encourage students to practice with a variety of partners.
If there's one thing Joyce Wang has mastered in her 15-year career as a private music instructor, it's keeping beginners entertained as they learn the basics. Regardless of his or her experience level, Joyce arms each student with the proper books and tools—metronomes, piano-key neckties for at-home practice—as they learn piano-playing technique and how to interpret classical music, jazz, or pop. She also teaches music theory and prepares her students for the Certificate of Merit exam, a nationally recognized test that verifies a child's participation in a music-based extracurricular program for review by colleges.
MyGym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months and skewing up to 3 years and 3 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions—a class for kids aged 6 to 9—emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. MyGym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.