True to its name, Atomic Allure functions as a chemistry lab of sorts. Ladies who twirl around the studio's poles are studying a formula whose components of rhythm, poise, strength, and support fuse to generate confident energy. They work under the supervision of highly trained instructors, including owner and established choreographer Donna Walton and competitive pole dancer Christina Wert. The team encourages students of all backgrounds and builds to enroll in their pole-centric classes, which range from introductory-level courses to advanced sessions. They also teach chair-dancing and belly-dancing classes.
Instructors also helm one-on-one lessons that hone proper form, as well as host custom private parties. Monthly "Champagne & Stilettos" socials allow guests complimentary glances at the studio's sense of community, bolstering the experience with drinks, dancing, and special demonstrations.
A 9-foot statue of Willie Mays looms over fans at the entrance to AT&T Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants since 2000. Along with the team’s many other Hall of Fame inductees, Mays is part of a team heritage that spans more than a century and has garnered 21 National League pennants, six World Series championships, and the most overall victories by a franchise in baseball history. Up to 41,503 fans cheer on the Giants as they swing for the tides, splashing home runs into the waters of McCovey Cove. On the field, players dig their cleats into the kentucky bluegrass blend and slide on the crushed-volcanic-rock infield, dodging the gloves of tagging basemen and onyx claws of lava worms.
The experienced staff at The Peninsula Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance nurture awkward appendages into free-flowing figures with their dance and fitness classes. Learn the sultry style of Latin-based beats during the beginning folklorico course with Norberto Martinez, or join flow yoga with Patti Stafford to elongate a rigid endoskeleton. The beginning ballet class enables novice dancers to pirouette to work and the grocery store, and the synergy Pilates class swiftly strengthens the core for upcoming sit-up competitions against the neighborhood snap bracelet.
Kinetic Arts Center's skilled instructors mix thrilling circus techniques with muscle-building fitness programs in a lengthy roster of classes for all ages, available seven days a week. In beginners' acrobatics classes, budding three-ring stars flip, cartwheel, and somersault on a 2,600-square-foot circus-training floor, and in the hand-balance course, Cirque du Soleil performers teach participants how to perform a proper handstand without having to bribe gravity to cooperate. Students in the Circus Condition & Fitness class can tone muscles while climbing lofty aerial apparatuses and other circus gear, or remain on solid ground to singe calories on traditional fitness equipment. Many adults’ and kids' classes take place at the same time, allowing parents to bolster flexibility in Pilates, tai chi, and yoga classes as children simultaneously discover how to ride a wild circus clown.
Trapeze Austin’s crew of experienced trapeze and aerial instructors know that the path to sky-high performing begins on the ground. That's why they treat beginners to static aerial arts lessons from the comfort of reliable old terra firma. During these one hour lessons, instructors patiently demonstrate essential trapeze and aerial routines on silks, aerial rope, and the Spanish web, home to a cartoon spider voiced by Antonio Banderas. After students have built up their strength and mastered the nuances of climbing, they can also chase gravity-defying big-top showmanship via exhilarating flying trapeze lessons held at the Stunt Ranch and the SoccerZone. Amidst spacious facilities laden with meticulously maintained circus rigging, instructors guide students through an initial ground lesson to familiarize bodies with swinging mechanics before venturing skyward for a round of closely observed soaring.
The Shawl-Anderson Dance Center offers a slew of adult classes each week in a non-competitive environment that welcomes dancers of all skill levels. Instructors have years of performing, choreographing, and teaching experience to bestow high-caliber training upon their eager pupils. Tutued beginners tulle up for ballet or prepare for overdressed conditioning during Pilates. The Horton Modern Technique focuses on flexibility and strength, lengthening spines and hamstrings like ropes of sentient saltwater taffy. Unleash inner b-boys and girls through a series of intricate pops and locks during a 75-minute hip-hop class (clean sneakers required). More experienced toe tappers can try to grab hold of contemporary jazz after firmly grasping modern, jazz, or ballet. Founded by Frank Shawl and Victor Anderson in 1958, Shawl-Anderson Dance Center’s classes were first taught above a liquor and tobacco store on College Avenue and have since been moved to a beautiful Craftsman across the street, which houses four sunny studios for twirling, jumping, and gooey spinal articulation. Use today’s deal to shower new dance moves on unsuspecting party guests and supermarket checkout lines.