Children naturally believe that life is all about having fun. This requires the instructors at My Gym Children's Fitness Center to perform two seemingly incompatible tasks: helping kids lay a strong physical, emotional, and cognitive foundation and letting them laugh and play to their hearts' content. The staff welcomes the challenge. Grouping kids by age into nearly a dozen different classes, the instructors teach students aged 6 weeks through 13 years the importance and fun of socializing, exercising, and eating broccoli without using their taste buds.
Teeming with curios and game-changing treasures, The Folk Tree specializes in the one-of-a-kind work of artisans and craftspeople from Mexico and cultures around the world. Dress up desks, end tables, and museum-quality cinder blocks with wooden carvings, clay figurines, pottery, and other objects d'art made with expert craftsmanship and high-level sorcery. Memorialize beloved armadillos of your childhood with an elaborately painted carving from the family of Pedro Ramirez ($68.50 and up), or make conversations with your walls seem normal by decorating them with coconut masks ($16.50). Shadow boxes ($26.50 and up) integrate three-dimensional tableaus and written text to satirical effect, and black-clay lanterns (starting at $9.50) combine an alluring sheen with tamed fire. T-shirts are also available to help keep customers as artfully ornamented as their décor.
“Dance has altered every aspect of our lives in the most positive ways,” declares Sergio Leal, lead instructor and owner of Latin Dance Pro, on his bio page. Through his Latin dance classes, such as salsa and cha-cha, he hopes to instill that positivity in his students. In beginners' classes, he teaches up to 70 pupils at a time, creating a vibrant social setting for people to learn the sensual hip swings and intimate eyebrow flexes of the bachata. Whether strutting the Argentine tango or twirling dance partners during the cumbia and merengue, Sergio and his team of dancers, which includes Armen Way from Dancing with the Stars, bring humility to the environment that allows for a unintimidating, casual atmosphere where everyone can enjoy learning new moves at their own pace. Aside from group lessons, they also provide professional choreography, private lessons, and entertainment. Additionally, Sergio has his own line of dance apparel.
The Tea Lovers Festival returns for its celebration of all things steeped on May 5 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Old Town Pasadena. At the event, the Tea Lovers marketplace showcases unique products from exhibitors such as Art of Tea, Numi, and Bird Pick Tea & Herb. As visitors stop by merchant booths, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, and green teas steep, filling the air with their subtle flavors while festivalgoers seek out new favorite brews. On the interactive side, tea studies target both novices and connoisseurs, and tea labs teach brewers the finer scientific points of brewing, such as how tea ware affects taste. A popular series from the 2011 festival called Everything You Wanted to Know About Tea, But Were Afraid to Ask also returns with new topics, covering teas from across the globe and how to read messages in tea leaves, such as “This water was too hot.”
Each year, hundreds of hair stylists, makeup artists, beauty professionals, and cosmetics producers from A-list brands gather at the Pasadena Convention Center for PHAMExpo, a weekend of sharing industry insights and forging new partnerships. On the Main Stage, artists such as Valente Frazier and Scott Barnes draw from their years of experience working with public figures such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Vanessa Williams, and J.Lo, giving attendees glimpses at techniques and tools used in the world of celebrity hair and makeup. Sponsors such as Naimie's Beauty Center. Lime Grime, and Royal and Langnickel dazzle stylists and makeup specialists with demos of new products, while seminars and panels enlighten audiences on specific subjects such as nail art, career marketing in the beauty industry, and putting wigs on pets.
Lineage Dance Company demonstrates the skills of its students through stage shows held every year. The company believes that the arts can create a community and dance can help people heal. As part of its dedication to making dance accessible to everyone, Lineage Dance Company works with local nonprofit organizations to combine the arts with efforts to do good. The organization is currently working with Cancer Support Community Pasadena (CSCP) to provide hip-hop dance classes for children from the Children's Corner program, whose parents were diagnosed with or died from cancer. CSCP operates the Children's Corner program for youth aged 6–17 to help them cope with the fear and anxiety resulting from the effects of cancer through weekly support groups and activities.