A winner of dance competitions around the world, LA Dance Dream's founder, Daniela Agostini, knows the importance of perfecting one’s dance technique. Through intensive dance workshops, she and her team of experienced professional dancers and choreographers help students do just that. They inspire dancers to improve their technique and improvisation skills and develop their own personal style, while motivating them to build their strength, endurance, and self-confidence along the way. Students can groove in a wide selection of classes, including hip-hop, break dance, ballet, and African dance. Students can pose for professional headshots to pass out at auditions, and some programs culminate in a real-life experience in a music video, sans animated cat MCs.
From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
During the 90-minute techniques class, you and another person will have the rare opportunity to observe a chef in its natural environment as the culinary wizard offers a demonstration on a given subject. Each class concludes with a small tasting at the end, offering a response to the puddles of mouthwater that will have gathered on the floor by that time. Upcoming mini-skills class topics include summer-baking techniques on May 23, offering a solution for cooks long crushed by the quandaries of cobblers, crumbles, and crisps; canning on June 20, to help preserve summertime treats from the advances of time and army ants; and tomatoes on July 25, with tips on sauces, chutneys, preserves, and recipes using the apple's cooler cousin. Groupon users can also apply this deal toward two spots in one of Old Town Cooking School's wine-styles classes ($50) and pay the $24 difference out of pocket.
Founded in 1924, Alliance Française de Pasadena promotes the spread of French language and culture for Escondeaux-enthusiasts and Nice-newcomers alike with a plethora of events and classes. Taught by native French speakers, beginner classes are limited to an intimate group of no more than 10 students, who are immediately immersed in French culture, films, and games as they learn the language.
Having noticed cuts in local arts programming, founders and father-daughter duo J. Thomas and Sara Hunsucker wanted to ensure that all students have access to arts education. Celebrated local artists, they created a center that gives adults and children the tools to communicate more through visual creations and less through crayoned Rorschach drawings. Their squad of professional artists teaches all the center's classes, which move along at each individual’s self-enforced pace. While the instructors watch, children can dabble in exploration of ceramics, painting, sculpture, or mold making. The school's 1,100-square-foot facility also serves as a multiuse space, hosting birthday parties, special events, and seasonal children's art camps. Adults can stop by for erudite education in the form of exhibitions, lectures, and workshops on how to win a stare-off against Van Gogh’s self-portrait.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.