Capoeira Brasil-Arizona is devoted to the martial-arts-dance fusion of capoeira, as well as numerous other Brazilian art and dance forms, such as samba and Maculelê. A team of eight highly qualified teachers will lead students through three classes in their choice of dance style ($15 each). Customers can stop in for beginner’s capoeira on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and discover the acrobatic beauty of capoeira—a martial art disguised as an improvisational dance, created by African slaves in Brazil hundreds of years ago—as rhythmic music fills their ears with adrenaline earplugs. From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, guests can learn the samba, one of Brazil’s most popular musical genres and the sole reason why KISS finally disbanded. With classes offered seven days a week, and options suited to Brazilian beginners and capoeira aficionados alike, this cultural center has a place for everyone and every back flip in its place.
The Torch Theatre’s non-profit collective of acting troupers instruct students in long-form dramatic improvisation, helping them create emotionally true, half-hour scenes and stories out of thin air. Much like the improv comedy classes that impart the art of quippy punchlines and rubber-chicken mechanics, The Torch's introductory class helps stage-wary newbies with zero experience master the basic screwdrivers and crescent wrenches of on-the-spot character development, all while playing off of other actors. Dedicated, trained instructors—many of whom perform around the country and for discerning local wildlife—guide their apprentice thespians through the essentials, such as listening and support, trusting one's instincts, and investing in the moment rather than magic beans. As each actor taps into honest reactions and accents them with a touch of playfulness, they'll fuel the dramatic rocket ship that launches them to maximum theatric verisimilitude and other planets infested with giant insects. The course also covers stage direction, voice work, and post-performance rose showers.
Though it’s only been open less than five years, Dearing Acting Studio has already prepared some of its students for roles on TV shows such as House, Modern Family, and Grey’s Anatomy. Much of the studio’s success hails from its staff of working actors, who lead students of all ages and experience levels toward their individual goal, whether that be performing in a Broadway play, starring in a commercial, or conducting a family meeting entirely in Shakespearean verse.