Musically Minded Academy is a non-profit music school and community arts center located in Rockridge, CA.
Our core mission is to provide high quality music education, to host concerts and other arts-related education programs, and to act as a haven for musicians and music lovers in the greater East Bay Area.
The detail-oriented instructors at Art a la Cart take students through each painting step-by-step, showing them how to mix and blend their own colors and build compositions from the background without having to first live among paintings in local art museums. They supervise students in a themed class series as they paint still-life fruit and candies, portray whimsical landscapes, depict parts of the San Francisco skyline, or emulate the style of a classic artist. Groups explore each subject and question its lack of Renaissance cupids in one of five locations, which include wine-cellar tasting rooms, underground wine bars, and a modern minimalist cocktail lounge. Staff members supply all acrylic paints, brushes, and other gear for each class; and though they don't provide any libations, instructors encourage participants to bring or purchase their own drinks.
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.
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.
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.
Experienced comedians on Comedy Off Broadway Oakland’s black-swathed stage extract laughs with jokes honed during appearances on HBO, BET and Comedy Central. Veteran yucksters Joe Gleckler and Samson Koletkar host 90-minute shows three nights a week and recruit all-female and all-Southern lineups for Thursday theme shows. Chortling viewers can dig into plates of Cajun and Southern fare from the kitchen of Miss Pearl’s Jam House, which hosts the proceedings in a private dining area, or covertly film spit takes with wine and beer from a full bar.