In 1991, the eponymous founder of Losina Art Center, Olya Losina, moved to La Jolla from Moscow, where she was raised among a vibrant artistic community and served as the art director for the Soviet Union's largest multilingual publishing facility. Losina's fine-art methods, which she honed while obtaining her master's degree at Moscow University, focus on teaching art as a science. While helping her students at the center to work toward mastery of portraiture, the human form, landscapes, and still-life subjects, she performs exercises that aim to reach them on a subconscious level. Together with Losina, the students examine the conscious thoughts that often intrude upon creative expression. They approach the artistic consciousness as a surgeon would approach a brain when trying to dislodge catchy pop tunes from the frontal lobe. With obstructions cleared, pupils find themselves able to work freely and efficiently.
Before dancing entered the mainstream, proms and homecomings were nothing more than public juice gatherings where uncomfortable standing-in-place was punctuated by red punch moustaches. Malashock Dance has been celebrating the intrigue of rhythmic movement for 22 years as its extraordinary dancers and choreographers educate and inspire anyone with a pulse in their dance-marrow. Amateurs and expert movers alike can try a variety of adult technique classes scheduled throughout the week. Learn new ways to move and communicate through your body-chords with beginner and intermediate Modern Technique classes on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., or infuse dance movements with technical core work, stretches, and breath in Pilates Flow sessions Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Classes range from evening hours to morning sessions, including the self-expressive mid-morning Modern Technique class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Professional competitive gymnasts and cirque performers Ivan and Misti Flores own and operate the facility with an aim to offer creative workouts for adults to sharpen their strengthening skills. Take a cirque-aerial course and wrap yourself in a Spanish web, swing on a trapeze, and spin in a German wheel; or take the adult fitness class, which usually takes place in the evening and allows adults to combine trampoline, tumbling, cirque, and dance into one intense workout. Shake things up with a corporate fitness class, which includes an afterwork Zumba session or a serene yoga lesson. View the schedule online for a complete list of times.