Menopause the Musical has painted a vivid, rib-tickling portrait of four women confronting the troubles of middle age for audiences in hundreds of cities all over the world. The show tells the story of four strangers, meeting by chance at a department-store lingerie sale, who begin to commiserate on the travails of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and spontaneously breaking out in song-and-dance routines. Parodying a suite of hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the musical's jaunty tunes encourage dialogue about women's health while eliciting copious chortles of recognition from guests.
The first thing people notice about Circus Vargas is its big-top tent. Hand-fashioned in Milan from 90,000 square feet of cerulean-blue fabric dotted with yellow stars, the canopy completed the illusion of an elegant lost era when used in the 2011 film Water for Elephants. The last thing people notice is the absence of animals. They're too busy gaping at a man balancing a 12-step ladder with his mouth.
Keeping its marvels strictly human, Circus Vargas builds on a 40-year history by blending classic feats of fearlessness with surprising new tricks. The show features magic tricks along with a skilled hand balancer, a speed juggler, and the wheel of destiny.
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Like many of her fellow dance teachers at Gotta Dance Studio, owner Cindy Gebelein first donned ballet flats at age 6. Throughout a lifetime of performing and 35 years of teaching, she’s worn through copious dance shoes while sharing her passion with others. She opened Gotta Dance Studio in 1995 to further pass on her love for performance, arming younger generations with the technical skills to develop into true artists.
The instructors elucidate a variety of dance styles, from perennial favorites such as ballet, jazz, and tap to modern styles such as hip-hop and contemporary. For students truly taken with the stage, a musicaltheater and performing arts program builds upon the physical conditioning and movement training of dance with voice- lessons and resume-building performances. Three dance troupes, each with their own particular focus, partake in demonstrations and competitions at both the local and national level. Thanks to their travels, these squads have come home with multiple awards and at least a dozen stray tap-dancing cats.
Six million stone tiles, 30,000 square feet of glass, 11,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 4,000 tons of steel. That’s what it took to build Valley Performing Arts Center at CSU Northridge. Much like a squeaky clown nose, each component serves both an aesthetic and acoustic purpose—the curtains that periodically line the back walls, for instance, are made of sound-absorptive wool-serge fabric, and share acoustic duties with elegant reflecting walls designed to amplify sound. The extra touches come in handy when the center’s calendar launches into full swing—it promises performances by entertainers ranging from dance and theater troupes to violinists, jazz musicians, and chart-topping artists such as Rufus Wainwright.
The professionally trained faculty at Vonder Haar Center opens the floodgates of creativity through an array of performance classes that teach the basics while prepping aspiring showstoppers for the stage. Peruse the class schedule to determine your artistic avenue of choice, from intro to dance sessions for tots ages 3 and up, to hip-hop, ballet, and voice lessons for teens and adults. Novice steppers and impassioned professionals alike can benefit from the disciplined yet stimulating offerings at VHC, as these confidence-building courses rally talent muscles into a maelstrom of theatrical output strong enough to fry power grids and crack opera goggles. Children must have their class days and times scheduled in advance, while adults may drop in on any session of their chosen class.