Romance and Dance Pole Aerobics welcomes women of every age, build, and fitness level to their studio, where 15 poles comprise a stage for empowering twirls. Each instructor strives to spark new self-confidence in the students through pole and chair dance as well as workout classes, which impart techniques from booty isolations to handstands. Private parties held onsite or at area homes teach small groups to channel seemingly weightless wiles. On alternating months, celebrity pole instructors captain specialized workshops, highlighting new tricks, such as how to make phone calls with your stiletto.
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A gallery of masterpieces showcases stunningly virtuosic renderings—which are especially impressive considering they were created by kids. While fostering a friendly, cheerful atmosphere, instructors teach classical art skills to classes of up to 12 students at a time. During weekly classes, the skilled instructors demonstrate how to realistically illustrate animals, figures, and still-life scenes using traditional media. "Creativity follows mastery" is the KidsArt philosophy, so they designed the sort of program they imagine the old masters would have approved. Planting graphite sticks and paintbrushes in pupils' hands, instructors teach color mixing, show students how to break an image into its component parts, and instill necessary behaviors such as focus and patience. Programs include individualized drawing and painting lessons and special-topic workshops, such as clay sculpture, figure drawing, and Anime/cartooning.
From this high up, the world seems small and compact, framing the ocean, mountains, and desert in the same field of vision. Though Mt. Baldy's soaring peaks seem to shrink the globe to the size of a globe, they also grant access to nature's majesty throughout the year. Four chairlifts gently propel skiers through the San Gabriel Mountains over the trails and 600 acres of skiable earth ranging from gentle slopes to natural quarter pipes. In the warmer months, hiking trails blaze through mountainsides, affording glimpses of historical mining facilities and natural wonders, such as canyons, fauna such as bighorn sheep, and Mother Nature's secret collection of acre-long coffee spoons.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawa will follow six easy steps to craft eye-pleasing objects, first choosing a ceramic piece ($10–$75) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonal options, such as plates, mugs, molded animals, and mystically materialized emotions. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or one of the design center's more than 22,000 images, painters will select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then gently beautify their objets d'art with the focus and ingenuity of a peregrine falcon possessed by Norman Rockwell. Color Me Mine handles all firing work in the kiln, allowing clients to pick up their final products four to seven days after painting. The studio fee of $10 for adults and $6 for children covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
The staff maintains an outdoor range, which accommodates target shooting with handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Since it's a large and open area, the range also allows for different controlled scenarios, including shooting from a vehicle.
During handgun classes, the instructor can supply rental firearms of various calibers, including 9 mm, .22, or .380 ACP.
Handguns, shotguns, and automatic rifles. Todd Widick has mastered all of them over the years. Before solidifying his current role as Gunshots Firearms Training's resident instructor, Mr. Widick served six years with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. He holds several certifications from the NRA and California Department of Justice—all of which come in handy during his group and private firearms lessons. He also trains his students in specialty skills, such as low-light shooting.
During the 1991 World Championships in Athletics in Tokyo, Mike Powell soared through the air to cover a distance of 29 feet, 4.5 inches. Not only did that distance narrowly top the mark of track legend Carl Lewis, it also set a world record for the long jump—a record that stands to this day.
Now coaching, Mike shares the secrets and techniques that made him a two-time Silver medalist at the Olympics. He teaches the next generation of jumpers—who range from beginners to world-class athletes—at the Academy of Speed, a massive facility outfitted with straightaway tracks, turf fields, and a 6,000-square-foot weight room. The world-class training equipment and Mike's wisdom are used to teach athletes from all sports how to run faster and jump higher, which are both useful when competing or trying to snatch the cookie jar from the top shelf of the cupboard.