Jazz, funk, and hip-hop tunes blend seamlessly with Bollywood beats at South Bay Bollywood Dance Academy, where beginner, intermediate, and master dancers group up to absorb new choreography without being overwhelmed or underwhelmed. The artistic director and founder of the academy describes Bollywood dance as a mixture of everything from ballet to hip-hop that draws on different dances for inspiration. A crew of knowledgeable instructors leads small classes through routines that are consistently updated with new choreography each session. While doling out individual guidance, the team strives to create a fun atmosphere with heart-pumping beats and energetic dance moves that students pick up to prepare for nights on the town, days wooing job interviewers, and a final showcase performance at the end of each session.
Harbor Health and Spa manages to perform an impressively broad repertoire of holistic health and beauty services within inside its 6,000-square-foot facility. For starters, Doctors of Chiropractic Scott Sanders and Eric Lai schedule chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture treatments, and physiotherapy sessions. Moreover, a team of massage therapists and aestheticians performs everything from deep-tissue massages to specialty Caviar & Pearls facials. On top of everything, the facility boasts high-tech equipment like infrared saunas and hydrotherapy beds as well as relaxing amenities such as robes, slippers, and Bose headphones pipe in the soothing sounds of the neighbor's kittens.
The trainers at Truth Fitness and Health take a wide range of approaches to their clients' wellbeing. They lead individuals, small groups, or larger groups (although 12 people is as large as a fitness class gets) in workouts, but they also teach functional movements and how to prevent injuries, as well as supplementing kids' sports practice with athletic conditioning sessions. In individualized, private sessions, a client's health history, movement patterns and posture is assessed.
Welcoming studios awash in natural light enfold booty sculptors as they dip, bend, and fold through The Bar Method, a one-hour workout blending the fat burning of interval training and the muscle-lengthening effects of ballet-barre conditioning. The pair of studios shares a single schedule of multilevel classes held every day of the week, not unlike the sun's favorite pet. Classes begin with a limb-limbering warm-up before moving onto free-weight exercises and pushups, finishing up with a set of intense seat work on the bar and an ab-crunching finale on the mat. Every exercise treats muscles to gentle warm-up and cool-down stretches to facilitate the transition between the studio and one's everyday life atop a music box.
In his half-century-long career as a dance instructor, Lou Schreiber has taught more than 50,000 students the art of turning heads on the ballroom floor. His passion for acquainting students with their inner sense of rhythm led to a position as master trainer of dance instructors during an eight-year stint at Arthur Murray Dance Studios, after which Lou launched his own dance school: Walk In Dance Out. From his school's three locations, he leads students in waltz, swing, Latin, and disco styles with boundless energy and humor, channeling the expertise that has served him well at national competitions and spinning contests against the earth itself.
Lou's step-by-step teaching methods put pupils of all ages at ease, whether they are attending group or private lessons. Other instructors might drop in to assist Lou in choreographing west coast swing performances and personalized wedding-day routines, showing brides how to use their dress's train as a cushion while they do the worm.
A longtime personal trainer, Alonzo Garrett realized that, though everyone’s body functions much the same way, there’s no single set of exercises that works for everyone. Sometimes this has to do with anatomy or injury, but more often it stems from the disparity in excitement and enjoyment that different kinds of exercises elicit from different people. So, Alonzo decided to start his own fitness center—ZO Personal Training—where he cooks up individualized workouts based not only on achieving his client’s health goals, but keeping them excited and loving their workouts. His kinesthetic recipes use everything from traditional plyometrics and boxing to free-running training and chasing a cupcake that dangles in front of a treadmill.
Inside his gym, the light green walls fade into the background behind the forest of white metal frames and their foliage of black straps, seats, and weights. The expansive space houses dozens of machines and many times that number of free weights and other unbound exercise equipment, each with its own specific powers.