It Factor Studios' film performance and industry workshops unfurl under the leadership of Hollywood directors and professional actors from the American Film Institute. Founder Ryan McKinney and coach to the stars Steve Whittaker apply their workplace experience to create a safe and progressive learning environment and help actors to prepare for industry difficulties such as auditioning, resumé writing, or staring contests with Jack Nicholson. The results-driven team mentors budding performers of all experience and skill levels in a wealth of techniques, including Method and Meisner, with many courses designed to complement each other.
To enable instructional shoots and commercial productions, the studio boasts full capabilities for film preparation, shooting, and editing. Students interested in the back side of the lens can sign up for instruction in film shooting, editing, and screenwriting, enabling them to stage scenes and reboot old home movies under professional conditions. In addition to workshops, events such as guest-speaker series with working or retired film professionals help pupils to garner real industry connections.
The Mirror Ballroom, formerly Ultimate DanceSport, offers group classes in a variety of styles that range from salsa and hip-hop to historical dance. After treading the boards of its spacious dance floors, no other danceable surface will feel intimidating. Try rock stepping without having to barefoot it through a rock garden during Lindy Hop, or give either ocean-facing swing style—West-Coast Swing or East-Coast Swing—a go. New dancing chips can dip into beginner salsa or get to know a move or two in beginner social dance. The cast of instructors is comprised of enthusiastic teachers with impressive moves interested in assisting dancers of all levels. Come alone and scope out a dance or dinner partner, or bring a partner in crime by buying an additional Groupon as a gift to practice waltzing casually away from the scenes of your crimes.
To create Stoney's Rockin' Rodeo in 2007, the owner combined his two passions in life: cooking and country dancing. As a 30-year veteran of the restaurant industry, he has been adamant about offering hearty eats at affordable prices, which is why Stoney's menu is a line-up of comfort cuisine including barbeque meats, half-pound Angus burgers, and steaks grilled to order. At the restaurant’s front bar saloon, drinks are poured while guests belt out their favorite tunes during nightly karaoke or as they perch on a high-top chair to watch a sports game on one of five flat-screen TVs.
At the back of the house, novice line dancers and seasoned do-se-do-ers participate in free country-dance lessons in a spacious dancehall. Award-winning instructors also guide partnered and non-partnered dancers through workshops. Weekly concerts showcase such artists as Chris Young and Phil Vassar, who deliver the real-deal country music that gets everyone kicking up their heels and high-fiving with their imaginary spittoons.
A knowledgeable staff that includes tennis instructors and former touring pros helps customers navigate the aisles of racket-sports equipment inside the two locations of Courtside Tennis & Apparel. A demo program lends out rackets from brands such as Babolat and Wilson for patrons to try out on the court or at John McEnroe–themed parties, and same-day stringing services get gear serve-worthy in a hurry.
At Baja Acres on Saturday, June 30, competitors don event T-shirts and bandanas before tackling fun, challenging obstacles in waves that depart every half hour, with the first available wave starting at 9 a.m. and the last leaving at noon. Finishers receive a medal; runners 21 and older also enjoy a complimentary beer. Parking (not included in this Groupon) is $10 per car. View the course map here. Must register online by deadline.Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun yet challenging course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. It's five kilometers of dirty, sweaty madness that pits runners not against each other, but against their own expectations. After donning event bibs, T-shirts, and bandanas and threatening timing chips into their proper places on shoelaces, runners rocket off the starting line in waves, dashing away to prove their superior hardcoreness to steep hills, muddy pits, and inner demons. Costumes are encouraged—be they Mud-Thing ensembles or strategically placed speedos—for racers who'd rather rock their own style. By conquering the course, participants win the right to don achievement medals; those who've successfully wrestled life for legal-drinking status can celebrate their mastery of Mud Factor with a mug of beer.