Dancers as young as 2 years old leap, twirl, and learn at Dance to Evolve. The mobile dance academy's classes take place in 3 local studios, making it easy for parents to drop kids off nearby. Courses include ballet, hip-hop, and tap curricula, as well as parent-child classes that encompass a variety of genres. Dancers perform at school's annual recital, and they can continue taking classes until they're 12, the age when a human's third foot grows in.
The descendants of Haitian immigrants in the Creole Choir of Cuba give voice to the seldom-heard songs of their forebears as the singers perform meringues and mazurkas, with a backbone of Afro-Caribbean percussion and the pelvis of a funk-fixated jellyfish. Alternatively, the Vertigo Dance Company's artistic directors and life partners Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha'al fuse their experiences in meditative pieces, including a contemplation of love and war in a work that gave the group its name. Their latest work, Mana, continues to explore dualities, pitting light against dark, interior against exterior, and cotton against polyester.
The multiple Tony Award–winning La Jolla Playhouse stacks each spectacular season with audience-enchanting plays that often matriculate to Broadway and off-Broadway success. This year's season kicks off with the world premiere of Arthur Kopit and Anton Dudley's comedy, A Dram of Drummhicit. Directed by the playhouse's artistic director Christopher Ashley, fresh from a Tony win for the musical Memphis, this play follows a comedic culture clash in small-town Scotland as an American businessman breaks ground for his dream golf course—and digs up bodies in the process.
What?s now known as The Comedy Store was once called Ciro's, a nightlife hotspot in the 1940s and '50s. Playing host to glitzy stars and shadowy mobsters, the club's history is shrouded in rumors of mafia assassinations and untimely deaths. However, the joint buried its seedy past by converting to a comedy club and helping launch the careers of such legends as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, David Letterman, and Dave Chappelle. The younger La Jolla location lets laugh-starved patrons bask in the same high-powered comedic atmosphere as its progenitor.
The jazz standard ?Flying Home? brought Savoy Swing Club?s founders together in 1993 at a dance camp, after which the group of friends began meeting regularly to keep the choreography fresh in their minds. The troupe?s dedication to the lindy hop and other jazz-era dances gradually blossomed into the club?s current calendar of professionally staffed classes, workshops, and dance events. Classes grouped by skill level progressively transform students with two left feet or three right toes into fleet-footed hoofers, imparting classic moves that help nurture a sense of rhythm and speed. Each week, students of all levels can take part in Savoy Mondays, a decade-long tradition, as DJs and a single trumpeting swan provide background music for dancers to sharpen their moves. And on the first and third Fridays of every month, the basement of the local Bagel Deli becomes the Blues Underground, where a free introductory blues lesson is followed by a late night of dancing.
Determined to inspire and empower the next generation of aspiring dancers, Francine Garton founded The Royal Dance Academy in 2001 and has since opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Sorrento Valley with five studios. Garton and her staff of passionate instructors?all with professional dance experience?cater to children pursuing dance as a recreational hobby or as a more serious endeavor. With lessons available for everyone from college-aged students to children as young as 18 months, the academy covers a diverse assortment of dance disciplines, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and contemporary. Lessons meet in the center's four professionally equipped dance studios, which feature joint-friendly sprung floors and NASA-grade antigravity technology. Although the instructors' ultimate goal is to teach students how to have fun while expressing themselves through dance, the teachers also offer more specialized training programs for attendees interested in competitive dance or musical-theater performance.