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At City Dance Studios, classes are tailored for students with various levels of experience to ensure everyone can enjoy the art of self-expression through movement. Lessons introduce students to a diverse array of dance styles ranging from classical ballet and jazz, to contemporary hip hop and exotic Bollywood, and West African. Each of the five spacious studios (they range from 900 to 2,400 square feet) are equipped with sprung hardwood or Marley floors and are surrounded by mirrors, so budding dancers can keep an eye on their form and keep pet parakeets occupied until the class has ended.

32 Otis St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 1 person

Brands Used: Meisner, Strasberg, Stanislavsky

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Trained by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Shelley Mitchell won acclaim for her one-woman performance of Talking with Angels: Budapest 1943, which Los Angeles Weekly lauded for its ?leisurely, lifelike timing? and ?excruciating beauty.? Shelley draws on her extensive teaching and acting experience at institutions such as The Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival to teach dramatic acting to film, television, and theater thespians at the Arts Center of San Francisco, and has received praise from actors at all levels, including Sean Penn. Two-hour classes develop individual concentration and emotional response through sense memory exercises before students partner up for scripted scene work.

180 Capp Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Trained by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Christy English Wioncek opened the Bay Area Acting Studio to teach a new generation of actors how to?in the words of her mentor?"live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Her stable of equally Meisner-steeped instructors leads classes including introductory adult courses, intensive courses for working thespians, and children's classes for young'uns looking to break into the industry early or convince babysitters they've been diagnosed with a life-threatening ice-cream deficiency.

180 Capp Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

The Marsh has operated as a major playhouse for San Francisco’s up-and-coming theater circuit for almost 25 years, and has been in their current digs on lower Valencia Street since 1996. More than just another dark and balmy theater venue, the creative space acts as a holistic environment, designed to nurture and develop top new talent from all walks of life. Whether it’s hosting writer’s workshops and master classes on the art of solo performance, or lavishing time and attention on the city’s burgeoning youth theater movement, this school and accompanying performance space is as close an approximation to Off-Off-Broadway theater as the Bay Area has.

1062 Valencia St
San Francisco,
CA
US

[Owen Walker](http://www.insideoutimprov.com/page9/page9.html#!owen-walker/c60z has been teaching the Action Theater method for more than 15 years. Originally a visual artist, Owen found a more immediate medium?the human body?and began to experiment with physical improv as a method to further explore his creative impulses. He studied extensively with Ruth Zaporah, the guru of the Action Theater method, and he is now one of the method?s six designated senior teachers.

The Action Theater method approaches physical improvisation and theater from three angles: language, voice, and movement. Classes give special attention to being fully present, connecting with a scene partner, and urging students to focus on how they do something, rather than what they do. The end result not only can transform a student?s performance on the stage, it can also enhance everyday skills such as empathy and spontaneity. Thus, though the technique is rooted in the theater, it can also benefit non-actors, much like a playhouse?s cell-phone-activated trap door.

Though Action Theater sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available

975 Howard Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

Shelton Studios is nationally recognized as one of the finest professional film and theatre schools for actors and directors. The Shelton Studios is recommended by agents, casting offices, directors, and filmmakers as one of the leading schools in the country.

533 Sutter St
San Francisco,
CA
US