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.
San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures’ sparkling 1950's Mack Fire Engine carries passengers on themed adventures that combine the excitement of racing toward a fire with the fun of outwitting time. From the vantage point of the "Big Red Shiny Mack Fire Engine," guests catch views of the Bay Area while pretending to be important pieces of firefighting equipment. Tours run year round, and the crew outfits patrons with authentic fire gear to keep them warm while they explore the city on one of the themed tours. Winery tours cruise to Treasure Island, where guests enjoy tastes of signature varietals, while the Golden Gate bridge tour begins in Fisherman's Wharf before heading across the iconic bridge, through the village of Sausalito. Holiday-lights tours capture some of the city's most festive and decorated locations, and Halloween tours creep through Historic Presidio where ghosts are rumored to vacation.
An alumna of New York City’s 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. Three-hour classes develop individual concentration and emotional response through sense memory exercises before students partner up for scripted scene work or practice tumbling into the orchestra pit. Eight-week courses introduce pupils to acting fundamentals, while three or ten-month intensive training grants unlimited studio access, weekly or biweekly lessons, and private sessions with Shelley to dedicated participants.
The passionate and motivational instructors will have you leaping, spinning, backflipping, triple sow cowing, twiddly diddling, aluminum baseball-batting, and founding fathering in no time at the ODC Dance Commons. Choose from a wide variety of classes offered every day of the week. ODC's myriad movement disciplines include Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout, modern, Latin, ballet, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, Feldenkrais, and more. All classes are taught by experienced, reputable dance professionals who can tell a volcada from an echappe from an alpaca.
From their perch in the Mission District, the culinary artists at Balançoire present brunch and dinner inspired by the regional cuisines of Louisiana and France. The restaurant houses two dance floors, two bars, and a stage that hosts live nighttime performances, a tradition begun by French kings who would interrupt dinner to read their memoirs out loud from cover to cover. Behind the scenes, chefs build brunch dishes, including the croque-monsieur, croque-madame with a sunny-side up egg, and brioche french toast, many of which are accompanied by cocktails and West Coast beers. In the evening, they mix French and creole recipes in dishes such as fried artichokes with rémoulade, eggplant fusilli, and creole prawns in spicy lime sauce.
Hone your hypnotic hip gestures within the style of belly dancing designed by the studio director, Carolena Nericcio. American Tribal Style Belly Dance provides a freeing physical experience driven by improvisational choreography and spontaneous group collaboration. You'll learn the basics of the art through slow movements and quick steps in a fun and inspirational setting. Bring your own zills (finger cymbals) or purchase a pair at the studio to enhance your performance with sonic lure. Emancipate yourself from the inhibitions that keep you locked in a cupboard. The fundamentals of complete stomach control will enable your abdomen to easily mimic ocean waves the next time you have to do an impression of the Atlantic in no-hands charades. Classes run on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until noon.
Humor, song, and drama all unfold at the ACT's historic theater—originally opened in 1910—which blends austere neoclassicism with the occasional baroque flourish. The theater was built during the reconstruction after the 1906 earthquake, only to be struck by 1989's Loma Prieta earthquake, surviving significant damage and undergoing an extensive renovation and seismic stabilization that have enabled it to continue staging fine drama and overcome its reoccurring earthquake nightmares.