Veteran ballet dancers Lauri-Michelle and Benjamin Houk run a duo of prominent dance academies designed to aid children in the pursuit of toe-tapping excellence. Five four-hour days of dance camp break up the drudgery of summertime like an ice-cream truck breaks up a cul-de-sac water-balloon fight. Jazz Contemporary Hip-Hop workshop and the Ballet Summer Intensive offer various age-specific seminars for young hoofers all the way up to older teens, and the Mary Poppins Musical Theater Camp trains the starry eyes and limbs of Broadway-bound 6- to 12-year-olds. The academies' Dancing Princesses camp teaches 4- to 6-year-olds how to gracefully sway with any glass footwear or beast dance partner.
Throughout its 12-acre arts complex, with more than 9,000 feet of performance space, the California Center for the Arts intersperses a variety of mediums and disciplines with the overarching aim of promoting community building. The museum's three visual-art galleries and sculpture court have housed more than 75 exhibitions since 1994, including interactive exhibits on going "green" that feature tips from crocodiles and the Wicked Witch of the West. Currently, Patricia Patterson's exhibition Here and There, Back and Forth mystifies museum-goers with theatrical installations and painted snapshots. Along with free admission to the museum for two adults and up to four children, family memberships include priority seating and presale tickets to performances, invitations to preview events, and free admission for two adults to the Art & Intrigue show.
Presented with 600 acres of verdant pasture to sculpt into an executive course, golf-course architect David Rainville dreamt up 18 Bermuda grass fairways adorned with colorful flowerbeds, four ponds strewn into play, and sand bunkers of various sizes and difficulties. In the three decades since Rainville’s vision became reality, the course’s trees have flourished on all of the eight par 4s and 10 par 3s. The well-manicured course has been ranked in the top 10 courses in San Diego, inviting golfers of all stripes to experience the verdant playground and perhaps occasional sightings of caddies that graze on the short grass. While swinging through the course, men and women are asked to wear collared shirts, protecting them from neck sunburns, informality, and vampire flagsticks.
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Renovated in 2011, the Museum of Making Music showcases a permanent display of hundreds of unusual and vintage instruments charting the progression of song-crafting from 1900 to modern times. Five museum galleries present popular music, innovations in instruments and their manufacture, and marketing and distribution techniques in five eras throughout the 20th century. Racks of gleaming instruments line the cases, as well as more eclectic pieces such as double-neck guitars, the crossbreed GuitarViol, and an ancient, forgotten instrument whose name is always whispered: the "clarinet." The museum is dotted with interactive exhibits, giving visitors the chance to craft their own tunes on the exhibit's drum kits or keytar.
• For $33, you get one ticket for the performance on Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees). • For $36, you get one ticket for the performance on Friday, August 26, at 8 p.m. (a $69 value before fees, or up to a $72 value online, including all fees). • For $33, you get one ticket for the matinee performance on Saturday, August 27, at 2 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees). • For $44, you get one ticket for the evening performance on Saturday, August 27, at 8 p.m. (an $85 value before fees, or up to an $88 value online, including all fees). • For $36, you get one ticket for the matinee performance on Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. (a $69 value before fees, or up to a $72 value online, including all fees). • For $33, you get one ticket for the evening performance on Sunday, August 28, at 7 p.m. (a $63 value before fees, or up to a $66 value online, including all fees).
The pressure is off when students step into Just Dance LLC. Although its instructors come from a competitive background—traveling to Germany, Denmark, Hungary, England, and France for numerous dance championships—the school instead focuses on dance’s social aspects, allowing students to learn at their own pace in a supportive, positive environment. Stress melts away as students hone their footwork in styles including waltz, fox trot, tango, samba, rumba, and cha-cha, conditioning their bodies in the process. Classes are often followed by practice sessions led by teachers, whereas Friday-night and Saturday-night gatherings continue the collegial vibe with snacks, wine, and philosophical discussions over whether everybody truly can cut footloose.