Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with an instructor as the teachers assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The highly trained instructors at U.S. Aviators imbue students with the aviation know-how necessary to earn ratings from private and commercial pilot licenses to instrument ratings and instructor certification. To prepare pupils for their skyward excursions, the teaching team simulates flights with a Redbird FMX, which replicates real-life scenario-based training with wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, and single- or multi-engine configurations. From there, students hone their aerial skills with U.S. Aviators' fleet of Cessnas, Pipers, and an American Champion Decathlon, named for the event it won by flying over its opponents. Along with hands-on experience, U.S. Aviators supplies budding pilots with necessary gear such as terminal charts, mechanic tools, and sunglasses at its fully stocked shop.
A tiny splash of Campari can make a world of difference. The sunset-hued bitters are the main ingredient that differentiates a martini and a negroni, two unmistakably dissimilar beverages with a few shared components. Bartenders have to keep track of hundreds of tiny distinctions like this, and the instructors at Bartending World work to supply them with the knowledge necessary to do so.
There, the teachers are all experienced mixologists, but the school itself could pass for a typical cozy watering hole as well. Ranks of bottles line the shelves, their contents running the gamut from electric-blue curacao to caramel-hued whiskey. A strobe light and fog machine help to simulate the sensation of working in an actual bar or sharing a loft apartment with a magician. Behind the gleaming wooden counters, pupils chatter over an arsenal of muddlers and shakers as well as a full contingent of the sleek flutes, bell-shaped goblets, and highball glasses needed to correctly serve beverages.
Much like jumping out of a sweet 16 birthday cake, earning a drivers license is a right of passage for many teens. The months leading up to the DMV exam are filled with supervised practice and diligent study, something that becomes much easier thanks to OK Driving School. Their online training program meets DMV standards and, through a combination of practice tests and interactive exercises, prepares fledgling drivers for their written exams. The instructors, meanwhile, work with student drivers in-person, taking them out on the rode to practice driving on freeways and residential streets. They also lend their expertise to adults: they help current drivers improve their on-road skills or address traffic tickets.
Having already accomplished himself as a martial artist, stuntman, and life coach, Tim Talman started Valley BootCamp to share his fitness expertise with the masses. As the 200th black belt in Chuck Norris’s Tang Soo Do system he knows a thing or two about self-motivation and the positive effects regular exercise can have on a person’s daily life. During each of Valley’s outdoor classes, his staff leads enlistees of all ability levels through programs that can include conventional hiking, jump roping, relay races, and obstacle courses along with less-traditional drills in ballet-based exercises and TRX suspension training.
"Every time a client screams, a trainer gets his wings," laughs personal trainer Brad James, one of Studio City Fitness Gym's accredited fitness gurus. Focused on delivering results, the mirror-lined facility provides its clients with essential equipment such as treadmills and free weights as well as rut busters like punching bags and kettlebells.