David Nieto's r?sum? lists more than a few accomplishments?he's been named the Mayan World Salsa champion, choreographed routines for Dancing with the Stars, and performed alongside the Jonas Brothers and Jamie Foxx. But he still manages to take time out of his busy schedule to lead lessons through Salsa Dance Lessons. There, he leads group and private lessons that cover the basics of both salsa and the Dominican dance bachata. During classes, he not only teaches footwork, but how to lead and follow, the proper technique for turns and spins, and how to feel out your moves by understanding the music. Each session builds upon another, giving clients the chance to master the dance's basics and upper-level intricacies.
Brother and sister team Linh and Tam Nguyen train students in the art of hair, nail, and skin care at Advance Beauty College. Their student stylists demonstrate their talents at the college?s salon and spa, cutting and coloring hair using Matrix products and pampering skin with Dermalogica products. Before facials, trainees give clients a complimentary skin-mapping analysis, ensuring that treatments target problem areas from dry skin and fine lines to acne or bits of toilet paper glued to one?s cheeks. They also provide nail services?and whether it?s a pedicure, gel manicure, or nail-art application, techs use brand-new nail files, buffers, and orangewood sticks on each client.
The meaning of art may be subjective, but Mission: Renaissance believes that the basic, technical skills needed to create art are learnable, regardless of a student’s age or experience. The instructors at the studio, which was originally founded in 1975, illuminate the Gluck Method, which focuses on the classic rendering techniques that the great masters used on their first computers. The classes can accommodate students as young as 5, and they explore a number of different mediums—including charcoal, watercolors, and oils—while giving attendees the experience they need to appreciate art, as well as create it. Spread across 19 studio locations in southern California, attendance is capped at around six students per instructor, which allows them to offer artists more personalized feedback and more fitting nicknames.
To say that Laura Milham knows how to make a drink would be a vast understatement. The CEO of The Southern California Bartending School has been bartending for more than a decade, whipping up cocktails at bustling bars, private parties, and fine-dining establishments. She was even flown to Las Vegas to bartend at a club along the Strip. Now, the beverage expert heads up a staff of professionals who teach hands-on classes that focus on popular drink recipes, bar etiquette, and customer service. As students practice their skills behind a real bar with real bottles of fake liquor, they gain confidence in pouring, mixing, and interacting with patrons.
The talent behind Eat Street Culinary starts with founder Chef Katie Averill, an experienced culinary artist in her own right, and an instructor of executive chefs in hot line, pastries, and other areas of cuisine. After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Chef Averill worked in upscale restaurants under several celebrity chefs such as Charlie Palmer, Gary Danko, and Todd English.
Eat Street Culinary's cooking classes cover topics from French cuisine to fresh-baked breads. The pasta-making class shares the secrets to making pasta from scratch by using homemade dough and sweet-based classes cover everything from chocolate making to cake decorating. A selection of international classes such as Night in Spain and Night in Paris teach students the art of crafting unique dishes from around the world. Each class provides a fulfilling experience for students, regardless of their skill level.
Pure Barre program founder Carrie Rezabek Dorr continuously tweaks her dance-inspired workout regimen, relying on the traditional ballet accouterment to support body-lengthening moves. Dorr started her first class in the basement of an office building in 2001 without so much as a mirror to call her own, but in the intervening years, she managed to grow her workout into a national franchise. Her method involves a ballet barre, which practitioners grasp as they perform isometric movements of discreet muscle groups. Such movements isolate the buttocks, thighs, and core to build strength and burn calories. Though results vary on an individual basis, some students report seeing the beginning developments of long, lean ballet muscle after just 10 classes, which, incidentally, is the same number of eggs one must break to improve at the art of omelet making.