David Nieto's résumé 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.
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts run smoothly with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Fully trained mechanics whet engine appetites with an oil change ($29.90), then rotate and balance tires to ensure an even distribution of wear and tear, bringing inner balance to troubled rubber rollers ($59.80). A windshield-wiper replacement maintains driver visibility throughout the coming weather-filled months ($24.90), and a brake inspection ($19.90) safeguards against inconvenient malfunctions during no-holds-barred drag races down by the old nuclear power plant.
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.
Professional tutors help students make quick progress at Tutoring Club, where the staff relies on individualized instruction and a confidence-building structure. A low student-to-teacher ratio helps tutors track the progress of each student during classes that focus on math, writing, study skills, test prep, and more.
Orange County visual artist Don Le has a passion for expressing his subjects' inner beauty and personality. In his career in photography and video production, Le's portfolio spans across a wide range of styles, from wedding compositions to celebrity and fashion photoshoots to family portraits. Le's pieces often splash with a dreamy saturation of color, and he can upgrade a shot with his playful, inventive use of lighting, computer-generated backgrounds, and various angles. During three-hour photography courses, Le teaches students how to visualize and create photo compositions of their very own. Those courses include pointers in both outdoor and indoor photography, so you can properly capture Bigfoot in either the woods or a department store.
Experienced DJs at the Orange County Turntable Institute guide hands across vinyl grooves and turntable knobs in an introductory course on resuscitating party pulses. Each class positions neophytes behind beat-blazoning equipment for hands-on instruction in basic mixing, blending, cueing, and scratching techniques. In addition to learning the basics of how records work and listening for certain sounds, students absorb DJ culture from its dizzying history to its increasingly digitized future. Instructors DJ Artistic, DJ PNutz, and Tyler Olson impart their wisdom onto record rookies through a structured curriculum driven by transparent tasks and goals. Class sizes of no more than eight ensure individualized attention, preventing all manner of party foul from entering the mix. Newly initiated DJs can move on to take more advanced classes at the institute when Course 1 is complete, as each level builds toward a cumulative crescendo of spinning virtuosity. Students should call to set up a session at a convenient time; classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.