At The Learning Spot Dance Academy, dance classes aren't just for fun—they're also key to educational development. Inside this safe, judgement-free zone, a team of bilingual caretakers and educators work with students from 18 months to 15 years old inside a newly-installed dance studio. Though students are taught in groups, caretakers pledge to give each one plenty of individual attention. Acknowledging that many parents have demanding schedules, the center welcomes drop-in care as well as early drop--offs and late pickups. But adults aren't just relegated to the sidelines, as they can also take salsa and latin dance lessons.
The brightly colored walls of Studio B Fitness reflect in the full wall mirrors as expert instructors lead students of all fitness levels through high-energy dance fitness classes. The instructors lead Zumba classes, hip-hop dance, and step classes, with Zumbatomic classes for ages 2–10 and Zumba Gold classes for seniors. Studio B Fitness also boasts an array of workout machines for guests to use at their own pace.
The staff at Studio Fusion invites kids and adults of all skill levels to dance and get in shape in a sprawling 6,000-square-foot space with four studios, two of which have Marley sprung floors to soften dancers' landings. The team of dance instructors includes choreographers and backup dancers to the stars, as well as two former members of the Laker Girls.
The experienced crew helps pre-cheerleaders build strength and flexibility during tumbling classes, and teaches beginning and advanced ballet and hip-hop moves to kids and teens. The multidisciplinary fitness program offers just as much variety, including the ballet-based movements of Barre Fusion, Bikini Boot Camp toning sessions, and kickboxing- and tai-chi-based Turbo Kick classes.
The space has been designed with a cozy student lounge with WiFi and a gourmet coffee bar, allowing youngsters to work on homework or their investment portfolios and parents to chat. In addition to annual dance recitals, the studio hosts dance and musical-theater camps. The Broadway Kids program hones the skills children need to be a triple threat—dancing, singing, and juggling three smartphones at once.
Although the instructors at Underground Yoga got there by way of different backgrounds—vinyasa flow, ashtanga, and hatha, to name a few—they all share an affinity for strengthening students' bodies and minds. Their classes take place in a dimly lit studio with a panoramic skyline mural on one wall and paintings from local artists on the others. Add music and you have a recipe for a hip yoga setting that doesn't mind if the class is your first or 100th. To complement the flowing yoga movements, Underground also schedules two-hour hula hoop workshops where attendees can sling a hula hoop around their hips just like Newton did when he discovered centrifugal force.
Harmony HB Arts & Wellness Center is a front for inner peace— nurturing their clients so that they may uncover their inner peace. To bring that point home even in the decor, owner Jan Palmer bedecks her oasis with soothing eclectic furniture and the calming work of local artists. Even her own jewelry designs dangle over table tops, glistening in sterling silver and gold.
But beyond that art-filled atmosphere, her clients have come to get their bodies busy. At Harmony HB, fitness instructors lead yoga and ballet-inspired Barre classes that put participants on path toward health, relaxation and balance. Massage therapists also add their talents with soothing kneads, soft lighting, and music.
Lakers girl. Clippers girl. Certified Pilates instructor. These are just a few titles on Jodi Adamo's resum?, in addition to being the owner of The Pilates Body of Orange County. Along with a staff of certified instructors, she leads Pilates and fitness classes for students of all fitness levels. They help patrons slim down and build muscle in a variety of Pilates classes, including mat, barre, and Reformer sessions. To boost heart rates, they also lead fitness classes, and Jodi draws from her extensive dance training to get bodies moving in Zumba and hip-hop hustle classes.
To further guide patrons in their journeys to healthier lifestyles, personal wellness coach Carol May compassionately stands at the ready. She has shaved off more than 75 pounds since 2010, and helps others shed their own excess weight with a constant source of support and nutrition tips, such as differentiating bananas from sticks of butter.