FITNESS as well as ACTING, SINGING, & DANCE. APA has been committed to offering the best private and group lessons for pre-professional and professional performing artists in San Diego County. APA is a San Diego Dance Studio/School, Acting School, Voice Training Facility, as well as a Fitness and Wellness Center.
A childhood peppered with basketball, football, and volleyball couldn't keep Mary Murphy out of the ballroom after she was struck by the athleticism of the sport while watching a championship performance in her early twenties. She began to compete around the world, eventually slowing down enough to found Champion Ballroom Academy in 1990 and finally teaching there full-time in between stints on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance.
Mary has plucked like-minded instructors for her studio, some of whom created Core Rhythms, a Latin dance-based aerobics program. Many of the other teachers are competitive-dance champions or black belts in hula hoop. Aside from running a flourishing dance studio, Mary's palpable passion for the art form has also driven her to play a leading role in San Diego's Chance to Dance program, a curriculum that introduces school kids to the artistry and strength-building foundations of dance.
Marie Davidson is no stranger to fitness—she's a nutrition nut and ACE-certified personal trainer with an impressive resume that spans the spectrum of fitness modalities. She, like many others, quickly got bored with the same old routines, spurring her on to search for something a bit more layered, empowering, and fun. When she discovered pole dancing, she fell head over stiletto heels, eventually opening up her own studio to share her newfound discovery with the community.
Whether the aim is to sculpt a more toned physique, learn some sensual moves, boost confidence levels, or have a fun night out with girlfriends, Davidson works to help women achieve their goals within her mirrored studio lined with chrome poles. With a team of practiced instructors, she teaches classes that challenge participants both physically and emotionally, encouraging women and firemen enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes to feel comfortable in their own skin and cultivate a healthy lifestyle.
Specializing in a variety of social dance styles, A Time To Dance's team of talented instructors motivates students of all abilities to groove across the floor during drop-in group, progressive, and private classes. The schedule offers classes six days a week, including Zumba sessions, in which Latin beats and easy-to-follow steps lambaste calories faster than a dietician sword-fighting a gingerbread man. Similarly, swing dancing helps to prepare Lindy Hoppers for rockabilly weddings, and salsa classes at the studio come in mild and medium, covering spins, footwork, and partnering. Dancers from across the skill spectrum can also strut their stuff during tango, bachata, Bollywood, and hip-hop sweat sessions. Those seeking individualized attention can jump into private lessons, during which instructors tailor tutelage in any type of dance to each individual's skill set.
Since 1984, the studio’s experienced instructors have conveyed their ballroom skills to both beginner and seasoned students, including Dancing with the Stars’ Emmitt Smith. As the instructor team takes the reins during group and private classes, students learn the graceful moves and footwork for the cha cha, the waltz, salsa, swing, or other ballroom styles. The studio also offers a special wedding course that gets couples ready for their big days, enabling them to finally have a reason to be the center of attention at a wedding. Many of the studio’s dancers also train for national competitions, often under the leadership of studio director and championship dancer Raza Begg.
Drawing on her background as a competitive dancer, choreographer, and certified yoga instructor, Lesa M. Green combines ballet barre exercises with Pilates and yoga techniques in her signature class, The MIX Technique. Sessions help clients to build stronger cores and leaner muscles and can be complemented by sessions of massage, acupuncture, or personal training. The studio also offers yoga for all speeds, including slow-practice yin yoga and yoked yoga, which blends yoga with weights and cardio work. Guests can slow down even more with bedtime yoga classes conducted by candlelight or stop in for a monthly Yoga Winedown, where guests can stretch their arms out for another glass of refreshing grape blood.