In 35 years of dancing, including performances at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and Opera House, instructor Heik Hambarzumian has learned that comfort and confidence trump melodrama. Heik prefers to focus on style rather than overdone movements and channels his experience as a musician to demonstrate organic, fluid responses to rhythm. He coaches his students on pursuing general grace regardless of the type of dance being taught; and at Dance Like a Star Studio, he teaches styles including waltz, foxtrot, cha-cha, salsa, tango, and swing.
He leads his classes atop a 3,800-square-foot floor that slightly gives each time a foot or space shuttle lands upon it. Beginner and intermediate dancers share the space as they socialize and twirl during group classes. Heik also hosts private lessons, helping couples master wedding-dance choreography or preparing contenders for upcoming competitions.
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. 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.
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.
Flooded by dozens of green and cool-blue stage lights, the 2,500-square-foot stage at The Music Hall looks like a platform fit for even the most lauded rockers. Constructed by musicians, for musicians, The Music Hall contains an acoustically treated live room and production stage equipped with side-fill monitors, a mixing console, and an outboard system with equalizers and effects. A professional lighting system allows whoever is using the space to customize the look to their act, making it an ideal venue for musical shows, special events, and performances. The Music Hall also boasts a school staffed by professional musicians who conduct lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, and drums, as well as workshops for subjects such as songwriting and music theory.
There are many ways to spend 20 hours in front of a computer, but few could potentially set one on a new career path. Express Bartender's 12-part course digitally prepares its students to cross behind the bar and pour 125 popular cocktails. The course, which includes lessons on garnishes, liquor history, and pouring techniques, can be taken at the student's own pace. Upon completion of the course, newly minted mixologists are entitled to aid with job leads, resumé reviews, and a printable origami mortarboard.
ProBartenderTraining.com's online training regimen prepares students for bartending careers without the hassle of attending in-person classes. At their leisure, students can access the program's 16 distinct lessons on a computer or mobile device and study everything from bar tools to pouring techniques while learning to make 125 classic and modern cocktails. ProBartenderTraining.com also supports its students by providing assistance with interviewing, resume writing, and locating local job openings.