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Angelo Verazzano and Erin Drake are award winning Professional Ballroom Dance instructors with advanced degrees in education and dance.
In addition to their show-stopping dance skills, they specialize in teaching beginners to find their love of dance.
Learn to dance with confidence!
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
Come in comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes and with all the questions you've been wanting to ask!
Being honest with your expectations allows us to tailor your dance session to your needs!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Ballroom Dance was always a way to combine art and exercise.
We use Ballroom to express ourselves, keep in shape and learn how to collaborate as a team.
We enjoy bringing these incredible benefits to our students!
What do you love most about your job?
At Verazzano Dance we love being a part of your dance journey.
From 5 years old to 95 years old, anytime is the right time to challenge yourself in a meaningful way!
The instructors and professional staff at PADI five-star instructor training center Beach Cities Scuba introduce students to the big blue with PADI-certified diving courses for divers of all levels.
They have certified over 1,250 PADI divers each of the last two years, have certified over 15,000 PADI divers since the company's inception. They certify newbies with basic open-water courses and teach advanced divers in specialty courses such as Deep Diver, Rescue Diver, and Shark Therapy. They operate out of five convenient locations and sling necessary gear in onsite stores, from wetsuits and facemasks to spear guns. Beach Cities Scuba also connects divers through its dive club and hosts exotic dive trips to locations such as Indonesia, Fiji, and Cozumel. In 2013, they won the #1 Padi Diver Acquisition and Padi Diver Retention awards.
A community presence in Orange County since the California Gold Rush, YMCA of Orange County remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult-fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, martial arts, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness center with free weights, cardio equipment, and rowing machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Zumba and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, afterschool programs, and youth basketball.
For every training flight they lead, the FAA-certified instructors at Revolution Aviation take flight from John Wayne Airport right alongside their students—except, of course, when the craft they're flying is unmanned. The flying outfit caters not just to students earning their helicopter and airplane pilot licenses, but also to those entering the nascent field of drone operation, which doesn't yet require a license, but is soon expected to. This unique offering is understandable given the instructors' backgrounds, which include aerial experience such as formation flying, aircraft carrier operation, and carrying an external load via helicopter. Their plane and helicopter training services are similarly diverse, ranging from discovery flights and private-pilot courses to scenic tours over LA, Hollywood, and the Pacific Coast, which take place in helicopters instead of on drones equipped with saddles.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
Now a celebrity makeup artist, Amanda Jacobellis started out by studying art and fashion design. This member of the television, film, and print industries often appears on channels such as E! and Fox. She's also been a guest on Access Hollywood, a show that explores the lives of famous people by looking at their keychains. But before she rubbed elbows with the stars, she pioneered a safer eyelash extension technique known as LAshX. Her product includes the first oil- and glycol-free cleanser and formaldehyde-free adhesive. In 2007, she opened Makeup Mandy where her lash extension system enhances beauty treatments from makeup applications to up-dos and waxing.