Personal Development in Laurel, Oakland


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  • Young's Superior Martial Arts
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? Our system is designed to create a martial artists able to adapt to any fighting situation, both ground and standing. What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans? Have an open mind and an empty cup! What was the inspiration to start or run this business? Tae Kwon Do had a powerful impact in my life as an adult, ultimately creating a highly motivated individual. If it did this for me, martial arts can do this for others, especially the young, who can have more time and opportunity to better themselves and contribute positively to society. What do you love most about your job? Teaching kids and encouraging them to be highly motivated individuals, and to prepare themselves for life through martial arts and education.
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    3823 MacArthur Boulevard
    Oakland, CA US
  • Skin by Maisha
    At Skin by Maisha, paramedical aesthetician Maisha Pulliam beautifies complexions with an array of cosmetic and restorative skin treatments. Her passion for beautification emerged from the skin troubles that plagued her from an early age, and she now dedicates herself to instilling clients with the diligence and molten silver necessary to maintain smooth, youthful radiance. Before botanical peels and acne and microdermabrasion treatments, Maisha's keen eye reads the flesh's fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes during consultations. A consultation helps aesthetician and client calibrate each treatment—from waxing to massage—according to the client's needs and the specifications outlined on his or her tattooed care label.
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    3623 MacArthur Boulevard
    Oakland, CA US
  • Dance SF
    The staccato beat of conga drums rises over the deep voice of a bass guitar and the higher trills of the timbales and piano. Head dancer Evan Margolin and his bevy of experienced instructors lead students in classes that take beginners through basic footwork and salsa rhythms, with intermediate and advanced sessions offering salsa aficionados more challenging instruction. The social class structure—partners rotate throughout every session—creates a low-pressure learning environment and keeps dancers from scrambling to locate a partner or human-shaped tupperware container. The one-hour beginner classes are mostly filled with salsa novices and new dancers, and Dance SF's experienced and engaging local salsateers are patient and friendly when showing new students how to bust well-timed moves. During intermediate classes, which require six months or more of social dancing experience, students focus on timing and cross-body leads with turns. After some evening classes, new dancers are invited to join an all-night salsa party where they can put their new moves in practice. Students should wear comfortable clothing, which includes dancing shoes, but does not include rear-flapped onesie pajamas.
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    4148 MacArthur Blvd.
    Oakland, California US
  • Liminal
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? LIMINAL is an intersectional feminist writing space. As such, workshops focus on voice and narrative as both creative and political tools. Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring? We provide the instruction and any reading materials for the class. You should bring a notebook and pen or laptop for writing. What was the inspiration to start or run this business? LIMINAL was inspired by the lack of spaces in the Bay Area that highlight feminist points of view and creative work. What do you love most about your job? I love being able to provide a space for people to explore ideas of feminism without having to justify or explain themselves.
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    3037 38th Avenue
    Oakland, CA US
  • The Artory Summer Theatre Camp
    What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition? The Artory puts the power to create in the hands of students who write, devise, choreograph, express, and OWN their work. Close mentorship with top professionals from Shotgun Players in fun areas like ACTING, HIP HOP THEATRE, DESIGN, and IMPROV. A socially conscious theatre camp. Everyone plays!! What is the experience customers can expect? M-F July 11-5, 18-22 Two Weeks of Instruction 9am-4pm Students of The Artory collaborate in small groups to produce an original 30-minute musical, taught by Top Professionals in 4 areas: ACTING + DEVISING, IMPROV + CLOWNWORK, HIP HOP THEATRE, and DESIGN + COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENTS What was the inspiration to start or run this business? We are a group of long-time Company members of Shotgun Players who dreamed of a fun, socially conscious theatre camp, to make art experiences accessible for ALL KIDS and to share our love of art + education with ALL KIDS. Dedicated to putting to power to create in the Kids Hands. What do you love most about your job? I am Head of Theatre at Contra Costa School of Performing Arts, and a teacher at A.C.T.. My work, and my life, are dedicated to education, empowerment, and healing through the arts. The faculty of The Artory believe that creativity is every person's birthright. It's an honor to mentor and guide.
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    1984 42nd Avenue
    Oakland, CA US
  • GZ PhotoZ.com Photography
    The word "moodology" isn't in the dictionary. Nonetheless, the term, coined by photographer Curtis Jermany, best encapsulates his work, which he describes as "the practice of photographically capturing your many moods." To achieve this, Curtis casts his portraiture subjects in heavy shadow, dramatically emphasizing the sheen of sweat on a young boxer or the fretboard of a talented musician's guitar. While Curtis mans the camera, his team of makeup artists and stylists helps ensure that every pose-striker feels comfortable and confident. Available for commercial and private work both in the studio and on-location, Curtis's clients range from fashion models to families, kids, and high school seniors. Besides snapping his own photos, Curtis teaches classes that help amateur shutterbugs avoid rookie mistakes such as filling entire rolls of film with close-up pictures of your eye.
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    5848 Foothill Boulevard
    Oakland, CA US
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