At City Dance Studios, classes are tailored for students with various levels of experience to ensure everyone can enjoy the art of self-expression through movement. Lessons introduce students to
a diverse array of dance styles ranging from classical ballet and jazz, to contemporary hip hop and exotic Bollywood, and West African. Each of the five spacious studios (they range from 900 to 2,400 square feet) are equipped with sprung hardwood or Marley floors and are surrounded by mirrors, so budding dancers can keep an eye on their form and keep pet parakeets occupied until the class has ended.
Trained by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, Christy English Wioncek opened the Bay Area Acting Studio to teach a new generation of actors how to—in the words of her mentor—"live truthfully under imaginary circumstances." Her stable of equally Meisner-steeped instructors leads classes including introductory adult courses, intensive courses for working thespians, and children's classes for young'uns looking to break into the industry early or convince babysitters they've been diagnosed with a life-threatening ice-cream deficiency.
Red Hots Burlesque embodies a devil-may-care attitude and swooshy flair that brazenly challenges the media's unrealistic beauty standards. And that particular brand of burlesque has captured the imaginations of The New York Times, Current TV, and Yelp users alike. The outfit celebrates femininity in all its forms and skewers the prudish during their raucous stage shows and private performances. And for aspiring burlesque legends, Red Hots reveals trade secrets during classes at its School of Shimmy. The courses help individuals feel comfortable with their own bodies without the implication that that's only acceptable in the context of a fitness class. They even waive tuition for survivors of breast cancer.