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Sunny Los Angeles in July - the Perfect Dance Tour

 

I left the impossibly humid and hot east coast for a dance tour in LA! It was 98 at home and 70 when I arrived - clearly this was going to be a great trip!  I was excited to meet a new client, a dance company from San Jose.  They turned out to be the greatest group of girls and parents.  Everyone was pleasant, excited for the trip and ready to work hard! 

Day 1 they arrived at Grauman’s Chinese Theater for a quick lunch and some time checking out the Hollywood Walk of Fame and all those hand and feet prints at Grauman’s. No matter how many times I go there, I always find something new to check out. From there it was off to the Debbie Allen Dance Studio for two private ballet workshops.  The prestige of this school was not lost on these girls and they really enjoyed every moment of it!  We checked into our hotel in Woodland Hills and then headed to dinner at Buca di Beppo at Universal City Walk.  That place was hopping!  So after dinner we had a great time shopping and people watching!

Day 2 started with some nice downtime in the morning relaxing at the pool before heading to Millennium Dance Studio - where Britany Spears trained for many years!  The girls started in an open hip hop class - where not only did they learn a routine, but they found themselves dancing alongside up and coming professionals.  They did great work and learned so much!  From there they moved into two separate private jazz class workshops - geared for their different experience levels. Those girls worked as hard as any dancers I have seen!  After three hours of work it was time for some PLAY - so off to the Santa Monica Pier we went.  It was beautiful day to be on the beach and get in that wonderfully warm water!  Then we ate at Bubba Gumps and rode some rides and did some shopping before heading back to get some sleep!  A perfect way to spend an evening in Southern California!

Day 3 was another beautiful day and after breakfast it was off to Edge Performing Arts Studio.  This is one happening place, the number of top notch instructors and dancers that pass through here on a given day is really staggering.  The girls started their day with a private Contemporary Jazz workshop with an outstanding instructor.  They created Santa Monica Pier for a Dance Tour performance in Los Angelesa lovely routine and were so energized when they came out 90 minutes later!  After a 30 minute break and quick energy snack it was off to Jazz 3 open class for the older girls and Intermediate Ballet for the younger ones.  Again they found themselves in classes with other dancers of amazing levels of dedication and it was an enriching experience and a great way to end their trip!  They got themselves all packed up, stopped for a quick lunch and then were on their way home - full of smiles and thoughts about a trip for next year!  And I geared up for my red-eye flight home where, fortunately, the heat had broken and it was going to be a lovely summer day!

 

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