My Favorite Classes in Los Angeles
What I love about Los Angeles is that the city is full of talented people who teach classes to help beginners learn everything from sewing their own dress to complicated choreography. Over the past few months, I’ve been taking classes from different teachers and here are some of my favorites.
1. Sew LA
This cutesy Atwater Village sewing studio offers in-person classes for beginners and beyond. Make your own tote bags, skirts, pillow covers, blouses, and more. Plus, they offer a sewing camp for kids. I love the awesome fabric they offer, and the entire staff is friendly. I took the Easiest Skirt class, which was over two Sundays. The pattern was great for beginners and I bought fabric to make another skirt. If you’ve been itching to learn how to sew, this is place to go.
2. Dance It Out
Billy Blanks Jr. and his wife Sharon Catherine Blanks teach cardio dance classes, incorporating everything from Bollywood to hip hop, even Bob Fosse choreography. I love taking their Dance It Out classes. Their newly opened studio offers a wide range of dance classes too. Billy and Sharon are so much fun—they really love teaching and they strive to make classes open to everyone. I get my butt kicked on a regular basis, but I have fun while burning calories. The whole vibe is welcoming, sassy, and hip.
I was referred to Claudette by a friend. She teaches writing classes from her home. There’s a variety of folks taking her class from beginning writers to beyond. I’ve been working on a new YA novel in her class, and the feedback from my fellow students and Claudette is invaluable. Also, her dog Ruby greets you at the door.
4. Spork Foods
Learn how to make delicious vegan food with sisters Heather and Jenny. Emily Deschanel says about taking their cooking classes: “I walked away with a belly full of tasty food and a brain full of nutritional knowledge.” The dynamic sister duo makes cooking fun and after the demo, you get to a wonderful meal with your fellow classmates in their gorgeous West Hollywood location. Even if you’re not vegan, you can learn the basics of cooking techniques with these gals.
I’m a fan of Iyengar style yoga (it’s the kind with all of the props—ropes, blankets, and blocks). This studio is currently undergoing new ownership, but former owner Elyse Briggs is still teaching there for about a year before she moves to Northern California. She’s a sassy, funny lady who knows her stuff (and she’s not afraid to push you out of your comfort zone). My hand was hurting and she gave me suggestions for stretches to alleviate the pain. Pain was gone!