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Make the most of spring by taking a class in something you’ve always wanted to learn. It’s never too late to pick up a paintbrush or learn to say “hello� in a foreign language. Try yoga or put on some tap shoes. All the classes listed below are local, so go for it!



AJ Tutoring, LLC 430 Cambridge Ave. #110 Palo Alto 650-331-3251 AJ Tutoring, LLC helps students conquer the SAT, ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Its 1-on-1 tutoring is an efficient and effective way to improve scores, while small-group classes provide students with a positive, dynamic and collaborative learning environment that fits any budget.

Challenger School 3880 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-213-8245 Challenger School is an independent private school that focuses on academic excellence, individual achievement, critical thinking skills, and self-reliance. Challenger students achieve scores on average in the 90th percentile on the national Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). Tour the campus to learn about Challenger’s preschool through eighth-grade programs.

Children’s Health Council 650 Clark Way Palo Alto 650-688-3625 For struggling learners, getting the right kind of attention to enjoy learning can make all the difference in how a child feels about his or herself and school. Children’s Health Council’s Learning Center offers a range of services for struggling learners: evaluation, individual support/coaching, assistive technology, school-placement services and more.

College Goals PO Box 18777 Stanford 401-247-2629 Private college admission counseling by highly experienced ex-Ivy League admission officer and freshman academic advisor. Counsel high school students across all levels of college selectivity and preparation and on all aspects of a thoughtful, ethical and appropriate college-application process. Work both in person and through e-mail.

Emerson School 2800 W. Bayshore Road Palo Alto 650-424-1267 650-856-2778 (fax) Emerson School, a private, non-sectarian program for grades 1-8, operates on a year-round full-day schedule providing superior academic preparation, international courses (Chinese, Spanish) and individualized Montessori curriculum. Visit website for details.

Learning Strategies

650-747-9651 A highly qualified Learning Strategies tutor will come to the home, work around vacation schedules and set up individual learning programs curtailed to the student’s needs.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 (fax) Hands-on computer, language, test preparation, writing, investment and certificate courses available starting at $19. Hundreds of online classes are offered by the Palo Alto Adult School in conjunction with Education to Go.

QWERTY Education Services 1050 Chestnut St., #201 Menlo Park 650-326-8484 650-326-8030 Academic tutoring and diagnostic educational evaluation for K-12 and college. Professional educators and diagnosticians work with students to build understanding of their learning, resulting in improved confidence and academic progress. Professional education services since 1976. Contact Michael Perez, director, for a no-cost phone consultation.

DANCE Bayer Ballet Academy 2028 Old Middlefield Way Mountain View 650-988-9971 Classical ballet instruction in the Russian style (Vaganova) age 3 through pre-professional with semi-annual performance opportunities and exceptional results. Excellent ballet training in a warm and friendly environment with extraordinary attention to detail.

lyrical, Pilates and combination classes are available for beginning to advanced levels. Find information and download registration from the Web site.

DanceVisions 4000 Middlefield Road, L-3 Palo Alto 650-858-2005 DanceVisions, a unique nonprofit community dance center, offers classes from age 3 to adult. Classes range from modern to hip hop, lyrical, Pilates, jazz, ballet, and contact improvisation, as well as providing a performance showcase. Check Web site for details about classes and schedules.

International School of the Peninsula 151 Laura Lane Palo Alto 650-251-8519 After-school programs for preschool, elementary and middle-school students. Classes include: French cooking, Asian cooking, chess, science, robotics, Chinese dance, art & craft, watercolor, gymnastics, soccer and multi-sports. For a complete list of classes available visit

L’Ecole de Danse Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-365-4596 L’Ecole De Danse (School of Ballet) -Vaganova and Cecchetti styles. Creative dance, pre-ballet and full curriculum for all levels starting at age 5. Adult classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced. Please call for more information.

Sequoia Adult School

Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom 1305 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-463-4940 Brazilian dance for ages 16-99 with Anita Lusebrink. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ten-week session for $95 if registered, $110 if not registered. Drop-in cards available.

Little House Community Center Menlo Park 650-306-8866 Belly dance classes in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Community sponsored means only approx. $8 per class. Palo Alto Adult School/Sequoia Adult School. Mondays in Menlo Park in studio at Little House Community Center. Tuesdays in mirrored, well-floored Palo Alto High School dance studio. All welcome. Have fun at any weight or age learning the art of Middle-Eastern belly dance. Develop grace, gain strength, burn calories and laugh.

Dance Connection

Western Ballet

Brazilian Dance

4000 Middlefield Road, L-5 Palo Alto 650-322-7032 Dance Connection offers graded classes for ages 3 to adult with a variety of programs to meet every dancer’s needs. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, boys program,


914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A Mountain View 650-968-4455 Western Ballet has a welcoming, caring place to study ballet.Adult classes for absolute beginners to professionals, providing the largest selection of dropin classes in the San Francisco Penin-

sula and South Bay. For children through teens preparing for careers in ballet, there is a graded youth program with 13 preprofessional levels. Faculty consists of current and former professional dancers. Cost of a single adult class: $15. For the youth program, see www.westernballet. org for tuition rates.

Zohar Dance Company 4000 Middlefield Road, L4 Palo Alto 650-494-8221 Founded in 1979, Zohar is unique in that it offers classes to adults in jazz, ballet and modern dance. Under the direction of Ehud & Daynee Krauss, the studio is known for its professional instructors and inspiring classes.

HEALTH & FITNESS AlaVie Fitness 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 415-567-7411 As AlaVie Fitness’s signature program, PowerVie is different from other military-style boot camps. Visit or call for more information and to register.

American Red Cross: Silivon Valley Chapter 2731 North First St. San Jose 1-877-727-6771 In a Red Cross First Aid class students learn CPR, choking rescue, bleeding control and treatment of burns, fractures, seizures and more. Fee $75. Adult CPR and First Aid Certificates. Two locations in Jose and Palo Alto. Call 1-877-727-6771 for dates/times or

Andre’s Boot Camp (ABC) Stanford 650-724-9872 No two sessions are the same but every session will offer either circuit training or interval training. ABC is designed for those who enjoy multi-sport activities. A variety of athletic “toys� are used to make the classes both fun and challenging. Call, e-mail or visit the website for more information.

Betty Wright Swim Center @ Abilities United 3864 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-494-1480 Improve health and wellness through aquatic exercise and therapy in the fully accessible, public, warm-water (92 degree), in-door pool. Classes include aqua aerobics, aqua arthritis, back basics, body conditioning, Aichi yoga and prenatal. Physical therapy, personal training, Watsu and land massage by appointment. Group and private swim lessons. Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be Yoga 1923 Menalto Ave. Menlo Park 650-906-9016 Friendly community yoga studio. Small class sizes, excellent instruction, reasonable prices. Also offered are workshops on ayurveda, reiki, and mediation.

California Yoga Center (Palo Alto) 541 Cowper St. Palo Alto 650-947-9642

The California Yoga Center offers classes for beginning to advanced students. With studios in Mountain View and Palo Alto, classes emphasize individual attention and cultivate strength, flexibility and relaxation. Ongoing yoga classes are scheduled every day and include special classes such as prenatal, back care and pranayama. Weekend workshops explore a variety of yoga-related topics.

Darshana Yoga 654 High St. Palo Alto 650-325-YOGA Fresh and inspiring yoga classes in Palo Alto. A blend of alignment and flow. Director Catherine De Los Santos has taught yoga in Palo Alto more than 25 years.

Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing 890 Church St. Mountain View 650-941-1002 Jacki’s Aerobic Dancing offers a wellbalanced hour of abdominal work, weight training and safe, easy-to-follow aerobic routines. omplimentary child care is available. Classes meet M-W-F 9-10 a.m. at Mountain View Masonic Temple. New session begins March 28.

Jazzercise at Little House Activity Center 800 Middle Ave Menlo Park 650-703-1263 Jazzercise blends aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and kickboxing movements into fun dance routines set to fresh new music. All fitness levels welcome. Classes are on-going, go directly to class to register.

Palo Alto Adult School 50 Embarcadero Road Palo Alto 650-329-3752 650-329-8515 Hike for Fitness or empower yourself with Tai-Chi. Join Jeanette Cosgrove’s Pilates class. Bring balance back to your life with Yoga.

Red Star Soccer Academy 248 Walker Drive #8 Mountain View 650-380-0099 Red Star Soccer Academy is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to youth player development. It offers training for eager young athletes who aspire to reach their full potential in soccer. Red Star is affiliated with the US Soccer Federation and US Club Soccer. Red Star teams compete in Nor Cal Premier League and US Club Soccer sanctioned tournaments. Check the Red Star website at for specific tryout times and to pre-register online.

Studio Kicks 796A San Antonio Road Palo Alto 650-855-9868 Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering high-energy cardio kickboxing classes and fun martial-arts training for kids 2 and up. Taught by owner/instructor Richard Branden, six-time world champion and original stunt cast member for the “Power Rangers.� Get the whole family healthy and fit. Stop by for a free class.

Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto 4000 Middlefield Road Palo Alto 650-327-9350 Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto. Established in 1973. Learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T’ai chi ch’uan). Beginning classes start monthly.

Palo Alto Weekly 03.11.2011 - section 1  

Section 1 of the March 11, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly

Palo Alto Weekly 03.11.2011 - section 1  

Section 1 of the March 11, 2011 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly