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    Composition in the Field (Golden Gate Bridge)

    Create compelling images out of any surrounding! This three hour, hands-on camera workshop, is a rendezvous with a pro photographer, in any of a number of photogenic locales in and around the area. The session is designed to provide you with an exciting experience that will teach you the classic principles of composition. You'll learn to shoot using the lighting at that particular moment, image framing, shutter techniques and other tips and techniques that will result in great compositions for portraits, architectural shoots, street photography and macro images. Personal feedback on your work from professional photographers will be given to help you master these photo layout skills. Swing by and learn to create inspiring images and turn the mundane into masterpieces! You must bring your own digital camera. Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking and will vary depending upon the signup date.
    Composition in the Field (Golden Gate Bridge)

    Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

    • Improve your compositional skills
    • Better understand the capabilities of your camera
    • Explore famous areas of Golden Gate Bridge
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    SAMBAFUNK! SUNDAYS W/ LIVE DRUMS

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    Carnaval is now a year round celebration! Get into the hip shaking groove with a soulful samba. You'll learn different variations of samba, like reggae, funk, and various Latin and Caribbean Carnaval dances. Through these dances, you'll pick up movement and technique, build your physical stamina and body control, and improve your flexibility. Live drummers will be there to accompany you, getting your energy pumping and giving the whole class an authentic, celebratory flair. This class even gives you the chance to take your new moves to the streets, where they belong. You'll be able to dance in all kinds of community events, like 201 San Francisco Carnaval, Oakland Carnaval Family Day, and San Diego Brasilian Day.
    SAMBAFUNK! SUNDAYS W/ LIVE DRUMS

    De Fermery Park, Oakland

    • Learn the fundamentals of authentic Caribbean and Latin sambas
    • Master your moves to reggae and funk, and discover lesser known Carnaval dance styles
    • Build your stamina, improve your body control, and expand your flexibility
    • Dance in real Carnaval celebrations around the Bay Area
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    2 positive reviews
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    Drop-In Improv Workshop

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    Join a community of peers, where jokers run wild! If you have comic aspirations, the art of improv performance is a rite of passage you'll not want to miss out on. This workshop will teach you the fine points of on-the-fly wit, including how to riff off of simple ideas, read the intentions of your stage partners and support them, make effective use of silence, and what to do when you have no idea what to say. You'll work in small class sizes for personalized attention. Each week, instructors rotate into the class, ensuring lessons in hilarity that are fresh and offer unique perspectives. Whether you're looking to get into the comedy arena for the first time, fine tune your abilities, or add to your repertoire, this class will provide the punch line you're looking for!
    Drop-In Improv Workshop

    446 Valencia St, San Francisco

    • Enjoy in a workshop on improv under the guidance of an experienced improviser
    • Learn to work with others on stage to create compelling and hilarious scenes
    • Build your confidence in performing in front of others and sharpen your wit
    • Develop new talents while exploring the outrageous limits of your sense of humor
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    1 positive reviews
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    Paint & Sip

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    Put on your finest beret, your favorite smock, and prepare your paints and palate -- Or throw on a pair of dirty jeans and just show up. Grab a complimentary glass of wine and follow along with your instructor as you recreate a masterpiece stroke-by-stroke. The reproduction will be of such a high quality you could send it off to the Louvre and they would be like, "Mon Dieu! How did we not notice this was missing!" Ok, probably not -- But this is a great way to get in some creative time, while also picking up some painting fundamentals. By the end of the night you will have created a thing of beauty, a real work of art. Who knows how it will look in the morning . . . Bottoms (and brushes!) up!
    Paint & Sip

    1888 S Norfolk St, San Mateo

    • Paint your very own masterpiece with the help of an experienced instructor
    • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine to get the creative juices flowing
    • Learn to express your creative side in a fun and relaxed environment
    • Hang with your friends and make something to hang up at your apartment (maybe)
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    12 positive reviews
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    Shaolin Kung Fu (Sunday)

    Discipline your mind and body through the practice of Shaolin Kung Fu. One of the oldest and most popular martial art forms, this style of kung fu provides a wide range of motion that both stretches and tones the body. Through the guidance of your instructor, you will learn how to move gracefully and purposefully through a variety of moves including jumps, high kicks, blocks, and low leg sweeps. Become aware of your form and learn to strike opponents through precise and methodical movements. With a focus on Buddhist teachings, you'll discover connections to philosophical principles and spiritual development that makes this a uniquely holistic practice.
    Shaolin Kung Fu (Sunday)

    1647 Taraval St., San Francisco

    • Experience the mind-body connection of Shaolin Kung Fu
    • Build your practice with the help of a professional instructor
    • Learn the significance of spirituality in this martial art
    • Develop a holistic approach to fitness
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    Sunday Morning Meditation (Online)

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    Have you been looking for a deeper understanding of yourself and the world that you live in? Mindfulness/awareness meditation is the ancient practice of self-discovery. The practice is rooted in the simple but revolutionary premise that every human being has the ability to cultivate the mind's inherent stability, clarity and strength in order to be more awake and to develop the compassion and insight necessary to care for oneself and the world. The Berkeley Shambhala Meditation center will guide you through the steps of this ancient art and into personal revelation. Stop in Sunday mornings for a silent meditation, chanting meditation, meditation instruction, and a group discussion accompanied by refreshments. Open your mind to increase your personal and spiritual knowledge with the ancient art of meditation.
    Sunday Morning Meditation (Online)

    2288 Fulton St , Berkeley

    • Get to know the 2,500-year old art of Shambhala meditation with a silent meditation, chanting, meditational instruction, and a group discussion accompanied by refreshments
    • Learn to put your mind in its natural state -- restful, open, and alert
    • Deepen your understanding and appreciation for meditation or learn about the practice for the first time
    • Discover the beauty and magic of the ordinary world without aggression or manipulation
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    Master Your Camera Controls (Downtown San Francisco)

    So your selfie prowess prompted you to go pro and buy a brand new DSLR camera? Who know it would be so full of switches and thingamabobs, right? This hands-on workshop will serve as the perfect introduction to learning your new device, and teach you simple and creative ways to enhance your photos using your digital camera's various functions. You'll get to work with a professional photographer in a small class setting of no more than five students, meaning plenty of personal attention to build your skills and confidence. It's a great stepping stone to more advanced learning, or just a stand alone course that'll allow you to enjoy your investment. Before you know it, working those whatchamacallits will be a snap.
    Master Your Camera Controls (Downtown San Francisco)

    Downtown San Francisco, San Francisco

    • Learn to get the most out of your DSLR camera from a skilled instructor
    • Receive practical knowledge and tips as well as hands on experience with guided exercises
    • Gain a greater understanding of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO as well as how they affect one another
    • Express your artistic side with professional grade photographs
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    Aikido

    Learn just how powerful the mind can be through the martial art of Aikido. In this class, you'll focus on flexibility, endurance, and coordination as you move through your practice. You will also exercise your mind as you learn the importance of mental relaxation and confidence in the face of stress, a tool guaranteed to come in handy throughout your life. In a safe and welcoming environment, your professional instructors will guide you through the kicks, punches, and maneuvers of this incredible martial art -- as well as the proper techniques to redirect an attacker's strength through joint locks and throws. Gain a new connection with your whole self and see just how strong you truly are through Aikido.
    Aikido

    736 14th St, San Francisco

    • Learn how to redirect the momentum of an attacker through the martial art of Aikido
    • Gain physical strength and mindfulness through your practice
    • Increase flexibility, endurance, and coordination
    • No experience necessary
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    Learn to Love the Floor Dance Class

    Love the ground-centric stylings of capoeira and b-boy breakdancing? Literally get on down with yourself as you learn in-depth body mechanics through the exploration of floor-based dance styles. The emphasis on knowing how your body works ensures that you can safely integrate these moves into your repertoire without risk of injury. Whether you're a beginner who's looking to get comfortable with the worm and some rolls, or you're an advanced dancer who wants to safely workshop some new moves, you'll leave this class feeling inspired to keep working on the dance floor.
    Learn to Love the Floor Dance Class

    970 Grace St, Oakland

    • Enjoy a blend of floor-based dance styles in a fun, high energy class
    • Combine the moves of capoeira and b-boying to practice rolls, drops, pop ups
    • Build your core strength and balance
    • All skill levels are welcome
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    Basic Argentine Tango

    Cut a slit in your slinkiest dress and get ready to immerse yourself in the dramatic, sensual world of the Argentine tango. Your expert instructor will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of this ballroom dance, with such moves as body positions, basic rhythms, steps, and techniques for leading and following. The choreography will help you to build impressive strength in your legs and core, not to mention wildly improving your coordination and rhythm. The new confidence in just how good you look on the dance floor won't hurt either.
    Basic Argentine Tango

    200 Grand Ave, Oakland

    • Discover the sultry world of the Argentine tango
    • Practice interesting, fundamental steps by leading or following
    • Build impressive strength in your legs and core while having fun
    • No experience necessary
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