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- March 13, 2015

Class Guide

As the daylight lengthens and the foliage returns to the trees overhead, we regain the spring in our step and look forward to new things. Don't let that energy go to waste; this is the perfect season for meeting that fitness goal, finding the inspiration to finish writing that short story or painting that picture — or simply trying something brand new. Whatever route you go, your community is here to help, with a crop of classes offered by local residents and organizations.

The Class Guide is published quarterly by the Mountain View Voice, the Almanac and the Palo Alto Weekly.

Academic Achievers

Flex Los Altos

4600 El Camino Real, Suite 201, Los Altos


Flex College Prep assists high school students with college applications and essays and preparing for SAT, ACT and AP tests. It also offers tutoring in a variety of high school subjects.

Zenith Tutoring

1674 N. Shoreline Blvd., Suite 136, Mountain View


Zenith Tutoring holds in-person SAT preparation classes throughout the spring. The company also offers online classes, private tutoring and coaching through the college application process.

For the Dancer

Alberto's Salsa Studio & Ultra Lounge

736 W. Dana St., Mountain View


Alberto's holds lessons throughout the week for salsa (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays), bachata (Wednesdays) and tango (Sunday) styles of dancing for beginners and those more experienced.

Bayer Ballet Academy

2028 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Bayer Ballet Academy is a school of Russian ballet that teaches the Vaganova method beginning with children at age 3. The academy offers a variety of classes to prepare students for the professional level, as well as adult classes that introduce or reintroduce participants to the art form.

Cassand Ballet

223 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View


This ballet school and company follows the classical French tradition and teaches boys, girls, teenagers and adults starting at age 3.

For the Love of Dance

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite B, Mountain View


For the Love of Dance provides training in ballet, jazz, tap and other styles of dance. The family-owned studio teaches children and adults at all levels.

L'Ecole de Danse

740 Sierra Vista Ave., Unit G, Mountain View


L'Ecole de Danse teaches a Cecchetti style of ballet, including creative dance and classes for various levels of experience. Classes are open to children starting around age 4, as well as adults.

Modern line dancing with Julia Wetzel

Marti's Dance Studio, 1140 Riverside Drive, Los Altos


Julia Wetzel leads modern regular line dancing classes — both beginning and more advanced — set to popular music.

Pacific Ballet Academy

295B Polaris Ave., Mountain View


The Pacific Ballet Academy instructs students of a range of ages in the Russian ballet method, preparing dancers for professional careers or simply for personal recreation.

The Lively School

890 Church St., Mountain View


The Lively School offers private and small group classes for adults in all levels of contemporary dance, ballet, yoga and meditation, as well as ballet and creative movement and storytelling classes for youngsters.

Western Ballet

914 N. Rengstorff Ave., Unit A, Mountain View


Western Ballet holds ballet classes that draw from the Vaganova method and the modern, "open" classical method. Classes are available for teens and adults, as well as newcomers and those pursuing professional careers.

The Great Outdoors


2450 Charleston Road, Mountain View


REI regularly offers classes on topics such as cycling, bike maintenance, camping and snow skills, outdoor navigation and more.

Shoreline Lake Aquatic Center

3160 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View


Shoreline Lake's Aquatic Center offers a variety of group lessons for sailing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing, as well as private lessons.

Health & Fitness

Bikram Yoga Mountain View

1910 W. El Camino Real, Suite E, Mountain View


In its 90-minute classes, Bikram Yoga Mountain View instructs students in 26 yoga postures and two breathing exercises in a heated room.

California Yoga Center

1776 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View


California Yoga Center in Mountain View holds yoga classes for students at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The center also holds classes designed to help individuals with back problems.


347 1st St, Los Altos

Taught by European pop star Heath Hunter and fitness guru Kirsten Johnson, Danceation holds dance-based fitness classes appropriate for the general public, encouraging movement, positivity and community.

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing

Mountain View Masonic Lodge, 890 Church St., Mountain View


Joan Rabin,

Jacki's Aerobic Dancing offers dance classes with abdominal work, strength training and easy-to-follow aerobic routines. Complimentary child care is available.

Yoga Belly

455 Castro St., Mountain View


Yoga Belly offers yoga classes in heated and non-heated rooms, as well as its more physical YBX sessions.

Yoga is Youthfulness

590 Castro St., Mountain View


Yoga is Youthfulness offers classes for students of all levels daily, including early in the morning and in the evenings. Classes teach ashtanga, iyengar, and vinyasa/hatha styles of yoga, among other subjects like prenatal yoga.

Just for Seniors

Mountain View Senior Center

266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View


The Mountain View Senior Center offers a wide array of classes exploring topics and activities such as art, music, language, dance and exercise. Jean Elvin, a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, also teaches a regular course at the center.

Mind and Spirit

Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center

2483 Old Middlefield Way, Suite 110, Mountain View


The Silicon Valley Shambhala Meditation Center holds regular practice meditations sessions each week. The center also organizes courses, retreats and contemplative art activities.

Music, Arts and Crafts

Build It Again With Bricks

398 Main St., Los Altos


The offerings of this store include after-school Lego classes at local schools, seasonal Lego camps, workshops, team-building exercises and birthday parties.

Community School of Music and Arts

Finn Center, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View


The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) offers classes year-round in music, visual and digital arts, with courses suited for adults and children as young as preschool-age. Financial assistance is available.

Custom Handweavers

2263 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Ongoing classes, both day and evening sessions, are offered in weaving, knitting and spinning for beginner and intermediate students.

Peninsula Youth Theatre

2500 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View


Peninsula Youth Theatre (PYT) offers drama classes in musical theater, comedic acting and other skills to children of various abilities and ages. It also puts on a variety of productions featuring youth at local venues.

Tumasov Fine Art Studio

823 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View


The studio offers art classes in painting, drawing, ceramics and some metalworking. There will also be a spring camp from March 31 to April 15, for kids ages 5 and up.

West Valley Music

262 Castro St., Mountain View


In addition to private lessons, West Valley Music teaches group classes for students with various abilities on piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, cello, and brass and wind instruments. It also offers courses in music theory.

Parents Only

Childbirth and parenting classes at El Camino Hospital

2500 Grant Road, Mountain View


El Camino Hospital holds classes specifically for expecting mothers, mothers, their spouses and children. Subjects include childbirth preparation, breastfeeding preparation and infant safety. Support groups are also organized.

School Days

Action Day Primary Plus

333 Eunice Ave., Mountain View


Action Day Primary Plus in Mountain View serves infants to children in kindergarten and their families. The facilities are spacious and the curriculum focuses on social, physical and language development, as well as positive self-concept and reading and math readiness.

Building Kidz

Building Kidz School

250 E. Dana St., Mountain View


Building Kidz School provides infant, preschool and kindergarten care and gives individual attention to kids.

German International School of Silicon Valley

310 Easy St., Mountain View


The German International School is a private school providing preschool to high school students with a bilingual education. The school also offers German language courses for all ages on Saturdays, as well as adult and corporate courses on weekdays.

Palo Alto Prep School

2462 Wyandotte St., Mountain View

650-493-7071, ext. 102

Palo Alto Prep School is a private high school that focuses on the academic and personal development of its students while preparing them for college.

Waldorf School of the Peninsula

Mountain View Campus (middle and high school), 180 N. Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View

Los Altos Campus (nursery through fifth grade), 11311 Mora Drive, Los Altos


Waldorf School of the Peninsula serves children from nursery up through the end of high school. Areas of focus include self-discipline, critical thinking, independence and cooperation, and creative expression.

Yew Chung International School of Silicon Valley (YCIS)

310 Easy St., Mountain View


YCIS provides multicultural and bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese) education to children from preschool to 5th grade, and a new middle school program will open for the 2015-16 school year. No prior Chinese experience is required.

Something for Everyone

Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education

333 Moffett Blvd., Mountain View


The MV-LA Adult School offers courses in arts and crafts, computer skills, English as a second language, creative and memoir writing, music, dance, needlework, family education, physical fitness and vocational education. The school offers high school diploma and GED programs.

The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and Menlo Park Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto and beyond are provided. Listings are free and subject to editing. Due to space constraints, classes held in the above cities are given priority.

To inquire about submitting a listing for the Class Guide, email Editorial Assistant Sam Sciolla at or call 650-223-6515. To place a paid advertisement in the Class Guide, call the display advertising department at 650-326-8210.


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