Business, work and technology
2225 E. Bayshore Road, Suite 239, Palo Alto
CareerGenerations offers group workshops and programs to meet specific career needs.
For the dancer
Beaudoin's School of Dance
464 Colorado Ave., Palo Alto
Beaudoin's School of Dance holds tap, ballet, ballroom and jazz dance classes, as well as preparation for wedding dances. Courses are available for adults as well as children ages 3 and up.
53 Shorebreeze Court, East Palo Alto
Brazivedas offers classes in Brazilian dance, music and martial arts for all ages and experience levels, held at venues in Palo Alto, Stanford and East Palo Alto.
Cubberley Community Center, L-5, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Dance Connection offers graded classes for preschoolers to adults. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Pilates and combination classes are available for students of various levels of ability.
Cubberley Community Center, L-3, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
DanceVisions, a nonprofit community dance center, offers classes for young children (beginning at age 3) up to adults. Styles taught include modern, hip-hop/jazz, lyrical, belly dancing, ballet, East Indian dance and contact improvisation.
Zohar School of Dance and Company
Cubberley Community Center, L-4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Founded in 1979, Zohar School of Dance holds a range of adult dance classes in jazz, modern, ballet, musical theater and tap.
The Great Outdoors
1903 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
With many instructors, Advantage Aviation has a wide offering of classes to train new pilots as well as help more experienced ones to acquire needed licenses.
Brad Lozares Golf Shop
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Group clinics, semi-private and private lessons are available for juniors and adults at any level of experience. Private lessons can be booked per session or in package deals.
Health and fitness
Blue Iris Studio
3485 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Blue Iris studio offers classes in yoga and Pilates, as well as wellness services, for all ages and experience levels.
Carol Macpherson Aquatics Center (CMAC) Swim School
CMAC Aquatic Center, 3805 Magnolia Drive, Palo Alto
CMAC Swim School offers lessons for babies, youth and adults. Classes are small and a half-hour long.
Kim Grant Tennis Academy
3005 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
The Kim Grant Tennis Academy organizes tennis classes for adults and children ranging in ability from beginner to advanced. Classes are also available for those with special needs.
600 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto
Aiming to make fitness not feel like work, SoulCycle combines inspirational coaching and high-energy music in spin classes. Riders as young as age 12 can participate in a variety of classes for all fitness levels.
796A San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Studio Kicks is a family fitness center offering cardio kickboxing classes and martial-arts training for kids and adults.
Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto
Cubberley Community Center, M-4, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
At Taijiquan Tutelage of Palo Alto, established in 1973, students learn the classical Yang Chengfu style of Taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan, or tai chi). Beginning classes start monthly.
819 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Uforia Studios offers classes in dance (Fuego and Hip Hop Club), spin (Revolutions and Ucycle) and conditioning (Grit). All fitness levels and abilities are welcome.
Yoga Works Palo Alto
440 Kipling St., Palo Alto
This New York and California based yoga studio holds classes on YogaWorks Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha yoga, Fundamentals of Yoga and Iyengar yoga.
Just for seniors
450 Bryant St., Palo Alto
Avenidas organizes classes focusing on general health, physical fitness, languages, humanities, computing, music and writing. Membership costs, fees and class descriptions are listed on the website.
Berlitz Learning Center
159 Homer Ave., Palo Alto
Berlitz provides adult and youth language instruction in Spanish, Italian, French and English as a Second Language in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.
German Language Class
50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
This Palo Alto Adult School class teaches participants how to speak, read and write German, with an emphasis on conversation. Basic grammar and Germanic culture are also covered.
German-American School of Palo Alto
GAIS Campus, 275 Elliot Drive, Menlo Park
Since the 1960s, the German-American School of Palo Alto's (GASPA) Saturday school has offered German language classes that also touch on German culture and traditions. Classes are available for all skill levels and age groups, beginning at preschool (age 3) up to adults. GASPA also offers an after school program.
Palo Alto Chinese School
480 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto
The Palo Alto Chinese School, founded in 1963, serves children ages 4 to 18 with classes in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Music, arts and crafts
Art for Well Beings
2460 Park Blvd., No. 3, Palo Alto
Art for Well Beings provides art instruction for people of all ages with special needs.
Art Works Studio
595 Lincoln Ave., Palo Alto
Art Works Studio holds a variety of fine-art classes for kids. Classes are also offered at U-Me in Menlo Park and in cooperation with Palo Alto Menlo Park Parent's Club (PAMP).
555 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Deborah's Palm is a nonprofit community organization that aims to provide a warm and supportive environment for all women. The organization provides art classes, professional counseling, access to resources, activities, mentoring and community service projects.
Opus1 Music Studio
1350 Grant Road, #5, Mountain View
4131 El Camino Real, Suite 200, Palo Alto
Opus1 Music Studio holds group music lessons in piano, violin, viola, guitar, voice, flute and music theory.
Pacific Art League
668 Ramona St., Palo Alto
Pacific Art League classes and workshops on a variety of mediums are taught by qualified, experienced instructors for children and adults of all abilities.
Sur La Table Cooking School
Town & Country Village, Suite 57, Palo Alto
Sur La Table offers hands-on — as well as demonstration-only — classes on cooking for all ages.
Children's Health Council
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Children's Health Council holds a variety of classes monthly on addressing issues like dyslexia, anxiety and depression, and exploring topics like social-emotional learning, being a first-time parent or choosing schools.
The Peninsula Parents Place
200 Channing Ave., Palo Alto
Parents Place on the Peninsula offers parenting workshops on subjects ranging from strategies for managing picky eaters to making the switch from diapers.
Amigos de Palo Alto
1611 Stanford Ave., Palo Alto
Amigos de Palo Alto is a Spanish-immersion preschool for children 2 and a half years and older, where children learn Spanish naturally through play, song, art and academics. There is also an after-school program for kindergartners.
2800 W. Bayshore Road, Palo Alto
Emerson School provides a full-day, year-round program for grades 1 to 8 teaching a personalized, Montessori curriculum. Emphasis is on building thinking skills and personal values. A HeadsUp! Child Development Center also serves infants, toddlers and preschoolers at the same site.
German-American International School
275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park
German-American International School (GAIS) is an international school with rigorous academic standards and German language immersion. It serves more than 300 students from preschool through 12th grade. No prior German language knowledge is necessary.
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School
450 San Antonio Road, Palo Alto
Instructing children in kindergarten through eighth grade, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School provides strong academics, a welcome environment, enrichment opportunities and after-school programs.
Leaping Lizards Nature Awareness Preschool
397 Fernando Ave., Palo Alto
Leaping Lizards Preschool provides children with an education grounded in expanding their curiosity for and knowledge of nature. Classes are held one or two days a week for ages 3 to 5.
3864 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Milestones Preschool offers a relationship-based developmental program and enrolls children ages 2 to 5. Enrollment is accepted throughout the year.
Sand Hill School
650 Clark Way, Palo Alto
Sand Hill School, located at the Children's Health Council, works with young children from kindergarten through sixth grade (expanding to eighth) with learning, attention and social challenges. The student/teacher ratio is six to one.
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 critical thinking, development of ethics, cooperation, creative expression and fostering a love of learning.
Something for everyone
Palo Alto Adult School
Palo Alto Adult School, Tower Building, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Computer, language, cooking, writing, art, birding, finance and other classes are available, as well as many online courses.
Stanford Continuing Studies
Littlefield Center, 365 Lasuen St., Stanford
Stanford Continuing Studies offers courses in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing and professional and personal development. Courses are taught by Stanford staff or individuals recruited from the community or other institutions.
The Class Guide is published quarterly in the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice and The Almanac. Descriptions of classes offered in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Stanford, Atherton, Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, East 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.
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