The New Hollywood loves to feature badass women running incredible businesses, who not only succeed in their field of expertise, but also give back to the community. One of our biggest supporters, Thalia Thomas, the owner of Studio Soma in West Hollywood, CA does just that. She is passionate, innovative, has more energy than any 8 year old kid after eating fruit roll-ups (except she sustains it!), and she has the biggest heart. All her students feel her love of dance, performing, and wellness as Thalia transforms not only her clients, but also the children she shares her love of performing with.
We are excited to share Soma’s annual Performing Arts Camp. Thalia gives children a chance to learn from some of the best performing arts teachers in the world (from Broadway to Hollywood to Tokyo and back), and a chance to express their individuality and love of performing. This year the camp, hosted at Soma’s new Pasadena location, is a 5-day intensive from 9:30am to 3:30pm every day. It is divided into two age groups:
Grades 1 and 2, June 22 through June 26
Grades 3 to 9, July 6th through July 10th.
This is a dream come true for most of us who love and breathe performing arts! Imagine this every day:
- Pilates warm up
- Hip Hop
- Latin Ballroom
- Acting: Improv, Scene Study, Commercial/Theatre
- Broadway Choreography
- Musical Theatre Performance
- Showcase at the end of the week for live audience
- Pictures and Video of the week
We provide snacks and lunch for the kids while they learn from and mingle with professional actors, singers and dancers eager to share their talent and experience with the next group of rising stars!
The children are guided through this experience without expectations. They are given the permission to explore the world of performing arts and decide for themselves where their passion lays. We strip away the competitive nature of the business and pay homage to the artists that came before us, so the kids can appreciate theatre and dance as it was meant to be honored. No dance moms here! If you know anyone who has a little Broadway baby ready to burst, please send them our way!
For more information please contact the director of the studio Thalia Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides the camp, we offer classes year round for our mini's (ages 3 to 6) junior's (ages 7 to 11), senior's (ages 12 to 16) and adults (17 and up).
Campers can then decide if they want to become members of Soma's performing group called the DancAlots, which are on hiatus in the Summer and resume classes and rehearsals in the Fall. To check out the DancAlots, please go to www.dancalots.com.
Wait! There is more! We have not forgotten the “left behind” ballerinas who once took dance as a child and long for the chance to slip into a dance class that is not full of ballet buns and pink tights! Soma has an "open" level class schedule for those who love to dance but aren't dancers! To get your body ready for whatever color carpet you want to walk down, we also offer amazing conditioning classes in Pilates and Cardio cross training so please check out www.studiosoma.com.
Above all, please help Studio Soma keep the arts alive through music and dance and remember, "Dance through the storm while singing in the rain!"
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs, and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.
Man’s Best Friend Trained to Sniff Out Humanity’s Devastating Disease: Cancer
WHOLE FOODS MARKET - SHERMAN OAKS WEST SNIFFS OUT CANCER AT GIVING 5% DAY ON MAY 20th, 2015
LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday, May 20th, 5% of all Sales at Whole Foods Sherman Oaks West will be donated to Sniffing Out Cancer, a cause and documentary film (in production) to spread the word that trained dogs can detect early-stage cancer in adults by simply smelling human breath. It is all about prevention. With their furry best friends by their side, Producer Pina De Rosa (active member of The New Hollywood), and Director Adriana LaCorte will be at Whole Foods Market - Sherman Oaks West with friends, active volunteers, and supporters all to thank shoppers for shopping on GIVING Day and take the #HUGAPUP Challenge.
Nationwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men are diagnosed with cancer annually. “When caught early enough, cancer is cured almost 70% of the time, with over 95% in breast cancer and 90% in prostate” - Dr Roy Vongtama, Oncologist. Dogs have been scientifically proven to be 98% - 99% accurate in sensitivity in the early detection of lung, breast and ovarian cancer, with more studies in the pipelines.
In California, the InSitu Foundation has trained dogs to specifically detect breast, ovarian and lung cancers, with detection of other types of cancers in the pipeline. Studies showing the accuracy of cancer-detecting dogs have been federally funded, and spread worldwide, since 2006. Currently cancer research studies including detection dogs are being conducted by the International Firefighters Cancer Fund, The InSitu Foundation in collaboration with Duke University, and PennVET Working Dog Center.
“The use of dogs in the early detection of cancer is revolutionary in the field of medicine,” says La Corte. “It’s baffling to us that this has been documented in medical journals since 1989, yet funding isn’t going into more research. In interviewing people for the documentary, we found dog trainers, firefighters, scientists and cancer survivors who have all attested to the remarkable abilities of trained dogs being able to sniff out cancer early.” De Rosa adds, “A lot of these dogs are rescues as well, which makes their story and service even more beautiful.”
The www.SniffingOutCancer.com documentary sheds the light on how dogs can literally save lives by detecting cancer EARLIER, and with greater accuracy, than ANY medical equipment!
● GIVE: 5% by Shopping at Whole Foods Market - Sherman Oaks West (4520 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403) on Wednesday, May 20th - between the hours of 7am-10pm for Sniffing Out Cancer
● SHARE: Meet the filmmakers at Whole Foods Market - Sherman Oaks West and take the #SOC #HugAPup Challenge. Help to spread our message bringing awareness to cancer prevention via social media.
● SUPPORT: Donate, host a salon and share Sniffing Out Cancer with your community.
What a game-changer! Let’s Save Lives Together by Sniffing Out Cancer!
Twitter and Instagram handles: @SOCHugAPup
Main Sniffing Out Cancer Website: http://www.sniffingoutcancer.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CaninesDetectingCancerFilm?fref=ts,
Contact Sniffing Out Cancer by clicking on this link.
Contact Whole Foods Market - Sherman Oaks West – 4520 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Wendy Camacho - Marketing Team Leader Wendy.Camacho@wholefoods.com
Mark Swanson - Store Team Leader Mark. Swanson@wholefoods.com
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs, and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.
Hollywood Actress Bride's Guide to Becoming an Amazing Wife
Chapter One: “Getting On The Same Page In the Same Book”
By Alexis Carra
I have chosen to promise my heart, my love, my support and my ovaries to my dream man, Christopher. I hesitated to write about it because there are so many emotions, thoughts, ideas, and to-do's around my new role as a fiancé and bride-to-be that I couldn't pick just one topic to discuss. So here is my attempt to marry what I know about being an actress and dancer with being a soon to be wife—or at least what I'm learning.....
Consider this the Hollywood Actress Bride's Guide to Becoming an Amazing Wife.
If I were me I would stop reading right here. I mean how many marriages break up in Hollywood? It seems like all of them! The day Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson get a divorce I am definitely turning to a Cosmo martini, my fave “Sex and the City” episode. Let's be honest, why would anyone listen to an actress share about what she is learning about love, marriage and relationships? Not to mention the title. I cringe slightly at it, being a feminist, but the truth is I am also on a mission to redefine the role of being a wife as part of being my own woman. So what does it take to make a marriage last? I'm on that discovery path and here's what I've got so far:
My fiancé and I are starting pre marital counseling this week. We decided it would be a good idea to take an inventory of ourselves as individuals and as a couple. We wanted to get all the "stuff" out, share our fears, what we want and don't want, and get it all settled now. Well that deserves an LOL because I know we are in for the ride called life where you can't pre plan conflict. Trust me, if my fiancé could, he would--he's the ultimate planner! The PMC (pre-marital counseling) is really so that we can get on the same page in the same book, learn how we like to turn the pages of said book, and continue to learn how we process the information in this book. Ok we get the analogy. In other words it's a way to understand the man I am about to marry even more, and to deepen the understanding of myself.
What I love about the process so far is that it's not about the two of us fitting together, it's about growing and learning about each of us as individuals. We start where we are and who we are right at this moment. One of my fears is that I will change so much from the woman I am now that we will no longer be compatible or share the same book so to speak. My heart doesn't fathom this at the moment, so I tend to listen first to that instinct, but I am also aware that many couples grow apart when this type of inventory isn't done with enough regularity that each person recognizes as these big shifts and changes happen. So our other goal in PMC is to learn this "taking inventory tool" and to practice it throughout our marriage.
I have also learned in the process of merging our lives that planning a wedding is a great way to watch and learn how a person will react to just about anything. I read in a NY Times article that couples who are decisive together have much greater chance at having a successful marriage:
Couples who are decisive before marriage — intentionally defining their relationships, living together and planning a wedding — appear to have better marriages than couples who simply let inertia carry them through major transitions.
“Making decisions and talking things through with partners is important,” said Galena K. Rhoades, a relationship researcher at the University of Denver and co-author of the report. “When you make an intentional decision, you are more likely to follow through on that.”
So far practicing patience and kindness, two attributes that are not only great for a marriage, but for life in general (hello!), during the decision-making process are by far superlative if two people want to get anything accomplished--especially in a peaceful manner. Right now, both of us are in major growth periods in our careers and personal lives. I just started shooting a new series, and he just opened his first company. We have very full plates and yet we manage to juggle the decisions. Factor in a very strong, Latin Mother of the Bride, who is also invested in our wedding, and you've got a possible recipe for disaster. I am constantly recognizing how considerate Christopher is, and how much I value that more than anything. I learn from him and grow into a better person while we make decisions together. We choose to see each step of the planning process as a one step closer to the celebration and that no decision deserves to be an argument--so far, so good!
The last piece of knowledge I have derived since becoming engaged is that merging finances and getting absolute clarity around money is essential. Money can be scary—it can also be exciting or enticing, and how about confusing or disillusioning? Let’s face it most of us have some “stuff” around money. So what we decided to do may not work for everyone, but I recommend every couple opening up their books and showing that chapter called “Here are my finances.” Some say if you want to know a person see where he/she spends his/her money and time. I must say I agree. It was important that Christopher and I see each other’s spending habits and discuss our money values and financial goals as a couple and as individuals. We chose to sit down and do a line-by-line budget. That means looked at exactly what we spend individually each month, and then we put that together to make a total monthly budget as a couple. We then looked at our monthly net income, weighed in our expenses, and voilà—you have a clear picture of where your money goes and how much you have left—hopefully! It has opened up many more layers of discussion about where our money concerns and dreams originate from and has brought us even closer.
By Beth Navarro, Children’s book author
I’ve always kept my eye on the prize. The end game. The ultimate success. I keep my eye way out there. Fortunately, and by accident, my eyes were diverted to the side of my path and my narrow view widened. Big.
I want the huge book deals. I want a world-wide audience. I want financial freedom and writing to be my one and only job. And I’m moving closer and closer to that. My first picture book, Grambo, came out last year. Another is on the horizon and I’m working on a young adult novel I’m really excited about. I am laser focused on my end game.
“Hi! I have a question. Can you tell me why you like writing?”
A boy asked me this after one of my first book signings. The boy had eager eyes. Listening. Curious. Laser focused. And it hit me: I need to pay attention. My own laser focus was giving me blinders. And when that boy asked that question, the blinders fell to the ground. What I really wanted was happening now.
The kids, the story’s impact, the absolute joy in writing. It’s all happening now. Success looks different than I thought. There are all this successes along the way I never imagined. And you have to pay attention. They are there. The impact my stories would have is the collateral blessing on my way to my big goals. That is the real end game.
Do I still want to publish more stories with big publishing houses and get a wider audience? Absolutely. Did I know the road there would be paved with so much success? No. Not having everything I want in my career yet should not take away from the success that is happening right now. The journey truly is the success. I’d heard that before. I always thought, “Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I want the result.” But I finally got it. I was missing out. There is not one big prize. There are many prizes. I don’t want to be so focused on the result that I miss them.
Because of this I speak to kids in their classrooms whenever I get a chance. And the drive and passion for connecting with kids deepens with every visit. A friend of mine, who is a teacher, told me about a kid in her class whose parent plainly didn’t believe in this child. The parent had given up on his own kid. My heart hurt. I speak to all kids, but that kid is who I think about when I go to classrooms. I believe. I hope they feel that. I visit classes in person when I can (I just spoke with a fabulous fourth grade in Beverly Hills!) or through Skype. I got involved with Skype In the Classroom and have done many classrooms visits through them. In the last month I’ve talked with a kindergarten class of kids from military families in Texas, a third grade in Kansas and eleven year olds in Pakistan. Stories connect people. Everywhere. Talking to kids all over the world I have found that kids are kids. Period. The kids in Pakistan asked: “Do you have kids? What do you like to do in your free time? What sports do you like? Come visit us in person!” It wasn’t until I went to bed and they went to recess that I remembered they were 10,000 miles away in a different country. Kids are kids.
In my classroom visits, I talk about my writing journey. I talk about how writing is not easy for me all the time, and how finding your thing, weather it be writing, video games or soccer etc., is important. And it doesn’t have to be something you are good at right away. You can always practice and get better. It’s about doing something you love. I also love to tell them about Tiny Notebooks. Big stories come from small ideas. Write down your ideas. Write about anything. Writing is freeing. Then we make a tiny notebook from a single piece of paper.
Q: “Why is the beginning so easy and middle so hard?”
A: Oh the mushy middle. I feel you! You aren’t alone in this. The middle is hard for me because there is where you have to put your character through a lot to get to where they need to go. Keep going. Write it wrong. You can always go back and fix it.
Q: “How old are you?”
A: How old do you think I am?.....
……“Older. At least twenty.”
Q: “What are your favorite books to read over and over again?”
A: The Harry Potter Series. Hands down. Don’t you want to go back to Hogwarts? (This always brings some cheers.)
Q: “What is the better writing or reading?”
A: Is this a trick question? I can’t decide. For me they go hand in hand. You have to be a reader if you want to be a writer.
Q: “You are so cool!”
A: Thank you!
Not a question, but a kid called ME cool. That is pretty awesome.
Q: “What is your favorite thing about being a writer?”
A: Well this is my favorite part. You and you and you. Meeting readers. Talking to kids about stories. It is absolutely my favorite part. And that’s no exaggeration.