Hana’s Dance Competitions



Hana Lauterkranc and Katie E. Clark performed an original piece at the Hollywood DanceSport Competition in Hollywood California on October 30, 2014.  They won 1st place in Silver Solo – Argentine Tango / Quick Step. The dance tells the story of two students attending  a dance studio class. One is naughty and always seems to get in trouble while the other is serious!  This dance integrates Argentine Tango, Foxtrot and Quick Step and is set to the song “Tu duo fa l’americano”.

Watch the full video CLICK HERE

Quick, simple and delicious chicken recipes

To make the chicken base, slice 1 yellow or sweet onion and coarsely chop 2 large garlic cloves. Toss with about 1 tablespoon olive oil  in a square baking dish. Place 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 4 thighs) in a single layer on top of the onions and garlic and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Often I layer in thinly sliced eggplant, tomatoes, or artichoke hearts, or just keep it simple.

Easy sauces:

For a tangy  sauce, mix 1/2 cup fig jam with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with chopped rosemary

To make a sweet and nutty sauce  mix 1/3 cup tahini , 1/4 cup honey , 2T Greek yoghurt and

1 tablespoon of sumac.

Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes

2T smoked paprika ( in my case recently acquired at the farmers market in Budapest)

1t garlic salt plus salt and pepper to taste

Set chicken thighs on rack in the broiler at least 4 inches below flame and broil app. 7 minutes per side until the chicken develops a nice crust.



Foundational Training on the CoreAlign

I would like to speak to you about the benefits  of foundational training and how it can help enhance everyday activities as well as sports performance.

Many popular methods of exercise enhance movement foundations, Pilates, yoga, dance instruction and CoreAlign.  An exercise method is considered foundation training if the following conditions exist:
Training is done in a lesson style requiring focused attention to specific placement in order to execute exercises harmoniously ( without discomfort).

Why foundation training? Because foundational training uses movements related to everyday function. So the results can be fun!

Reflect on an athlete who makes the execution of their movements look so easy.  Years of foundational training have enabled him or her to have fun when swinging a golf club, skiing down a mountain, or dance gracefully through a performance. Once sufficient movement foundations are obtained the body automatically employs easier, healthy movement strategies.  For the athlete it has become both easy, harmonious and fun.
The human bodies movements are very complex, if fact they are infinite!  No one person can hope to master them all.
We are always moving. Daily we walk, reach, bend,sit and stand. By training our foundations these movements can become easy, harmonious and fun.

This training also includes core stability exercises one of which I’d like to share tonight..but before I do I’d like to introduce Lisa and Katie who are going to do a short demo of foundational movement on the CoreAlign.  The CoreAlign created by Jonathan Hoffman is a new system, and is manufactured by Balanced Body. It has been specifically designed to train foundations for function as well as enhance sports performance.
Before they start I’d like everyone to take their middle finger and place it on your hip bone.  Then take your thumb and place it on your bottom rib.  Expand the space between your two fingers. That my friends is neutral spine.Then take one hand and place it on your abs, compress those muscles and feel the lift of neutral spine combined with abdominal engagement. Now I challenge you to sustain this lift while you watch our demo.

Hana Lauterkranc, Studio Director

Restaurants we like

1860 N Allen Ave
Altadena, CA 91104

Seco on Lake:
140 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

1010 Mission St
South Pasadena, CA 91030

802 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Maccheroni Republic:
332 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Plate 38:
2361 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

Nickel Diner:
524 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Selected Reading

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Goldfinch by Donna Tart

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Mark Twain’s Autobiography (by Mark Twain obviously)

Hearts So White by Javier Marias

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

The Invention Of Wings by Sue Monk

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiasen

Artichoke and feta tart

Artichoke and Feta Tarts



1/3 cup heavy cream

4 ounces feta, divided

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

1 14-ounce (1 sheet) or 17.3-ounce (2 sheets) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

All-purpose flour (for work surface)t

2 4-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained, halved

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large egg, beaten to blend



Preheat oven to 425°. Blend cream and 2 ounces feta in a food processor until smooth; season with salt and pepper.

If using 14-ounce package of puff pastry, cut in half and roll out each half on a lightly floured surface into a 16×10-inch rectangle. (If using 17.3-ounce package, use 1 sheet of pastry for each tart.) Transfer each piece of pastry to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a paring knife, lightly score pastry (do not cut all the way through), leaving a 1-inch border.

Spread feta mixture over pastry, dividing evenly and staying within border. Arrange artichoke hearts over feta mixture and crumble remaining 2 ounces feta over; drizzle with oil. Brush pastry border with egg.

Bake tart until pastry is puffed and beginning to brown, 10-15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° and continue to bake until pastry is deep golden brown and cooked through, 20-25 minutes longer. Serve warm or at room temperature.

DO AHEAD: Tart can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

Thanks to Bon Appetit