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The 4 Things You Can Find at This Year’s Hollywood Connection Convention

The most inspiring dance event is coming to the Burbank Convention Center this February!

They teach to inspire the next generation of dancers and are set to return to the Burbank Convention Center on Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17! Hollywood Connection Convention & Competition teaches all of the fundamentals of dance in a fun environment. Whether you plan on pursuing a career in the field or just want to learn a few moves to bust out on the dance floor with your friends, this three-day convention has events that will cater perfectly to you!

So, what are you looking to find?

Hollywood Connection Convention & CompetitionFind Your Technique

Two full days of classes where dancers are called by names, not numbers. These classes are personal, providing the chance for feedback directly from the HC instructor. All of the faculty members are seasoned veterans in the field and are ready to “go the extra mile” for their students. Classes include:  Jazz/Contemporary Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary Lyrical, Jazz Funk, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater and “Dancing in Heels”.

Find Your Connection

For the teachers, Studio Owner Business Seminars are meant to help those who teach dance reignite their passion for the art by learning fresh approaches and business practices. For the dancers, shine bright throughout your class or competition, and you’ll have a chance to audition for a top dance agent!

Find Your Passion

Two nights of dance competition will pit the best-of-the-best against each other in friendly (but fierce) battles. The four age divisions are:

  • Superstars/Mini – Ages 7-9
  • Co-Stars/Juniors – Ages 9-11
  • Guest Stars/Teens – Ages 11-14
  • Producers/Seniors – Age 14+

Find Your Joy

The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is proud to play a small role in Hollywood Connection as the official venue. Whether you’re local or flying in through the nearby Hollywood Burbank Airport, book a room with us to ensure you have the perfect home-base for the event. Don’t wait as rooms are filling up!

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood

2019 is the Year of Pig and Universal Studios Hollywood will celebrate its arrival from Saturday, February 2 through Sunday, February 17.

A trip to Universal Studios Hollywood is always an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Who wouldn’t want to get lost in the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or take a ride through the streets with Fast & Furious – Supercharged? And while these attractions will still draw thousands through the gates this February, there’s an extra special reason you should consider making the trip to the Burbank area during the second month of the year – their Lunar New Year 2019 celebration (from February 2 – 17)! What can you expect from this two-week festival?

Universal Studios HollywoodCultural Performance and Decorations – Even though much of the actual park will remain unchanged, Universal Plaza will be transformed with traditional red Chinese lanterns and a beautiful plum blossom Wish Tree. It may not rival the majesty of Hogwarts in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area, but you’ll get lost in the pageantry of the celebrations of the Year of the Pig!

Kung Fu Panda’s Dragon Warrior Training – In this interactive stage show, kids will learn a few basic moves from their favorite Kung Fu Panda from the film series  – Master Po!

Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop – Serving up culturally-themed foods, Master Po’s adoptive goose of a father will be on hand to meet-and-greet his patrons. Foods include “secret ingredient stir-fry noodles” and “Po’s dumplings”.

Character Interactions – Ever wanted to meet a Mandarin-speaking Transformer or hobnob with Sanrio’s iconic cat character? Both Megatron and Hello Kitty will be on hand to greet guests during the festivities.

Cap off your Year of the Pig celebrations by booking a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. Located less than 5 miles away from Universal Studios Hollywood, the convenience and comfort of our spacious accommodations will provide you with the perfect home base for your Lunar New Year adventure!

Top 3 Reasons to Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not Hollywood

Learn why you should consider taking a trip to the two-floor Ripley’s Odditorium to explore the most bizarre attraction in Hollywood! 

“Seeing is believing” has never been more apropos than when describing the oddity-laden attraction known as Ripley’s Believe It or Not! With museums, or the so aptly named “odditoriums”, all over the country, this franchise has been a beloved part of Hollywood Boulevard since its opening in 1992. But a lot has changed since Ripley’s Odditorium opened its doors, bringing with it new reasons why you will want to visit this bizarre attraction.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not HollywoodOne - 2 Floors and 13 Galleries of Odd Fun!  We won’t spoil all of the odd surprises (and with a rotating collection of the strangest things from across the globe, it would be hard to do), but you’ll be sure to be amazed or at least entertained. Your journey through Ripley’s Odditorium is self-guided and at your own pace. Want to spend more time staring at the shrunken head collection? Go for it! Rushing through to get that perfect selfie with a prehistoric cave bear? We won’t judge. The only way to truly describe what’s inside is to take a trip through the 13 galleries for yourself.

Two - Ripley’s Smash Dash. One of the newest additions to Ripley’s Hollywood is this state-of-the-art interactive experience! Only the sharpest of reflexes will come out on top in this race against time or your best friend/bitter rival. Buttons will light up and buzz around you with only seconds on the clock to turn them off.

And Three - Walking Distance To Other Can’t Miss Attractions.  Adjacent to the Odditorium are both The Hollywood Wax Museum and the Guinness World’s Records Museum.

After exploring the stranger side of life, you’ll be in need of a relaxing haven for your retreat back to normalcy. Located only a short distance away from Ripley’s Hollywood, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is not only normal but comfortable, contemporary, and welcoming. Book your stay with us today!

Get Ready to Bust a Move at the 24 Seven Dance Convention

This part dance workshop, part competition is gearing up to make its return to the Burbank Convention Center this February. 

Whether you consider yourself a lord of the dance or a wallflower with no rhythm, the 24 Seven Dance Convention is ready to make you a star on the floor. This touring workshop will be returning to the area when their non-stop dancing extravaganza takes over the Burbank Convention Center from Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10, 2019. During these three days, registered attendees can take part in various dance classes and workshops taught by some of the world’s leading dance instructors.

Unsure if this type of dance convention is right for you? As the venue for this tour stop, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel has a few tips to get the most out of your experience:

24 Seven Dance ConventionWear comfortable clothing!  You’ll be learning many different styles throughout the day. Be sure that your attire works for multiple disciplines (from ballroom to hip-hop).

You don’t need to be at the “front of the class”!  Learn your moves and the instructors will notice, even if you aren’t always in the first row.

Be respectful!  Be polite, courteous, and don’t try to sneak a selfie with your famous instructor as they are getting ready to teach another class.

Have fun and DANCE!

After the long days of leaving your heart and soul on the floor, you’ll want a comfortable retreat to return to. Whether you’re a local Californian or flying in through the adjacent Hollywood Burbank Airport for the event, book a room with us at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and let our comfortable accommodations and range of amenities be your home-away-from-home for the event!

4 California Museums Every Culture Lover Should Visit

Learn more about the diverse variety of California museums that are waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! 

The plethora of must-see attractions in the Los Angeles area can seem daunting when trying to plan your ultimate visit. These four mainstays always offer interesting and enriching experiences for the whole family.

California MuseumsThe Getty Museum

At The Getty Center, view one of the most premier collections of Western European artwork from the top of the city. The modernly-designed museum will give you breathtaking views of the entire cityscape while you soak up the artistic works from medieval times to the present.   For a more immersive experience, take a trip to the coast and The Getty Villa. Built to resemble a Roman country house from ancient times, the grounds are art in itself. Housed within are 7,000 years of ancient art from the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman Empire.

Autry Museum of Western Heritage

Relieve the art, history, and culture of the American West! With the mission to connect the past with the present, their collection of more than 500,000 artifacts comprise one of the most significant collections of Native American craftsmanship in the country. These works rotate annually to keep the exhibits varied and the experience different every time you visit.

Martial Arts History Museum

The only museum in the country devoted to martial arts, this newer entry to the LA cultural scene allows visitors to learn about the distinct traditional roles the discipline played in each Asian country. A more popular feature is the historical look into the American martial arts culture including films, anime, and video games.

Hollywood Wax Museum

The most visited attraction on Hollywood Boulevard since 1965, get a chance to have your own personal “celebrity sighting” but with a modern twist. No longer do guests just view the wax figures of some of their favorite stars; they get to be part of the action with fun sets and props.

The Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is a great home base for your visit to these California museums and exploring the greater LA area. Our spacious accommodations and variety of enjoyable amenities will provide you with the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring!