Personal Development in Burnaby

Two, Four, or Eight Salsa Classes for Two People at World Dance Co. (Up to 69% Off)

World Dance Co.

Multiple Locations

Three-time world champion Diego Sanchez and other talented instructors guide couples through eight levels of salsa

C$60 C$25

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One or Two 2.5-Hour Photography Workshops or Private Photo Workshop at Povazan Photography (Up to 80% Off)

Povazan Photography

Lonsdale Quay

Vancouver commercial wedding photographer teaches beginner and intermediate portraiture techniques or private introduction courses

C$250 C$59

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Photography Class for One or Two at Starting Point Photography (Up to 68% Off)

Starting Point Photography

Multiple Locations

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an instructor goes over tips, tricks, and techniques for taking great photos on iPhones, point-and-shoots, or DSLRs

C$200 C$79

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One or Two Months of App-Creating Classes of Kids at Under the GUI (Up to 64% Off)

Under the GUI

Renfrew-Collingwood

Instructors teach kids 9–14 computer programming skills, demonstrating how to make games such as Angry Birds and Pokemon

C$139 C$69

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$19 for One Week of Parent/Child Art and Science Classes at Discover Sunshine Studio ($38 Value)

Discover Sunshine Studio - Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale

Adults and parents join their child for educational classes such as fine art, painting, science, rainbow loom, or mini language session

C$38 C$19

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One or Three 30-Minute Voice or Songwriting Lessons at Studio Cloud 30 (Up to 54% Off)

Studio Cloud 30 Entertainment Inc.

Fairview Slopes

Talent development studio helps aspiring artists blossom into professional musicians and actors

C$40 C$20

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In-Person Workshop for One or Two or Online Stock-Trading Class from Acorn Wealth Corporation (Up to 96% Off)

Acorn Wealth Corporation

Downtown Vancouver

Stock-trading courses taught by a young CEO and master trader give students a grounding in trading platforms, markets, and basic strategy

C$499 C$29

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US$99 for a Project Management Certification Bundle from IT University Online (US$795 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

Nationally recognized PMP certification trains projects managers on running projects from pre-planning to completion

$795 $99

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$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$3,595 $99

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Beauty School Makeup Lesson for One, Two, or Three at AnaV Beauty (Up to 73% Off)

AnaV Beauty

The Electra Building

Makeup maven Ana V imparts wisdom about the newest makeup trends as well as blush and lash application in Vancouver's largest makeup studio

C$120 C$39

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$449 for a BC Real Estate Exam Test Prep Course from Real Estate Prep ($899 Value)

Real Estate Prep

Online Deal

Live and interactive webinars led by experienced industry professionals help students prepare for BC real estate exams

C$899 C$449

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$99 for a Four-Week Spanish Course at Hola Spanish Centre ($335 Value)

Hola Spanish Centre

Mt. Pleasant

Native Spanish speakers offer quality instruction for all levels, needs, and interests; course materials included

C$335 C$99

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One-Day Bar Chef or Wine-Tasting Program at Metropolitan Bartending School (64% Off)

Metropolitan Bartending School

Kitsilano

A superstar bartender teaches students how to mix complex cocktails after having wowed Rachael Ray with an "extreme bartending" performance

C$125 C$45

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Six Months or One Year of Driving Supervision from How Do I Drive (Up to 73% Off)

How Do I Drive

Online Deal

Info gatherers keep tabs on registered vehicles, reporting any traffic violations to the vehicle’s owner or to the parents of the driver

C$120 C$39

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In-Studio Boudoir Photo Shoot with Print Credit and Option for Makeup at Kari Heese Photography (Up to 64% Off)

Kari Heese Photography

Granville Island

Photography team with more than a decade’s experience captures intimate shots of lingerie-clad subjects inside a natural light studio

C$250 C$89

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Four-Hour Introduction to Bartending Course for One or Two at Fine Art Bartending School (Up to 62% Off)

Fine Art Bartending School

Delta

Students receive hands-on instruction from professionals as they learn the ins and outs of bartending during four-hour classes

C$125 C$55

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Four Private Beginner Piano Lessons or Introductory Music Theory Lessons at Cadenza Music (Half Off)

Cadenza Music

Richmond

Experienced musicians teach first-time pianists proper arm use and basic scales; music theory pupils explore music's structures and forms

C$76 C$29

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Beginner or Advanced Photo Workshop and Walkabout from LesleyAnn Photography in Fort Langley (Up to 82% Off)

LesleyAnn Photography

Fort Langley

Affable pro photographer teaches hour of camera basics, then escorts groups of five outdoors to capture nature shots

C$265 C$55

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4, 8, or 12 Kids' Tumbling, Gymnastics, and Cheer Classes at Academy of Cheer Excellence (Up to 56% Off)

Academy of Cheer Excellence

Mission

Kids of all ages can tumble, flip, and chant in these classes

C$60 C$29

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One, Two, or Three Years of Online Guitar Lessons at Dangerous Guitar (Up to 91% Off) 

Dangerous Guitar

Online Deal

More than 650 high-definition videos give professional instruction in a wide range of playing styles

C$134.55 C$18

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CPR-A or Emergency First-Aid and CPR Training at Chilliwack Landing Leisure Centre (Up to 51% Off)

Advanced Aquatic Leadership Training

Chilliwack

CPR training teaches rescue methods for choking and heart attacks; first-aid course deals with breathing, circulation, and wound emergencies

C$55 C$28

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Four or Eight 30-Minute Private Music Lessons at The Music Box School of Music (Up to 51% Off)

The Music Box School of Music

Victoria

Private music lessons provide one-on-one instruction for piano or voice

C$96 C$49

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It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.

The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.

412 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Among Diving Locker's group of seasoned and certified underwater experts, accomplishments include inspecting Australia's Great Barrier Reef up close, swimming with fish in the blue waters of Guam, and spending more than 40 years helping snorkelers choose the right fins. Diving Locker's staff of instructors combine their wealth of collective experience to provide students with technical education?such as PADI certifications and search-and-recovery training?and to impart their genuine love for the fruits of globe-trekking. In addition to being a hub for scuba equipment sales and instruction, the business' audacious employees also organize and lead diving jaunts around the world and to a number of local underwater destinations on weekends. Diving Locker has been in operation since the late 1960s and has been operated since 1972 by Greg Kocher, the facility's resident equipment guru and mermaid interpreter.

2745 4th Ave W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs?teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.

432 Pender St W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

An accredited institution of higher learning that intertwines its curricula with the fine arts, Pera College helps students hone their creativity while becoming proficient in the English language. Modest class sizes allow students to absorb coursework without lining their backpacks with sponges as they take steps toward becoming operatives in fields such as business, hospitality, and customer service. The institution's combination of language learning with fine arts improves students' breadth and depth of communication while honing a new skill. Weekend workshops in drawing, painting, and photography also allow non-ESL students to tap into Pera College’s experienced, diverse faculty.:m]]

409 Hastings St W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Talented filmmakers at this film school teach courses that hinge on hands-on involvement. Single- and multi-session classes cover everything from screenwriting and editing to motion graphics, and venture beyond documentary making with lessons in drama and still photography. While practicing techniques and pole-vaulting on boom mics like the pros do, students use a combination of their own gear and gear they've rented from the school. In addition to firsthand filmmaking experience, documentary students get hands-on experience, partnering with community charities to create short films used for education, outreach, and fundraising.

306 Abbott Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

At Harbour Dance Centre, aspiring hoofers trip the light fantastic under the tutelage of a world-renowned faculty that helped make the facility the Best Dance Studio in Vancouver in 2010, according to the readers of Georgia Straight. The studio's schedule abounds with more than 95 drop-in classes, separated into seven different levels so no neophytes need feel uncomfortable or overbust their moves. Students can strike picturesque poses in ballet, throw down serve-worthy hip-hop moves, and express their inner happiness and hunger pangs via modern and contemporary movements. Untraditional dance styles such as funky street jazz and sultry burlesque belly dancing provide a fun retreat from the common kick-ball-change, and yoga classes keep dancing bodies in tip-top form.

927 Granville Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA