Dance lessons, fitness programs for all ages and fitness levels. Making learning dance as easy as 1, 2, 3 and losing weight fun!! Home of the International Bellydance Academy producing award winning students and producer of global flashmob Shimmy Mob
Aradia Fitness provides a welcoming, supportive environment for women of every age and fitness level to explore their sexy side while simultaneously subjecting all sides to a total-body cardio workout. Pole Dancing and Sensual Movement teaches basic sensual moves and pole work over the course of four weekly sessions, allowing students to build on what they've learned from week to week. Classes combine elements of ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding any leotards or turtlenecks in class) to strengthen your core, tone muscles, increase flexibility, and keep you limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness, sudden Facebook friending of said muscles, and a confident new saunter.
BC Eldercare Massage alleviates the ailments that accompany age with soothing chair massages designed for senior citizens. Specially trained massage therapists travel to nursing homes, hospice care centres, and other offsite locations to assuage aching muscles, joints, and tendons as patients relax in ergonomically correct chairs. The company also trains students with courses in massage technique.
A paper-craft headquarters designed as a meeting place for would-be memory-keepers and crafters, Cherish the Thought's homey storefront houses a variety of classes and supplies by well-known vendors. The technique- and product-based classes—great for both the new crafter and the experienced artisan—typically last between two and three hours, but instructors continue to help participants until completion of their individual projects. Students depart confident enough to try new scrapbooking, card making, and ransom note-cultivating techniques at home. Class size is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
ABC Music Studio owner and instructor Alison Edgar has plenty of musical talent of her own—she has a B.A. in music—but developing it in others is where her real passion lies. After earning a graduate degree in education from McGill University, she served on its faculty for four years while also racking up experience working with younger students. Her career has taken her through stints directing children’s choirs and high-school bands and working as a music specialist at the elementary level, and through it all she’s built up a 20-year resumé of private lessons. Edgar is open to working in any style toward any of the student’s goals, whether it’s to play recorder in a student talent show or to found a platinum-selling recorder band.
A quick glance at Vashti Fairbairn’s resume is telling. At local theatre company Fighting Chance Productions, she has directed the critically lauded Little Shop of Horrors and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, both of which magically combine music with dramatic arts. At her own Music Box Music and Theatre Academy, Fairbairn, along with a team of dedicated teachers, does the exact same thing on a daily basis. Children’s group classes give little ones as young as 6 months old a chance to strut their stuff on the dance floor, belt out their favourite show tunes, and learn to tickle the ivories like a seasoned elephant sitter. Private lessons are open to adults as well, and expand the instrumental scope to include strings, music theory, and the speaking arts. The latter comes in handy during the school’s drama clubs, which teach kids 3 years and older how to use their imaginations to create real-life and fantasy scenarios. Outside of their educational programs, the facility entertains visitors to the River Market with free music and theatre performances in the Music Box Presents series.