Longtime dance team Magda and Andrew began building their studio, Dancing for Dessert, from the ground up in 2005. The outfit has since moved into its own spacious facility, the heart of which is an elegant main ballroom. There, Magda, Andrew, and their staff of instructors maintain a warm and inviting environment in which dancers of all skill levels can explore a variety of different dance styles. From ballroom and Latin dancing to foxtrot, salsa, and tango, the Dancing for Dessert team consistently mixes up its offerings, and uncorks its wealth of knowledge during both private and group classes.
Booming bass lines emanate from Zumba Latin Fitness Ztudio's 3,000-watt sound system, enticing passersby to peer into its doors. Inside the space, one might expect to see bartenders serving colourful margaritas to packs of club-goers. Instead, the dancers forgo the booze for swigs of water as they sweat and burn calories performing Zumba's Latin-inspired dance moves to the beats of merengue, bachata, reggaeton, and quebradita. Owners Evelyn Cervera and Silvi Ortega infuse their original choreography with hints of their Mexican heritage, creating lively, hip-popping classes for patrons of all levels, ranging from beginner-friendly workouts to challenging master classes. After class, students can browse a boutique filled with fitness fashions, retrieve their young from the on-site play area, or visit the changing rooms to powder their noses, returning to the outside world feeling accomplished and unable to stop shimmying.
When Elevation Fitness was designed, it was based on intensive research into what other fitness centers were doing right and what they were doing wrong. The result was an 18,000-square-foot facility that's doing plenty of things right.
This place is both a training ground for clients looking to get into shape and for athletes trying to bump their performance up to the next level. Gym-goers can tackle obstacle courses on a turf field, work out on the vast array of functional machines, or take boot-camp, yoga, and circuit-training classes. They can seek out certified personal trainers to help them burn fat and build muscle efficiently. And, at the sports performance academy, they can sign up for sport-specific training classes to gain strength and power.
Believing that the atmosphere is what brings people back time and again, Elevation Fitness strives to provide a convenient space where people feel welcome and supported while working out. Parents can take advantage of the onsite child care. If you're injured or need an adjustment, you can head over to the facility's chiropractor. And everyone can enjoy some post-workout refreshments at the juice and snack bar.
The fitness artists at Weights use tried and true weight-training techniques to improve physiques on a one-on-one basis. Their private, 30-minute workout sessions help their clients slim down or bulk up without fancy equipment, eschewing the bench-pressable supercomputers used by many gyms. To complement the exercise routine, trainers also design meal plans and grocery lists to ensure bodies get beneficial fuel. Online journals help clients keep track of progress, and with longer-term training packages, complimentary body-composition testing helps establish a baseline for future improvement. The team at Weights believes that through these combined methods of exercise, dieting, and analysis, clients are not only able to change their physical appearance, but alter their bodily chemistry for the better.
The studio further helps clients transform their bodies with med-spa services such as noninvasive body contouring, skin rejuvenation, and laser hair removal. These aesthetic treatments beautify rejuvenated physiques without the risks of surgery or the discomfort of donning a rubber Sophia Loren suit.
Luis Moncayo’s mother—a dancer inspired by her Caribbean-Colombian upbringing—influenced his career on the dance floor. He came to Vancouver to study further and toured throughout British Columbia as a choreographer of Colombian and Andean dance; he funnels this experience and passion into Zumba classes. His students can burn upwards of 700 calories an hour just by dancing along to his Latin-inspired choreography in sessions held five days a week at various Vancouver-area studios.