At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Founded in 2000 with the intent of introducing the Toronto community to Latin dance, Soul2Sole now employs a vast team of knowledgeable instructors whose passion for their art permeates every facet of the classes they lead for adults and children alike. Nimble limbed teachers follow a progressive curriculum in each lesson series, building each class on a core of salsa bolstered by a host of equally fiery styles such as Bachata, Cha-Cha, Kizomba, Casino Rueda, Merengue, and Latin Hustle. Throughout classes, instructors patiently impart essential Latin dance skills upon students, expounding upon fundamentals such as rhythm and timing, turn patterns, and smoldering stares.
MOXY Chic Dance Fitness caters to fitness-focused females with a cornucopia of empowering exercise classes within a fun, safe, and nonjudgmental studio. Bolster svelte-seeking bodies in the signature Stretch and Strength class. This comprehensive dance-workout session amalgamates elements of yoga, Pilates, and ballet to tone and strengthen earthly edifices, improving posture, flexibility, and the odds of infiltrating a swan colony. Snugly fit for all ages, skills, and experience levels, this image-boosting regimen taps into the lush feminine spirit in an effort to cultivate a free-flowing spring of well-being and self-confidence. MOXY Chic Dance Fitness schedules multiple classes throughout the week, and provides plenty of free parking so car-owning customers don’t have to bribe desperate squirrels to hold their spot.
Though the 200-acre BraeBen Golf Course boasts an 18-hole Championship course, a 9-hole Academy course, a driving range, and wildlife such as falcons and coyotes, its most unique attribute can’t be seen with the eye. The site’s green energy system provides enough renewable energy to continually power more than 5,000 homes in Mississauga, making the course not only a joy to play but also a positive example of golf-course conservationism. This respect for the environment is evident as golfers tee off on the par 72 Championship course, an homage to golf’s early days in the Scottish highlands with its tall grasses, deep pot bunkers, and strong winds that can knock iron approaches well off-course.
The Academy course and its CPGA professional instructors create a prime setting for player development, winning BraeBen the GAO Coaching Facility of the Year award in 2011. Director of Instruction Bradlee Ryall and his team use all 9 holes—measuring between 100 and 200 yards and possessing unique game-improvement challenges—as opportunities for players to lower scores. Additionally, they deploy TrackMan 3 golf radar to measure players’ key swing statistics, including trajectory and landing position, for every swing from 6-foot pitches to 400-yard drives.
Puja Amin, founder of Sanskriti Arts, has been dazzling onlookers with traditional Indian routines since her childhood in Mumbai. When she relocated to Canada, she founded her studio as a casual center for South Asian dance styles—but, like first-time eaters of Bugles, her students wanted more. Now, Amin and her team direct a cadre of 100 amateur and professional dancers that captivate audiences with Bollywood routines at weddings, events, and festivals, transforming stages with vibrant costumes, high-energy music, elaborate sets, and passionate choreography. For those who are inspired by their awe-striking performances, they lead a daily lineup of dance and fitness classes rooted in traditional Indian styles including Bhangra, Bollywood, and even western influences from hip hop and ballet. Amin is also a certified yoga teacher, and conducts classes with wisdom culled from training in Mumbai and Santa Cruz.