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Instructors at the Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios believe that stiff, stilted dancing isn't a result of too little talent—it's a result of too much information. Dancing comes naturally to most people, they profess, and harnessing that nature is simply a matter of simplifying the process. When teachers bombard pupils with dance patterns and technical details, the students' brains take over their bodies, leading to awkward steps and uncomfortable performances. At Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios, teachers instead introduce students to a few easy steps they can use over many styles of music. Once they feel like second nature, steps are gradually differentiated until every dancer can execute Latin and ballroom moves in a flowing manner. They've dubbed this the SNAP teaching method, and though slow-going at first, it often helps students learn to dance even faster than with detail-heavy or battery-powered dance-shoe methods.
It may start with the feet, but dancing is an art form that engages the whole body in rhythmic movement. All of this twisting, turning, and twirling can seem intimidating to a person with no background in any of the world's hundreds of dance styles, but everybody has to start somewhere. That's why EveryBuddy Dance Studios caters to dancers of all experience levels and inclinations. The studio's instructors are happy to teach students whichever style compels them to move, whether it's salsa, samba, tango, or the worm. They lead private classes as well as sessions that cater to couples and larger groups.
At Airborne Trampoline KW, leapers of all ages defy gravity on the centre's six Olympic-style trampolines. Custom mats and padding surround each trampoline to ensure safe landings. Trampoline coaches certified by Gymnastics Ontario and the NCCP watch over visiting jumpers and recreational classes of students aged 6 through adult as they leap, flip, and twirl through basic moves and advanced tricks. When not leading classes, coaches also host tryouts for an in-house competition team. The centre also provides decorated private rooms and basic catering services for birthday parties, during which children combine the joy of birthdays with the thrill of hugging clouds they've herded indoors.
The bicycle buffs at Grand River Cycle are on a mission to equip every man, woman, and upright aardvark with a bicycle, and to share and educate on the joys of self-generated propulsion. Their store welcomes budding cyclists into an open and inviting atmosphere stocked with a complete line of cycling accessories from basic upgrade and repair parts to cycling-specific clothing and nutrition products. Track miles between peanut-brittle breaks with a Bontrager trip monitor ($39.99), or protect your brain bucket with a safe yet stylish helmet ($44.99). Stave off the cold with Louis Garneau ear cover ($19.99) or cloak your trunk in atmos 2 vest ($49.99).
Owners Murrel and Lori Brubacher invite groups to solve a challenging ghost-town-themed labyrinth at the Waterloo County Corn Maze. For 60–90 minutes, visitors weave through corn stalks and trek down winding paths to sell insurance to the recreated ghost towns' resident spectres. Every abandoned borough showcases information about early towns that helped shape the local Ontario community, and visitors who find the information enter into a monthly drawing for dinner for two at Anna Mae's Bakery & Restaurant. On Friday and Saturday evenings, nocturnal adventurers navigate the outdoor maze using only moonlight and a flashlight brought from home. After solving the field, kids head indoors to excavate kernels from the sandbox and count grains in the sand pile. Families nibble packed meals at the picnic area. Larger groups can call ahead to book a free reservation for the volleyball court and campfire pit stocked with roasting sticks, on which guests warm volleyballs to their peak gooeyness.