Ilya's Bellydance & Henna Studio teaches the fine art of tummy undulation and hip-and-shoulder shimmying to abdomens anxious to shuffle their metaphorical belly feet. Eager rug-cutters can strive to improve their poise and self-confidence in a standard belly-dancing, burlesque, or Bollywood workshop. An expert audience mesmerizer instructs on navel-oriented movement techniques, including the classic bellybutton ripple that displays agility and removes any abdomen-attached forest creatures.
Theatre of Youth specializes in kid-friendly performances that engage young minds and captivate grown-up grown-ups. They produce five literary-based productions and two health and wellness productions each year. Since 2000, more than half a million children have gotten their jollies from the popular productions, which are known for their high production value and quality acting. Upcoming plays include the informative Inside Out that wraps an entertaining story around a lesson that encourages healthier eating habits. This Holiday season, catch A Little House Christmas which is adopted from the famed Little House on the Prairie series, or peer into the future and reserve seats for a stage adaptation of Judy Bloom's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, opening next March.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy", adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.
A cornucopia of savoury delights awaits diners at Encore! (formerly Ali Baba Steakhouse), where fresh, local ingredients are spun into a tapestry of thoughtfully prepared steaks, salads, fish, poultry, sandwiches, and more. Casual encounters may prefer Encore!’s lounge area where live jazz struts its artful dissonance Friday and Saturday nights in a sidecar with cocktails ($7–$9), beers ($3–$5) and martinis ($8). Intimate affairs of the heart or limbic system or may prefer the dining room, where professional service is on tap for lunch or dinner. Encore!’s flavour-fondling dishes—including duck confit springrolls ($10), grilled 8 oz. AAA beef tenderloin au poivre ($33), and lobster & chorizo papardelle ($24)—feed the soul via the mouth, an optimal place to store sips of Encore!’s dozens of red and white wine bottle selections ($29+) or an auxiliary stomach.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony was founded out of necessity; in 1945, the Grand Philharmonic Choir was preparing a recital and needed tuneful accompaniment for the harmonic voices. Once its backup duty was over, however, the newly convened orchestra quickly established itself as an independent source for both classical and pops concerts performing more than 100 concerts annually in the Waterloo region. Now home to 52 on-staff musicians, the orchestra continues its decades-long tradition at venues around Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, and Cambridge. From his position as music director, Edwin Outwater oversees the joyful noise, which ranges from baroque to Beethoven to the Beatles and Broadway. Since assuming the role in 2007, Outwater has been one of the orchestra's most vigorous boosters, arranging the group's first commercial recording in a decade, engineering an exploration of prog rock in collaboration with the Institute for Quantum Computing, and knitting sweaters for each musician's instrument.