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.
At its 10 locations throughout Canada, The Athletic Club provides access to exercise machines and fitness classes, but that’s only part of the story. Club staffers also follow an overarching mission to making discovering a healthy lifestyle fun rather than onerous. While exploring the multilevel fitness arenas, members and guests may catch encouraging shouts from personal trainers or a medley of splashing and laughter from children taking swimming lessons from professional instructors. They can also investigate the benefits of yoga or spinning during group classes or one-on-one instruction. Cardio machines boost heart rates and bolster endurance, while flat-panel televisions attached to each machine keep members entertained. In addition to building new bodily abilities, members also keep their minds sharp with services such as nutrition counselling or wellness classes held on the astral plane.
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.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
Awarded Best Dance Studio by Cambridge Times, Move With Grace instructs in the ways of sway with a host of fun and educational dance classes. Toe-tapping sessions can aid in body and mind development, including multi-tasking skills crucial to future success such as how to follow a lesson while keeping your tutu on. The family-friendly facility houses a 2,500-square-foot wireless lounge for parents to chill as their offspring twist and shout. Sift through a spectrum of seminars including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical contemporary, as well as Kidazzle and Tot classes for 3–5 year olds. Check out the class schedule for all the hip-shaking happenings.
For more than 30 iron-pumping years, World Gym continues to help clients of all fitness levels find fine fettle with muscle-boosting equipment and exercise classes. Fitness students can work toward fitness goals or live out their own Pygmalion transformation after sweat sessions such as a 45-minute Spin class, or a 60-minute Pumping Iron class that promises to challenge all clients from beginners to seasoned weightlifters. The Boxfit session boosts cardiovascular health while teaching students how to defend against one’s own shadow; Hatha yoga yields peace of mind and the path to toned physiques. With a variety of classes offered seven days a week on the Cambridge and Kitchener schedules, students can mix and match classes to create the ultimate weekly buffing routine.