With multitudes of muscle-melding classes focused on kickboxing, boxing, mixed martial arts, and more, Island MMA forges powerful bodies and meticulous fighting technique within their modern facility. Professional fighters work as instructors and apply masterful experience and peerless motivation to teach every calorie-burning course, encouraging ring rookies to meet fitness goals. Student expectations are met whether they are seeking a cardio workout, intense technique training, or the power to face malicious neighbour-cats. Special classes extend to women-only kickboxing and children's self-defense. Equipment is required, but the facility does provide loaner supplies for novices in need.
"What does it take to be inspired to connect with our neighbours when nothing out of the ordinary is happening?" This question is always on the mind of Oaklands Community Centre's executive director, Kristi Rivait, as she brainstorms new personal-enrichment programs and community action plans. Along with increasing the emotional and physical safety of a neighbourhood, the centre's classes give people of all ages—particularly those younger than 21—a fun way to bond with a group while getting in shape, acquiring language skills, or learning to cook with a violin. Kids get their hands dirty safely in programs led by nature educators, teens socialize through musical theatre or laser tag, and adults stay active with classes as energetic as boot camp and as meditative as yoga. Most events happen at a modern brick building on Belmont Avenue, and a white bungalow on Victor Street is largely devoted to the Little Acorn child-care program.
Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts’ 11 instructors share more than two centuries of combined experience in the entertainment industry, heading up a yearlong, by-audition acting program designed specifically for television, film, and commercial work. Not everybody is ready to make the plunge into the screen, so the school also runs smaller-scale workshops appropriate for all experience levels that cover casting dos and don’ts, career guidance, and summoning the willpower to meet James Cameron’s third eye. The Actor’s Makeover course tightens audition material into 15 minutes of pure emotional power, and part-time intro classes accommodate day jobs.
Cedar Ultra Patio rests atop Inferno Chophouse's roof, making it a breezy dining destination for those passing through the Four Points by Sheraton Victoria Gateway Hotel. After guests settle into the wicker chairs that dot private cabanas, they can sip one of 14 different brews on tap. On weekends, DJs spin lounge music in rhythm with the unified chewing of diners as they nosh on Mediterranean garlic-lemon dip or flame-grill beef. All entrees are made from scratch.
At Cadence Fitness, guests can tone their bodies in core workouts, sultry pole-dance spins, and aerial circus arts without leaving the building. However, the women-only studio isn't a training spot for acrobats?its expert staff invites ladies of all backgrounds and body types to their classes. Owner Amie set out to create a safe and compassionate haven where guests can experiment with movement, whether they are spinning six feet from the ground aboard a lyra or stretching into atmospheric yoga's midair splits. Her programs have been featured on Shaw TV's "The Daily" for their accessibility and benefits, which include having enough strength and balance to tightrope walk while tearing phonebooks in half. Amie and her team also host workshops, parties, and teacher-training seminars, inspiring groups to shed their insecurities and twirl toward empowerment.