Kids have fun in the dance classes at Magic ‘N Motion Studio, but its instructors are serious about their craft. Dance and baton programs for kids span the school year and are organized around time-tested syllabuses that include the Cecchetti ballet method, designed to help students create fluid, coordinated movements by internalizing dance principles rather than simply mimicking a teacher’s movements or hairstyle. Whether they’re leaping, tapping, or even baton-twirling, kids can show off their new moves to friends and family during performances at the end of every year and at Christmas. Adults can also let loose and dance in Zumba classes, where certified instructors lead easy-to-follow Latin moves that can be customized for seniors or those who are especially interested in muscle-toning. Each dance room is outfitted with sprung floors that are easier on joints, staving off injuries and wear.
Hepcat Studio was co-founded by Suneil Pandey and Keith Tang, two dancing aficionados who were drawn to the steps and social nature of swing more than a decade ago. Alongside their staff, Suneil and Keith teach the Lindy Hop, the Charleston, an array of aerial tosses and twirls, and several other traditional swing styles during private and group lessons. They also offer DJ services for clients whose parties are in need of a quality sound system, an authentic swing-dancing playlist, and a notarized swing-dancing permit.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs this holiday classic with a sprinkling of Canadian twists, delighting audiences with beautifully choreographed dancing and elaborate costumes. In The Nutcracker, young Clara's Christmas Eve takes a magical turn when her cashew-smashing present comes to life, whisking her away to a fairytale land without dipping into her frequent flier miles. The performance features new, uniquely Canadian scenes, such as a snowy pond hockey game and a battle on Parliament Hill, as well as a dessert stealing bear, a species commonly found in the remote pastry isles of the Northern Territories. The tickets are for rows 29, 30 and 31 in the rear orchestra level of Centennial Concert Hall and must be claimed at the box office by December 22.
The experienced instructors at Kids Etc’s Youth Movement Company introduce tiny two-steppers to the art of dancing with a series of full-day camps designed to teach and entertain. In studios spacious enough to house a 20-foot nutcracker’s tutu, campers sample a bevy of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, and freestyle hokey pokey under the guidance of pirouetting pedagogues and atop raised Marley floors. Arts-and-crafts activities punctuate rhythmic movement sessions, giving neglected hands a chance to shine and allowing feet the opportunity to recuperate after cutting countless rugs into the shape of Fred Astaire’s face. Each session culminates with an end-of-week performance wherein parents can watch their whippersnappers light up the stage and show off their own routine of clapping and videotaping while waving like an encouraging flag. As lunch and snacks are not provided, children must bring along their own comestibles to keep tummies from growling out opposing choreography during class.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.