Husband and wife team Andy and Wendy Wong first met at the UBC dance club in 1976, joining forces to commence an unprecedented 13-year reign as the top amateur dancers in British Columbia. Finding a dearth of fun, supportive places where people could learn to dance and accomplished dancers could casually hone their craft without crashing local bar mitzvahs, they opened The Grand Ballroom in 1994. Since then, the couple and their cadre of dedicated instructors have initiated more than 16,000 students into the rug-cutting arts. The beautiful 5,000-square-foot dance floor sits ringed by soft blue walls and plush red chairs, allowing dancers to lean back and rest feet.
Stepping to the tune of her husband's guitar, celebrated flamenco performer Rosario Ancer bridges continents with her knowledge of dance. She trained in Spain and toured in multiple countries before opening Centro Flamenco in 1989, where she and her instructors pull from cultural, musical, and choreographic teachings to guide their students. All the while, Rosario deftly walks the tightrope between authenticity and evolution. Her regular travels to workshops and shows in Spain imbue her lessons with history, yet she hopes to see the art form flourish in experimental ways, inciting guests to stretch their creative muscles during classes.
Rosario exposes amateurs and advanced dancers alike to flamenco's commanding rhythms. As her pupils progress, they learn more about the social significance behind the moves, and eventually sync their kicks to stylized guitar strums. Whether they are mastering simple beats or preparing for a theatre piece, the studio sets them on a structured track, which ends when their smouldering glance can set a tablecloth on fire.
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Aradia Fitness provides a welcoming, supportive environment for women of every age and fitness level to explore their sexy side while simultaneously subjecting all sides to a total-body cardio workout. Pole Dancing and Sensual Movement teaches basic sensual moves and pole work over the course of four weekly sessions, allowing students to build on what they've learned from week to week. Classes combine elements of ballet, yoga, and striptease (though you won't be shedding any leotards or turtlenecks in class) to strengthen your core, tone muscles, increase flexibility, and keep you limber. As the seductress embedded deep within makes her way to the surface, you'll engage rarely used muscles, sometimes resulting in day-after pangs of soreness, sudden Facebook friending of said muscles, and a confident new saunter.
In a nurturing, positive environment, the squad of experienced dance instructors at Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts teach ballet and modern dance to instill grace, a knowledge of the art, and a passion for self-expression. Granting twinkle toes to students aged two and up, the rhythm masters create a fun environment in which kids can kick and twist away pent up energy while adults hone a life-long skill or work toward fulfilling a dream of performing The Nutcracker in protest of illegal peanut farms. As an effective means of staying fit, dance classes such as tap and jazz also infuse kids with a love for creativity and a penchant for physical activity that can create a lifetime of healthy living.
Cleverly named after founder and lifelong dance enthusiast Ken Yung, Forever Yung Dance Studio waltzes across the line that separates art and fitness with classes that impart ballroom and Latin dance skills in an exciting, social setting. Experienced dance instructors lead workshops and weekly classes in styles such as tango and samba, inviting beginners and seasoned dancers to find their place in one of several difficulty levels. Even before acquiring their fifth and final toes at puberty, young feet can achieve grace and poise in kids' and teens' dance programs that build confidence and cooperative dancing skills. The studio's calendar brims with classes and social dance parties that give students a chance to practice their footwork and make new friends. Licensed instructor Anna Dodds leads sweat-inducing dance workouts in her energetic Zumba classes, which get hearts of all fitness levels racing in time with sultry Latin rhythms.