The "LT" in LT Dance Studio stands for "live to," "love to," and "learn to," hinting at the studio's welcoming attitude for dancers of all ages and skill levels—whether they're just starting out on the dance floor or seasoned steppers looking to hone their skill. The faculty of seasoned instructors draws from a wide range of backgrounds in dance, from contemporary modern, jazz and hip hop, to ballet and pointe. Students as young as 2 years study the mystifying movements of tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop and adults of any age build strong, flexible bodies by mastering these styles along with contemporary and lyrical dance.
Standing at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific’s birds, bees, and butterflies attraction, you’re liable to see all sorts of winged creatures descend upon the exhibit’s thriving canvas of blues, pinks, purples, oranges, and yellows. This is just one of more than 30 distinct areas designed and planted to showcase a wide range of gardening techniques, specifically those suitable for the Pacific Northwest.
The Centre’s nine acres of gardens feature more than 10,000 varieties of plants, most of which are labeled so they don't have to introduce themselves. You can explore the lily garden, the herb garden, and even internationally inspired Japanese and Mediterranean gardens. But because it has a total of 103 acres at its disposal, the Horticulture Centre offers more than just plants. It also boasts a bistro, a college for aspiring horticulturists, and even a library filled with more than 2,500 landscaping- and garden-related books and magazines.
Equipped with an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the experienced instructors at Fine Art Bartending School lead their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive eight-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills, teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. Students can opt for a training course on the widely used Squirrel point-of-sale (POS) system, held on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., for $65 plus HST. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
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.
It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.
The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.