Clowns juggle balls, trained poodles assemble into a line, and aerial gymnasts soar on the trapeze, and that’s all before the bride cuts the cake. Wonderful World of Circus’s artists unfurl high-flying spectacles at weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. From acrobats to tightrope walkers, their local and international performers showcase feats of derring-do at private events and shows for the general public, which combine acrobatics and dance to tell stories.
Extending a hand through the fourth wall, Wonderful World of Circus brings kids and adults into the circus to learn these skills for themselves. Trapeze bars, silks, and rings hang down from the training centre's walls. Here, colourful mats and padded floors cushion students as, guided by professional circus performers, they flip through the air like Superman MMA fighting a flock of evil geese. Back on the ground, instructors teach other skills such as juggling and break dancing. Aside from its standard classes, Wonderful World of Circus hosts birthday parties, children's camps, and school field trips at the centre.
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.
At Gymalaya, trainers introduce kids ages 18 months to 10 years to the fun and challenging elements of gymnastics. Two studios maintain kid-friendly workout zones marked by brightly coloured walls and equipment scaled down to accommodate tiny hands, huge imaginations, and average acrophobia. The gym's noncompetitive environment emphasizes fun; although more advanced classes teach difficult skills such as back handsprings and round-offs, all teachers maintain a focus on building strength and confidence.
The coaching staff at Anti-Gravity Trampoline trains students in the aerial arts on the indoor gym's floor exercise area, four olympic-size trampolines, and one double mini-trampoline. Coaches help beginners hone basic jumping skills and develop strength, flexibility, and coordination; they also teach more advanced manoeuvres that could help students evade the shadows sewn to their feet. When not leading classes, instructors conduct full- and half-day children's camps filled with trampoline practice, games, and crafts. Anti-Gravity Trampoline will open a new location in August with full air conditioning.
Julia and Alex, the parents-of-three who operate The Little Gym in the Rochester location, help children develop athletic skills and self-confidence through programs that incorporate movement, music, and learning exercises. The curriculum emphasizes motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, young ones can develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually in a positive, nurturing environment. The Little Gym also was named the number-one chain at which to hold children's birthday parties by Parents magazine.
Travis Stirrat knows what it takes to be a great cheerleader?he's been one for more than a decade. In addition to winning national championships with his various squads and representing Canada at the ICU Worlds competition, the owner of Dynasty Cheer Academy coaches and judges the sport throughout North America. He uses this experience at DCA, where he helms classes that focus on flexibility, stunts, jumps, and tumbling. And he and his staff don't stop with classes. They also run a competitive cheer program that has received bids to compete at the US Finals and the Cheerleading World Championships. Meanwhile, their recreational cheer program introduces all ages to the sport, helping participants boost cardiovascular endurance and their ability to work within a team.