Studio XII Music and Dance Company is made up of Aspire Dance School—where kids and adults can participate in a combination of dance and fitness classes—and 12 Strings Studios—where practicing musicians have a student-focused approach to music instruction. Dance programs cover ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hip, Broadway theatre, adult yoga, adult Latin, and Zumba while music programs include guitar, piano, and voice.
Professional photographer and experienced photography teacher Jim Slobodian passes on his shutter-snapping expertise during all-day digital photography workshops. During the eight-hour session, shutterbugs learn fundamentals of moment capturing including the use of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, as well as how to use a flash properly and which exposure modes to use in which situation. The grin-capturing guru also teaches students how to compose photographs⎯giving each print depth, dimension, and the right balance of artistic flair and giant chicken suits. Participants also discover how to augment photography equipment with accessories, such as polarizing filters, tripods, and memory cards. The photo professor rounds out the class with a lesson on managing and editing digital photos. Learn how to organize and catalogue photos as well as how to tell the difference between file types and colour spaces.
With 14 years of experience as a registered dietitian, Cathy Langdon—the food mentor—employs her inestimable nutritional knowledge to educate and empower clients to lose weight without relying on the gimmickry of traditional, one-size-fits-all diets. Through a combination of one-on-one guidance, in-class presentations, and peer support, Food Mentor programs help the slim-at-heart uncover the underlying triggers that lead to unhealthy eating habits.
Captained by instructor Kari Soroski, Kindermusik with Kari & Friends has contributed aid to children's cognitive, social, and physical development through musical activities. Play-date sessions lasting 45 minutes encompass the foundational elements of Kindermusik courses, engaging newborns through 7-year olds with movement exercises, sing-a-longs, and composition of original musical pieces for violin and pacifier. As tykes soak up new melodic knowledge, accompanying caregivers absorb information about child development through monitoring and assisting little ones during each lesson. When the class concludes, Kindermusik with Kari & Friends bequeaths each pupil an instrument and card for 10 free music downloads accessible online or at the Willy Wonka chocolate factory.
With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.