At Harbour Dance Centre, aspiring hoofers trip the light fantastic under the tutelage of a world-renowned faculty that helped make the facility the Best Dance Studio in Vancouver in 2010, according to the readers of Georgia Straight. The studio's schedule abounds with more than 95 drop-in classes, separated into seven different levels so no neophytes need feel uncomfortable or overbust their moves. Students can strike picturesque poses in ballet, throw down serve-worthy hip-hop moves, and express their inner happiness and hunger pangs via modern and contemporary movements. Untraditional dance styles such as funky street jazz and sultry burlesque belly dancing provide a fun retreat from the common kick-ball-change, and yoga classes keep dancing bodies in tip-top form.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs?teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. 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.
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.
An accredited institution of higher learning that intertwines its curricula with the fine arts, Pera College helps students hone their creativity while becoming proficient in the English language. Modest class sizes allow students to absorb coursework without lining their backpacks with sponges as they take steps toward becoming operatives in fields such as business, hospitality, and customer service. The institution's combination of language learning with fine arts improves students' breadth and depth of communication while honing a new skill. Weekend workshops in drawing, painting, and photography also allow non-ESL students to tap into Pera College’s experienced, diverse faculty.:m]]
Urban BodyWorks' certified staff helps workout warriors shed pounds and sculpt physiques by targeting muscles groups with pulsating electronic muscle-sculpting technology. Designed to stimulate targeted brawn mass, the rhythmically oscillating faradic waves penetrate problem regions such as the stomach, buttocks, and thighs to provide muscles with a much more intense session than can be achieved during a normal workout routine or nap on a washing machine. Ideal for fitness enthusiasts already in shape but looking for more definition, electronic muscle-sculpting claims to exhibit results after one session, while a series of 10 may lead to dropping a whole dress size. To bolster the battle of the bulge while reshaping bods, half-hour infrared sauna sessions burn up to 600 calories while clients relax. The deeply penetrating infrared heat also works to boost metabolism and circulation while toxins and impurities high-tail it out of the body via healthy perspiration. Other advantages include reducing rigidity in joints, evicting stress, and sweating off embarrassing tattoos.
While other kids were laughing at the funny pages, John Seville was thumbing through the business section. Exposed to the market at a young age, the entrepreneur and CEO of Acorn Wealth Corporation has spent more than a decade honing his trading techniques and lets his students in on his secrets in online and in-person stock-trading classes, and was recently featured on CNN's "Money for Lunch" radio show. Specializing in swing and short-term trading, the instructors focus largely on timing: when to buy, when to sell, when to walk away, when to run, and when to quote “The Gambler.” Many courses are designed for small groups, and others take a personalized approach in one-on-one sessions.