The waters of False Creek reach into the city of Vancouver like an arm. For years, the passage of water was used for industrial purposes, but all that changed in 1980 when the city of Vancouver decided to develop Granville Island. One of those developments was False Creek Community Centre.
Today, the centre fills False Creek with an array of recreational boaters, including kayakers, canoeists, dragon boaters, and whale surfers. Back on land, the facility boasts a pottery studio, a fitness centre, tennis courts, a water park with a large kid's area, and a talented staff of instructors who teach programs and classes for kids and adults alike.
Shane Kelley knows her way around cameras. Kelley parlayed her stint as one of the first female photojournalists at large Canadian daily newspapers the Toronto Sun, the Toronto Star, and Montreal Gazette into assignments for Time, People, Newsweek, the Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, and the actual sun. Now as the talent behind Shane Kelley Photography, she leads students through hands-on workshops and immortalize images at affairs ranging from sporting events to live entertainment performances.
When doctors told Joey and Darryl Simon that their son Jet’s premature birth could result in learning disabilities, the couple immersed him in the world of art as a means of helping him overcome any educational obstacles. Their tutelage and care paid off, resulting in an impressive array of paintings from their child at a very young age. Jet’s talent and creativity inspired his parents to establish 4Cats Arts Studio in hopes of unleashing the inner artists of other children as well as adults. The Simons accomplish this mission through hands-on sessions in mixed media, painting, and Artist Focus classes, which concentrate on the histories and styles of certain artists, such as Picasso’s cubism and Andy Warhol’s self-portraits of soup cans.
The partnered swing classes at Rhythm City Productions take students back to the big-band era, when the lindy hop was trendy and jazz was a new art form. The studio's introductory sessions focus on the fundamentals of rhythm and movement, whereas more advanced sessions hone in on technique. Students can also practice new moves at the studio's casual weekly dances and groove to live music at monthly band nights.
At Bootcamps Vancouver, dedicated and disciplined trainers inspire members to dig deep and work hard as they forge a fit and healthy body. Intense fitness classes take place outside, where participants work up a sweat performing lunges with medicine balls held overhead or kettlebells clasped in their hands. The trainers have experience in a host of fitness disciplines—CrossFit, krav maga, Olympic weightlifting, and competitive copper chewing. They emphasize core strength and proper form as they challenge campers to improve strength, agility, and coordination with each class.
At Asheida Music Company, an experience pianist and certified vocal instructor through the Institute for Vocal Advancement helps aspiring singers find their own style and hone their voices with one-on-one singing lessons. In addition to her on-location lessons, she teaches far-flung students via Skype.