After studying under dancing doyens from across the globe and training internationally, Joanna Wills, the owner of Unhinge Dance, turned her footloose proficiency towards pedagogy. Limited class sizes create a comfortable and intimate atmosphere, and instruction focuses on the foundations of dance as much as self-expression, creativity, and merrymaking. Each class takes place once a week: on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, depending on the class type. The Ballet/Contemporary class teaches traditional ballet techniques, and the Hip-Hop course inspires dance floor finesse. Alternately, you can tone up glutes, abs, and jazz hands in the Dance/Fitness class. Though classes are intended for beginners, they can be physically demanding, so wear loose-fitting clothes and bring plenty of water.
To the instructors at Posener's Pankration & Kel Lee's AMA, martial arts is a source of pride. They're honoured to challenge themselves to approach their practice with discipline and self-control, which carries over into their daily lives. The dojo's instructors specialize in pankration, a modern mixed martial arts version of the ancient Greek form of free-for-all fighting. With championships and years of experience beneath their black belts, they also empower students with knowledge and skills in mixed martial arts styles such as muay thai kickboxing and submission wrestling.
The studio's white walls are festooned with international flags and shelves lined with trophies, plaques, and belts. In the corner, piles of mats and pads await their chance to host sparring sessions, the greatest honour for mats and pads. Upstairs, boxing posters blanket the walls, punching bags hand from the ceiling, and the ring stands ready to host matches and the subsequent tea parties thrown for the winner.
Ceroc Vancouver's casual blend of salsa, swing, and jive attracts crowds of dancers every week due to how easy it is to pick up. Focusing not on technique but on fun, Ceroc ushers guests onto the floor to experiment with the simple style that gained a following during its infancy in France. Every party starts with a beginner lesson, during which instructors show the crowd introductory steps; afterwards, a DJ spins music from many different eras to spark a freestyle dance session. Dance nights take place across the city, offering guests the chance to experience Vancouver's different hot spots while grooving with a partner.
Unlike kick-boxercise aerobics classes filled with watered-down kicks and punches, kick-boxing coaches Rocky Anderson and Bianca Salazar at Lions Kickboxing Fitness want students to walk away with the ability to defend themselves. He has adapted competition kick-boxing for the gym, instilling students of virtually all levels with the fundamentals of movement, punches, and kicks, while they burn calories and tone muscles.
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.