"Yoga, Pilates and Dance saved my life," declares Rachel Wainwright on Exhale Studio's website. Her path to these practices was spurred by a particularly rocky point in her life, when she craved a way to feel happy and alive. Diving into yoga, Pilates, and dance helped her feel at peace and more able to listen to her intuition, to such a point that she felt like she’d stumbled onto a secret. Desiring to share this feeling and her passion with others, Wainwright opened Exhale Studio—so named to serve as a constant reminder to release and let go. She gathered a team of like-minded instructors and, through her classes, started helping others to let go and embrace life while they built strength and balance.
In yoga sessions, clients gain flexibility and balance through a series of poses and breathing exercises. Yoga styles include refreshing hatha yoga, dynamic vinyasa flow, flexibility-boosting yin yoga, and tranquil candlelight yoga. They also offer Pilates classes that work to align the spine and build core muscles. Meanwhile, dance lessons help burn calories and build self-esteem while learning dance hall, Zumba, burlesque, belly dancing, hip-hop, and the correct spelling of the YMCA.
Churning out diplomas since 1981, School of Mix sends its students through a variety of structured cocktail curriculums for both interested civilians and those who seek a career in professional drink slinging. Establishments around the Vancouver area and in international locales recognize School of Mix certificates and diplomas as indicative of all-around mastery of bar keeping and maraschino-cherry sculpting. Additionally, 75 per cent of those who finish a bartending or wine education go on to work with the school's event-staffing arm, Mix Event Staffing. ++++++++++++++++++++++++ In rooms packed with synthesizers, computers, and turntables, School of Remix's team of seasoned DJs and production engineers packs students' minds with the latest spinning and mixing techniques and technology during comprehensive courses. Coming from all walks of life and musical influences, the eclectic group of turntablists and producers bands together through their passion for music and talent for passing on their tuneful wisdom. Eyes open anew to software such as Logic Pro and Pro Tools, and equipment such as the Traktor Scratch Pro 2 and Serato Itch gets novices started on the right foot as more experienced students graduate to more sophisticated nicknames, such as DJ Shmee Jay.
Since its inception in 1966, BC Sports Hall of Fame's mission has been to preserve and honour British Columbia's illustrious athletic heritage. The facility packs 100-plus years of sporting history into its exhibits and displays, exalting Olympians, Paralympians, world-class competitors, and championship teams. In the Hall of Champions, artifacts and interactive touchscreens team up to lead visual tours through time; in the Vancouver 2010 gallery, visitors stand atop Olympic medal podiums and sniff Olympic torches for hints of the protein bars that once burned inside them.
Chock full of inspiration, visitors of any age can strap on their game faces and storm into the Participation Zone. There, they rise to meet the challenge and trace the monumental journeys of national heroes like Rick Hansen and Terry Fox while testing skills with a hockey shoot out, soccer simulator and immersadome, all while enduring the pressure of competing in front of an imaginary television audience. The Participation Zone also hosts birthday parties, which, along with corporate functions and other special events, can be held at the 20,000-square-foot facility year-round.
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.
Strengthened by its affiliation with UBC's Biodiversity Research Centre and more than 500 natural-history exhibits, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum aims to foster a deep bond between its visitors and all life on the planet. Dubbed the "Best Collection of Weird Things in Drawers," the Beaty Biodiversity Museum showcases more than two million biological specimens, and among the treasures are a 26-metre long (85 ft.) blue whale skeleton that looms over visitors as they arrive in the atrium. They also have the third largest fish collection in Canada, as well as an enormous collection of fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, and plants from around British Columbia and across the world. Those guests seeking an interactive experience can head to the Allan Yap Discovery Lab or check out a film in the Allan Yap Theatre. Designed by Vancouver-based Patkau Architects, the building also hosts interactive activities in the discovery lab, as well as public presentations and community gatherings aimed at illustrating the interconnectedness of all living things.
The Intro to Photography class is produced by Monte Zucker Photographic Education (MZPE), which provides quality professional photographic instruction. More than 30,000 enthusiastic students of all levels have attended their photographic tours on three continents over the past seven years to learn how to combine the power of technical expertise and artistic vision to create beautiful photos and films. In addition to offering the tours, MZPE produces instructional books and DVDs, as well as teaching in-depth photo-master classes around the world. The 2002 United Nations Photographer of the Year, celebrated photographer and mentor Monte Zucker once stated, "I don’t photograph the world as it is. I photograph the world as I would like it to be." Continuing on in his memory, current instructor Bob Ray teaches with an entertaining, passionate presentation that focuses on learning immediately in class. The experience provides an aspiring photographer a comprehensive set of tools to reach his or her artistic potential.