Toronto Social Dance School's instructors teach students with all kinds of dance experience, ranging from beginners who have never set heeled foot to hardwood to seasoned dancers looking to learn a new style. The instructors must complete a rigorous training program before they can teach, so they are well-versed in a variety of dancing styles. They can teach students traditional ballroom and social dance routines and how to have fun doing the merengue, hustle, and waltz.
In addition to dance classes seven days a week, Toronto Social Dance School also encourages students to practice their shuffling during weekly socials held Sunday afternoons and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Meet Market Adventures propels singles out of the grocery aisles or from behind the computer screen to help them interact with like-minded individuals during a slate of social events and getaways. Throughout Canada and the United States, participants embark on interactive outings such as pub-crawls, horseback riding, and sushi-making classes that encourage mingling and casual conversation. Clients can also head out on longer adventures to the Grand Canyon, the Costa Rican jungle, or to a dude ranch, which, in spite of its name, is not only for surfers.
In addition to attending in-person events, members can also take advantage of free online services such as online dating, personal matchmaking, and advice and articles from dating experts.
Voted the best city spa in 2010 by Chatelaine, sweetgrass spa seizes luxury services back from the exfoliated fists of men by offering its therapeutic treatments to women only in a comfortable environment. During the 30-minute facial, sweetgrass spa’s friendly aestheticians will remove the clutter clogging clients’ skin vents while moisturizing and revitalizing the skin to leave visitors with a fresh-off-the-lot new face shine. The 30-minute relaxation massage eases pain and pressure through firm yet gentle strokes and gliding motions that improve circulation and relieve built-up tension. Arrive early to enjoy the indulgent spa amenities at sweetgrass, including a whirlpool, a sauna, and a pool with an underwater treadmill, as well as towel service and a guest change room with lockers containing spa attire.
Bees’ Knees Dance offers adult dance courses, specifically geared toward beginners, in a fun and low-pressure environment. Students can put their sextet of drop-in dance classes ($10 each) toward either of the studio's timeless styles—jump, jive, and wail through the lighter-than-air Lindy Hop moves of swing dancing, or shake, rattle, and roll through a sock hop of the mind with rock ‘n' roll dancing. The one-hour classes are led by a fearless brigade of instructors ready to take on even the most inexperienced of toe-tappers. And with six to 30 students in the typical class, you'll enjoy social interaction far more pleasant than your ill-fated attempt to hand out free hugs at the zoo. The fall schedule (beginning in September) has classes offered Monday through Thursday, with summer classes held on an abbreviated basis—see the schedule page for up-to-date info on current offerings.
Resting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie Rowing Club prepares budding rowers with a hands-on introductory tutorial and training program on a dry rowing machine. The two-hour Taste of Rowing program commences with a series of how-to videos and an instructive chat with the head coach as paddlers snack on complimentary food. Participants can practice on a four-person Erg Dryland rowing machine, and the last one to get bucked off wins a mechanical bull. After an insightful boathouse tour, club members guide students with useful next steps for securing a spot in a boat and befriending direction-savvy narwhals. The Barrie Rowing Club boasts 20 kilometres of rowable waves and a new dock that is specially designed for handicapped athletes.
At Manhattan’s, when sunlight splashes the interior’s brick walls and rustic wooden floors and the garage doors roll up to reveal views of Kempenfelt Bay, they serve a brunch of eggs benedict, french toast, and sandwiches. At lunch, guests can sit on the patio out front while enjoying a choice between items such as a open-face flat-iron steak sandwich or a crab and lobster burger. Later in the day, the regulars know that the bartenders make a mean martini and last call is a little before 2 a.m. They also know not to mistake Manhattan’s for a bar. At dinner, the restaurant’s chefs serve hearty dishes such as cedar-plank salmon, rib-eye steak, and balsamic-honey chicken.