At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Founded in 2000 with the intent of introducing the Toronto community to Latin dance, Soul2Sole now employs a vast team of knowledgeable instructors whose passion for their art permeates every facet of the classes they lead for adults and children alike. Nimble limbed teachers follow a progressive curriculum in each lesson series, building each class on a core of salsa bolstered by a host of equally fiery styles such as Bachata, Cha-Cha, Kizomba, Casino Rueda, Merengue, and Latin Hustle. Throughout classes, instructors patiently impart essential Latin dance skills upon students, expounding upon fundamentals such as rhythm and timing, turn patterns, and smoldering stares.
Each AquaCenter location hosts low-impact Aquafitness classes that help participants improve blood circulation, reduce swelling in injured or swollen joints, or even help decrease water retention. Determined to share its passion for the water, AquaCenter Swim School’s also team fosters a safe environment in which students of all ages can learn to swim and engage in aquatic activities. Along with Red Cross–certified lessons, Swim camps keep youngsters kicking when school is out of session. Under the helm of the certified instructors, pupils dive into the balmy waters of a salt-water pool for lessons that teach essential skills such as treading water and speaking colloquial narwhal.
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At Gymalaya, trainers introduce kids ages 18 months to 10 years to the fun and challenging elements of gymnastics. Two studios maintain kid-friendly workout zones marked by brightly coloured walls and equipment scaled down to accommodate tiny hands, huge imaginations, and average acrophobia. The gym's noncompetitive environment emphasizes fun; although more advanced classes teach difficult skills such as back handsprings and round-offs, all teachers maintain a focus on building strength and confidence.
A line of girls wearing brightly colored dresses painted with Celtic knots dance in formation, their hard shoes clacking against the floor and tightly wound curls bouncing as their fast-moving feet become blurs. Irish dancing has long entranced people all across the world with its rapid steps and colorful costumes. And the Devoy Academy of Irish Dance teaches this art form with a bevy of classes for youths.
Its instructors, Kieran and Dympna DeVoy, have both danced since childhood and have reached top levels of competition. For the past five years, Kieran, who is the principal dancer in the Celtic Dance Company of Canada, has toured with Magic of the Dance?one of the most successful Irish-dance shows of all time?and performing in the lead role.
Now, Kieran and Dympna teach children a blend of traditional and contemporary dances that use both hard and soft shoes. Though many students dance with an eye toward competition, classes accommodate both competitors and dancers seeking a bit of Irish fun that doesn?t require them to hunt down a leprechaun.