The teachers at Kindermusik Discovery know that children’s minds are fertile ground for learning. That’s why they use singing, dancing, and instrument exploration to sow the seeds of language development, social skills, and coordination. Rooted in the belief that all children are naturally musical, their program’s research-based philosophy operates on a curriculum whose methods allow children to move at their own pace as they grow from infancy to age 7. Throughout the whole program the educators emphasize having fun. The encouraging atmosphere helps pupils develop a love of music from an early age while also enhancing literacy skills, social and emotional development, math skills, and pattern recognition. Acknowledging that most learning takes place at home, the program also equips students with materials such as books and CDs for taking back to the sandcastles they live in.
After Elaine Halpert graduated from Ryerson University, she worked as an exhibiting fine-art photographer and taught photography classes. With her more than a decade of accrued experience, she refocused her efforts to build her own photography business, drawing upon the many lessons she learned, including the idea that two cameras are better than one. She and a sidekick attend all special-event shoots, capturing as many memories as possible during celebrations ranging from bar mitzvahs to weddings.
Her work emphasizes normal exposure and natural light, ensuring pictures suffused with authentic hues and clear focus. On occasion, she saturates colours by drawing out the brightness of a blue balloon or the stately beiges of a municipal bus shelter. Elaine also varies her lenses to achieve portraits with soft backgrounds and group shots with crisp details.
Bruce and Gabrielle Gorchitza founded Unplugged Music Club Intl. nine years ago, creating an all-purpose musical meeting place where instructors conduct lessons both in-studio and online. Bruce Gorchitza himself specializes in teaching finger-style guitar, bringing more than 30 years of strumming and plucking experience to every lesson. Students can develop percussive talents with piano or drum lessons, study the art of string picking on a guitar, mandolin, or banjo, or strengthen vocal cords until they become powerful enough to shatter the confidence of a delicate champagne glass. Instructors teach genres such as rock 'n' roll, classical, jazz, folk, and hip hop, and the club also stocks a selection of musical instruments and accessories available for sale.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs?teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
Open seven days a week all year, Adventure At Altitude's instructors teach groundlings to soar with the aid of hang-gliders, ultralights, and flying boats. During adrenaline-pumping experiences, guests can share a tandem vessel or pilot their own hang-glider while soaring up to 5,300 feet in the air. Ultralight SkyRides place passengers at the helm of a hang-glider wing powered by a motorized undercarriage. Passengers are welcome to try out aerobatic tricks such as dives, spins, and wingovers, or teach their partners the proper arm signals for left-hand turns in the air.
Professional photographer Bruce Hendricks was the first Manitoban certified by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. He's twice been named Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada ? Manitoba and has earned a long list of other accreditations and degrees. The artist helms his own studio and practices the lessons he espouses on a daily basis?he takes pictures of families and couples during portrait and wedding sessions and directs commercial and industry photo shoots as well. To share his experiences with others, he holds photography seminars to help professional, amateur, and student photographers learn new skills and develop confidence in both the art and the business of photography.