A born and raised Winnipegger, Taryn Young became so enamoured with Turbo Kick workouts that she travelled to the United States to become a certified instructor. Now back at home, Taryn leads groups through blistering, up-tempo sweat-sessions that can burn up to 1,000 calories per class. During each Turbo Kick workout, Taryn transitions effortlessly from jabs and roundhouse kicks to simple to execute dance moves, powered along the way by the thumping beat of modern dance music.
Casting off traditional gym formulas, Vivacity Fitness's curriculum focuses on alternative, fun classes that bolster health without monotonous exercise regimes. Kassy Bouchard, a certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, helms a team of certified instructors whose varying specialties come together in a schedule of diverse, distinctive classes. Boot camps jump-start fitness programs with cardio and weight-training routines geared toward everyday exercisers. Meanwhile, kickboxing and Zumba get hearts pumping with quick, invigorating movements, while pole dancing forges inner strength and outer confidence with strength- and flexibility-building choreography.
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.
Founded by ex-cop and child-safety expert Samantha Wilson, Kidproof educates parents and children across North America on issues of family safety. Each seven-hour babysitting training class, which begins at 10 a.m. and carries on until 5 p.m., gives youngsters ages 12–15 a solid foundation in basic sitter knowledge and rudimentary tube-sock ventriloquism. In addition to confidence-building child-care tips from Kidproof's babysitter experts, students receive two hours of first-aid tutoring. Graduates of the daylong class leave having learned how to safely find a babysitting job and how to look after children of all ages. Take-home goodies include a babysitter handbook, a wallet-sized babysitter training-completion card, and a state-of-the-art babysitter teddy bear finder. Kidproof requests that pupils bring along a lunch containing no nuts or candy, a teddy bear or doll about the size of a baby, and a pen and paper.
In his 30 years as an artist, Guy St. Godard has used watercolour to capture the vibrant landscapes of such reaches as Vancouver Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador. A graduate of the University of Manitoba, his works are vividly shaded celebrations of nature, depicting tranquil waterways and nostalgic farmlands populated by rusted, forgotten trucks. Guy has also turned his talents to teaching for the past six years. During lessons, he instructs small groups in the fine techniques of brush strokes and how many licks it takes to prepare a watercolour palette. He continues to travel to shows, and his works are displayed in private collections across Canada, the United States, and Germany.
In June 2009, certified yoga instructor Stacy Schroder began operating Serene Yoga Studio out of her home, imparting the knowledge she gathered as a student at the Yoga Centre of Winnipeg. She has now expanded the studio to its own riverfront space, and her staff of certified instructors has blossomed along with it, much like a bud blossoms into a fully trained house pet. The expanded roster and studio space facilitate a flexible schedule of classes with options for yogis of all experience levels, including beginners, experts, and pre-natal.