Island Parent Magazine

From art classes to wellness programs—and everything in between—our community offers many programs, resources and services for families. For more details on the following listings, please refer to the ads in this issue of Island Parent.


Join us for Fall art classes in the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria’s (AGGV) Studio to connect with cool new ideas, techniques and experiment with the creative process! Classes are for a wide range of ages inspired by Gallery exhibitions. Register online:; by phone: 250-384-4171 ext 0; or in person: 1040 Moss Street. For more information email: See you in the Studio!

Artistic Statement Gallery & School of Fine Art offers classes in drawing, painting, sculpture and cartooning for children & adults. We design portfolios for students ages 14 and up to prepare them for entrance into degree and diploma programs in a variety of disciplines. Younger children also benefit from our unique approach, learning specific techniques to further their skill and creativity. Our annual student art exhibit showcases the students’ mastery of art at a level far above that produced by their peers. 250-383-0566.

Dance/Drama/Performing Arts

Arabesque Dance Studio offers Classical ballet instruction for students aged four years to advanced levels. Students develop a sense of artistic line, musicality, grace and agility, as well as focus and technical strength in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Valerie Grant, owner and teacher, is a Licentiate member of the Cecchetti Society of Canada, the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, and Cecchetti International. Ballet examinations are available in the Cecchetti Method. Classes begin in September and finish with a few small performances and a recital in June. For more information visit, call 250-595-3107, or email and follow us on Facebook.

Four Seasons Musical Theatre. FSMT musical theatre classes provide instruction in the skills of stage acting, singing and dancing. We will also cover crew responsibilities and how cast and crew work together. Every child can benefit from learning about expressing themselves, listening to others, moving with intention, and having fun with theatre. Classes run every Saturday from Sept 9th-Nov 4th, from 9am-noon. There is no class Oct. 7th. Visit for more information and to register!

Kaleidoscope’s Performing Arts Studio provides exciting and comprehensive exploration of fundamental acting techniques in a fun and safe learning environment. With over 40 years of experience, discover why Kaleidoscope has been Victoria’s choice in professional theatre education for young people since 1974. Offering classes in acting, musical theatre, film, and television and more. Locations include Victoria, Sidney, Saanich, and the West Shore. More information and registration available online at

Kate Rubin Theatre at SKAM Studios offers young people with a dramatic interest or passion special programs. Courses and camps run fall, winter, spring and summer. The studio is highly regarded in Victoria for running quality theatre programming for youth. We offer something for all levels. At the end of each term, students will have an opportunity to perform their work for an audience! Groups are small for quality instruction. For more information, call 250-386-7536 or email

The O’Brien School of Irish Dance offers both recreational and competitive dance programs for children to adults. Registration is open all year for classes both in Victoria, Nanaimo, and our new location Duncan! Highly energetic classes taught with toe tapping music. Dancers are taught the basics of traditional Irish step dance and ceile dancing (group), as well as show steps similar to those seen in Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Opportunities to perform around the community especially around St. Patrick’s Day! See for more information or email

One World Children’s Performing Co.—a new and exciting community initiative for children ages 8-12 years. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 5:30-6:30pm at Saanich Commowealth Place. Award-winning instructors. Children learn important virtues, dynamic performing skills and the value of teamwork while rehearsing, and performing together for shows in the community. Music Director: Anne-Marie Brimacombe. Choreographer: Laura Lee. Term fees: $150. Phone: 250-882-4339. Email: Website:

Since 1980 STAGES Performing Arts School has offered professional instruction in jazz, ballet, lyrical, tap, musical theatre and hip hop for all ages and levels of experience; preschool to professional. It is our goal to promote self-confidence, self-esteem, and fulfilment in each student. We believe that all students should have an equal opportunity to learn in a safe, non-competitive environment which fosters self-expression, a healthy body, confidence, and encourages responsibility, discipline, inspiration, creativity and pride in their accomplishments. For more information, please call STAGES at 250-384-3267 or visit our website

Victoria Academy of Ballet, is widely recognized as a leading Canadian dance school. The Faculty of internationally qualified and award winning teachers are dedicated to giving  children dance experiences designed to develop imagination, musicality, kin aesthetic awareness and self confidence. Students age 3 to Professional are assisted to develop to their full potential. VAB is celebrated for its sense of community and dedication to developing in students lifelong transferable skills. Like us on FB.

The Victoria School of Irish Dance offers Irish dance classes in Victoria at Dance Victoria Studios, in Nanaimo, and in Cedar BC, for ages 4 years to adults, Beginners to Champion, competitive and recreational.  VSID dancers compete at the world, national and regional level. VSID develops confidence/self-esteem, practical skills and lifelong friendships. The Victoria Irish Dancers perform locally year round in many community events.  Receive a lesson from certified instructors for Jigs, reels, and lots of fun. 250-888-9421.


Victoria Gymnastics provides Greater Victoria with gymnastics instruction that is safe, well structured, and most importantly, fun. Our 7,200 sq. ft. facility, which is naturally lighted and acoustically insulated, provides a learning environment that will allow children to maximize their potential as they move through our non-competitive skills development program structure. Colwood location now open! Boys and girls ages 2-17, beginner through advanced, all benefit from the strength and flexibility that gymnastics develops. Visit.


The Nanaimo Conservatory of Music was founded in 1977.  Operating from its facility at 375 Selby Street, in the heart of the Old City Quarter, the Conservatory provides music instruction to children and adults from central Vancouver Island. The Conservatory prepares students for festivals and all levels of the Royal Conservatory of Music and Western Board exams. All of our instructors are highly qualified and dedicated; many are members of the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra.

Success in music, success in life… a winning combination for your family. The Tom Lee Music Academy at Millstream Village offers professional, friendly instructors, state-of-the-art teaching equipment, in-house performance hall with sound/lighting/stage, plus a wide range of private and group programs for beginner through to advanced musicians. Lessons available on piano, guitar, drums, bass, violin, voice, flute, ukelele, trumpet and saxophone. Enrol today! 250-383-5222.

Victoria Conservatory of Music. Studies show that when children take part in music classes, their social and cognitive skills are impacted in extremely positive ways. Music facilitates learning, instills respects and pride, and increases self-esteem and positive social interaction. Discover our wonderfully creative and innovative collection of music classes at the VCM that will be the start of your child's lifelong journey with music. Call or visit us online today: 250-386-5311 or

Education Programs

CISV is a volunteer organization based in over 200 cities worldwide. CISV’s fun and unique learn-by-doing programs create opportunities to experience the enrichment of cultural diversity, support leadership development, communications and conflict resolution skills, and empower youth to become active global citizens. CISV Victoria meets monthly, youth (10+) participate at community events and explore themes at local mini-camps. International events are available. Information Evening is Friday, September 29th at 7:15 pm at 3730 St Aidan’s Street.

Rendez-vous à la Société Francophone de Victoria! Would you like to practice your French but don’t really feel like sitting in a classroom? Are your kids learning French and need to practice? Looking for some evening activities the whole family can enjoy? We’ve got that je ne sais quoi! Visit to know what is happening at our Community Centre downtown!

Journeys of the Heart Cultural Learning Program (JOH) is a 10-month program for Aboriginal children aged two to five years old and their families. The program nurtures a child’s cultural identity while preparing them for the education system. JOH provides children and their caregivers the skills and tools to promote a positive transition into the public school system. Parent Support: Role modeling, positive parenting techniques, discipline strategies and importance of establishing a routine; Socialization skills: Taking turns and sharing, respecting each other; Seeds of empathy teaching verbalize thoughts and feelings; Moe the Mouse speech and language program. Hulitan Family and Community Services Society. Spaces available this fall at Ruth King and Craigflower Elementary Schools. For more information call Sarah McDonald 250-384-9466 ex 251.

LIFE Seminars, Dr. Allison Rees, offers two eight week courses in the evenings. Parenting Children and Teens and Sidestepping the Power Struggle. These courses are suitable for parents and professionals dealing with kids of any age. The material goes beyond some of the practical tips and into the deeper personal work around our own boundaries, our history and what lies beneath our stumbling blocks. For a life changing experience: 250-595-2649. 


Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre. Back to School can mean busy schedules for the family so don’t forget to make time for fun! We’ve made sure there’s something for everyone: Preschoolers: Tiny Toes Ballet, Art, Soccer, Swimming Lessons, Skating. School Age: Ballet, Soccer, Home Alone, Music, Tennis, Swimming, Skating. Teens: Red Cross Babysitter, Lifesaving/First-Aid, Skating. Adults: Kayaking, Day Trips, Bootcamp, Dance, Swimming, Skating. You can register 24/7 with online registration for Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre programs! Check it out at For more information call 250-361-0732.

Voted #1 Best in the City for 3 years running, Fierce Kids Martial Arts is a comprehensive program designed to instill confidence, discipline and technical skills for your child. Small group classes ensure safety, respect and exercise are a sure thing! Programs run Monday through Thursdays, 4:30-5:15pm, with two age groups: 4-8 and 9-13. Enrollment is open now for Fall Semester. Join us for a free open house, Monday, September 11th at 4pm. Register at

Juan de Fuca Skating Club has Exciting News! We have developed a new CanSkate Program. Exciting new features include a fresh new look, new awards, great tools for certified coaches and most importantly a tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster. The new program also includes specific skills that pertain to hockey, speed skating and figure skating. For more information visit

Victoria Synchro fall registration Synchronized swimming recreational classes start in October: Synchro Kids ages 4-6 Wed 4:15-5:15 pm; Synchro School ages 7-11 choice of Mon, Tues or Thurs evening classes; Synchro for Teens ages 12+. All classes participate in club water shows. Saanich Commonwealth Place. It’s swimming combined with music, dance, gymnastics & drama and it’s a team sport! Fun, fitness & friends!  Website: For more information and to register please email:


Mad Science in your school means students can enjoy several weeks of exciting hands-on activities, fascinating demonstrations, inquiry based discussions, group and individual activities and spectacular take-homes. Our new program Project Earth looks at the science of our natural environment and explores the AI technology and robotics that can help to protect it. Science with us is an adventure! Join in. Check our After-school Camps, Science Shows and Birthday Parties. Book online any time.

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