Art
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: aggv.ca/art-studio; by phone: 250-384-4171 ext 0; or in person: 1040 Moss Street. For more information email studio@aggv.ca. See you in the Studio!


Ballet Victoria opens the season with Ballet Rocks: four international choreographers rock down memory lane with all new works. In December, The Gift, our magical version of The Nutcracker, is accompanied by the Victoria Symphony to celebrate the Holiday Season. In March, more world premieres with The Little Prince and a ballet inspired by Elinor Dunsmuir. Closing the season, Romeo & Juliet to Prokofiev’s extraordinary score played by the Victoria Symphony will stir your soul. A must-see season!

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 kaleidoscope.bc.ca.

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 obrienirishdance.com for more information or email irishdance@shaw.ca.

SKAM School of Performing Arts offers classes in acting, filmmaking, stagecraft, theatre creation, and more! Learn the joys of performance with professional teaching artists. We offer classes for all levels, and classes are kept small for quality instruction. At the end of each term, students have the opportunity to perform their work for an audience. For more information, call 250-386-7526, email kathleen@skam.ca, or head to skam.ca.

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 fulfillment 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 stagesdance.com.

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 victoriaacademyofballet.ca.

Westcoast Academy of Performing Arts offers fun, quality dance classes for ages 3+ in a general or pre-professional setting emphasizing confidence and work ethic. With two performances each season, exam and competition opportunities, there is something for every dancer. Registration is taken all season long online or in person and anyone can participate in trial classes before registering. NEW LOCATION! University Heights Mall—upstairs starting September 2019. All programs and classes will be held at this new location! wapa.dance.

Education Programs
Childhood Obesity Foundation. Learn to Make Changes for a Healthier Family. Join other families with children ages 8-12 who are off the healthy weight and healthy lifestyle path. This free 10-week program involves fun activities and opportunities to discuss different topics that help build skills to: support your family’s health and quality of life; eat healthy and be more active; promote positive mental and social health. To find out more about the Generation Health program visit generationhealth.ca.

Island Montessori House School. Dr. Maria Montessori developed the Montessori method of education with the understanding that each child has a natural desire and ability to learn. The staff of Island Montessori is committed to providing a rich, safe, developmentally appropriate and caring environment, and to establishing rapport with each and every child. Our child-centred program promotes a sense of well-being, confidence and independence. Individual and group activities foster growth in all areas of development. We are proud to have children in our school from a variety of economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as a whole host of abilities and special needs. Our rural location at 5575 West Saanich Rd is beautiful. For more information call 250-592-4411 or visit islandmontessori.com.

Gymnastics
Victoria Gymnastics is celebrating its 40th year and enjoying the success of its two locations—downtown and the newest location near Royal Roads University in Colwood. We continue to provide quality artistic gymnastics for boys and girls ages two through adult, beginner through advanced. Our non-competitive achievement programs provide children with a skill set advantage for all activities. We guarantee our 8 to 1 ratio, offer convenient class times and ensure certified instruction so that your child will excel in a well-structured, fun and safe environment. Visit victoriagymnastics.com.

Music
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, ukulele, trumpet and saxophone. Enrol today! 250-383-5222.

Recreation
Capital Region Female Minor Hockey Association (CRFMHA) is a newly established program offering all-female hockey for girls age 5–20 in Capital Regional District. CRFMHA uses all 13 ice surfaces in CRD with a goal of delivering local programming. No experience necessary! Competitive and recreational teams are named “Victoria Reign,” but we also offer beginner options. Free or low-cost sponsored programs are available for new players and equipment is available for loan.

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 victoria.ca/recreation. For more information call 250-361-0732.

Join Island Swimming this Fall and let us teach your child how to be a great swimmer. Programs for swimmers from 6–18 focus on skill development and learning to compete in a fun and friendly environment. Our professional instructors and low swimmer to coach ratio mean your child improves quickly. Pre-competitive programs are offered at Juan de Fuca and Saanich Commonwealth Pools.
Sign up now for Fall 2019.

Juan de Fuca Skating Club has exciting News. We have developed a new Kinderskate program that is available for 3–6 year olds. Starting September 2019 on Tuesday mornings (9:15–9:45am and 9:50–10:20am). Our JDF Coaches are qualified
professional coaches who have a passion and dedication in training each skater to achieve excellence in their individual skating goals. They mentor skaters with patience, compassion, goal setting, reasonable expectations, and friendship. The Club skates at the Juan de Fuca Arena and offers CanSkate, Power Skating, Star 1–5 & the “New” Star 6–Gold, Pre-Juvenile–Senior Competitive, and Synchronized Skating. For more information please visit jdfskatingclub.com.

Oak Bay Figure Skating Club teaches the Skate Canada CanSkate program which is based on Sport Canada’s long term athlete development (LTAD) principles. Children as young as 3 years old are taught specific skills by professional coaches who are certified through the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). Your child will not only have fun by being a part of this dynamic program but they will be prepared for virtually every ice sport. Registration is ongoing.

Pacific Cheer Empire is a cheerleading training program owned and operated by the most experienced coach/gym owner on Vancouver Island with almost two decades of experience. At PCE we offer competitive and recreational options for ages 3 years to adult and a place for all skill levels. At PCE we believe in offering knowledgeable and safe instruction while making sure to stay true to the fun nature of the sport. For more information on programs please visit pacificcheerempire.com.

Pacific Coast Swimming invites you to become a part of the PCS family this fall. For over fifteen years Pacific Coast Swimming has helped youth acquire valuable life skills, such as teamwork, and water safety, in a fun and encouraging environment. The experienced coaches at Pacific Coast Swimming are devoted to seeing every athlete meet their potential by fostering excellence at each level of development. pacificcoastswimming.com. 250-727-9243.

This Fall, Recreation Oak Bay is trialing a new Swim Lessons & Family Drop-In swim on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3–8pm. Shared space in the small pool and 2 lanes of the main pool will be allotted to family swimming fun. Balls, Mats, and the yellow slide will be available and the blue waterslide will be run at set times each swim. Bring the family and enjoy this new afterschool and evening family swim opportunity.

Victoria Synchro
Westshore Basketball. Westshore Rain is a weekly Under 9-year old program inspired by Timbits Soccer and Hockey. Games-based skill development gives girls and boys the foundation they need to be successful at the next level. Night League teams for U11, U13, U15 and U17 girls and boys welcome all players, regardless of experience or ability. Camps are offered by Westshore Basketball during Winter, Spring and Summer break. Competitively priced and featuring coaches from every level of play, camps continue player development throughout the year. For a complete list of programs and registration, visit westshorebasketball.com.

Exciting new opportunities at West Shore Parks & Recreation this fall. We are currently taking applications for our Indoor Dry Floor for September through December 2019. Current uses include roller derby, soccer, figure skating dry land training, gymnastics, pickleball and lacrosse. We will be installing 10,000 sq ft of a removable artificial turf field and 7,000 sq/ft of a multipurpose Pulastic surface in early 2020. Contact our booking at arenabookings@westshorerecreation.ca for more information.