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2 B A C K T O S C H O O L , M U S I C & D A N C E … A N D M O R E ! - S U P P L E M E N T T O T H E W I N N I P E G F R E E P R E S S - T H U R S D A Y, A U G U S T 9 , 2 0 1 8 4246 RIDGEWOOD AVE 204-832-1954 Register online at DAYTIME GYMNASTICS CLASSES Ages 18 months - 5 years Professional Division Ballet Academic Aspirant ( P O S T S E C O N D A R Y ) Teacher Training ( P O S T S E C O N D A R Y ) A U D I T I O N J A N 2 5 / 2 0 1 9 Recreational Division All Ages | All Disciplines CLASSES BEGIN: SEPT 9 / 2018 REGISTRATION CLOSES: OCT 1 / 2018 R W B . O R G / R E G I S T E R 204.957.3467 T E W 380 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4K2 After-school excitement sizzles for kids who are eating up the opportunity to learn culinary skills. Not only is cooking an important life skill, it can also be a creative outlet and a way to create connections with others through mouth-watering meals and tasty treats. At The Food Studio, kids' cooking classes are available for two different age groups. Kids in the Kitchen is ideal for youngsters aged nine to 12, while Teens in the Kitchen is suitable for participants aged 13 and up. "They learn how to safely be in the kitchen. We focus a lot on knife skills, especially in the Kids in the Kitchen series because we want them to be able to use knives and other kitchen gadgets and appliances safely," says owner and operator Maria Abiusi. "From there, they learn how to do a whole variety of cooking techniques and different meals and snacks. We try to get them to be confident and creative in the kitchen." Nutrition is a key focus for the students, who get to take home all the recipes from the program. "We focus on cooking from scratch and making healthy choices in their meals and in their snacking times. So instead of going out and buying prepared meals or processed items, they're using real fruits, vegetables and proteins to create something that's delicious and healthy," Abiusi says. "Lots of kids that come are already interested in doing things in the kitchen. Maybe their parents don't have the skills or the time or even sometimes the motivation to work with their kids directly. It's a win-win because the parents get to fulfill their goals but they don't necessarily have to do it themselves." The kids' classes start around 5:30 p.m., so Abiusi tells them to come hungry since they will be preparing and eating supper during the class. "We want to give kids the skills and confidence to be able to make a meal for themselves and to also be able to share that with their family," she says. "We try to introduce an element of ethnicity to what we offer, so we use different spices and ingredients that maybe they haven't tried before. If kids are involved in their own meal prep and deciding what's going to go onto their own plate, they're more likely to eat it." Offering another option for teens, the provincially funded After School Leaders program runs several free courses for youth aged 14 to 18 such as biotechnology, bike building and videography. Through this initiative, kids can also learn to cook and bake at Red River College, which has been a partner in the program since 2012. "They spend 90 hours learning skills related to cooking, baking, commercial kitchen safety and home kitchen safety. They also get WHMIS training. They practise and study for their Food Handler certificate and write the provincial Food Handler exam — and that cost is covered through the program," says Angela Chotka, program manager with the School of Business and Applied Arts as well as the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. "By the time they leave the program, they've got some entry-level employment skills." Since many participants end up getting jobs in banquets and catering, the program offers specialized training in these areas. They also learn about food security, including how to prepare healthy meals on a tight budget. The teens usually attend the after-school program two evenings per week, arriving around 4:30 p.m. for a healthy snack before their class, which wraps up at 8 p.m. Throughout the course, they try their hand at an impressive array of menu items. "Some of the recipes they prepare are things like lemon chicken souvlaki with tzatziki, vegetarian chili, butter chicken and coconut rice, perogies, pizza dough," Chotka says. "On the baking side, they learn to make the pastry for cream puffs, apple pie, dough for scones, tiramisu. They get exposed to a lot." At the end of the year, the students host a reception that provides a hands-on opportunity to apply their learning. "These are real-life skills that are going to stay with them forever," Chotka says. "They gain confidence and knowledge about food and cooking. They're also learning how to work together in a group and share responsibilities." ❚ EVOLUTION DANCE COMPANY Located in Selkirk, Man., Evolution Dance Company provides quality dance instruction in a professional studio space. Home to dancers from Winnipeg, Selkirk and the entire Interlake area, the new 6,200-plus square-foot location features three large professional dance studios, a modern and comfortable lobby and a large change room. For dancers from ages two up to adult, classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, creative movement, pre-dance and adult dance. ISTD Ballet program and exams are available. For more information, call 204- 785-1285 or visit or 200-366 Main St., Selkirk, Man. MAPLES ACADEMY OF DANCE Maples Academy of Dance believes in working hard, having fun and shining like stars! With programs dedicated to bringing out the best in each dancer, our award-winning instructors conduct classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, acro and pointe. Our competitive and recreational programs provide fun dance opportunities for our superstar students, both boys and girls, ages three and up. A staple in Winnipeg's northwest community, Maples Academy of Dance is proud to share the art and joy of dance as a form of exercise, expression and passion for music, movement and life. ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET SCHOOL For almost 80 years, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School has been inspiring young artists and supporting them in the pursuit of their goals. The RWB School is well known across Canada and around the world for providing excellence in dance education. The school's state-of the-art facility, located in historic downtown Winnipeg, is home to the more than 1,500 students annually who make up the professional and recreational divisions of the school. The connection to the RWB Company and the subsequent visibility of students and exposure to the eye of artistic director André Lewis is among the school's many strengths. THE SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCERS Nationally renowned, The School of Contemporary Dancers offers a diverse general program open to students of all ages in an exciting and nurturing environment. The program promotes a rich interconnectedness with the professional dance community. The directors view this as an integral part of providing a vibrant and stimulating environment for the training of students. Committed to fostering creativity within all individuals, the general program of The School of Contemporary Dancers offers a variety of classes for all ages and levels. We invite you to experience the benefits and joy of dance. SPRINGERS GYMNASTICS Springers Gymnastics believes that sport should develop athletic ability as well as enhance self-esteem and physical well-being in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Springers provides a variety of classes for all levels and ages, inspiring confidence and empowerment through movement. Springers has a fully equipped, 13,000-square-foot facility and certified coaching staff for all programs. Our programs are designed for progressive skill development with an emphasis on fun, fitness and fundamentals. WINNIPEG CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC Winnipeg Conservatory of Music welcomes students of all ages and stages of development. Brightly lit and full of music, the WCM is located at 1476 Portage Ave., across from Polo Park. With ample free parking and over 8,000 square feet of rehearsal and performance space, our school is a wonderful place to make music. Our highly skilled and well-educated teachers make music lessons inspiring, educational and fun! Students are provided performance opportunities throughout the year at recitals, concerts, coffeehouses, Winnipeg Music Festival and RCM exams. Private and group classes are available. Please visit our website at in order to learn more or drop by for a tour. "We try to introduce an element of ethnicity to what we offer, so we use different spices and ingredients that maybe they haven't tried before. If kids are involved in their own meal prep and deciding what's going to go onto their own plate, they're more likely to eat it." By Jennifer McFee | Winnipeg Free Press Cooking programs at The Food Studio (far left) and Red River College allow kids to develop important life skills. PHOTOS BY RUTH BONNEVILLE (FAR LEFT) AND HEATHER BECKSTEAD

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