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Gaga for the People

Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:00am-12:00pm
No previous dance experience required. Open to ages 16+
Register here.


Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

Batsheva Dance Company will be performing at Sony Centre on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Visit the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Community Classes

Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East (at Front & Yonge)
Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building south of Front Street)
Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to change and sign up so class can begin promptly. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Community Class Rules & Regulations

Community Class Liability Waiver
As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.  

Free Yoga Classes - September 2016 to June 2017
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, breathing and add some calm to your day. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water. 
• Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Tuesdays: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Oct 11, 18*, 25*
Nov 1, 15, 22, 29
Dec 6, 13
Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb 7, 14, 21, 28 (Registration available in Jan)
Mar 14, 21, 28 (Registration opens in Feb)
Apr 4, 11,18, 25 (Registration opens in Mar)
May 2, 9, 23, 30 (Registration opens in Apr)

Thursdays: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Oct 13, 20
Nov 10, 17, 24
Dec 1, 8
Jan 12, 19
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 (Registration available in Jan)
Mar 16, 23, 30 (Registration opens in Feb)
Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 (Registration opens in Mar)
May 4, 9, 23, 25 (Registration opens in Apr)
June 1, 8 (Registration opens in May)

REGISTER HERE

• Registration is free and will guarantee your spot. 
• Drop-in participants are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. 
• Class capacity is 30 participants.
• Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

*A camera crew will be on site to film this class as part of an upcoming promotional video for community classes. We will be unable to accommodate to individual requests to be avoided by the camera(s).

Free Dance Classes - September/October 2016
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Join us on Tuesday evenings in September and October to learn Hip Hop, Bboy, Bollywood, and Dancehall with renowned instructors from Rightfoot Studio, one of Toronto’s premiere dance studios!

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.
• Please follow location and arrival information above. Arrive early to allow time to change, sign-in, and sign our participant waiver.

Tuesdays: 5:30pm-6:30pm
September 20
Bboy with house elements with David Forteau

September 27
Bollywood with Shereen Ladha

October 11
Dancehall with Tekee Karlo

October 18*
Old school Hip Hop with David Forteau

October 25*
Bollywood with Shereen Ladha

Register here 

• Registration is free and will guarantee your spot.
• Drop-in participants are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Class capacity is 40 participants.
• Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

Teachers Information. David Forteau (Sep 20 & Oct 18) and Sheeran Ladha (Sep 27 & Oct 25)

*A camera crew will be on site to film this class as part of an upcoming promotional video for community classes. We will be unable to accommodate to individual requests to be avoided by the camera(s).

Free Comedy Classes - November 2016
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Free Improv Classes with the Second City Training Centre!

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Join us on Tuesday evenings November with The Second City Training Centre!
No previous experience required.
Please follow location and arrival information above.
Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 6:30pm

November 8 - The Second City Improv Drop-In
Have you ever wondered how people get up on stage and make up characters and stories? Here's your chance to get the inside scoop. The Second City has been teaching people to Improvise for over 50 years. This fun 1-hour Intro to Improv workshop is a safe and nurturing environment where you can step outside your comfort zone and learn what it takes to perform without a script. Learn the building blocks of creative collaboration, effective listening and learning to trust your ensemble. This workshop is being taught by one of the Second City Alumni faculty members. No previous experience is required.


November 15 - The Second City Stand Up Drop-In
If your bucket list includes performing Stand Up comedy then this drop in is your first step. The Second City 1-hour workshop highlights the steps to:finding you voice, crafting jokes and punching up a punch line. Learn the different types of jokes and how they're created. This fun workshop let's you find your funny with the help of a veteran Comedy Headliner. No previous experience required.


November 22 - The Second City Sketch Writing Drop-In
Let us unravel the mystery of writing a funny sketch. The Second City has created more comedy writers than any other organization in Canada. We'll introduce you to the building blocks of comedy sketch writing. This hands-on drop-in let's you collaborate with others and actually write the premise and first draft of an original sketch. Learn from the Second City's talented writing teachers with credits on This hour has 22 minutes, Baroness Von Sketch and more. No previous experience required.


November 29 - The Second City Improv Drop-In
Have you ever wondered how people get up on stage and make up characters and stories? Here's your chance to get the inside scoop. The Second City has been teaching people to Improvise for over 50 years. This fun 1-hour Intro to Improv workshop is a safe and nurturing environment where you can step outside your comfort zone and learn what it takes to perform without a script. Learn the building blocks of creative collaboration, effective listening and learning to trust your ensemble. This workshop is being taught by one of the Second City Alumni faculty members. No previous experience is required.


Register here.

• Registration is free and will guarantee your spot.
• Class capacity is 15 participants. To ensure registration is available to all interested participants, please ONLY pre-register if you are absolutely sure you can make it.
• Drop-in participants are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

Free Beyography - December 2016
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Free Beyography!

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Beyography class

Join us in December for two classes of Beyography! Beyography is a tribute dance class where you are encouraged and welcomed to release your inner Diva. In this intensive, two-hour class you’ll learn the choreography to a music video!

Please follow location and arrival information above.
Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 7:30pm
December 6
Beyoncé “Single Ladies” (music video choreography)

December 13
Justin Bieber “Sorry” (music video choreography)

Register here.

Registration is free for participants but we require a refundable fee to register in advance. Simply purchase your ticket for $5.00 to reserve your spot. When you arrive at the class, you will be refunded with a $5.00 gift card from one of the following stores: Starbucks, Shoppers Drug Mart, or Tim Hortons.
• Drop-in participants are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis, up to the capacity of the class.
• Class capacity is 50 participants.

Free Barre Fitness – January 2017
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Barre Class

Join us on Tuesday evenings in January for Free Barre Fitness Classes!

TUESDAYS 5:30pm-6:30pm
January 10, 17, 24, 31

Barre Fitness classes are a blend of pilates, dance, cardio and core strength training. Reshape your body into that of a dancer's, with an emphasis on posture and alignment. Work up a sweat in a high energy and fun class set to music!
•    No previous yoga experience required.
•    Please wear comfortable clothing. Washrooms available for changing.
•    Please bring your own yoga mat for floor exercises.
•    Please bring your own water.

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building south of Front Street)
Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to change and sign in so class can begin promptly. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. 

REGISTER HERE

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - SHARON BURKE
Sharon started taking dance lessons at the age of 6, studied at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and The Banff School Of Fine Arts among others as a teen, and was then accepted into the scholarship program at Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal. After moving back to Toronto to pursue other interests, Sharon fell in love with the Pilates method and has taught pilates for over 10 years. Always looking to expand her fitness knowledge, she has now added Barre work to her teaching curriculum; a perfect blend of ballet and pilates influenced training styles.

Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released!  We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).


Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

Free Spoken Word Poetry Classes – February 2017
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Poetry Class

Join us on Tuesday evenings in February with Toronto Poetry Project, producers of Toronto Poetry Slam! 

The first three weeks in February provide various topics to help learn and craft your own Spoken Word Poetry skills.  The final week will be a Poetry Slam!

•    No previous experience required.
•    Please bring your own paper and pen/pencil.
•    Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2017
(Please review our Eventbrite Registration Policy below.)

POETRY CLASSES

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 6:30pm
February 7, 14, 21

February 7 - Intro to Spoken Word with Dave Silverberg
Class capacity: 30 participants

Want to try this whole spoken word poetry thing? This is the class for you! The artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam and full-time arts educator Dave Silverberg will lead you through several exercises that will encourage you to share your story, use fresh language, include concrete language in your poetry and give you the confidence to perform spoken word on stage.

Dave Silverberg is a spoken word poet, journalist and workshop leader. He has performed his poetry across Canada and Europe, and has brought spoken word workshops to more than 30 schools across Ontario. He is the founder of Toronto Poetry Slam, a biweekly poetry series taking place at the Drake Hotel. He is the editor of Canada's only spoken word anthology Mic Check. His non-fiction work has been published in The Washington Post, BBC News, Vice, Buzzfeed, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, The Canadian Jewish News, Quill & Quire, Broken Pencil and many more. Find him at davidsilverberg.ca

Feburary 14 - Love Your Embarrassment with Cathy Charlie Petch
Class capacity: 30 participants

In this writing and performance workshop we will explore what is supposed to make us embarrassed and learn how to overcome the fears of the stage. Find those parts of you that need to be celebrated despite your fears of speaking out about it. Then learn how to bring that onstage, how to use a microphone, find your light, how to win over the attention of your audience and all the ways you can shine. We will have writing prompts and will read these new creations in a space where we can be proud of what we think should make us feel shame. Let's be unapologetically human together!

Cathy Charlie Petch is a playwright, spoken word artist, haiku deathmaster, host and musical saw player. Petch's new full-length spoken word vaudeville play "Mel Malarkey" has toured all over Canada. They have several handsome chapbooks and "Late Night Knife Fights” was published with LyricalMyrical Press. They have been published by Descant, The Toronto Quarterly, Matrix and Joypuke journals. Petch is a member of The League of Canadian Poets and "The Dildettes" a queer spoken word/comedy troupe along with Regie Cabico and David Bateman. Petch was a member of both the 2011 and 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Teams, was the coach of the 2015 team and is the creative director of "Hot Damn It's A Queer Slam". Petch has done workshops with the Ontario College of Art and Design, The Atlantic Fringe, multiple Canadian Festivals of Spoken Word, with the Toronto Public Library, many schools and other places. They also work privately with spoken word artists. Petch is happiest onstage. Find out more at www.cathypetch.com

February 21 - Performing Spoken Word with Tanya Neumeyer
Class capacity: 30 participants

Guided by Tanya, you will work with the basic elements of performance to take your poem from the page to the stage! Whether you are new to spoken word or an established artist, work your craft in this workshop. Bring a written poem and a willingness to stretch your comfort zone.

Tanya Neumeyer is a queer poet and artist educator committed to access and equity. As a member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Toronto Poetry Project, Tanya performs poetry and offers workshops at festivals, conferences, events and schools across Canada. With the 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam team, Tanya won a bronze medal in slam poetry! www.tanyaneumeyer.com

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Waitlist:
If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released!  We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

SONY CENTRE POETRY SLAM hosted by Alyssa Ginsburg

Tuesday, February 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm
This is the final event of our series of Spoken Word Poetry Classes at the Sony Centre.

  • This event is free and open to the public!  All ages welcome.
  • Cash bar will be open. 19+ must show ID.
  • Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street).
  • Doors: 5:00pm
  • Event: 5:30pm-7:30pm

WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?
A poetry slam is a high energy competition of spoken word poetry. Poetry slams were invented by a construction worker from Chicago named Marc Smith in the 1980s as a way to bring life back into poetry readings and make the audience engaged in the show!

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There are rules to the slam!

•    The time limit for each performer is 3 minutes. Each 10 seconds someone goes over the time, there is a 0.5 point deduction. The times starts as soon as you engage the audience, verbally or otherwise. There are no props, costumes, or musical accompaniment allowed and all work must be original material (samples of your larger works are allowed).
•    Poets are permitted to read from pieces of paper or a device, memorizing the poem isn’t necessary.
•    Judges are selected from the audience to score the poets based on what they say and how they say it (essentially content and performance). Each poet performs their work and has it scored by the judges, the highest scoring poet wins the slam!
•    While most slams have 2 or 3 rounds with each round featuring the same performers, the Sony Centre Poetry Slam will be one long round with an intermission.  This will allow us to give as many people as possible the opportunity to perform.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO PERFORM?

•    Upon arrival, you may add your name to the performer sign-up sheet.  There will be 30 spots available.
•    Feel free to bring two poems! If less than 30 performers sign up, we will have a lottery for those who brought two poems.  You may be able to perform twice!
•    The winner of the slam wins two tickets to a very awesome Sony Centre event!

I DIDN'T ATTEND ANY CLASSES AND/OR I DON'T WANT TO PERFORM, MAY I STILL ATTEND?

•    Yes and Yes! Audience members are welcome and necessary to make this event a success.  Please come out and support local poets of all experience levels.
•    You are still welcome to sign up to perform even if you didn't attend the Sony Centre Spoken Word Poetry Classes.

Alyssa Ginsburg, Poetry Slam host, is an experienced event organizer and booking/PR agent with ties to the spoken word and indie music scenes in Toronto. She is also a founding member of the WordSpell Collective and Showcase series since 2012, a member of the Toronto Poetry Project since 2013 and served as the Co-Chair Communications of Spoken Word Canada. When she isn’t organizing or attending spoken word poetry events, she is working as an activist with the Put Food in the Budget campaign and other anti-poverty initiatives. 

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Free Circus Classes – March 2017
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Cirque Class

Join us on Tuesday evenings in March with Cirque-ability!

•  No previous experience required.
•  Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street).
• Please wear comfortable clothes. Washroom available for changing.
• Please bring your own water!
• Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to change and sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN FEBRUARY 2017
(Please review our Eventbrite Registration Policy below.)

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 6:30pm
March 21 & 28

March 21 - Flexibility for all Levels
Class capacity: 20 participants
Please bring a yoga mat or small blanket for stretching.

Do you want to learn stretches that circus artists use to learn splits and bridges?  Whether you're two feet off the ground in your “splits" or all the way down, this class will have something for you.  Class will introduce active flexibility, passive flexibility and partner stretching.  Cirque-ability puts a strong emphasis on technique and safety while working towards flexibility and contortion skills.    

March 28 – Acrobalancing for Beginners
Class capacity: 20 participants

Come try out some acrobalancing with us! This class uses elements of Acrobatic Gymnastics, Circus Hand to Hand and Acro Yoga.  In addition to learning some fun acrobalancing skills, participants will also learn strengthening exercises that acrobats use to build strength and technique.  No experience required!

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released!  We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

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Free Martial Arts & Self Defense – April 2017
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STQI Performance

Join us on Tuesday evenings in April with Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute (STQI)!

•    No previous experience required.
•    Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street).
•    Please wear comfortable clothing (e.g. yoga pants, jogging pants, t-shirt, comfortable workout shoes or cross-trainers). Washrooms are available for changing.
•    Please bring your own water!
Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in and change. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

REGISTRATION OPENS IN MARCH 2017
(Please review our Eventbrite Registration Policy below.)

TUESDAYS 5:30pm-6:30pm
April 4, 11, 18, 25

April 4 – Traditional Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu for Beginners
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Dao Shi

This is a one hour high-impact traditional Shaolin martial arts kung fu class for beginners. It is a full body martial arts workout utilizing the traditional and authentic training methods of Shaolin warrior monks. The training techniques and exercises have evolved over the last 1,500 years making it one of the most efficient workout regimens today. Benefits are many including stress relief, strong core, cardio, high calorie burn, flexibility, coordination, power, fitness, and overall health. This challenging fitness class is also great fun!

Class activities include:
•    Warm up exercises
•    Stretching
•    Shaolin Kung Fu Stances
•    Shaolin Foundation drills including punches, kicks, footwork, and acrobatics

April 11 – Women's* Beginner Self Defense Shaolin Style
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Rose Stehlik
*This class is open to women and all gender non-conforming individuals.

Solid self-defense begins with a good mental foundation and philosophy.  In this light workout class for beginners you will learn a three step methodology to think about self-defense and become more aware of your surroundings.  You'll learn how to realize danger and react in various situations.  You'll also learn simple yet surprisingly effective techniques that anyone can do.  Finally, you'll be able to take home exercises that you can continue on your own to further train and develop your self-defense effectiveness.

Class activities include:
•    Warm up exercises
•    Stretching
•    3 step methodology
•    Self-defense techniques
•    Role playing

April 18 – Traditional Shaolin Martial Arts Kung Fu for Beginners
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Dao Shi

This is a one hour high-impact traditional Shaolin martial arts kung fu class for beginners. It is a full body martial arts workout utilizing the traditional and authentic training methods of Shaolin warrior monks. The training techniques and exercises have evolved over the last 1,500 years making it one of the most efficient workout regimens today. Benefits are many including stress relief, strong core, cardio, high calorie burn, flexibility, coordination, power, fitness, and overall health. This challenging fitness class is also great fun!

Class activities include:
•    Warm up exercises
•    Stretching
•    Shaolin Kung Fu Stances
•    Shaolin Foundation drills including punches, kicks, footwork, and acrobatics

April 25 - Women's* Beginner Self Defense Shaolin Style
Class Capacity: 40 Participants
Instructor: Rose Stehlik
*This class is open to women and all gender non-conforming individuals.

Solid self-defense begins with a good mental foundation and philosophy.  In this light workout class for beginners you will learn a three step methodology to think about self-defense and become more aware of your surroundings.  You'll learn how to realize danger and react in various situations.  You'll also learn simple yet surprisingly effective techniques that anyone can do.  Finally, you'll be able to take home exercises that you can continue on your own to further train and develop your self-defense effectiveness.

Class activities include:
•    Warm up exercises
•    Stretching
•    3 step methodology
•    Self-defense techniques
•    Role playing

ABOUT DAO SHI
Shi Chang Dao (or Dao Shi) is a 35th generation traditional Shaolin disciple.  For many years he has trained under the careful guidance of Master Shi Guo Song, a famous Shaolin Monk from China.   Since 2011 Dao has opened a school in the downtown Toronto area and has had the priviledge to teach Shaolin philosophy and martial arts to thousands of people across various disciplines including Sitting Meditation, Ch’an Philosophy, Shaolin qi gong, Shaolin kung fu, Shaolin style sanda /Chinese boxing, and self defense.  He has made several television guest appearances, most notably on CBC's feature called Masters of the City, Keepers of an Ancient Culture.  He continues to receive regular martial arts kung fu training from his Master today and is adept in various traditional hand forms including Tong Bei Quan, Xiao Hong Quan, Da Hong Quan, Qi Xing Quan, and Rou Quan. His favourite weapon is the Shaolin Cudgel (staff).

ABOUT ROSE STEHLIK
Rose is a lead instructor of Shaolin martial arts kung fu at STQI Toronto.  Her journey into the Shaolin arts began when she attended the Shaolin Warriors performance at the Sony Centre in 2012 where she met Dao Shi and subsequently joined his school.  Since then she has been intensely training in Shaolin kung fu, gentle kung fu, and qi gong.   She has performed regularly at various events around Toronto including Chinatown Festival and T&T Waterfront Nightmarket.  In 2014 she joined the Shaolin Canada team and competed in the 10th Zhengzhou International Shaolin Wushu Festival in China and was chosen among 2000 athletes to initiate the games in the opening ceremony.

ABOUT STQI TORONTO SCHOOL
STQI Toronto is located in the downtown Toronto / Chinatown area run by Shi Chang Dao, a Shaolin Disciple with a lineage that goes back over 1,500 years.  It is one of the primary schools of Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, an organization overseen by Master Shi Guo Song, an authentic Shaolin Monk from China.
STQI Toronto offers 5,500 square feet of spacious and comfortable environment in which people of all ages, ethnicity, and backgrounds can train and grow in.  With side-by-side classes for adults and children, it is also great for families who wish to train together!  The school features traditional Shaolin martial arts classes such as Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Qi Gong, and Gentle Kung Fu.  Other classes and workshops include Wing Chun, Er Hu Chinese Fiddle, Self-Defence, and a free 2 hour Shaolin Meditation workshop to the public.  What makes this school really unique is its peaceful philosophy and approach to self defense and martial arts.

WHAT IS AUTHENTIC SHAOLIN?
Shaolin is a 1,500 year old culture recognized today for its incredible martial arts.  It was founded in a temple in a young forest near Deng Feng, China.  Although Shaolin falls under Buddhism, we are not a religious institution and instead practice what is called Shaolin Ch’an philosophy.  It is compatible with all religions, non-religions, and spirituality.
Shaolin Ch’an teaches us how to deal with the stresses of daily life and to strive for clarity and mindfulness through meditation.   Shaolin’s teachings continue in Canada through the leadership of Master Shi Guo Song who founded the first registered Canadian charity named Shaolin Luohan Temple.

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! You will be contacted automatically if any spots are cancelled/released!  We will also contact the waitlist if we have any class updates, etc. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We reserve 5 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy: If you have confirmed your registration on Eventbrite and discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email rachel@sonycentre.ca to notify us. After two “no-show” instances, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

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