Spring 2019 Instructor Bios & Class Descriptions

Class: Boot Camp

Learn to respectfully challenge your body with various workout styles and intensity options in this progressive fitness class.  Designed for all skill levels, you will experience a combination of heart pumping cardio, strength training, calisthenics, dynamic stretch, and eccentric movements to give a full body workout.  You will notice a difference in your endurance, strength, balance, agility and flexibility.  You will need workout wear, indoor runners, a mat, water bottle and a small hand towel (optional).

Instructor: Melanie Buchko

I was introduced to the fitness industry at a very early age, watching my mom choreograph her fitness classes and tediously create playlists on her tape deck. I remember finally being old enough to participate in classes and thinking that I wanted to provide movement to others.  Now, I instruct my own fitness classes and I am very thankful I do not have to use a tape deck for my playlists.   I have been SPRA certified in Group and Aquatic Exercise since 2012 and I have completed a current Standard First Aid and CPR course. I currently teach with Lead Pilates where I utilize my Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor certification and I also hold a certification in Balanced Body Bodhi Suspension System.  I have enjoyed teaching various classes throughout my 6 years of instruction and look forward to many more years.  I believe in the importance of movement for a healthy mind and body.

Class:  Breakdance

Instructor:  Amine Allaf

Hi! My name is Amine, and I am 26 years old. I’ve been dancing Capoeira since 2004 and Tricking since 2004.

It’s been a great journey of learning and growing. Some of my achievements are: working on shows’ video clips, Redbull, Motorola and many other brands. I also won a championship in 2013 in North Africa.

I had all this experience to myself and I’m willing to invest it into the coming up generations!

Class: Crafts for Kids

Using mainly everyday items and some recyclable materials, participants will complete a variety of crafty creations in this fun-filled class.  If you joined me in the ACA 2018 winter session, expect to see all new projects, including fall mobiles, paper squishies, Thomatropes, salt dough ornaments, and decoupage luminaries.

Girls and Boys, bring your creative side and be ready to cut, colour, and glue. Each student should bring an apron (things can get messy), a pencil and eraser, a ruler, good cutting scissors, a glue stick, and a shoebox (for carrying supplies and projects in).

Parents, you are welcome to stay and observe, and any willing “extra hands” are greatly appreciated. (Parents of students 6 and under are encouraged to stay.)

Instructor: Sierra Banwarth

Hi everyone! I am a mom of one who enjoys reading, crafting, cooking, and floral design. In my childhood, if I didn’t have my nose in a book, I was likely creating something with my hands.  I had a passion for things hand-crafted: sewing, card-making, jewelry design, pressed flower art, collage/decoupage, floral design, painting – I dabbled in it all. Now, as an adult, I enjoy cultivating my daughter’s passion for “arts and crafts”.  I find there is something truly wonderful in our children’s artistic creations and I look forward to sharing the joy and satisfaction they get in the production of these treasures.

Class: Ballet

In each of my classes students will have fun while learning various movements specific to the style of dance. Throughout the session we will put together a short performance which will be shown to parents on the last day of class.

Parents are required to stay outside of the room for the duration of the class. There will be two viewing days where parents are able to come in and watch/video. Students should wear movable clothing, whether that be leggings and a shirt or a bodysuit and a skirt. For footwear they should either wear ballet shoes which can be purchased at for a reasonable price at Once Upon A Child or second hand at Dance Street, or they may have bare feet.

Instructor: Emily Leonard

I am entering my second year of university with the hopes of being accepted into social work. I have danced for 9 years at Studio One and have been teaching for two. I am trained in many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acro, contemporary, and pointe. My years dancing has given me many opportunities such as performing on telemiracle, competing in Hollywood, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. As well it has provided me with many lifelong skills and friendships.

Class: Yoga

These classes are all about exploring, appreciating and honouring your body for what it can (and can’t!) do.  The emphasis is on feeling great and having fun – all the while being gentle with yourself.  A regular yoga practice will help you feel better both physically and mentally.  You’ll feel stronger, healthier, more vibrant, with increased agility, balance and grace.  And you’ll be calmer, more confident and centered, no matter what your day may bring.  This practice brings restoration and healing; it’s ideal for beginners and those with limited mobility as well as for the more experienced practitioner.  You’ll leave feeling wonderful inside and out!

Simply listen to what your body is telling you in every moment and follow its promptings.  The focus is on gentle movement and stretching that just feels good.  Over time, your body begins to open up slowly and naturally on its own, without you having to force anything.  Thoughts become less rigid and there’s more freedom, relaxation, fluidity and joy in all aspects of your life.

Instructor: Dana Harvie

Dana started practicing yoga in 2009 after a particularly difficult period in her life. Yoga was the lifeline she needed to realize that her health and happiness were paramount. After practicing for a few years and seeing tremendous healing in her body, mind and (especially) spirit, she knew that this practice needed to be shared with others! In 2012, she traveled to Santa Barbara, California to study with world-renowned teachers Ganga White and Tracey Rich of the White Lotus Foundation, where she earned her 200-hour teacher training certification. She has since volunteered her services throughout the city, and now facilitates her own classes as well as teaching with ACA.

In addition to sharing the gifts of yoga, she and her wonderful partner, Ron Clemens, also enjoy extending love to the community through their music.