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Hip Hop at Urban Beat Dance


Located in the heart of downtown, it’s a small dance studio that shares the building with another dance studio. Urban Beat is on the second floor – don’t get confused!

You can sign up for hip hop lessons (usually 7 classes, 1 hour long each) online, but you can’t pay over the internet. In fact, it’s only cash only! It comes to $92 with tax, and no receipt either! Not sure what’s happening on the business side of things there, but that’s not my business I guess.

It’s kind of disorganized. You come up the stairs to the second floor. There are no signs or directions for new students. I remember that I was confused the first time I had went (which was over 6 years ago). Although, back then, I remember them setting up a table so you could sign in and pay. This time, it was pay and sign up as you went through the door.

It had been years since I took dance lessons, due to school, work and health reasons. I had been wanting to come back, but it just didn’t work out till now.

The first half of the class is exercise. Stretching and building up strength. I had been worried that I would be so out of shape or wouldn’t be able to follow due to health issues, but was surprised that although I had some trouble following, it seemed I was in much better shape than those who looked like they were in their late teens to early twenties.

The great thing about hip hop classes at Urban Beat is that they teach 2 classes per week. Once you register/pay for one, you can go to the other one for no additional cost. No other dance studio does this! I use to do this to get more practice and a good workout. Tuesday classes are 6:30-7:30pm, while the Thursday one is from 6pm-7pm. Unfortunately, I’m not able to make the Thurs one since I wont make it in time from work…

The instructors are great. Super friendly and energetic. Very patient so don’t hesitate to ask questions! The studio is a bit run down, but for the price and quality of lessons, it’s a great deal.

Semperviva Yoga on Granville Island


I had a coupon to try out the yoga at Semperviva, so I went to the one on Granville Island. The reception/waiting area was a bit small, but it was clean. It wasn’t super crowded, but that could be because it was pouring that evening. However, I guess it was pouring the night I went and tried yoga at Yyoga (see my post of Yyoga), and it was super busy. The yogMandukaa room was super huge. I thought at least 50-70 people could fit in there. Similar to Yyoga, it was trying to cram as many people into the class. There was an older woman who seemed to be having troubles that was neglected by the instructor. The pace was fast, and wasn’t much of the meditation part. It was hard for me to keep up, but this could be because I was still a newbie when I went. I got so dizzy I had to stop several times.

I did like the room. It was really spacious with really high ceilings. Semperviva seems to always have big windows that let in natural light (I had once dropped by to the location on Broadway – for an information session on becoming a yoga instructor. Yup! I was really into it! I didn’t end up enrolling, just because of health related and money issue at the time, especially from just graduating out of design school).

I wouldn’t mind going back to them again. The only downside for me is that they don’t have a downtown location, and their drop in rates are really high at $20/class. They do have a $30 for 30 days, $139 for 10-class pass, and $150 for unlimited month pass, all which are cheaper than Yyoga

I’m curious to know what your experience with Semperviva has been! Let me know~

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Yoga @ Unihealth in Downtown – CLOSED

I started going to this small health centre early spring last year. It was close by, and it was really cheap. It’s hard to rate this, as things have changed since back then.

Unihealth® Group provides the public with very affordable, alternative to deal with health issues without the use of surgery or drugs to healing. Their healing philosophy is derived from a mix of Eastern tradition and Western influence. So yoga isn’t their main focus. It’s just one of the many services they offer.

An year ago, the downtown Vancouver location (they have several locations throughout the Lower Mainland) hosted two or three yoga classes everyday (10-15 classes/week). Now, it has dwindled down to 5 classes in total over a week (7 days). I can not make to 2 of them since they are right after 5pm, and I can not there from work that quickly…which leaves me only 3 classes to choose from.

You must wonder why I still go to it then. That’s because this summer, DealFind had a really good deal: only $99 for a year membership. It meant unlimited yoga for one full year! (they are like $60-70 per month unlimited, or $15 for drop-in)

The yoga room is small, only room for about 10 people. 8 would be ideal. Because space is limited, either book your next class when you are there, or phone in early to book a spot. The instructors are really good, and very helpful. Again, the small class size means that the instructors are able to help individuals with their specific issues they may face during class.

I am hoping they will not completely cut all yoga classes. I’ve very much enjoyed their classes, much better than some of the other big places. I will not likely be renewing my membership, but I still have many months to go until then. Afterward, I’ll likely do drop-ins since I don’t have that much time anyways. Check online at their schedule for when classes are offered near you.

I’ve read on Yelp that a lot of others bought the same voucher, and were very unhappy…so not sure if I can recommend this place anymore. I do agree with the receptionist having an attitude at times.


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Updated review: March 05, 2013
Well, I haven’t gone back much. Since buying the membership I mentioned, I’ve only gone to 4 classes. What a shame. The last time I tried booking, I called, and the main receptionist picked up. It was like 10 past 5pm on a weekday. I wanted to book for that evening’s 6:30pm class. She told me to call and leave a voice message and hung up. She said it in a such a rude way I was totally turned off. If she’s there, why can’t she just simply write me down on the schedule? Is it that hard? And her rudeness has been noted by others that I talked to. Now I am really reluctant to go there again…and my membership is expiring soon. What a shame…


(ratings are out of 5 carrots)

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