Winter 2017 Classes

happy-new-year-2017 Yoga Pilates Fusion
Bizz’s Home Studio, 690 Little Grey
Wednesdays 6-7pm (resumes Jan 11)
Saturdays 11am-12pm (resumes Jan 14)
$15 Drop In | 4 for $50 | 8 for $80
*Note: Class passes must be used within 60 days of purchase

Ballet Babes: New Day & Time
Easy ballet basics for adult beginners
DSN Drop-In Centre, 236 Dundas
Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm (starts Jan 14)
$15 Drop In or DSN Class Pass
Visit the Schedule page for details and for pricingPrivate Lessons are all about YOU
Treat yourself to some “me-time” and get all the benefits of my group classes tailored specifically to your needs and your schedule. I’ll design a custom program just for you that will help you reach your goals and solve any movement issues, and deliver it with a smile and some belly laughs. Email me at to ask questions or book a session.

Welcome to my New Website:
This is the place to learn about all the things I do, read my intermittent blog posts, check out my favourite recipes and try my free workout videos! It’s still a bit of a work in progress but the class schedule and descriptions are up to date.

Winter Squash Soup

A deliciously warming soup packed with garlic, spices and vitamin C to boost your immune system in the winter months.

1 Butternut Squash
1 Acorn Squash
2 Apples, peeled
2″ piece fresh Ginger
4 cloves Garlic
1 large Carrot, peeled
1 large Potato
5 Tbsp. Coconut Oil, divided
1 tsp. Sage
1/2 tsp. Tumeric
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cardamom
1/2 tsp. Cloves
Salt and Pepper
4-6 cups Chicken Broth

20150107_1237381. Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, and scoop out guts and seeds. Coat with coconut oil, and place cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

2. Dice apple, ginger and garlic. Place them in a medium bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons oil and spices, then spoon into squash cavities.

3. Chop potato and carrot into 1″ pieces. Toss with another tablespoon of oil in the bowl used for squash filling to coat with remaining spices. Spread on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Roast both pans for 40-60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all vegetables are tender when pierced with a fork.

5. Using a blender or food processor, purée all ingredients with broth until smooth.

Bizz’s Famous Oatmeal Cookies

This fun twist on the classic Canadian Living recipe includes chia seeds for great texture and added protein.

2/3 c. softened butter/margarine
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 2/3 c. rolled oats
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. raisins

1. Preheat oven to 375ᵒF. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla until fluffy.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add chia seeds, chocolate chips and raisins, plus any other add-ins you’ve chosen.

3. Add dry ingredients into wet, stirring just until combined.

4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls on parchment-lined cookie sheet.

5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden. Makes about 36 cookies.


Ballet for Boomers and other Beginners starts Nov 7!

img_1960-cropWoohoo! By popular demand I’m launching an Easy Ballet Class in November.

Mondays 7:30-8:30pm, November 7 to December 19, 2016
DSN Drop-In Dance Centre, 236 Dundas Street, 2nd floor
Fall special: All 7 classes for $70, or Drop in $15

Come out and experience the joy of ballet! This easy class is open to beginners, boomers, and aspiring bun-heads of all kinds. Men and women are welcome, no previous experience required.

In this fun and flowing class we’ll focus on creative expression while moving with poise and grace. A gentle workout for both body and brain that will challenge your memory with patterns and simple choreography. Bizz will guide you through basic ballet technique and positions of the arms and legs. You’ll learn barre and centre work, as well as port de bras (arm movements) and traveling steps. There will be no jumping in this class and only minimal turns.

What to wear? Leggings or yoga pants that show your feet and ankles, with a fitted top or leotard. Ballet shoes are recommended but not required. Skirts may be worn as long as they don’t restrict movement.

Questions?  Contact

Time to get your ass (and your sass) back to class :)

Get-your-ass-back-to-class-Sept-2016Whoa! It’s September already!

Come and get your ya-yas out with some yoga and pilates, some deep breaths, a few good swears and a lot of laughs! I’m look forward to welcoming some new faces into our zany fold this fall.

Basement Fusion classes will resume on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, and Saturdays from 11am-noon. Classes begin September 7 and run through December 10, and there will not be a class on Saturday Sept. 24th. Prices are as usual: $15 to drop in, 4 for $50, or 8 for $80.

For anyone interested in getting their groove on, I am also teaching Contemporary Dance on Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm at the DSN Drop-in Centre (236 Dundas St). This is a class for adults of all levels, and beginners are definitely welcome. Drop me a line if you have any questions, or get more details here.


Come dance with me!

I am super excited to be offering a contemporary dance class for the first time in many years. This week’s lesson will be all about Contract & Release (what some would call the foundation of modern dance). Come out and free your spine!

Thursdays 6-7pm, July 7, 14, 21 and August 4
DSN Drop-In Dance Centre, 236 Dundas Street, 2nd & 3rd floors
Beginners welcome! Questions?
$15 Drop in rate, no pre-registration required.

Adult-Contemp-summer-flyer-v2The new Dance Social Network Drop-In Dance Centre has many amazing classes happening all summer, and if you purchase a pass it will get you into ALL of them! Passes are 4 classes for $50, or 8 classes for $80, and they expire the same month they are purchased. (That means that you can’t get all four of my classes for $50, but you can try something new in July if you buy a pass!) Drop ins are $15, and you don’t have to commit to registration for consecutive weeks.

Join Bizz for a four-week adventure through a range of contemporary dance styles.  An unconventional mix of exercises drawn from modern, ballet, yoga, pilates and somatic practices will follow the traditional progression from floor to centre and on to traveling steps and choreography. You’ll challenge both your body and mind with fun improvisations and soulful combinations set to great music. This class is open to all levels.

Dance with me!

Adult-Contemp-summer-flyer-v2Contemporary Dance for Adults

Beginners welcome!
London’s Dance Social Network studios (O.N.E. Hip Hop)
236 Dundas St, 2nd floor
Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm
July 7, 14, 21 & August 4
$15 per class

This class will be part of the London Dance Social Network’s summer drop-in schedule. You can purchase a class pass to get access to many other classes each week, see DSN’s facebook page for more info.

Join Bizz on a four-week adventure through a range of contemporary dance styles.  An unconventional mix of exercises drawn from modern, ballet, hip hop, yoga and pilates will follow the traditional progression from floor to centre and then on to traveling steps and choreography. You’ll challenge both your body and mind with fun improvisations and soulful combinations set to great music. This class is open to all levels, beginners are welcome. Questions?

Let the Sun Shine!

Bizz’s Summer Class Schedule

This summer I’m offering a few classes in Yoga, Fusion AND Contemporary Dance!Drop ins are welcome, please see the schedule and fees below.Questions? bizzvarty@gmail.comYoga Pilates Fusion

Wednesdays 6-7pm
July 13 & 20 and August 3 & 10
Bizz’s Basement
$15 per class | 4 for $50 | 8 for $80
(can be used for any Basement class)

Contemporary Dance for Adults
(beginners welcome)
Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm*
July 7, 14, 21 and August 4
O.N.E. Hip Hop studio, 236 Dundas St.
$15 per class*
*updated June 28

Lunch Yoga
Fridays 12-1pm
July 8, 15, 22 and August 5
Downtown Yoga, 236 Dundas St.
Drop ins $15

Yoga Pilates Fusion
Saturdays 11am-12pm
July 9, 16, 23 and August 6
Bizz’s Basement
$15 per class | 4 for $50 | 8 for $80
(can be used for any Basement class)


In the Basement – That’s where it’s at!

In-the-basementHi all,

The next session of classes in my basement studio will begin next week and will run for 6 weeks this time around. For anyone with unused pre-paid classes, the extra weeks should give you a chance to use them up (I’ll send a separate email to let you know if you have any).

Here’s what you need to know:
-Wednesdays 6-7pm: May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22
-Saturdays 11am-12pm: May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25
-Prices: 4 classes for $50, 8 for $80 or $15 to drop in

Please note that you don’t have to wait for the beginning of a new session to join in the fun, just send me a message when you’re ready and you can get started!

Feel free to pass this email along to anyone else you think might be interested.

Finally, a heads up that there will be NO CLASSES between June 27th and July July 10th. I will be preparing for and recovering from this year’s FLUX Dance Festival

See you soon!

PS: Do you know that Etta James song “In the Basement”?