It’s free Demo Week at the Tait McKenzie Centre

Want to get active without opening your wallet? Feel like dancing or swimming? In the mood for some yoga or tai chi?

Recreation York is offering an opportunity for you to try out a host of activities at the Tait McKenzie Centre during York’s free Demo Week, Jan 7 to 13. A wide range of classes will be offered at no cost during this special week. Whether it’s martial arts, tennis, swimming or yoga, it’s all free for one week.

Right: Pilates will be one of the free activities offered during Demo Week at the Tait McKenzie Centre. Photo by Rita Abiog.

There are a number of new winter activities debuting this week. Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that help you dance away your worries while getting fit. Krav Maga is an eclectic self-defense and military hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel. Russian Systema is a Russian martial art designed to be highly adaptive and practical. It uses drills and sparring instead of set choreography. Yoga Meditation Techniques and Yogalates enhance the traditional Yoga experience.

Drop in to the Tait McKenzie Centre at York’s Keele campus to sample any of the classes listed below.


  • Aqua-fit
  • Swimming Lessons


  • Argentine Tango
  • Ballet
  • Ballroom
  • Belly
  • Cardio Hip – Hop
  • Cardio Salsa
  • Caribbean Soul
  • Hip – Hop Challenge
  • Latin
  • Modern Dance
  • Swing
  • Zumba


  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Skating
  • Hockey


Martial Arts

  • Capoeira
  • First Line/Defence (women only)
  • Krav Maga
  • Kerala
  • Mixed Martial Arts/Grappling
  • Muay Thai
  • Russian Systema
  • Shaolin Kempo Karate

Mind/Body Fitness

  • On-the-ball
  • Pilates
  • Power Yoga
  • Yoga Basics
  • Hatha-restorative Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga Meditation Techniques
  • Yogalates

Spinning & Circuit Plus

  • Circuit Plus
  • Spinning

For more information, as well as the complete schedule for Demo Week, call the Tait McKenzie customer service desk at ext. 55185 or visit