Outside view of Benson Centre, building is grey, red and whiteThe City of Cornwall is committed to offering recreation, leisure, and arts programs for the entire family. Whether its an art, sport or social activity, you'll find something on this page that everyone can enjoy.

Browse the tabs below to learn more about each program, or use the table below to go directly to program details.

Adult Badminton Youth Basketball Adult Improv & Acting Ballroom Dancing Lessons
Adult Tennis Youth Floor Hockey Junior Acting Contemporary Dance
Adult Table Tennis Youth Painting & Drawing Youth Drama Tiny Tots Crafts
Adult Pickleball Youth Tennis & Badminton March Break Activities Arts and Crafts
Ultimate Indoor Frisbee 3 on 3 Hockey Sportball Social Duplicate Bridge
Stroller Babes NERF Battle Little Chefs Gentle Yoga
High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T. )      

 

March Break Activities

Stay busy with the City of Cornwall during March Break!

Click here for the public skating schedule.

Click here for the public swimming schedule.

Click here for the March Break Program Flyer  

Green and white registration form for March Break activities

The Recreation Department of the City of Cornwall will be offering a wide range of activities during the March Break to keep you and your family busy!  Some of the possibilities include:

Registration for March Break Programs such as NERF Battle, St. Patrick's Day Crafts, Zumba for Kids, Youth Soccer and Drumming at the Benson Centre and Aquatic Centre.  For more information on these programs please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898.

Click here for the registration form.

Fieldhouse Walking & Jogging During March Break

Visit the Ed Lumley Arena Hall at the Cornwall Civic Complex for a walking or jogging session. The arena is open to walkers and joggers from 7 am to 9 pm every day (except in the evenings when a Cornwall Colts hockey game is scheduled). Walking and jogging at the Benson Center will be interrupted due to the holiday schedule for March Break.

We encourage walkers / joggers to use the hall of the Cornwall Civic Complex as an alternative venue.

NEW!  Children's Dance Lessons
Spring Session: Tuesday Evenings

Ages 6-12

A beginner contemporary class influenced by ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern techniques.

Classes will consist of a warming-up which includes; stretching, limbering, strengthening, co-ordination, alignment and articulation exercises.  Moving forward to the body of the class we will explore movement exercises that engage dynamics, mood, intention, imagery, levels, travelling, timing, and more.  Floor-work while seated, lying, standing and travelling will incorporate exercises enhancing foot, leg, hip, spine, arms and hands articulation, postural alignment, core support, use of breath, weight distribution, full body co-ordinations and releasing of unnecessary tension for fluidity. Class will close with creative play, improvisation and learning choreographed sequences together in unison and in groups for potential performances.

Click here for Children's Dance Registration Form

 NEW! Ultimate Indoor Frisbee

Ultimate (a.k.a. Ultimate Frisbee) is a fast-paced, non-contact team sport that combines the throwing and catching skills of football with the non-stop, open field movement of soccer, and the stop/start offensive/defensive play of basketball. It is played by hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries worldwide. Whether you already have multiple disc throws in your arsenal or you're just learning the game, please come out and join us indoors at the Benson Centre this season. Come and enjoy Ultimate this winter at the indoor field Benson Centre.

 Date Monday Evenings
 Time 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Spring Session

March 11 - May 13, 2019 (10 Weeks)

 
 Age  18+  
 Fee $50 for 10 weeks (drop-in fee $8)  
 Location Benson Centre Fieldhouse  

Click here for Ultimate Frisbee Registration Form 

Please note cleats are not allowed in the Fieldhouse.

For more information on the Ultimate Frisbee program, please contact 613-938-9898 x 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

 

 NEW! Adult Pickleball 

If you are looking for a chance to try out the sport of pickleball, the City of Cornwall is offering an open play each Sunday evening this fall. This program goal is strictly for enjoyment, It will provide participants with the opportunity to play Pickleball with other participants of varying skills. Please Note: No formal instruction is provided and we suggest that players bring their own paddles and balls. We do have a limited number of wooden paddles if needed. Participants should wear athletic shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable clothing. Four Pickleball nets will be set up each week.

 

Date Sunday
Time 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location Benson Centre Indoor Court
Age 16+
Fee $5/night (maximum 24 players per week)

For more information, please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 x2.

 NEW! Sportball - Sports Instruction for Kids 

Sportball - Sport Instruction for Kids

Spring 2019

A Unique Multisport Program for Children

 

Ages 16 Months to 6 Years

9:00 a.m.  Multisport 16 months - 30 months Free parent and child trial class for kids 16 - 30 months of age

Refine, rehearse, repeat. Multi-Sport classes are the heart of Sportball programming. Coaches focus on the basic skills common to all sports, like balance, coordination, stamina and timing in a fun, supportive, non-competitive setting that emphasizes teamwork. Each class focuses on one of eight different popular sports: hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis.

 

10:00 a.m. Multisport 2 - 4 years Free parent and child class for kids 2 - 4 years of age

Sportball Parent & Child / Me & My Dad programs help pre-schoolers to refine their motor skills, such as balance and coordination, as well as develop their social skills such as confidence, following instructions, turn-taking and sharing. Coaches introduce a different sport each class using developmentally appropriate games and activities.

 

10:50 a.m.  Multisport 3.5 - 6 years Free trial class for kids 4 - 6 years of age

Refine, rehearse, repeat. Multi-Sport classes are the heart of Sportball programming. Coaches focus on the basic skills common to all sports, like balance, coordination, stamina and timing in a fun, supportive, non-competitive setting that emphasizes teamwork. Each class focuses on one of eight different popular sports: hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, golf and tennis.

 

Sportball Spring Session:  Sunday March 17 - Sunday May 19, 2019

Times and Age Groups:

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.    Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 16 months to 30 months

10:00 - 10:45 a.m.  Sportball Parent & Child - Multisport - 2 to 4 years

10:50 - 11:50 a.m. Sportball Coach & Child - Multisport -  4 to 6 Years

 

Sportball Fee:  $152.55

 

Register online at sportball.ca or in person at the Benson Centre.

 

For more information contact mattp@sportball.ca, leave a voicemail at 1-877-774-3221 or message on Facebook: Sportball Cornwall.

 

 NEW! Nerf Battle 
Children play Nerf battle in fieldhouseNew NERF battle dates coming Spring 2019!

Join us as we turn the Benson Centre fieldhouse into a battlefield where players shoot, run, duck and dodge their way around playing a variety of battle games!

Cost is $5 per player and players need to provide their own gun and eye protection. Nerf bullets will be provided.

 Gentle Yoga 

Woman bent with hands around feet in yoga poseGentle Yoga Lunch Classes

Wednesday March 13 - 12:10 - 12:40 p.m.

 
Spring Session

Dates:  Wednesday March 20 - Wednesday May 22, 2019 (10 Classes)

Time:   12:10 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Site:     Cornwall Civic Complex - McLeod Room 

Cost:    $68.00 Full Session  or $8.00 drop-in fee plus hst

 

Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, for health and relaxation.   Hatha yoga focuses on stretching and aligning the body, and helps with the promotion of balance and flexibility. For the 10 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques.  Class is led by Farhana Meghji, who has over 10 years experience teaching yoga.  Participants will need to provide their own yoga mat.  For more program information, please call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.  Drop-in participants can pay before each class at the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

 

Click here for Gentle Yoga Lunch Registration Form

Gentle Yoga Evening Class

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Winter Session Classes - Continue up to and including Wednesday March 27 


Spring Session
Dates:  Wednesday April 3 - Wednesday May 22, 2019 (7 Classes)

Time:   6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Site:     Benson Centre Automotive Room

Cost:    $48.00 Full Session or $8.00 drop-in fee plus hst

 

Click here for Gentle Yoga Registration Form

 

Gentle Yoga classes will focus on breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, for health and relaxation.   Hatha yoga focuses on stretching and aligning the body, and helps with the promotion of balance and flexibility. For the 10 weeks we will explore different postures, stretches and relaxation techniques.  Class is led by Farhana Meghji, who has over 10 years experience teaching yoga.  Participants will need to provide their own yoga mat.  For more program information, please call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.  Drop-in participants can pay before each class at the Benson Centre.

 

For more information on the Gentle Yoga program, please contact 613-938-9898 x 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

 Youth Tennis Lessons and Youth Badminton 

Youth Badminton Program
 
Spring Session: Friday March 22 - Friday May 24, 2019
No program on Friday April 19 and Friday May 17


A Smashing Good Time

This co-ed badminton program will offer participants a chance to play badminton in a recreational setting.  Practice makes perfect, develop your badminton skills and build your confidence all while having fun.  Program will take place on Friday evenings at the Benson Centre from 6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.   

Dates and times are subject to change.

Open to all levels of play, players must come equipped with their own racquet and indoor shoes (non-marking soles only please) 

Spring Session: Friday March 22 - Friday May 24, 2019(8 Weeks) 

Time:  6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

Ages: 12 - 16 years

Cost: $32.00/Each Session

Click here for Youth Badminton Program

 

Youth Indoor Tennis Lessons
Next Session:  To Be Announced

The Department of Planning, Parks & Recreation will be offering youth tennis lessons at the indoor court at the Benson Centre.  Join instructor Drew Poirier as he teaches players court etiquette and stroke techniques including forehand, backhand, serve, and volley.  Through skills and game play, this course will help improve the players' tennis ability and focus on sportsmanship and having fun.  For more information, please contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca

The lessons will be offered in 3 age categories and are scheduled to take place on Friday evenings.   

Players must provide their own tennis racquet.  Please refer to chart below to find out your appropriate level and cost.

*Age limits are flexible based on level of play for each individual.  The instructor can assist in determining which level your child would be best suited for.

Click here for the Youth Tennis Lesson Registration Form


Youth Tennis Lessons
Next Session - TBA

 Program Name

 Ages*

 Fee

 Min/Max   Participants

Little Racquets
6:00 p.m. -6:55 p.m.

5 - 7 years*

 $68.00

    4 / 8 Participants

Volleys
7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.

8 - 10 years*

 $68.00

    4 / 8 Participants

Aces
8:00 p.m. - 8:55 p.m.

11 - 14 years*

 $68.00  

    4 / 8 Participants  

 

 Social Duplicate Bridge 

Players practice duplicate while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. This is a drop-in program; once registered come as you please.

 

Date Tuesday
Time 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location Benson Centre Automotive Room
Fee $25 (tax included)
Session September 18, 2018 to April 30, 2019


*Please note there will be no bridge on Tuesday December 26, 2018

Click here for the Fall/Winter Bridge Registration Form

 

Social Duplicate Bridge Summer Session 2019

Players practice duplicate while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. This is a drop-in program; once registered come as you please.

Date(s): TBA
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre 800 Seventh Street West - Automotive Room
Cost: $ registration fee + $3 Instructor fee paid weekly.

 Adult Tennis Lessons 
Winter Session

Dates: Sunday January 20 - Saturday March 3, 2019
Location: Benson Centre Indoor Court
Cost: $70.00 PLUS TAX
Times: Please Note Starting Times For Each Group

Level 2: 11:30 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
Level 1: 12:30 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.
Level 3: 1:30 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Join tennis instructor Larry MacDonell on Sundays for our adult tennis lessons.  The lessons will run for six weeks starting Sunday January 20, 2019 and will take place on the indoor court in the Benson Centre.  We offer three levels of lessons from beginner to intermediate, please see the course description below to see which level is best for you. 

Session Program Choices: 

Adult Level 1 - Sundays 12:30 p.m.  This class would be for students with little or no tennis experience. The lessons will provide participants with an introduction to the basic strokes, rules and scoring of the game. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

Adult Level 2 - Sundays 11:30 a.m.  Students with a little playing experience will continue to work on and improve their basic strokes, along with the rules and scoring of the game. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

Adult Level 3 - Sundays 1:30 p.m.  These lessons are for those who can place shots with moderate success and can sustain at rally at a moderate pace. The emphasis on this course is on increasing students' fundamental knowledge and techniques using drills and matches. Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Cost: $70.00 PLUS HST

The emphasis on this course is on increasing students' fundamental knowledge and techniques using drills and matches.  Maximum 6 participants per class, 1 hour class each week.  Cost: $70.00 inc. tax


Click here for Adult Tennis Lesson Registration Form

 

For more information regarding the adult tennis program please contact Lorne Taillon at 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

 Stroller Babes - Fitness For Moms and Babies
Women jog around strollers in parkStroller Babes focuses on intervals of power walking and running with functional strength training, followed by postnatal specific core work and flexibility. This course is led by Pre & Post-Natal Fitness Specialist Jenny Irvine. We are offering 2 winter sessions.  Classes take place on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse at the Benson Centre. Registration is accepted for full session, half session or daily drop-in. 

Free Trail Class on Wednesday January 9th at 9:30 a.m.
 

Program Details:  Winter Session - Begins Monday January 14, 2019 

Dates:  Monday January 14 - Wednesday February 27, 2019
            (No class on Wed. January 16 and Mon. February 18)

Time:    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Cost:   $84.00 - 12 classes (includes HST)
           $51.00/ 6 classes (Mondays Only) (includes HST)                                                       
           $51.00/ 6 classes (Wednesdays Only) (includes HST)                                                      
           $10.00 Drop-In Fee (plus HST) Location: Field House at the Benson Centre


Program Details:

Spring Session 2019 - Begins Monday March 4, 2019

Dates:  Monday March 4 - Wednesday April 24, 2019
            (No class on Monday March 11, Wednesday March 13 and Monday April 22)

Time:    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Cost:     $91.00 - 13 classes (includes HST)                                  
             $51.00 -  6 classes (Mondays Only) (includes HST)                                
             $59.50 -  7 classes (Wednesdays Only) (includes HST)                                
             $10.00 Drop-In Fee (plus HST)

Click Here for Stroller Babes Registration Form

Click Here for PAR-Q Health Form

Instructor Biography:

Jenny Irvine is a certified fitness instructor who has been involved in the
Health and Wellness industry for 20 years. Her experience includes teaching in
gyms, community fitness centres and rehabilitation environments, leading a wide
variety of cardiovascular and conditioning based fitness programming.  Jenny is dedicated to sharing her passion of
health and fitness with others; and believes that it is never too late to find
a healthier you.

For more information on the Stroller Babes Program please contact Jenny Irvine at jennyachievefitness@gmail or e-mail Lorne Taillon or call 613-938-9898 extension 2.

 

NEW Program!  H.I.I.T. Fit - High Intensity Interval Training
H.I.T.T. Fit Starting Monday January 7, 2019

H.I.I.T., is a high intensity interval training class that  builds cardiovascular fitness, while improving muscular strength and endurance. HIIT training involves periods of high intensity exercise followed by periods of rest to allow the body to
recover. Each class incorporate the entire body using a combination of body weight and resistance equipment based exercises. Exercises are adaptable forall fitness levels. 

Instructor Biography:

Jenny Irvine is a certified fitness instructor who has been involved in the Health and Wellness industry for 20 years. Her experience includes teaching in gyms, community fitness centres and rehabilitation environments, leading a wide
variety of cardiovascular and conditioning based fitness programming.  Jenny is dedicated to sharing her passion of
health and fitness with others; and believes that it is never too late to find a healthier you.

Program Dates: Monday January 7 - Monday April 1, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre Automotive Room
Cost: Full Session $79.10 (Includes HST)
$9.00 Drop in Fee


Click here for Registration Form

Drums Alive Cardio Drumming - Dates to be announced

Enter a new dimension fitness at the Benson Centre with Drums Alive Cardio Drumming led by instructor Jenny Irvine. Feel and experience the pulsating rhythms, dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this new and unique high-energy dance rhythmical class. Drums Alive® is designed to burn fat, improve physical and mental fitness and above all, be fun! To learn more about Drums Alive, please visit http://www.drums-alive.com

Come ready to sweat! Wear comfortable exercise clothing and shoes. A 55" or 65" exercise ball is required. Drumsticks are provided. For more information on the Drums Alive Program or to purchase an exercise ball they can contact Jenny Irvine at jennyachievefitness@gmail.com or visit www.drums-alive.com


Program Dates: TBA
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre Automotive Room
Cost: Full Session (Includes HST)
$9.00 Drop in Fee
 Adult Table Tennis 

Table Tennis Club
A Smashing Good Time
Wednesday Nights at 6:30 p.m.

Join other table tennis enthusiasts in weekly games.  Practice and improve your skills in a fun and recreational setting. All level of players welcome. Please note session runs on Wednesday evenings beginning Wednesday September 26, 2018 at 610 McConnell Avenue (Former École Jean XXIII).  Ages: 16+ unless supervised by parent or guardian.  For more information, please e-mail Lorne Taillon or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.


Program Details:
Dates:      Wednesday September 26 - May 15, 2019                  
Time:       6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Location:  Former École Jean XXIII at 610A McConnell Avenue Gymnasium
Cost:        Full Season Membership: $40.00 (includes H.S.T.)  Drop in fee: $4.00 per week 

                   
Please note there will be no Table Tennis on the following dates: January 2 and March 13, 2019

 Gerry Brown Spring 3 on 3 Hockey 

NEW! Early Fee - Save $20 per player*

Registration Opens Tuesday February 5

Early Bird Cost:
  (Tuesday February 5 - Friday March 1, inclusive)    
IP Divisions - $105/player or $60 for Goalies (Half Ice)
All Other Divisions - $140/player or $80 for Goalies 
                              


Late Registration Cost: Saturday March 2, 2019 and Beyond)   

IP Divisions - $120/player or $80 for Goalies (Half Ice)
All Other Divisions- $160/player or $100 for Goalies 
               

Registration opens Tuesday February 5, 2019 at the Benson Centre Main Desk 

Click here for 2019 3 on 3 Hockey Registration Form

Another year of fast paced, recreational 3 on 3 co-ed hockey is just around the corner.  The Benson Centre is the place to be for 3 on 3 spring hockey for IP to Midget aged players.  The program has been in operation for a number of years and has grown from 40 to over 250 participants in 7 divisions.  3 on 3 hockey is a great way for players to develop skills, increase creativity & conditioning, and to just simply have FUN! 

All IP games are played on 1/2 ice and teams will consist of up to 10 skaters and 1 goalie per team.  Novice, Atom, Peewee and Minor Bantam and Major Bantam and Midget Divisions will play full ice and teams will consist of a maximum 10 skaters and 1 goalie.  

Our rules encourage non-stop action, with no body checking, no icing, no offside faceoffs, to keep the game flowing at a high pace.  To keep the emphasis on fair play and fun, teams are balanced for equal competition.  Teammate requests (maximum of 2) are welcomed and every effort is made to accommodate the players, but we cannot guarantee.  All players will register individually and will be placed on teams by a selection committee based on their current level of play (examples House, B, A, AA, AAA).  Volunteer on-ice coaches (IP Division) and bench coaches (All Divisions) needed for each level of play, if interested please mark accordingly on your child's registration form. 

Registration is now open for 2018 at the Benson Centre or the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.  Spaces will fill up quickly so please register early.  For more information on the Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Spring Hockey program please feel free to contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

Coaching Opportunities

A huge thank you to the volunteer coaches who donate their valuable time teaching, encouraging and cheering, to ensure that your child has a rewarding 3 on 3 hockey season.   Without the help of these coaches the league would not be able to continue.  If you are interested in volunteering to be a coach or assistant coach, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2. 

Fun and Safe Hockey
Once again thank you for your participation in the Gerry Brown 3 on 3 Hockey Program, we estimate we will have over 300 players registered again this year.  Please remember the goal of this league is to provide all individuals an opportunity to participate in a recreational hockey league and to provide community based programs which will allow a player to participate in an environment of fun, physical exercise and fair play.  Our officials will call the game based on this premise, please respect the officials and their decisions at all times.  Physical or verbal abuse of any official, coach, or player will not be tolerated.

Balanced Teams

Each year we try and create teams in each division that are equally balanced and provide opportunities for players to play with a few friends from hockey, school or the neighbourhood.  In an effort to make each game fair, we have developed rules to help keep individual games close and competitive.  Teams are allowed to play 4 on 3 or 5 on 3, when trailing by 4 or 5 goals respectively.   Also if a goalie is facing an unbearable amount of shots the referee has the right to have goalies switch teams for the second period of play.   As a last resort team rosters MAY be subject to roster adjustments to maintain a competitive balance, if we can reach an agreement between coaches, players and families.  Please note that we will not post the scores of games on the scoreboard of more than a five goal differential. Our 3 on 3 league does not record individual or team stats throughout the year, and we only post the score while game is in progress.  

 Youth Recreational Floor Hockey 
Hockey net on ice with pucks insideRecreational Floor Hockey

Program dates announced soon.

If you enjoy playing floor hockey, this is the group for you. Each week participants will have fun playing floor hockey. All players must wear helmet and full face shield, as well as shin pads and gloves. Children are encouraged to bring their own sticks (no black tape on blades). Boys and girls are welcome.

For more information, please e-mail Lorne Taillon or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.

Dates: TBA Returning in 2019

Ages: 6 -8 years    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.
Ages: 9 - 10 years Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.
Cost: TBA
Location: TBA

 Youth Recreational Basketball 
Co-ed Youth Recreational Basketball
Hoop It Up

This is an instructor led program for young basketball players of all skill levels. The focus of this class will be on shooting, passing, dribbling, teamwork and more. Look for fun games each week. Boys and girls are welcome. Registration is now being accepted at the Benson Centre and the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

For more information, please contact 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

Dates: Spring 2019

Ages: 6 -8 years  Time: 6:00 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.

Ages: 9 - 12 years  Time: 7:00 p.m. - 7:55 p.m.

Cost: TBA

Location: TBA

 Adult Badminton

Adult Badminton
Winter Session: Tuesday January 8 - Tuesday March 12, 2019
Spring Session: Tuesday March 19 - Tuesday May 7, 2019

This programs goal is strictly for enjoyment.  It will also provide participants with the opportunity to play games with other participants of varying skills. 
 
Please Note: No instruction is provided and birdies and racquets are required.  Participants should wear athletic shoes with non-marking soles and comfortable clothing.  Four badminton courts will be set up each week.  Dates and times are subject to change.  For more information, please contact ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 ext. 2.


Program Details

Spring Dates:  Tuesday March 19 - Tuesday May 7, 2019  (8 Weeks)
Time:  8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Benson Centre
Ages: 16+ 
Full Session Fee: $41.00 Full Session (10 weeks) HST Included
Drop-In Fee: $6.00 + HST per night/per person if space is available

Please click here for Adult Badminton Registration Form

NEW! Ballroom Dancing Lessons

Ballroom Dancing for Fun
Wednesday Evenings
Spring Session Begins Wednesday April 17


This ballroom program will progressively cover all the dance styles over a few years and move the student from the basic movements to more advanced figures. You will also learn to recognize music, understand the beat, and associate it with the correct dance style. The lessons include a group instruction for each new figure, group practice, and practice as couples. The instructors provide lots of individual attention and coaching.

This session offers beginner lessons in Waltz, a 3-beat contemporary European and North American dance style that is popular in pop and country music. Returning dancers who learned the Foxtrot this winter will find that Waltz is very similar. The second hour caters to returning dancers to move Triple Swing to the advanced level of proficiency. Triple Swing is the popular rock-n-roll dance from the 1960s and remains relevant today.

 

Program Details 

Dates:  Wednesday April 17 – Wednesday June 19, 2019

Times:  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waltz – Beginner and Intermediate Levels

            8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Triple Swing - Intermediate and Advanced Levels

            Doors open at 6:30 for students to practice and recevie individual coaching

Cost:    $150.00   Waltz and Triple Swing – 2 Hours each night 7 – 9 pm for 10 weeks

            $100.00   Waltz Only 7 – 8 pm

            $100.00   Triple Swing Only 8 – 9 pm


Location:   Benson Centre - MacEwen Room


Open to couples, friends and family members dancing together, and individuals; we will integrate individual dancers.


Click here for Ballroom Dancing Registration Form


The Instructors - Tom Manley and Isabelle Masson - Tom and Isabelle have been dancing ballroom for fun for about 18 years and have been teaching ballroom dancing for 3 years. Before starting ballroom, they already enjoyed going out, listening to music, and freestyle dancing. Over time, they started looking for more, beyond the routine bobbing back and forth of freestyle dancing. Seeing an advertisement, they started classes and never looked back. Tom is living proof that anyone can learn ballroom dancing. He was initially clumsy with two left feet, could not hear the beat, and struggled to remember the figures. But Tom caught the rhythm and now leads graciously. Isabelle was a natural as she picked up the beat easily and flowed smoothly on the dance floor. The two are now respected dancers and they relish any occasion to go out and enjoy a band or a party.

For more information about ballroom dancing, please contact Tom at 613-361-2056 or email at tom@tommanley.ca For more information on recreation programming, please contact the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 x2 or email at ltaillon@cornwall.ca

New! Adult Acting Classes 

 Spring Session: Thursday Evenings

 

Date Thursday
Time 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Fee $70.00 + HST 
Session March 21 - May 9, 2019

Acting 101 for Adults 

Have you ever wanted to learn to act? Been hesitant to join a group. Have no fear, Brett is here to teach you acting techniques. We will work on voice projection, body movements, and scene studies to get you ready for the stage. This is a great class for beginners or people who want to get back into the swing of acting.

 

Date Thursday
Time 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Age 16 to 116 years old
Fee $70.00 + HST 
Session March 21 - May 9, 2019  

 

Acting classes will allow you to: *Have Fun *Build Confidence *Improve speaking and presentation skills *Let your creativity blossom

Click here for the Acting 101 Registration Form

Instructor Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays. All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.

For more information on the Improv programs please e-mail Lorne Taillon or call 613-938-9898 x2

 

Improv for Adults 
Next Session Dates: To Be Announced

"Focus will be on how to create scenes and skits through Improv techniques. Voice and movement will be a part of the classes as well to help with presentation technique. Depending on the participants, script writing can be introduced to help with scene developments. Prepare yourself for fun, excitement, and some general tom foolery (wait, that's a term, not an actual person)."

Click here for Improv for Adults Registration Form

Improv will allow you to: *Have Fun *Build Confidence *Improve speaking and presentation skills *Let your creativity blossom

Instructor Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa.  Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom. For more information on the Improv programs please e-mail ltaillon@cornwall.ca or call 613-938-9898 x2 

 New! Adult Dance Classes - Introduction/Beginner Jazz
Thursdays Starting March 28, 2019
5:00 p.m. - 5:55 p.m.
 

A beginner jazz class influenced by Fosse, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, and modern techniques.
Classes will consist of a warming-up which includes; stretching, limbering, strengthening, co-ordination, alignment and articulation exercises.  Moving forward to the body of the class we will explore movement exercises that engage dynamics, mood, intention, imagery, levels, travelling, timing, and more.  Combinations will include classic jazz steps and techniques on the floor, standing and travelling. Also, combinations will incorporate exercises enhancing foot, leg, hip, spine, arms and hands articulation, postural alignment, core support, use of breath, weight distribution, full body co-ordinations and releasing of unnecessary tension for fluidity. Class will close with learning choreographed sequences together in unison and in groups for potential performances.

 

Date Thursday Evenings
Time 5:00 - 5:55 p.m.
Fee $60.00 (HST Included)
Session March 28 - May 9, 2019 
No class on Thursday April 11
Location Benson Centre - Automotive Room

Click here for Adult Dance Registration Form

Amanda Marini-Rohde

Amanda holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in dance and is an elementary teacher with the Ontario College of Teachers, a dance instructor, choreographer and performer.  She has taught dance and movement to movers of all ages in public schools, her own dance studio, senior homes and even bachelorette parties!

She has always been a kinesthetic, musical learner and so movement comes quite naturally to her.  She has studied many different forms of movement including contemporary dance, traditional folk dance, world dances, ballet, jazz, Pilates, yoga, Nia and various forms of conditioning and body awareness techniques.  She has taught contemporary, jazz, broadway, burlesque, ballet, conditioning, expressive and creative dance in a variety of platforms including workshops, day camps, traditional classes and more.  Her passion is clear in her instruction and attention to her students in the learning environment.  Oh, and improv dance is also her absolute favourite thing to incorporate into all her classes!

 

For more information on recreation programming please contact 613-938-9898 x2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

 Youth Drama Classes - Acting Out 

"Acting Out!" Youth Drama:  The students will hone their skills in drama by working on their voice, movement, and creative play. Youth will work on character development, scene development, and creating mini-plays to be performed for family and friends in their final class.  Be ready to have fun and act out (in drama class, not at your family).

 

Date Monday
Time 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Age 8 to 15 years old
Fee $125.00 / Full 10-week session
Session January 14 to April 1, 2019 (10 Weeks)  
Location Benson Centre 

 

Click here for Registration Form for Acting Out! Youth Drama Classes


Acting Out! Drama for Youth, focusing on developing drama skills and gradually working on scenes.

Benefits include:

  • Building confidence
  • Listening skills
  • Presentation skills
  • It's really fun!
  • Working on your acting chops!

 

Instructor Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.

 Improv Junior Acting Class 

Childrens Improv: This is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to think on their feet and create their own scenes through Improvisational skills. Improv is a wonderful way to introduce kids to a fun form of dramatic play. This class will also teach creative movement and voice training for the kids to use in their performances. Creativity will know no boundaries with this class!" 

 

Date Monday
Time 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Age 4 to 7 years old
Fee $100 / Full 10-week session
Session January 14 to April 1, 2019 (10 Weeks)  
Location Benson Centre 

 

Improv Junior! Improv Class for ages 4-7, focusing on drama techniques and improv for kids.

Benefits:

- Speaking up! 
- Listening skills 
- Building confidence 
- Having a blast and being silly at times!


Click here for Registration Form


Instructor - Brett Desrosiers - Brett has been a working actor, writer, director and teacher of drama for many years now. She possesses a Diploma in Theatre Arts from Algonquin College and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Specialization in Theatre Arts from the University of Ottawa. Brett's specialty is in comedy but she has both directed and acted in dramatic plays.  All and all, Brett sees theatre and drama as a chance for people to build confidence with their speaking and presentation skills and to allow for creativity to blossom.


For more information, call 613-938-9898 ext. 2 or e-mail Lorne Taillon.

 Gingerbread Construction Workshops - Christmas

Join us and create your very own gingerbread house and decorate it any way you like. All the goodies will be supplied. Keep your eyes peeled for this "SWEET" program. Sign up early as space is limited.

Program note: Parent/Guardian over 14 years of age is required.

 

Date Returning December 2019
Time 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Age 5 to 12 years old
Fee $15 - Each additional family member $10.00
Location Benson Centre 

 

 Youth Art Classes  

Attack Art with Pizzazz 6 - 10 years
NEW START DATE

 

Date Saturday Mornings 
Time 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Age 6 to 10 years old
Fee $61.50 / 6 weeks
Session

February 2 - March 30, 2019

(no class on February 16, March 9 & 16)

Location Benson Centre 

What to Expect: Discover the world of art with our new Attack Art with Pizzazz class for children ages 6 to 10 years.  Students will get an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of art skills using different materials.  Students will create original and amazing works of art.  No experience necessary, just wish to have fun with art.  Material will be provided, students are encouraged to wear "paint" clothes.  Join instructor Penny Bateman for our new set of art lessons for children.

Click here for Attack Art with Pizzazz Registration Form

 

Freewheeling Art 10 - 13 years

NEW START DATE

Date Saturday Mornings 
Time 10:45 a.m.  - 11:45 a.m.
Age 10 to 14 years old
Fee $61.50 / 6 weeks
Session

February 2 - March 30, 2019

(no class on February 16, March 9 & 16)

Location Benson Centre 

 

What to Expect:

Experiment with known and new techniques in painting, drawing and printing and discover the wild and wonderful creations you can make.  Work at your own pace and level of experience.  Whether you are looking to discover or enhance your already existing art skills this class is for you.  Students will get an opportunity to learn and practice a variety of art skills using different materials.  Students will create original and amazing works of art.  No experience necessary, just wish to have fun with art.  Students are encouraged to wear 'paint' clothes.  Join instructor Penny Bateman for our new set of art lessons for youth.

Click here for Freewheeling Art Registration Form

 

 

Mixed Media Art 8 - 16 Years

New Dates Coming Soon!

Little Chefs - Cooking Up Fun! 

Do you have a child that loves to cook...and snack too?

Make it and taste it classes for boys and girls featuring healthy, fun, quick and easy recipes.  Each Wednesday participants will be instructed on healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, basic kitchen skills and hands on cooking fun!  Weekly themes include Tex-Mex, Italian, Cajun and more. 

There is a Little Chef in everyone!

 

Session 2019 dates coming soon!
Time 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Age 6 to 10 years old

 

 Tiny Tots Craft Program 

Join us for our special craft theme days specifically designed for children ages 2 - 5 at the Benson Centre.   What a great way to spend time with your child or grandchild, working together on arts and crafts projects. We will take care of the set up, supplies and the clean up, you just have to create and have fun!   Sign up for 1 or all 6 of our workshops.  The program is offered in partnership between the Ontario Early Years Centre and the Department of Planning, Parks & Recreation.    

 

Session 2019 dates coming soon!
Time 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Age 2 to 5 years old

Location

Benson Centre

 

 Arts and Crafts Workshops 
Arts and Crafts Workshops for Children

Art Attack Craft Workshops ( 5 to 13 years)

Make-it and take-it classes for boys and girls will feature weekly theme-based crafts. Register for our upcoming classes, wear old clothes and come prepared to have fun. Younger students should be able to cut well with scissors and be able to print/copy simple words.  Students will take home two or more crafts.  Classes are held selected Saturday mornings throughout the year, (see below for full calendar) from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Benson Centre.  Classes are instructed by Leah Prevost.  Participants must pre-register at either the Benson Centre or the the Cornwall Aquatic Centre.

 

Session 2019 dates coming soon!
Age 5 to 13 years old

Location

Benson Centre

Check back soon for our 2019 themes and dates for our Art Attack Craft Program program.  

Looking for information on other arts and cultural events in the community? Check out The Spectacle on the website of Your Arts Council for other upcoming events!

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Lorne Taillon
Leisure Arts Coordinator
800 Seventh Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-938-9898 ext. 4012
F.: 613-938-8855
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