You Can Take Dance Classes With Alpacas at This Canadian Farm
Located in the Canadian province of Manitoba, 313 Farms is offering a selection of weekend classes this summer that include everything from hip-hop and barre classes to cardio and Pilates sessions.
There are also “Mommy and Me” classes for youngsters and their parents.
Each of the 45-minute classes take place outdoors, giving you a chance to admire the farm’s nine different alpacas amid nature.
While you can enjoy the friendly alpacas roaming around you and even stop to pet them during the course, you can also take part in meet-and-greet session afterwards, where you'll get some time to feed them, snap some adorable photos with them, and play with them.
“We have one in particular, his name is Benny, who likes to give kisses,” Ann Patman, one of the founders of the series, told Travel + Leisure. “So he’ll walk right up to somebody and stick his face up and wait for you to bend down and touch noses with him.”
“When it’s warm out, they also like to get sprinkled with the hose,” she said.
Patman, who used to work at a dance studio, said she was inspired to create the classes after noticing that kids would often visit her farm and comment on how friendly the alpacas are. After a neighbor created goat yoga classes nearby, she figured alpaca dance classes were the logical next step.
“We wanted to get our small town going and come up with activities for young children,” Patman told T+L. And it turns out that the classes are a big hit with the local kids.
“The little kids have no fear, they just run right in…they’ll even sometimes pet the alpacas as they’re going through their dance motions,” she said. “It's a really good time.”
Patman, who lives on the farm with her husband, moved to the space specifically to get alpacas, an animal she’s come to love since moving to the country.
“When I was a kid, I had a bunch of stuffed animals, and when I saw these guys, it's just like you have a real life stuffed animal because they’re so friendly and huggable,” she said.
Whether you’re looking to take part in “Paca Pilates,” “Barn Barre,” “Camelid Cardio,” or the “Poppin’ Pacas Hip Hop” classes, each class starts at $10 for online registration and $15 at the door.
Classes are currently scheduled through August 19, but Patman says the farm may add fall courses due to increased interest.