La Movida

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One of a mom’s biggest challenges is to find a great afterschool program that the kids will find fun, interesting and where they can hopefully learn a new skill. While Vancouver offers a lot of sports programs and academic activities for kids and teens, options are more limited if you’re seeking something unique.

That’s where Laurie Allan Franks found herself eight years ago with her two girls who were then eight and eleven years old. She was challenged to find programs suited for her creative girls. The same went for finding venues for summer camps and birthday parties. At the time, Laurie was involved in more traditional fine arts instruction, but decided it was time for something new in Vancouver for her girls and others like them.

In 2013, La Movida Fashion Design Academy (formerly La Movida Sewing and Design Studios) opened its doors on West Broadway offering specialty classes that included fashion illustration, fashion design and sewing classes.

Maybe it’s not on your radar, but unique options are available for those kids looking for something special. La Movida Fashion Design Academy, seven years later, offers a wide variety of classes including introductory sewing for kids and adults, fashion design classes for more advanced youth, intensive boot camps, and adult classes such as pattern drafting and illustration.

La Movida also partners with local schools in their community to bringing practical life skills to the students. They support the community by donating to local charities and opening its doors to the home-schooling community.

The best way to try it out is to go to the studio for a workshop, free sewing class, or book a special event or birthday party. If you’re ready to jump right in, take a set of sewing classes. Register anytime throughout the year.