Thrive 2023: 3 Free Classes to Move & Groove this November

Hey, UBC! Thrive month is just around the corner. So, join us for new and fun ways to get moving, while also supporting your mental, emotional, and physical health!

So, what is Thrive Month? Each year, UBC dedicates the month of November as a time when we come together as a community to learn and explore ways to support our mental health. To celebrate Thrive Month, UBC Recreation and Thrive have collaborated to present fun NEW activities including UBC’s Largest Dance Class, Skateboarding, and Table Tennis (open to everyone, no prior experience needed)! For more information about Thrive and other events, please visit the Thrive Website.

UBC’s Largest Dance Class (Afrobeats)

Don’t miss out on UBC’s Largest Dance Class! This Afrobeats style dance class provides a full body workout whilst giving you the freedom to express yourself to the powerful beat of African music. It is an exhilarating and unique cultural experience that makes you feel energized and alive whilst helping to release stress and strengthen your body and mind. Curious to know what Afrobeats entails? Check out this 5-minute movement break led by Afrobeats Van founder Isaac Gasangwa, who will also be the one instructing this class!

Register for free HERE

Date: November 3rd, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 

Location: Student Recreation Centre Gymnasium 

Intro To Skateboarding:

Skateboarding is a great form of transportation, but it can be tough to learn on your own! Coordination, stress alleviation, precision, reflexes, and patience are just a few benefits of skateboarding. It is especially important to be safe when learning a new skill, so this is the perfect FREE beginner session if you’ve always wanted to learn how to skateboard. No experience or equipment is required. However, if you have a helmet of any sort, we recommend bringing it. If you do not have a helmet, one will be provided for you.

Register for the 2:00-3:15pm time slot HERE & the 3:30-4:45 time slot HERE

Date: November 17th, 2023

Location: Robert F. Osborne Centre (OSBO) – Gym F

Intro To Table Tennis:

Join the UBC TSC Table Tennis Team for an introduction to the world of table tennis! In this dynamic class, beginners will learn the fundamentals of the sport, from mastering basic strokes to understanding game strategies. Led by skilled and passionate instructors, this class promises an exciting journey into the fast-paced and competitive world of table tennis.

Register for free HERE

Date: November 24th, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

Location: Student Recreation Centre Studio 

We hope to see you at Thrive! If you’re looking for more opportunities to move and learn more about mental health in the month of November, check out the Thrive Calendar here! You can also learn more at or on Instagram @ubcwellbeing.