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Adult Ballet Classes


Sunday, May 6 –
Saturday, June 30, 2018


Monday, July 2 –
Sunday, August 26, 2018

Our Ballet Lessons

Ballet is an elegant and powerful dance form. It is an asset to all dance styles for its technical precision, line, turning ability, foot articulation, and muscular strength. Whether the focus is on dancing Ballet itself or using it to build the technical foundation for other dance forms, Joy of Dance adult Ballet classes give you the strength, elegance, poise and line that only Ballet can create. Our Toronto dance studio offers registered and drop-in Ballet classes for adults of all skill levels.

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The studio is CLOSED on VICTORIA DAY Monday, May 21, 2018 and for CANADA DAY  Sunday July 1, 2018.
We are OPEN on Monday, July 2, 2018 and Monday, August 6, 2018 on CIVIC/PROVINCIAL DAY.
Taste of the Danforth is August 10-12, 2018.

Available Classes


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Adult Ballet training provides dancers with strength, flexibility, poise and elegance. With this foundation, your skill set and ability translate to any form of dance. Emily, Lilia and Allison set classes that give dancers the feedback and experience to grow technically and artistically at the level they are at, while preparing them to progress to the next level. Expect to work hard, sweat and laugh!

Beginner Ballet

For dancers with no ballet training or people who have been away from ballet for many years and need a kick start! Learn the foundations of ballet through simple barre, centre and jumping sequences.

Level 1 Ballet

For dancers with 1-2 years of ballet training. Take your basic knowledge to the next level, learning more challenging movements and sequences while developing your understanding of technique and musicality and performance.

Level 2 Ballet

For dancers with 3-5 years of ballet training. Be prepared to sweat! This Intermediate level ballet class is accompanied by popular, and incredible, pianist Valentina Gurovsky.


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Pointe work is the natural progression of your ballet training and is as challenging as it is beautiful! In Emily’s pointe class you will learn slowly, step by step the necessary strengthening and technique exercises for your feet, legs and core. This progression is essential for safe, controlled pointe work.

Prerequisite: At least 3 years of continuous training in Ballet to ensure you have the necessary strength and technique to proceed safely.

Dances must schedule a private assessment with Emily before your first lesson. In your assessment Emily will look at your basic technique, alignment, strength and flexibility. She will create a personalized exercise program based on your strengths and weaknesses to ensure you are on the path to safe, beautiful pointe technique. Even dancers experienced in pointe are encouraged to schedule an assessment. Emily’s training in anatomy and injury prevention along with 25 years of strength training experience will be instrumental to your development.

Beginner Pointe

Prerequisite: 3 years of consistent ballet training and/or teacher’s permission.

Beginner Adult Pointe focuses on correct alignment and posture to enable safe beautiful pointe work. We begin each class in bare feet, spending 15 minutes on strengthening exercises for the toes, feet and calves. We then put on our pointe shoes for simple barre exercises and slowly work up your skills until you are ready to dance very simple enchainements in the center.

Level 1 Pointe

Prerequisite: At least 1 year of basic pointe training and 4-5 years of consistent ballet training.

Level 1 Adult Pointe class takes your basic pointe training and introduces you to a more challenging vocabulary. This level speeds things up, and takes you off the barre sooner for basic pointe variations. We begin these classes with your pointe shoes on, so you are encouraged to take the Level 2 Ballet class before this class to ensure your body is warmed up and fully prepared for a pointe class.

Ballet Variations

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Fridays 7:30-9:00 p.m.

An exciting and challenging class for elementary/intermediate/advanced students. Classes will feature a short and dynamic warmup at the barre followed by learning repertoire from classical and modern ballets – from Paquita, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and The Nutcracker to Serenade and Jewels. This class will allow you to utilize your technical training to build and improve on your performance skills!

You could join with ballet slippers or pointe shoes depending on your background.

Ballet - Adult R.A.D. Exam Program

Spring Term (9/10 Weeks): Sunday April 29, 2018 – Thursday June 28, 2018

(Classes will run on Victoria Day, Sunday & Monday May 20,21)

Note: Prices do not include HST.

As an adult, do you wish you could have trained in ballet as a child? Or maybe you dream of continuing your training where you left off as a youth? At Joy of Dance we offer a very unique opportunity for Adults to train for Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Exams. This one-of-a-kind program is in its 5th year and is steadily growing.

Advanced Foundation classes already began on September 2017. Pre-requisite for the exam is having passed the R.A.D Intermediate exam. Any student with 4+ years of ballet training is welcome to join the class, with assessment.

Grade 6 classes will begin January 2018. Students must have 3+ years of ballet experience. Please contact the studio for an assessment.

Our Intermediate class will also begin January 2018 as an accelerated class, and will only accept students with the required experience level.


The benefits of training towards a ballet exam:

  • Progressive classes where you learn new movements and concepts from the ground up.
  • The rate of learning and improvement is faster as there are clear expectations and goals.
  • The opportunity to learn solo variations, polishing them until quality, musicality and performance ability is at its peak.
  • The sense of achievement that comes from performing a set ballet class, solo variation and pointe work or character work for an external, international RAD Examiner.

Dancers interested in joining the R.A.D. program, please contact Joy of Dance at info@joyofdance.ca or 416-406-3262 to leave a message for RAD Program Director Emily Tench.

Dancers interested in levels we are not currently offering are also welcome to contact us as we are always looking to start new levels.


Summer Term (9/10 Weeks): Monday July 2, 2018 – Monday August 26, 2018

Holidays: No classes on Canada Day, July 1.

(Classes will run on Civic Day, Sunday & Monday August 5,6)

Note: Prices do not include HST.




1.5 hr class

Thursdays: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 10:00-11:30 p.m.



Once/ week: 8 classes: $144+ ($18/class)
Twice/ week: 16 classes: $288+ ($18/class)

Drop in Rate for Registered Students Only: $20+

*No accompanist for this class


INTERMEDIATE (term starts Thursday, April 26)


1.5 Hour Classes (special accelerated program)

Thursdays: 6:00-7:30

Saturdays: 11:30-1:00



Registered students will pay $20/class and the length of term will be determined once the exam date is set.

Drop-In** Rate for Registered RAD student: $22+

*Cost includes fee for an accompanist playing every second class in preparation for Summer Exam. This is a specialized, small class size, course.
**Only students who have previously taken their Intermediate RAD exam may drop into this class.




2 hr class

Sundays: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Mondays: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 4:00-6:00 p.m.



Once/ week: 8 classes: $184+ ($23/class)
Twice/ week: 16 classes: $352+ ($22/class)
Three/ week: 24 classes: $504+ ($21/class)

Drop in Rate for Registered Students Only (2 Hour): $25+

*No accompanist for this class




INSPIRE: Training towards an RAD exam takes a real commitment. Dancers are expected to practice at home, take other classes and be confident with the syllabus material.  Hard work, mental focus and dedication are all part of the process.  Just remember that in life the best part is often the journey not the destination which gives us our greatest joy.  Step into your future, point your toes and embrace your dream.


Adult Summer Ballet Intensive (Intermediate - Advanced Foundation)

Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Join us in an intensive training week for a “Term’s worth of Training” in just 5 days!

This summer Joy of Dance Centre is offering an RAD-based Adult Ballet Summer Intensive. This program is open to adult dancers who are at an Intermediate-Advanced level of ballet. The week is also an extension of Joy of Dance’s 2018 Adult RAD Exam Program as it is an essential part of our dancers’ preparation for their fall exams. We have programmed the Summer Intensive to be open to all dancers who wish to develop their technical skills, strength and artistry though a week of intensive ballet training.

Advanced Foundation Level: (AdvF) Working at the level of the RAD’s Advanced Foundation syllabus. Vocabulary examples include: Multiple turns en dehors and en dedans. Fouetté of Adage and tour de promenade in attitude derrière in the centre. Beats, sissonne doublé, grand jeté en tournant. Pointe work includes: Posé piqué en croix in the centre and pirouettes en dehors, en dedans, piqué turns en dedans and en dehors.

Intermediate Level: (Inter) Working at the level of the RAD’s Intermediate and Grade 6 syllabi. Focus will be placed on teaching the romantic style of port de bras which involves advanced use of épaulement and heads. Vocabulary examples include: Single pirouettes en dehors and en dedans. Développés en croix in the centre and posé into 1st arabesque. Jeté ordinaire, assemblé, posé temps levé in 1st arabesque, grand jeté. Pointe examples include: temps lié en avant and de côte in the centre, échappé relevés in second and forth and relevé devant and derrière, all in the centre.


9:30 – 10 a.m.        Conditioning, All Dancers
10 – 11:30 a.m.       Intermediate/Advanced Foundation All dancers
11:30 – 12:15 p.m.  Lunch Break
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.    Adv.F Pointe (3 days) OR Allegro Class (2 days) Grade 6 Contemporary work (3 days) OR Pointe work (2 days)
1:30 -3 p.m.           Adv.F Classical Variation: Done on pointe. Includes Grade 6 Classical Variation: Done in soft shoes.
3 – 3:30 p.m.          Everyone: Stretch

FEES: $400 ($16/hour)


Class Descriptions:

Conditioning: A warm-up for all dancers to connect to core muscles and alignment and prepare the body for a day of dancing.

Ballet Class (with live accompanist): This RAD-based open class will be a mixed Advanced Foundation/ Intermediate level class. Focus will be on training vocabulary that is seen in the RAD Advanced Foundation and/or Grade 6 exams.

Advanced Foundation Level Pointe: This class will focus on training the vocabulary expected at the Advanced Foundation level. Some RAD exam settings may be taught. Most of the class will be unset choreography.

Intermediate Level Pointe: This class will focus on Intermediate RAD vocabulary in an unset class.

Advanced Foundation Level Allegro: This class will train allegro enchaînements that might be seen in the Free Enchaînement section of the Advanced Foundation exam. Examples includes: ballonné simple, sissonne double, assemblé battu, entrechatquare, entrechatcinq.

Intermediate Level Contemporary: In this class we will be setting the Grade 6 contemporary (or free movement) variation that is seen in the Grade 6 exam, for male and female.

Advanced Foundation Level Variation: We will be setting the RAD Advanced Foundation Female Classical Variation. This variation is danced on pointe and a practice tutu may be worn.

Intermediate Level Variation: We will be setting the RAD Grade 6 Female Classical Variation. This variation is danced in regular soft shoes.

Stretch: A cool down where the whole group comes together for a half-hour stretch to help prevent muscle aches and pains. Balls and foam rollers may be used.


Note: If Male dancers are interested please contact Emily. Much of the work is suited to both male and female dancers, however the variation classes will be focused on female work.

Dancers interested in joining the intensive, please contact Joy of Dance at info@joyofdance.ca or 416-406-3262 to leave a message for RAD Program Director Emily Tench.

“I’ve attended four ballet dance intensives in Toronto and would highly recommend it! With no distractions from work life and the immersion into training over a brief period of time my dancing improves vastly. Emily Tench’s intensive though, is the best! She is incredibly knowledgeable about ballet technique and has a special passion for bringing out the very best in her adult students. She is also highly trained in injury prevention and will ensure that you know what muscles to use to prolong your dancing career. If you want to be a stronger, more beautiful dancer, if you want to see massive improvements in your technique, this is the intensive to attend!”

-Wendy Gage


Allison Nichol

Ballet and Contemporary/Modern

Emily Tench

Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director

Irene Yacoub

Ballet and Barre Fitness

Pricing Options

Register for more than one class per term and save 10% (on the second or more class). For adult classes only, if you need to miss a class and give us 24 hours advanced notice, we offer you a make-up class in one of our various jump-in classes.  Max 2 credits per FALL term and must be used within term.  No refunds ON ANY PURCHASES

Please refer to the description above for R.A.D. Exam Program pricing.



plus HST
per term

Jump-in Classes

1 class = $16.80 (Students* = $15)
5 classes = $80 (Students* = $72)
10 classes = $155 (Students* = $140)
20 classes = $280 (Students* = $252)
(Barre Portion of Jump-in Ballet Class = $11)

Valid for 6 months from date of purchase.

*DISCOUNTS OFFERED  Post-secondary students, Seniors (65+), Equity, ACTRA and IATSE receive a 10% discount on registered classes & Jump-in cards of 5 or more (per individual only)

Memberships (Jump-in Classes)

1 week unlimited = $30 1st week only +HST
1 month unlimited = $275/month +HST
3 months unlimited = $240/month +HST

Valid for a month from date of purchase.
No discounts on memberships. NO refunds or extensions.

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