Ballet is an elegant and powerful dance form. It is an asset to all dance styles for its technical precision, lines, turning ability, artistry, flexibility and strength. Whether your focus is on dancing ballet itself or using it to build the technical foundation for other dance forms, Joy of Dance’s adult ballet classes give you the control, elegance and poise 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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Adult ballet classes provide training in strength, flexibility, poise and elegance. With this foundation, your skills will translate into any form of dance. Our faculty provides classes that give dancers the time, personalized 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!
For dancers with no ballet training or people who have been away from ballet for many years and need a refresher. Learn the foundations of ballet through simple barre, centre and jumping sequences.
For dancers with 1-3 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.
*This class is recommended to our Adult RAD Intermediate Foundation students as a training supplement to their Syllabus classes.
For dancers with 3-5 years of ballet training. We continue the dancer’s education of safe dance alignment and strong, clear technique. The artistic essences of port de bras, breath, performance and musicality are infused, training adults to grow and strive for personal excellence! Our Sunday in-person class is accompanied by popular, and incredible, pianist Valentina Gurovsky.
*This class is recommended to our Adult RAD Intermediate students as a training supplement to their Syllabus classes.
For dancers with 5-10 years of ballet training. Students are introduced to a more advanced level of movement and choreography while continuing to elevate their technical precision, artistry, strength, and flexibility.
*This class is recommended to our Adult RAD Advanced Foundation and Advanced 1 registered students as a training supplement to their Syllabus classes.
Ballet Artistry and Technique for the Mature Student (low impact class) – not currently running
For Beginner to Elementary level students who prefer a low impact ballet class. This class focuses on musicality and artistry while working to strengthen and lengthen dancer’s muscles, improve fitness levels, balance and posture. Everyone should be able to enjoy the expressive elegance of ballet while being given inclusive options for turns and jumps.
Please check our VIRTUAL DANCE CLASSES page.
Beginner Pointe: Registered Courses
Mondays May 15 through June 26, 2023
Course Fee: $115+HST
Our Beginner Pointe registered courses progressively teach correct technique,
alignment and posture to enable safe beautiful pointe work. We begin class in bare
feet practicing strengthening exercises for the toes, feet and calves. We then put on the
pointe shoes for simple barre exercises, slowly working up your skills until you are
ready to perform simple enchainements in the center.
Prerequisite: 3 years of (recent) ballet training.
***Note: Dancers should take Ballet before Pointe. You must be properly warmed-up
and prepared to prevent injury.
The jump-in Beginner-Plus Ballet class fee is not included in the cost of the Pointe
Workshop, dancers should register for these classes separately.
Elementary Pointe: Jump-In Classes
Elementary Adult Pointe classes teach a different classical solo variation each month.
Each class begins with foot exercises in bare feet, then barre work that progressively
teaches the variation material. Finally we learn the variation over the course of the
Prerequisite: At least 1 year of beginner pointe training and 4-5 years of ballet
Prerequisite for Pointe:
Pointe work is demanding and is an extension to your ballet training. Because of the physical risk involved in dancing on pointe we require you to book an assessment. Your teacher will ask you about your history of ballet and pointe training and then watch you dance some simple barre and centre exercises to assess your technique. They will then work with you on any of your issues; alignment, strength, flexibility, and give you a series of individualized exercises to ensure you are on the right track. If you are not quite ready for pointe shoes they will make sure you know exactly what you need to know to achieve your pointe goals. If you are ready, they will talk to you about what to look for in a shoe, where to buy them and any additional information about your feet that you might need at your first pointe shoe fitting.
If you are experienced in pointe we still request that you book an assessment. You will learn something about your dancing that will assist you in your progress and she will let you know if you have any old/bad habits that don’t serve you anymore and how to let go of them. The teacher can also look at your current shoes and make sure they are still working for you. Injury prevention is at the heart of all our assessments.
We require New Students to book a private assessment before joining group classes. Contact us at email@example.com or speak to your ballet teacher.
Preparing for Beginner Pointe
Pointe Assessments: Required for new students
-45 minute private assessment
-make sure your body is ready to start pointe safely
-learn personalized exercises to prepare for the pointe workshop.
To book an assessment:
Call Joy of Dance reception: 416-406-3262
At Home: Pointe Strengthening Exercises
To strengthen your feet in preparation for pointe please follow along with this video,
by Ballet Program Director Emily Tench, 3x/week.
Pre-Pointe Training Exercises (youtube)
Purchasing Your First Pointe Shoes:
***Dancers should consult with their ballet teacher before purchasing shoes***
For advice, please attend:
Mondays 7:15-8:45pm Beginner Plus Ballet – Rachel Zinck
Sundays 10:00-11:30am Elementary Ballet – Emily Tench
Here are a list of things to consider:
Adult Ballet Summer Intensive
August 17-20, 2023
Thursday and Friday: 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am-3:00pm
Join us for four Incredible Days of Ballet! Whether you are working towards a ballet exam or want to improve your technique and artistry, the Joy of Dance ballet program faculty will help you achieve your dance goals.
Thursday to Sunday Price: $350+HST
Thursday AND Friday Price: $150+HST
Saturday AND Sunday Price: $250+HST
– 3-5 Years of Ballet Training
– RAD Intermediate Foundation – Intermediate
Pointe (soft shoes optional)
Conditioning and Stretch
Turns and Jumps
Or sign up online
Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative dance conditioning program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon in Australia. This training system develops a dancer’s muscle memory to improve their core stability, weight placement and alignment, as well as over-all strength and control. Dancers perform exercises using a fitness ball or resistance band. The tools give the dancer immediate feedback on their placement while training specific muscle groups and co-ordinations required for ballet and other dance forms. Each exercise has been developed with the care and guidance of a team of physiotherapists. The system is now taught world wide and has helped countless dancers prepare for careers in dance.
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Go to our Adult RAD Ballet Exam Program page for full details.
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 6th year and is steadily growing.
If you are interested in our Adult RAD Ballet program, please fill in the following form by clicking the link and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible:
New Student Form
Dancers interested in levels we are not currently offering are also welcome to contact us as we are always looking to start new levels.
Contact us at Joy of Dance at email@example.com or 416-406-3262 to leave a message for RAD Program Director Emily Tench.
Ballet and Contemporary/Modern
Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director
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. No refunds ON ANY PURCHASES
Please refer to the RAD Program page for its pricing.
1 class = $19.25
5 classes = $90
10 classes = $175
20 classes = $330
(Ballet Pointe, 5 classes = $60)
Valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
NO REFUNDS OR EXTENSIONS.
RAD Jump-in Passes:
Single: $28 +HST
5-Class Pass: $140 +HST
10-Class Pass: $280 +HST
*All ballet students must register for a minimum of one RAD class to be eligible to do RAD Jump-in passes.
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