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Adult Ballet Classes

FALL TERM 2019

Sunday, September 8 –
Monday, December 23, 2019

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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SCHEDULING NOTE:

The studio is CLOSED on Sunday, October 13 and Monday, October 14, 2019 for THANKSGIVING.

CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS holidays are Tuesday, December 24 – Thursday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 31 – Wednesday, January 1.

Available Classes

Ballet

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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.

Advanced Beginner 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.

Elementary/Intertmediate Ballet

For dancers with 3-5 years of ballet training or an RAD Intermediate equivalency. Emily is focused on educating her students on the fundamentals 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! This ballet class is accompanied by popular, and incredible, pianist Valentina Gurovsky.


Pointe

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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. An assessment is $30 plus HST for 45 minutes.

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.

Elementary Pointe

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

Elementary 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 strongly encouraged to take the Elementary/Intermediate Ballet class before this class to ensure your body is warmed up and fully prepared for a pointe class.


Ballet Workshops and Intensives

Sugar Plum Fairy Variation

Saturday, November 16

Saturday, December 14

2-4:00 p.m. with Emily

Pre-requisite: 3+ years of ballet experience
Nutcracker Season is almost upon us! This Fall join Joy of Dance Centre for 2 special holiday variation workshops introducing dancers to the classic Nutcracker Ballet variation, The Sugar Plum Fairy.
Dancers at an Elementary-Intermediate level ballet are welcome to come take this open workshop in soft shoes. Dancers working at an Advanced 1 or 2 level are encouraged to take the workshop on pointe. Male dancers are welcome! Slight amendments to this traditionally female choreography will be made to provide a male version.
Level 3 and 4 Teens from Joy of Dance students are also able to attend.

Workshops are based off the RAD’s new Discovering Repertoire syllabus, Level 4.

Note: Bring your tutus! Tiaras will be provided.

Fee: $28 for one or $50 for both

*Joy’s registered Adult RAD students may use any unused make-up classes for these workshops. They can also use their RAD Jump-in passes to pay for them.

Pas de Deux Workshop

Friday, January 3   5-7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 4   2-4:00 p.m.

with Marq Frerichs

Pre-requisite: 3+ years of ballet experience

Pas de deux is a classical ballet term meaning “a step for two.” It is a duet that is usually performed by a female and male dancer. The work includes assisted turns and jumps, and lifts.

Note: Intermediate-Advanced level adults welcome and Level 2-4 teens welcome.

Fee: $28 for one or $50 for both

*Joy’s registered Adult RAD students may use any unused make-up classes for these workshops. They can also use their RAD Jump-in passes to pay for them.

Holiday Ballet Intensive

Sunday, December 29
Join Irene Yacoub for a day of Ballet! Work off the Turkey and get away from the Holiday Chaos!
Schedule: 
10:30-11:15 a.m. – PBT class (bring your own Ball)
11:30-1:00 p.m. – Advanced Intermediate Drop-In Ballet Class
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Jewels Variation Class

Please register early to confirm your spot!

Fees: Each class can be purchased as a single Joy of Dance Jump-In class ($17.50, or class card)
$45 for Set of 3: PBT, Ballet Class, Variation class

Note: PBT: Requires a 55cm-65cm fitness ball. Please bring your own ball. We have a pump. Arrive early to pump up your ball!
Ballet - Adult RAD Exam Program

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.


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.

 

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 info@joyofdance.ca or 416-406-3262 to leave a message for RAD Program Director Emily Tench.

Instructors

Allison Nichol

Ballet and Contemporary/Modern

Emily Tench

Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director

Irene Yacoub

Ballet & 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 1 credits per SPRING/SUMMER term and must be used within term.  No refunds ON ANY PURCHASES

Please refer to the RAD Program page for its pricing.

CLASS FEE

$240

plus HST
per term

Jump-in Classes

1 class = $17.70
5 classes = $85* (Students = $77)
10 classes = $155* (Students = $140)
20 classes = $295* (Students = $266)
(Barre Portion of Jump-in Ballet Class = $11)

Valid for 6 months from date of purchase.
NO REFUNDS OR EXTENSIONS.

*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 = $300/month +HST
3 months unlimited = $250/month +HST

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

RAD Jump-in Passes:

Single: $28 +HST
5-Class Pass: $133 +HST
10-Class Pass: $255 +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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