Our Studio

As one of Toronto's top voted dance studios, we strive to offer the very best in adult, youth and teen dance class instruction in a friendly and welcoming environment. Dance is the fastest pathway to joy, so come here to leave your troubles on the dance floor.

Stay up to date!


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Joy of Dance Centre, 95 Danforth Ave, Suite 302, Toronto, ON, M4K 1N2, http://www.joyofdance.ca. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Adult Ballet Classes

SPRING TERM 2018

Sunday, May 6 –
Saturday, June 30, 2018

SUMMER TERM 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.

View all classes
SCHEDULING NOTE:

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

Ballet

Jump in or register for these classes

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.

Adult Pointe Work

As beautiful as it is challenging. In Emily’s pointe class you will learn slowly and step by step the necessary strengthening exercises for your legs and feet. This progression is essential for pointe work. Prospective students are asked to book an assessment lesson with Emily before joining the class. She looks for dancers with at least 3 years of continuous training in Ballet in order to ensure you have the necessary strength and technique to proceed safely.

Beginner Pointe

Teaches you correct alignment and posture as well as strengthening exercises for your feet and legs. You begin at the barre and slowly work up your skills until you are ready to dance very simple enchainments in the center.

Level 1 Pointe

Takes the basic training you have received in the Beginner Level and teaches you a more challenging vocabulary. This level speeds things up, and takes you off the barre sooner for basic pointe variations.


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.

 

GRADE 6

 

1.5 hr class

Grade 6 RAD is a beautiful syllabus based on the style of the Romantic period. It draws its inspiration from Romantique ballets like Giselle, La Sylphide and Raymonda.

On top of training in classical ballet, the Grade 6 syllabus Includes training in contemporary dance and Polish Court Dance (as seen in traditional versions of Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia).

The contemporary and Court Dance training aids in the learning of the romantic ballet style, as well and being a fun addition to the variety of movement styles ballet dancers perform on a regular basis.

Dancers will be trained progressively with initial focus on postural alignment and control, moving into a broader focus on the use of epaulement and artistry of the port de bras. Emphasis will also be placed on all elements of ballet: Adage, Pirouettes, Allegro, etc.

 

Course Expectations: Dancers interested in taking Grade 6 should have 3-4 years of ballet experience.

Dancers should be prepared to take 2-3 ballet classes per week, including the Grade 6 classes. This will ensure the fitness level required for Grade 6. 

Dancers should be prepared to practice at home a few hours each week. This ensures progress week to week as well as supports dancers’ memorization of the set work once that is required.

 

Mondays: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Thursdays: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

 

Fees:

Once/ week: 9 classes: $162+ ($18/class)
Twice/ week: 18 classes: $324+ ($18/class)

Drop in Rate for Registered Students Only: $20+

*No accompanist for this class

 

Next Exam Period: November/December 2018

 

INTERMEDIATE (term starts Thursday, April 26)

 

1.5 Hour Classes (special accelerated program)

This accelerated exam course is for experienced dancers who have at least 4 years of training and have been on pointe for at least 1 full year.

Interested dancers will need an assessment with Emily to determine if this is the right course for them.

Note: Dancers interested in Advanced level RAD exams must have passed their Intermediate exam first.

 

Course Expectations: Dancers must be prepared to take 2-3 drop-in classes and 1 pointe class at the Intermediate level, per week, to be prepared for this exam.

Dancers must be prepared to practice at home, a minimum of 3 hours a week to ensure progress and memorization of the exam material.

 

Thursdays: 6:00-7:30

 

Fees:

Once/ week: 10 classes: $200+* ($20/class)

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.

 

Next Exam Period: Late July/August 2018

 

ADVANCED FOUNDATION

 

2 hr class

Advanced Foundation (which is equivalent to the RAD’s old Intermediate level prior to 1990’s) is a very challenging syllabus. Only dancers with a weekly, dedicated ballet practice should apply for this level. See below for per-requisites.

Female Dancers are required to wear “dead” pointe shoes, or “soft bock” shoes for class. There is a huge pointe component to this exam and the solo variation is performed on pointe, wearing either a tutu or a skirt.

Male Dancers will be working on many advanced turns and jumps, beyond what the women are required to practice. There are challenging, fun, solo variations for the men to learn as well.

Dancers will continue to train progressively (see note below). Emily demands a high level of attention to postural alignment and control which takes practice and dedication from the dancer to achieve. Injury prevention and clean alignment is a must.

 

Course Expectations: Pre-Requisite for Exam: Having passed their Intermediate RAD Exam

Pre-Requisite for course without exam: 5+ years of ballet training. Recent training at an Intermediate level. 2-3 years of Pointe experience.

Dancers should be prepared to take 4-5 ballet classes per week, including the Advanced Foundation Exam classes. This will ensure the fitness level required for Advanced Foundation.

Dancers should be prepared to practice at home 3-5 hours each week. This ensures progress week to week as well as supports dancers’ memorization of the set work once that is required.

Note: This course began on September 2017. The class has been working to develop new concepts and movements and gaining the strength and flexibility required for the set exam material. In January 2018, we will begin to work on the syllabus material.

 

Sundays: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (2:00-4:00 p.m. after June 17, 2018)

Mondays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00-12:00 p.m.

 

Fees:

Once/ week: 9 classes: $207+ ($23/class)
Twice/ week: 18 classes: $395+ ($22/class)
Three/ week: 27 classes: $567+ ($21/class)

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

*No accompanist for this class

 

Planned Exam Period: November/December 2018 (some dedicated dancers may be ready for a Summer Exam)


 

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.

 

GRADE 6

 

1.5 hr class

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

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

 

Fees:

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

 

Fees:

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.

 

ADVANCED FOUNDATION

 

2 hr class

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

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

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

 

Fees:

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 Adult Ballet Summer Intensive

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.

Schedule


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

Instructors

Emily Tench

Teen and Adult Ballet Program Director

Allison Nichol

Ballet and Contemporary/Modern

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.

CLASS FEE

$120

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.
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 = $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.

Signing Up Is Easy

Step 1

Create your profile

Step 2

Select a class and register yourself into class

Step 3

Pay for class online or by phone

Experience the joy of dance with us

Thank You! Your Message is Send

Your inquiry was successfully delivered and one of our experts will review it shortly!