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Adult Ballet Classes

FALL TERM 2018

Saturday, September 8 –
Sunday, December 23, 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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SCHEDULING NOTE:

The studio is CLOSED on THANKSGIVING Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8, 2018.
We are OPEN on Sunday, November 11, 2018 on REMEMBRANCE DAY.

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.

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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This class is currently not offered at our studios.

Ballet Variations class will be moved to a different date and time within the week, please check our website and social media channels for news. Thank you for your patience.

Ballet - Adult R.A.D. Exam Program

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 began on September 2017 and are ongoing. Exams are planned for Spring 2019. Pr-requisite for this 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 continue until December 2018. Classes are now closed.

Our Intermediate class will begin January 2019 and will replace the existing Grade 6 classes on a twice weekly basis.

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

Winter Term (term dates and holidays tbd):

 

GRADE 6

Grade 6 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.

2 hr class

Mondays: 9:30-11:30 a.m.

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

 

INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION

Interested dancers should contact Emily Tench for an assessment lesson.

2 hr class

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

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

 

INTERMEDIATE

Interested dancers should contact Emily Tench for an assessment lesson. This class will be taught by Irene Yacoub.

2 hr class

Saturdays: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

 

ADVANCED FOUNDATION

Advanced Foundation (which is equivalent to the RAD’s old Intermediate level piror to 1990’s) is a very challenging syllabus, only dancers with a weekly dedicated ballet practice is expected to apply for this level.

2 hr class

Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sundays: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

 

 

Fall Term (15 Weeks):
Saturday September 8, 2018 – Thursday December 20, 2018

Holidays: We are closed on Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8 for Thanksgiving.

Each RAD level generally requires 1 year (or more) of continuous training to complete. Joining our courses after the first term is difficult. Currently, our Grade 6 course is closed.

Note: Prices do not include HST.

 

GRADE 6

Grade 6 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.

2 hr class

Mondays: 9:30-11:30 a.m. (LIVE ACCOMPANIST)

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

Fees:

Once/ week: 15 classes: $390
Twice/ week: 30 classes: $750

RAD Jump-in Passes:

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

All students must register for a minimum of one RAD class to be eligible to do RAD Jump-in passes.

All payments needs to be done by September 16, including the RAD Jump-in passes.

 

INTERMEDIATE (New term will start in January 2019)

Interested dancers should contact Emily Tench for an assessment lesson.

 

ADVANCED FOUNDATION

Advanced Foundation (which is equivalent to the RAD’s old Intermediate level piror to 1990’s) is a very challenging syllabus, only dancers with a weekly dedicated ballet practice is expected to apply for this level.

2 hr class

Thursdays: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sundays: 3:30-5:30 p.m. (LIVE ACCOMPANIST)

Fees:

Once/ week: 15 classes: $390
Twice/ week: 30 classes: $750

RAD Jump-in Passes:

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

All students must register for a minimum of one RAD class to be eligible to do RAD Jump-in passes.

All payments needs to be done by September 16, including the RAD Jump-in passes.

Make up Classes: Each term students are allowed 2 make-up classes per registered class. Please book your make-up classes as early as possible if you know when you will have to miss your registered class. 24 hours notice is requested before a missed class so we can book your make-up. ALL MAKE-UP CLASSES MUST BE BOOKED AHEAD OF TIME. Dancers who do not call in BEFORE their missed class ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for a make-up class.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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

$225

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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