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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.

Adult Ballet Classes

FALL TERM 2017

Saturday, September 9 –
Saturday, December 23, 2017

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 8 and Monday, October 9 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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.

Floor Barre Conditioning and Stretch – Coming January 2017

A class for dancers of any genre. We begin class with some conditioning exercises targeting different dance specific muscle groups. These exercises will improve posture, alignment and general strength. We will then move into some ballet floor barre exercises. These are basic exercises you might do in a beginner ballet class, but laying on the floor. They help the dancer learn to stabilize the core, while moving the limbs with grace and control. We will finish off the hour with some deep stretching to release the muscles we have worked as well as to improve the dancers lines.


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 4th year and is steadily growing.

Advanced Foundation classes will begin 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 current Intermediate Foundation class is in progress, and will not be open to new students.

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

January – December 2018 1.5 hr class

Next Exam Period: Late Nov – Dec 2018

Students interested must have 3+ years of ballet experience – please contact the studio for application.

 

ADVANCED FOUNDATION 2 hr class

Fall Term Dates: Sunday, September 2017 – Monday, December 18, 2017

Next Exam Period: As dancers are ready, they will be entered into appropriate exam schedule

 

INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION (closed)

Fall Term Dates: Thursday, September 7, 2017 – ongoing

Next Exam Period: Late Nov, 2017

 

INSPIRE: Training towards an RAD exam takes a real commitment. Dancers are expected to practice at home, take other classes and to 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

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

$225

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)
(Ballet Barre 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 = $225/month +HST
3 months unlimited = $200/month +HST

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

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