At Blueheel Dance Studio, instructors encourage students to find the dance that’s pulsing within. Using the internationally recognized Professional Dance Vision International Dance Association syllabus, instructors begin by emphasizing simple steps, syncopation, and rhythm. After establishing a firm base, students are set free to explore their skills in group lessons and social dance parties staged on the studio’s expansive hardwood dance floor. Workshops introduce children and their families to competition dance instructors Artur Adamski and Ariel Oziewicz, who have both trained with some of the top trainers in the business, including Shirley Ballas. They've also trained and performed with Dancing with the Stars dancers Val Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson, Edyta Sliwinska, and Louis Van Amstel. Offering instruction in ballroom, salsa, merengue, tango, and bachata, instructors open the door to dance forms that convey a gamut of emotions ranging from love and joy to passion and wild indifference.
Instructors at the Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios believe that stiff, stilted dancing isn't a result of too little talent—it's a result of too much information. Dancing comes naturally to most people, they profess, and harnessing that nature is simply a matter of simplifying the process. When teachers bombard pupils with dance patterns and technical details, the students' brains take over their bodies, leading to awkward steps and uncomfortable performances. At Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios, teachers instead introduce students to a few easy steps they can use over many styles of music. Once they feel like second nature, steps are gradually differentiated until every dancer can execute Latin and ballroom moves in a flowing manner. They've dubbed this the SNAP teaching method, and though slow-going at first, it often helps students learn to dance even faster than with detail-heavy or battery-powered dance-shoe methods.
Awarded Best Dance Studio by Cambridge Times, Move With Grace instructs in the ways of sway with a host of fun and educational dance classes. Toe-tapping sessions can aid in body and mind development, including multi-tasking skills crucial to future success such as how to follow a lesson while keeping your tutu on. The family-friendly facility houses a 2,500-square-foot wireless lounge for parents to chill as their offspring twist and shout. Sift through a spectrum of seminars including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical contemporary, as well as Kidazzle and Tot classes for 3–5 year olds. Check out the class schedule for all the hip-shaking happenings.
Toronto Dance Salsa's roster of instructors and more than 70 dance volunteers spin, twirl, and dip more than 5,000 students each year, from both its 1,600-square-foot main studio atop the North York Civic Centre subway and three other area locations. During lessons, instructors concentrate on teaching pairs and singles leading-following skills, as well as basic body movement and styling. While all instructors have their speciality, they all share a passion for dance that kicked-started their careers, and—for many of them—led to performing as well as teaching. An even male-female ratio is emphasized during classes, with experienced volunteers able to jump in and exude a level of comfort and knowledge usually reserved for sweatsuit-clad professors.
To complement the artistic side of the studio, Toronto Dance Salsa also features a full roster of strengthening, conditioning, calorie-burning fitness classes. With a flexible schedule that includes morning, lunchtime, and evening classes, the DayFit program grants students of any schedule with energizing workouts. Power yoga and hatha yoga classes boost flexibility while centering the mind, and Core Fusion melds the ancient art of yoga with the core benefits of Pilates. True to its dance roots, the studio also offers Zumba, a Latin-dance infused class designed to burn calories through invigorating music.
Dance District straightens out pairs of left feet with instruction in a variety of dance styles, including ballroom, salsa, disco, tango, and swing. With this deal, clients will get a one-hour private dance lesson from one of Dance District's dexterous instructors. Hit the private lesson solo to hone your skills with one-on-one attention or bring along a sweetie for no additional cost. Having spent 60 minutes conquering the two-headed beast of rhythm and coordination, guests will be eligible for two supervised practice dance sessions, held on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Each two-hour practice session is overseen by a Dance District instructor, ensuring that pitfalls and bad habits are both side- and box-stepped. This Groupon also grants clients access to a Dance District dance party, held on the last Friday of each month. The 2.5-hour dance party brings together an armada of earnest movers and shakers, expanding guests' social circles through the unbridled power of dance and mutual interest in raspberry jam.
By the end of the day, a steady stream of kids aged 3–12 have pirouetted, leaped, and popped and locked their way out of each of Dance Kids Canada's studios, but the teachers ensure they take a few other things with them. In carrying out the studio's mission of making dance lessons accessible to all, they use the medium as a means for pupils to get early starts on arts education, hone leadership and social skills, and encourage open-mindedness. Their students develop character in classes, summer camps, and birthday parties. At the end of each class session, friends and family gather while the kids show off during recitals.