If it were not for dance, music would only be a series of pitches and rhythms indistinguishable from other ambient sounds such as car horns, bird calls, and conversations concerning a co-worker's office monkey. Give meaning to upbeat melodies with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour introductory Saturday salsa and merengue dance workshop and take-home instructional DVD from the Toronto Dance Salsa studio located at the Empress Walk mall (a $79.10 value, including HST).
Toronto Dance Salsa's roster of instructors and 70-plus dance volunteers spin, twirl, and dip more than 5,000 students each year, mostly from its 1,600-square-foot main studio atop the North York Civic Centre subway. During a lesson, instructors concentrate on teaching pairs and singles leading-following skills, as well as basic body movement and styling. An even male-female ratio is emphasized, with experienced, dance-ophile volunteers only a pirouette away, jumping in and exuding a level of comfort and knowledge usually reserved for sweatsuit-clad professors. The hardwood-laminate flooring goads nimble feet cushioned in flat-bottomed shoes to spin and to slide, and casual dress is advised, though the studio's mirrors best reflect an outfit bedazzled in stardust.
The two-pack DVD Salsa for Beginners follows smitten salsaites home, continuing to coach their new steps with split-screen exercises and drills. With online forums and biweekly outings organized at salsa clubs around the city, Toronto Dance Studio strives to create a community of dance enthusiasts. If bitten by the jitterbug, seek an inoculation with Toronto Dance Studio's full dance card of classes, including intermediate and advanced salsa classes, Zumba, tango, and the MTV Video Star Dance Choreography class, for those looking to settle land disputes with a dance-off. Free two-hour parking at the RioCan lot is validated in the studio.
Toronto Dance Salsa
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.
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