Recently, I’ve become obsessed with taking dance classes in the GTA. For the record, I can’t dance. I mean, I took jazz, tap, and ballet until I was twelve, but I don’t think that counts when trying to be cool in hip-hop or sexy in heels.
Dance, however, is one of the best cardio workouts you can get. Not to mention, probably the most fun. If you’re looking to spice up your workout routine without the fuss of equipment, below are the top dance studios in Toronto area that I suggest. And don’t worry – you don’t need to be a trained dance professional to be able to follow along.
The Underground Dance Centre
220 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario
This was the first studio where I attended an adult dance class. I was drawn to this studio because of its convenient downtown location with great access to transit and the wide variety of classes they offer. Most recently, I took a waacking class. Though I still do not know fully understand what waacking is, it was definitely a great sweat. They offer beginner and intermediate lessons in classes like vogue, dancehall, hip hop and Beyonce, though I would suggest having some dance experience before trying a beginner class as they are pretty fast paced. What’s pretty cool about this studio is that all classes are recorded, meaning you can watch yourself and your progress as you continue to take lessons.
300 John Street, Thornhill, Ontario
Dancified is basically a place for “grown-ups” (whatever that means). The classes take place weekday mornings and is best for those moms with kids in school or those who have a flexible work schedule. Located in Thornhill, the adults-only studio features all types of classes, from jazz and lyrical to ballet and more. Right now, they have an amazing deal on Groupon offering class packages for up to 64% off.
619 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario
Perhaps one of my favourite spaces in Toronto, this studio is brand new and super welcoming. This is where I first discovered dancing in heels and K-POP. Though the classes are taught to learn a specific dance, there is typically a lot of opportunity to freestyle and show off, focusing more on personality than on choreography. This studio also provides private Latin, ballroom, and salsa classes and your first group class is on the house!
Fitness Studio Detox
500 Oriole Pkwy, Toronto, ON
Located in Midtown, my favourite class in Toronto is available at this studio. The studio is more of a fitness centre that offers a couple dance classes each week rather than a fully dedicated dance centre. Unlike the other studios in Toronto, these classes do not teach choreography, but rather have a teacher at the front with dancers simply copying moves. My favourite class is called Dance Fusion on Saturday mornings and includes dancehall, afro, salsa, and more inspired moves. If you’re looking for a class that’s tons of fun and truly for beginners, this class is for you.
Other notable mentions for great studios include Metro Movement for Ballet and Tap, Front and Centre Dance Academy for Zumba, Elle Fitness Studio for fun yet challenging workshops to the latest dance hits, and Brass Vixens for pole dancing.
Where do you go for dance classes in Toronto? Let us know in the comment section.
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