Rond de Gems: The best ballet classes in Toronto

You may be too old for glittering tutus, but you’re never too old to learn (or rediscover) ballet. Toronto’s boasts dozens of adult ballet classes, both for beginners who’ve longed to move with the grace of a ballerina but never had the chance to train, and for skilled dancers looking to keep their skills sharp. [Image credit: iStock.com/PeopleImages]

Barreworks

1
625 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7

At Barreworks fitness studio in Toronto’s west end, you’ll not only get to use the ballet barre (just like a ballerina), but you can also sculpt some serious muscle with resistance bands and weighted balls. A ballet-inspired workouts that works all the muscles used by a dancer’s body (and then some), a Barreworks class also includes pilates and yoga sequences to boot. Oh, and of course, each class comes with a super cool playlist to keep your energy pumping.

The Underground Dance Centre

2
220 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1V6

Learn beginner ballet (or even beginner Beyonce) and take your body to the next level with some of Toronto’s top dance teachers and choreographers under one roof at the Underground Dance Centre. This is also a great place for returning or current ballerinas just looking to switch things up. Note that drop-in classes are held daily, but new students need to register online first.

City Dance Corps

3
489 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B4

It’s not all about building a leaner, longer, stronger body. Ballet also helps you build confidence and develop your concentration, coordination and grace. Adults will enjoy learning ballet terminology, technique and repertoire at this Queen West dance studio (established ballerinas can flex in City Dance Corps’ point, intermediate ballet, or power barre classes). In the beginner-oriented ballet fundamentals class, each move is broken down so newbies can relax and be free to dance in a friendly, non-competitive environment.

Bayview School Of Ballet

4
148 Willowdale Ave, North York, ON M2N 4Y4

Explore rhythm and movement and become more aware of your posture at this world-renowned ballet school in Toronto, one of Canada’s first schools to introduce the Russian classical teaching method. Classes at elementary, intermediate and advanced levels offer a natural progression in the dancer’s development from basic ballet exercises to classical techniques on pointe.

Joy Of Dance Centre & Teachers College

5
302-95 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

Whether you want to dance like Karen Cane or use ballet to build the technical foundation for other dance forms, adult ballet classes at the Joy of Dance Centre studio on Broadview and Danforth will give you the strength, elegance, poise and line that only a ballerina can possess. The gorgeous, sprawling studio space hosts exposed brick and big windows overlooking the Danforth, supplying plenty of light and the fun vibe of an uber-urban dance studio.

Canada's National Ballet School

6
400 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6

Learn the basics of classical ballet in a welcoming environment that’s always encouraging, whether you have one left food or two. While they host some of the world’s most famous ballerinas in their dance company, the National Ballet School also hosts an Introduction to Ballet Workshop, where absolute beginners get the opportunity to develop technique, musicality and grace while progressing at a steady pace over a 15-week program.

The Martha Hicks School Of Ballet Inc

7
2-1660 Avenue Rd, North York, ON M5M 3Y1

This uptown dance studio offers classes for adults and kids, whether you’re looking to get your feet moving in tap shoes or ballet slippers. For those with a limited ballet background, the beginner ballet class at this school offers a great workout in strength, flexibility, cardio, and encourages better posture and grace to boot. All ballet classes start with exercises at the barre to tone and strengthen your body, so grab a pair of leotards and get your derriere on the dance floor.

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