Work on your fancy footwork at these Toronto dance studios

Looking to refine your rumba or brush up on your break dancing skills? Put on your dancing shoes and shimmy on over to these Toronto dance studios. And don’t worry if you’ve got two left feet — there are plenty of options for beginners if you’re new to the dance floor.

City Dance Corps

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489 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B4

This Toronto institution is renowned for its professional instructors and unrivaled array of dance lessons. The studio offers a variety of beginner, intermediate and advanced courses covering numerous classic dance disciplines: ballet, salsa, modern, tap, hip-hop, jazz and more. Check out the specialty classes on creative styles such as waacking (an disco era style that incorporates arm posing and voguing) and aerial silks, a circus-inspired dance technique that will have you floating in the air. The popular Halloween Thriller dance series will guide you through the spooky steps from Michael Jackson’s iconic music video.

OIP Dance

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190 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1P1

Feel the beat during hip-hop and jazz focused classes for all skill levels at this urban dance studio in Corktown. The lofty main studio is filled with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows and soaring 15-foot ceilings. The talented choreographers and instructors have worked with a number of big-name Canadian entertainers including Jully Black, Shawn Desman and Keisha Chante.

Joy Of Dance Centre & Teachers College

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

Take your dancing skills to the next level or learn a new routine at this popular east-end dance studio. The inclusive space offers private and group lessons for adults, teens and kids in a variety of disciplines including ballet, contemporary, ballroom, jazz, tap and more. The unique Wedding Dance package is a great option for couples who want to wow their guests during their first dance.

National Ballet Of Canada

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470 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3K4

Would-be-ballerinas learn how to pirouette and jeté from the professionals at this special studio inside the National Ballet’s waterfront office. The training space caters to beginner, intermediate and advanced dancers with a variety of ballet, contemporary and jazz classes. The popular DanceFit ballet barre classes are a full-body workout combining barre exercises with cardio intervals and muscle-strengthening exercises.

Elle Fitness and Social

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580 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M3

This women-only fitness club specializes in sassy dance classes designed to boost confidence and work up a sweat. Learn a smokin’ hot Coyote Ugly routine (yes, there’s even a bar to dance on) or master some new…ahem…skills during a racy lap dance lesson. The sassy studio also offers pole dancing classes for various levels; these strength-building cardio sessions are surprisingly challenging and are bound to leave your muscles feeling sore the next day.

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