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Dance Classes Toronto ™
Quality Dance Lessons for Beginners
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Canada's largest privately-run Ballroom and Salsa Dance School!
(based on the number of group class students per week)
Canada's largest student outings for Ballroom and Salsa!
Toronto's largest Wedding Dance Choreography School!

Dance Classes Toronto ™ caters to beginner dancers who want to experience the joy of dancing in a fun and friendly environment. We offer quality dance classes in Latin, Ballroom, Cardio Salsa Fitness, Salsa, Swing, Bollywood, Lindy Hop, Tap, etc., and wedding dance lessons in Toronto. Dance Classes Toronto is a dance school that specializes in beginner lessons so our expert instructors excel in teaching absolute beginners. Over 90% of our students are 20 to 40 years old.

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Would you like to dance like those in the famous TV shows or movies of Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Dance With Me, Dirty Dancing, or Shall We Dance?. Now's your chance!

Give a gift of dance to your loved one or friends.
You may sign up for group classes or give a gift certificate.


new The Fall Ballroom and Latin group classes starts mid-Oct 2013. The schedule is now posted. Register quickly for these highly popular ballroom classes!
Only $15/h including tax! Click on the link below.
Latin-Ballroom for Toronto Ballroom Lessons/Classes.
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The following are dance classes/lessons that are held in various locations in Toronto, close to subway lines.


Toronto Dance Classes/Lessons

Single men needed in certain Latin-Ballroom classes.

Click Below for Group Classes

For details on start dates, locations, prices, registration, etc, click on the links below:
  • click: Latin-Ballroom - Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango

    It is highly recommended that you register for the above classes by Oct 17 to avoid disappointment. See our Testimonials. We bring our students to dance outings/practices.

Click Above for Group Classes

Fall 2013 Sep-Nov Classes updatedOct 9
Class/Course Descriptions
Class Locations and Directions
Wedding Dance Choreography Lessons updatedAug 25
Our Dance Students
Testimonials updatedJun 21
Dance School Instructors and Performers
Toronto Traffic
Past Classes

Dance Classes Toronto Parties, Outings, Shows

bullet Watch "So You Think You Can Dance Canada" TV Show Jun 20 to ? updatedJul 26

Dancing With The Stars

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Group and Private Class Information


Class/Course Descriptions

Our classes/lessons offer the best in beginner partner dancing with excellent instructors. The dance classes are at four locations in the downtown Toronto area and one location in the north end. Toronto Dance Salsa runs dancing instruction class/classes and Salsa lesson/lessons.

Click on the following links to jump directly to the various classes:

A private lesson is for an individual or a couple to get dance instruction on a specific dance or dances. The have the flexibility of being booked whenever you are available (group classes are weekly at the same day and time). Semi-private means a small group but more than 2 people with the flexibility of private lessons.


Latin-Ballroom

These classes are 1-hour per week for 9 weeks. Please be aware that our classes are fast-paced and is designed for people 16-40 years old. We are aware there are always exceptions (eg, if you already have some prior dance experience).

Class Name Description
Latin-Ballroom
level 1
In this class, you will learn six dances:
  • Latin: (International-style) Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive
  • Ballroom: (American-style) Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango
For each dance, you'll learn four to five figures, allowing you to navigate around the room comfortably by the time you've completed the class. At the end of nine weeks, you will attend a graduation dance at a real ballroom! People attending corporate parties and wedding receptions find this course quite helpful. This course is also good for couples preparing for their wedding (first) dance.
Latin-Ballroom
level 2
Having mastered the figures in Level 1, you will learn more figures in this second level class. We introduce International-Style Waltz and Tango as well as introduce Quickstep and Samba. We'll incorporate more technique and styling as well. Once you've completed this class, you'll be quite comfortable dancing in ballrooms.
Latin-Ballroom
level 3
Now that you're comfortable with the figures you learned from Levels 1 and 2, you're ready for a challenge! We'll introduce more advanced figures and before you know it, you'll be dancing like the pros.
Latin Variations
(level 4)
In this class, we will concentrate the Latin dances such as Cha Cha, Jive and Rumba and show you interesting figures for each. We recommend this class for students who have completed Levels 2 or 3.
Ballroom Variations
(level 5)
For students who have completed Levels 2 or 3, we offer this "strictly ballroom" class. We'll be teaching various figures in International-style Tango, Foxtrot and Viennese Waltz.
Latin-Ballroom
level 6
This course is for students who have completed Levels 2 or 3 and Ballroom Variations. We will continue with more International-style Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha and Rumba. There will be more emphasis on technique.
Latin-Ballroom
level 7
This course is for students who have completed Level 6. There is more Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Quickstep.
Latin-Ballroom
level 8
This course is for students who have completed Level 7. We will concentrate on Waltz, with the goal being able to perform the Waltz as a routine.
Latin-Ballroom
level 9
This course is for students who have completed Level 7. We will concentrate on Cha Cha, with the goal being able to perform the Cha Cha as a routine.


Cardio Salsa Fitness

Cardio Salsa Fitness is a dance class focused on salsa footwork, and energized by motivating music for a continuous hour! Gorete makes it surpisingly easy to follow with her clear cuing and consistent breakdown of choreography. The end result, lots of fun, a great workout and moves that you can easily take to the dance floor. NO PARTNER REQUIRED!

These classes are 1-hour per week for 8 weeks.

Class Name Description
Cardio Salsa
Beginner
This class combines salsa and fitness (no partners required!). You require a no salsa or other dance experience. The focus is on Salsa-on-1 "shines".
Cardio Salsa
Intermediate
This class combines salsa and fitness (no partners required!). You require a little salsa or other dance experience. The focus is on Salsa-on-1 "shines".
Cardio Salsa
Advanced
This class uses Salsa-on-2 "shines". You require Salsa-on-2 experience or have attended the Intermediate class.


Salsa-Nightclub

These classes are 1-hour per week for 9 weeks. Please be aware that our classes are fast-paced and is designed for people 20-40 years old. We are aware there are always exceptions (eg, if you already have some prior dance experience).

Class Name Description
Salsa-Nightclub
level 1
In this class, you will learn three dances:
  • Merengue (nightclub-style) - for 1.25 hours
  • Bachata - for 1.25 hours
  • Salsa (Salsa-on-1 style) - for 6.5 hours
In this introductory course, we will teach you at least 10 figures in Salsa and four to five figures in each of Merengue and Bachata. By the end of the session, you'll be able to dance an entire Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa song!
Salsa
level 1
This course is the same as Salsa-Nightclub level 1 except it is only 7 weeks and there is no Merengue or Bachata.
Salsa-Nightclub
level 2
Building on the figures you learned from level 1, we will turn our attention to cross-body lead variations (with the woman traveling from one side to the other, passing on the man's left side). A few additional Bachata figures are also taught.
Salsa-Nightclub
level 3
Now that you can dance the basic figures, we'll teach you traveling right-turn variations. We'll also introduce you to double spins--now you're having fun! A few additional Bachata figures are also taught.
Salsa-Nightclub
level 4
You're set to learn some interesting combinations now that you've mastered the first three levels. These include S-turns, lasso, spider and more cross-body variations.
Salsa-Nightclub
level 5
Ready for some sexy dancing? It's time to learn the Coca-Cola variations and check variations. Put it all together and soon enough, you'll be the star of the dance floor!
Salsa-Nightclub
level 6
This advanced class will focus on a variety of turn patterns, dips, tricks, shines and styling techniques to enhance your dancing. There will be a focus on musicality and dancing the turn patterns "On 2". To attend this class you must have completed level 5 or successfully pass an assessment.
Specialty Classes Description
Salsa
Leading-Following
This class is not offered Spring 2007.
The secret to smooth and sexy salsa dancing is learning to read your partner's signals. In this class, the man will learn how to give signals and the woman will learn how to follow them. You'll learn how, when, and why you give signals. You will also experience reversing roles for the basic steps so you understand leading and following better. We recommend that you complete Level 2 before enrolling in this class.
Salsa
Ladies Styling
Hey Ladies! Here's a class just for you. Learn how to incorporate body waves, ripples and shimmies into your salsa dancing. Add some personality to your dancing while looking sexy and stylish. This class is suitable for those who have completed Level 2 Salsa.
Salsa Singles
level 1
Mix and mingle with young single professionals from the ages of 20-35. You will learn the same things as in Salsa-Nightclub level 1 but the emphasis is on fun and rotating every few minutes.
Salsa
Casino Rueda level 1
This class is not offered Fall 2007.
Casino Rueda is a form of cuban salsa danced in a round circle with 2 or more couples exchanging partners where one person calls out the turn pattern names. Students must have completed level 2 to participate in this class. ttendance will be strict as any absences will affect the entire circle.
Salsa
Casino Rueda level 2
This class is not offered Fall 2007.
Salsa Performance
for Volunteers
A performance class exclusive to our current Toronto Dance Salsa Volunteers. This 12-week class will focus on creating a choreographed 2.5-minute piece using all the turn patterns and shines learned in level 1-5 to be performed at a future salsa outing.


Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop

These classes are 1.25 hours per week for 8 weeks.

Class Name Description
Swing/Lindy Hop
Beginner 1
In this class, you will learn the basics of a form of Swing called Lindy Hop. No experience needed.
Swing/Lindy Hop
Level 2
This class will build on all the fun and fabulous basics and includes another dance called Charleston.
Swing/Lindy Hop
Level 3
This class is a continuation of Level 2. You will refine your technique and connection skills. Of course there will be more complicated dance patterns.
Swing/Lindy Hop
Level 4
This class focuses on dancing at faster tempos, blues and shines.
Lindy Hop
Level 5
You will learn at a fast pace along with syncopated patterns.

Unfortunately we do not offer West Coast Swing at this time. You might want to consider the Swing/Lindy Hop or Latin-Ballroom (which has Jive) classes as alternatives.


Tap Dance

These classes are 1-hour per week for 8 weeks.

Class Name Description
Tap Dance
Beginner 1
This is a basics.
Tap Dance
Level 2
This is a continuation of Beginner 1.
Tap Dance
Level 3
This is a continuation of Level 2.
Tap Dance
Advanced
This is a continuation of Level 3.


Class/Lesson Locations and Directions

The Dance Classes Toronto ™ school currently has several locations. Certain locations are used for certain classes. Please check the current class schedule to determine which locations are used. Click on the respective locations to get directions and see pictures of the building and dance hall.

  • Toronto Dance office:
    38 Elm St, Toronto, ON. M5G 2K5
    - office only, not for lessons
  • Toronto Dance AC:
    The Adelaide Club (Bay & Adelaide)
    1 First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON. M5X 1A9
    - group dance classes (Latin-Ballroom, Salsa-Nightclub) and private lessons
  • Toronto Dance TA:
    Toronto Athletic Club (Bay & Wellington)
    TD Waterhouse Tower, 79 Wellington St West, Toronto, ON. M5K 1J5
    - group dance classes (Latin-Ballroom, Salsa-Nightclub)
  • Toronto Dance DBC:
    Danforth Baptist Church (Danforth & Chester)
    60 Bowden St., Toronto, ON. M4K 2X6
    - group dance classes (Latin-Ballroom only), private lessons, practices
  • Toronto Dance EMU:
    Eastminster United Church (Danforth & Chester) - not used during summer
    310 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON. M4K 1N6
    - group dance classes (Latin-Ballroom) and private lessons
  • Toronto Dance BSE:
    Body and Soul Eglinton (Eglinton & Avenue)
    378 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto, ON. M5N 1A2
    - group dance classes (Latin-Ballroom) and private lessons


Wedding Dance Choreography Lessons updated

Do you have a wedding coming up? Toronto Dance offers wedding dance choreography for your special dance. Also remember about lessons for dances with your parents, wedding party, bridal shower/party, and stagette.

Most (95%) of our students complete an entire choreography within 3 1-hour private dance lessons! We charge $110/hour for one couple or $90/hour for couples who have taken our group classes. We are teaching private lessons at the Adelaide Club and Eastminster United (please click on those links). Some lessons may be taught near Avenue & Eglinton. Prices include a full 60 mins, 13% HST and hall rental.

If your wedding is more than 3-4 months away, we recommend that you attend our group classes so that you are more prepared by the time you wish to work on your choreography. Click here to see our current/future Latin-Ballroom classes.

If you know of a couple getting married and would like to give them a a wedding gift, consider a gift certificate for them to learn how to dance to their special song.

You may also hire an instructor to perform or conduct a class at the reception.
kids dancing at a wedding reception

updatedAug 25: Due to our busy schedules, we can longer accept wedding couples with weddings prior to Sep 25, 2013.

Cancellation Policy: Once you've booked a private lesson, you must cancel by 2:00pm two business days before your lesson to avoid a cancellation charge. For example, if you lesson is booked on Sat, you must cancel by Thurs 2pm. If you cancel after the time limit or don't show up, you must pay a $25 cancellation charge. Even if you booked a lesson for the next day, it is too late to cancel so you are obligated to show up or pay $25. Because of this policy, you must pay an additional $25 that will be used as credit toward your next/final lesson. If you decide not to continue with additional lessons, that $25 will be returned to you.

Some people incorrectly spell wedding as weeding.


Our Dance Students

The majority of our students range in age from 17 to 40 years old. You can see photos of them in our photos page. About 30% of them are singles in Latin-Ballroom and about 50% of them are singles in Salsa-Nightclub.

For our group classes, we have students who travel from throughout GTA, Brantford, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, St. Catharines, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brampton, Mississauga, Aurora, Maple, Barrie, Richmond Hill, Markham, Ajax, Oshawa, Peterborough and Colbourg.

For our private lessons or wedding dance preparation lessons, we have students from as far as Niagara Falls, Sudbury, Quebec City, New York City, Cincinnati, Dallas Texas, Orange Country California and London England!

Check what students have to say about Dance Classes Toronto in Testimonials.


Dance School Instructors and Performers

Our expert instructors excel in teaching group classes and private dance lessons, especially for total beginners. Click on dance instructors to read about our many instructors.

We also have several performers who can perform at your wedding, birthday party, bachlorette party, corporate event, etc. Click on dance performers to read about our performers.


Toronto Traffic updated

Since many of our students travel from outside Toronto every week, click here to check for expressway and major route closures before driving to your salsa-nightclub, latin-ballroom, lindy hop, and tap dance class/lesson. Click here to check Toronto traffic cameras. Also listen to AM 680 on the radio. Click here to check a live Toronto traffic report.


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