What types of classes do you offer?We offer technique classes in contemporary dance designed for adult recreational training and exercise for individuals 16 and older. The classes range from beginner to advanced/pre-professional levels. (For classes for ages 3-17, check out our Young Dancers’ Program.)
What is contemporary dance?Contemporary dance is a theatrical style of dancing that developed in the early 20th-century, and often involves the expression of intense emotions and contemporary and/or abstract ideas. It is typically performed barefoot and includes a variety of techniques such as those developed by Martha Graham (based on principles of contraction, release, and spiral) and José Limón (based on principles of weight, fall, and recovery).
How do I know which level is right for me?Please visit pages for each level for detailed information on each class to see which level will be right for you. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the School office.
Can I drop-in any time during the term? Do I have to sign-up ahead of time?Students must register for a full term of either Fundamentals of Contemporary Dance I or II. Our Fundamentals curriculum is specifically designed as progressive, 12 week courses. Since the classes are for beginners and elementary dancers and build from week to week, class cards are not available and dropping in is not permitted after the first week of each course. Attending each class will help you advance more quickly and consistently. Missing an occasional class will not deter your progress; however, you may find the material more difficult to pick up. Nonetheless, attending all classes is not mandatory.
Students for Contemporary Technique may purchase a class card, in bundles of 5, 10 or 20 classes, or are welcome to drop in. See the Contemporary Technique page for more information.
What should I wear to class?We recommend close fitting, comfortable clothing for class, such as leotards, tights, unitards, sweat clothes, leggings, or yoga wear. All classes are in bare feet.
How big is the class and what is the age range?The number of people in each class will vary depending on the time of year and number of drop-ins and registrations per term, per course. The average attendance ranges from 10-15 individuals per class. The maximum class size at any given time is 25.
Classes are open to ages 16 and up. The average age of individuals will vary, depending on those who have registered. At any given time, we have dancers from their twenties and thirties, to fifties and sixties.
What if I find the level I have registered for is too easy/difficult?If you find you have registered for a class that is too easy or difficult, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your particular situation and any possible options. To view a complete list of our policies, please visit our Additional Information & Policies page.
Where are you located? Is there parking at the School?We are located in the heart of Toronto’s historic Cabbagetown, at 80 Winchester Street – just east of Parliament Street, between Carlton and Wellesley Streets. There is street parking available near the School.
For full information on how to get here by public transit, please see our Location & Facilities page.