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The Best Dance Classes in Toronto

The best dance classes in Toronto will give you a chance to try styles from hip-hop and house to ballet and ballroom. Some will have you mingling with the stars of Toronto's urban dance scene or National Ballet ballerinas, while others offer you free salsa alongside your Sunday brunch. All have drop-in classes, so you can try new styles without a big commitment.

Here are the best dance classes in Toronto.

The Underground Dance Centre
So You Think You Can Dance alumni and dancers on tour with major artists are frequent guest instructors at this Richmond Street studio. A full schedule of drop-in classes in contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop runs every day until 11pm for your dancing convenience.

City Dance Corps
Tucked away upstairs at Queen and Spadina, City Dance Corps offers classes in tons of different styles including ballet, hip-hop and lyrical, at all levels. Its 2-week unlimited intro package is an ideal way to try something new, or get back into the dancing groove.

Dovercourt House
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! Dovercourt House plays host to a number of local swing, hula-hoop, and salsa groups. The dance event every Friday held by The Move is one of Toronto's most freeing and fun dance experiences.

Metro Movement
This Danforth studio is especially well known for its excellent drop-in jazz and contemporary classes. Jazz in heels for your inner Beyonce, theatre jazz if you're a Broadway baby, and jazz funk if Bruno Mars is your inspiration - Metro Movement has them all.

In Studio by The National Ballet of Canada
Housed in their beautiful, professional Lakeshore studios, The National Ballet's In Studio program runs drop-in and registered classes in ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as barre fitness. And who knows who you might see in the halls?

Byfield Dance Experience (BDX)
If your goals encompass both Fred Astaire and Flawless**, BDX is the place for you. This studio specializes in the unlikely duo of tap dance and hip-hop. Located just north of Yonge and Bloor, its owner Shawn Byfield is an award-winning choreographer and experienced teacher and dancer.

Joy of Dance
Salsa, lyrical, hip-hop, Bollywood, even line-dancing--this studio located at Broadview and Danforth has classes in almost every imaginable style at both registered and drop-in rates. Monthly ballroom practice parties give you a chance to dance and socialize too.

After years in the National Ballet's studios, DanceTeq moved to its very own space at Queen and McCaul last year. It offers ballet, pointe and contemporary classes at all levels with live piano accompaniment. Expect to see off-duty professional ballerinas here, both teaching and taking class.

Ballroom and Latin reign at this Liberty Village studio. Besides lessons for everyone from absolute beginner to ballroom competitor, Danceology's weekly practice parties make things social. What's more, every student's first class is free!

Lula Lounge
In addition to being a bar and club, Lula Lounge offers free salsa lessons on Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons. Learn some new moves and show them off on the dance floor after a sangria-fueled dinner or brunch, all followed by live music.

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City Dance Corps. Written by Abigail Ferstman

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