◊ THE CLASS: Ballet Boot Camp◊
WHAT YOU NEED
Ballet slippers or socks
Legwarmers, not required, this is just one of few places you can get away with it
Bodysuit and tights, otherwise fitted gear to be able to see posture and form
We were on the hunt for a drop-in ballet inspired kick-ass workout, which can be difficult to find since many dance studio’s require a full semester commitment. Enter City Dance Corps. They offer drop-in classes for an endless amount of classes from everything from dancehall to jazz funk to bollywood to musical theatre tap, literally everything. We took Ballet Boot Camp and our experience was fabulous. The staff was friendly, the space is beautiful with a ton of character and feels like a perfectly worn in shoe, and even with classes for advanced and regular dancers, it’s not at all intimidating for newbies. Even with a dance background, the class pushed us hard and we worked until the last second with elements that challenged our coordination just as much as our strength. The studio, all three floors of it, ooze immense community vibes and it’s immediately understood how one could start dancing at CDC at 5 years old and still take classes at 35. Well worth a visit.
CDC’s location is awesome. Easily accessible by transit, walking or driving, it’s surrounded by fantastic shops and restaurants which makes it a perfect location to squeeze in a post-class Sunday brunch and a sneaky shop. The studio is located right on Queen Street West, one block west of Spadina. By public transport, the closest subway station is Osgoode which is about a 10 minute walk down Queen West, or the Queen West street car stops right in front of the studio. There are a few Green P parking lots near the studio (just of Denison Ave or a block north on Spadina) or street parking on Queen is always an option if you can snag a spot.
CLASS SCHEDULE + PRICE
CDC offer’s two types of classes; drop-in classes and registered classes. The drop-in class schedule offers over 100 classes per week with an incredible variety of styles and levels for anyone and everyone. Because of the massive schedule and studio space (they have 6 studios in total) the class schedule is packed with 15-18 classes running everyday, always starting after 11:00am (#goals) and running until 9:00pm. It’s not necessary to sign-up ahead of time, just show up, pay up and get ready to dance off – but becasue of the busyness of the studio we recommend to show up at least 15 minutes prior to class to get yourself sorted. For beginners – these guys have you covered, with a specialty “Absolute Beginners” Series so any class with an “AB” is designed for dancers with little to no previous dance training, but big dreams.
- Drop-In Classes: $18
- Card of 5 Drop In Classes: $80 ($16 pc)
- Card of 10 Drop In Classes: $150 ($15 pc)
- Unlimited Monthly Drop In Classes $150
- Promotion – intro offer, 2 week unlimited pass $50
These prices are great. Under $20 after tax for an hour workout is the lowest that we’ve seen yet. The unlimited pass options are great value as well given the extensive line up of classes offered.
Registered classes included Latin Dance Classes, Special Workshops, Performance Classes and Beginner’s Courses. Registered classes require a sign-up ahead of time and payment in full for the semester. Prices and schedules are for adult classes only FYI, check here for youth classes.
The design aesthetic of CDC is eclectic, lived-in and has a ton of character. We fell in love with the old hardwood floors, beautiful brick walls and picture windows that let in a ton of natural light. The main lobby is located on the second floor, on the left side at the top of the stair-case (to the right is a completely different business called Fly Studios that’s also worth a visit). The entire studio is huge with 6 studios, change rooms, bathrooms and waiting spaces spread across 3 different floors and 8,000 sq/ft, but because of the layout in such an old building, it can be a bit confusing if you’re new and crammed during the change over of classes. The change rooms are small with minimal space to store your belongings so it’s best to keep your things with you in the studio. Unlike many of the new fitness studio’s flooding the Toronto scene, CDC isn’t fussed with providing extras like blow-dryers or hair ties. You’re there to dance, darlin’.
Unless in a specifically intermediate or advanced class, the levels of experience and training can be very diverse in the majority of the classes. Our class had a 20 people capacity and was about 75% full with a mix of male and female, an age range from 18-50, and an experience level from beginner to advanced. There’s really something for everyone, folks.
male and female changerooms
- plenty of merchandise for sale including dance shoes (tap, ballet, salsa), CDC logo gear, and bodysuits
The space can be rented out for events, photoshoots, etc. with access to a full kitchen
Elizabeth is just the loveliest. She has incredible energy that is just as much calm and elegant as it is motivating. She encouraged us constantly throughout the class and pushed us with a lot of difficult exercises, example = 40 pulsing squats in second position grande plie. Yikes. She also embodies the kind of elegant dancer grace us normal humans aspire to. While doing ab bicycles for five minutes straight, she didn’t miss a beat, loose her breath or break a sweat. The rest of the staff was warm and helpful and made sure we knew how to navigate all three floors and exactly where to find our class.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL
We gave this class a solid HARD. The class was fluid, intense, and challenged our muscles, balance, and coordination; basically it kicked our ass. The Ballet Boot Camp class is designed to incorporate ballet, yoga and Pilates based movements for a continuous fat burning workout that will leave you feeling tall and toned and as graceful as Misty Copeland for half a second. The class is set to fun, upbeat music (even though we barely noticed it becasue we were so focused on the class) and the class moves through a core section, balance section and a small routine all set in the centre of the room. The class was simple enough that a beginner wouldn’t get lost in the exercises but still a killer workout for the seasoned dancers. This is one of CDC’s signature classes and is built to create long, lean, and tones muscles – and if Elizabeth is any indication of what you can look like if you do this on the regular, IT WORKS.
To try a class at CDC, see below for their contact info.
City Dance Corps Web: www.citydancecorps.com Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Phone:416.260.2356 Instagram| Twitter