◊ WHO THIS IS FOR ◊
ANYONE who WANTS to LET SHIT GO by moving & shaking & sweating
WHAT YOU NEED
A pair of pumps you can dance in, a water bottle
Pumps Tip: No stress if you’ve never danced in pumps before. Below are a few handy pointers so you can choose the right pair and look like a boss.
1) Start with a low heel and work your way up. Yes, I know, the higher the heel the closer to heaven… But you won’t look as cute in heaven with a broken ankle, so start low.
2) Aim for a thick heel. It will give you a better base to stand on and more comfort in the long run. Bonus if they have a platform under the toe. Even if the platform is slight, you’ll be on less of an incline and be able to wear them for longer.
3) Go for a bootie or straps. Something that has a strap across the foot, or ties you in like a bootie, will give your ankles more stability and feel less like you could kick your shoe right off and hit the instructor in the face. It’s happened.
Dance Code Studio Inc. is one of the most talked about and visited dance studios in Edmonton. With a wide range of drop-in classes, a plethora of dance styles, and a vibe that oozes inclusiveness, it’s easy to understand why. The small studio is packed to the brim with spacious dance studios, bumping music and hundreds of people coming in and out of the doors to take classes. With everyone from children to bad-ass babes in their 60’s, this place is a mecca of di.ver.si.ty. We sampled Burlesque Boom (a high intensity class that incorporates burlesque-like movements to engage all body parts) and Beginner Pumps (something the studio is known for). Both classes were so full of energy and #positivevibes that I had a smile on my face the ACTUAL whole damn way home.
Read on for the full article of Dance Code.
Dance Code is located north of Edmonton’s downtown core, in the Queen Mary Park area. With the new MacEwan Building down the street, the studio is perfect for students, and a short commute for anyone coming from downtown. The parking situation is plentiful in front of the building, and it’s easy to get to on public transportation with a ton of bus options on 104th Avenue. The not-so-great thing about the area is that it can be a bit dicey, so we’d recommend driving to the studio if coming in early morning or late at night. Dance Code is located on the lower level of the multi-unit complex but is clearly labeled and easy to access.
Dance Code has a wide range of drop-in classes for adults of all levels of experience and per-registered training programs for young dancers (ages 2-18). Open 7 days a week, most of the adult classes are concentrated in the evening to cater to the after work crowd. The schedule generally sticks to the same timetable so you’re able to take the same class from week to week. Just recently, the fall schedule came out that includes new classes and more assorted class times through the weekend. They’ve also started to include more 6 week pre-registered programs from choreographers around the world (and myself, shameless plug).
Dance Code does NOT accept ClassPass.
Whether you’re just sampling a class or you’re a committed pro, Dance Code has a pass for every type of dancer. For newcomers to the dance scene, the 10 class pass gives a great sense for what the studio has to offer but isn’t a huge commitment. If you’ve been before and love it, the unlimited passes make sense if you plan on attending class only 2x/week. Overall, Dance Code’s prices are super reasonable with a drop-in rate at $20 class and significantly lower per class rates as you buy in bulk.
- Drop in: $20
- 10 Class Pass: $145 ($14.50 per class)
- One Month Unlimited: $110 ($13.75 per class at 2x/wk)
- 3 Month Unlimited: $295 ($12.30 per class at 2x/wk)
- 6 Month Unlimited: $575 ($11.98 per class at 2x/wk)
- 1 Year Unlimited: $975 ($10.16 per class at 2x/wk)
Dance Code is on the smaller side of some of the dance companies we’ve been to and actually doesn’t include a ton of amenities (no showers, shared washrooms, no lockers, or a lot of space to get ready) but it’s bursting at the seams with energy. There are 3 studios that vary in shape and size but have all the requirements of a dance studio; full of mirrors, bars, and plenty of open space to dance your face off. There’s a small hallway connecting the studios where students wait for class and the whole time I was there, the hallway was never empty – constantly bursting with uplifting energy and chatter. I do wish there was more space to get ready; but it was clear with the constant flow of students coming and going, the small space worked for the transient nature of the studio.
THE CLASSes 🍍
WAY HARD | HARD | MIDDLE OF THE ROADSIES | CHILL | HELLA CHILL
BURLESQUE BOOM WITH SARAH TORKOLY
Disclaimer. I moonlight as a burlesque dancer so, like, I kinda know. And I was SUPER keen to try the Burlesque Boom class and see how Sarah would interpret burlesque into a workout class bc burlesque can mean very different things to different people. To me, burlesque is a celebration. An opportunity for anyone of any size to celebrate their body and feel sexy in their own skin. At Dance Code, they’ve created Burlesque Boom to be a super high-energy and interval based cardio class that requires you to push yourself as hard as you can, athletically, while trying to look sexy and flaunt your inner Cher. NBD.
The class started with getting our heart rate up with jumping jacks, high knees and jumping lunges. The loud, top-40’s music was pumped to the max to keep the energy high, and we took short water/stretch breaks between every song so we didn’t cool down too much before moving on. We did a series of turns paired with tuck jumps and linked the moves with a box step. Here’s where we started to see a little burlesque flare come into the workout because you could add your own sexy flare.
We continued moving through every section of the body (legs, arms, and abs) by doing sit ups, bicycle crunches and planks etc.. Although I’m rating this Hard, sadly, I didn’t see as much burlesque integrated into the movement after the cardio section because we were so focused on cardio and form. Overall, I love the idea of giving people a taste of burlesque by combining it with a tough, fun workout but there were only a few moments in class where it was possible to incorporate the sexy tease that burlesque is known for into the movements.
BEGINNER PUMP WITH SARAH TORKOLY
I defs sweat the most in this class and it’s earning a Hard for cardio. Having experience dancing in heels before, I found the combinations fairly easy to pick up, but for anyone taking a pumps class for the first time, this would be a perfect place to start and will challenge you for sure.
We started with a warm up to get limber and heart rates up, and then we jumped into choreography. Song for the class: Filthy by Justin Timberlake, and tbh I’m still jamming to it every morning since. I loved how Sarah created the combo as we went. It meant she could adjust the sequence based on how the room at large was reacting to the choreography. I.e. if some people were struggling, she would tone it back. If we all clearly had it, she would make the next part a little more difficult. This also gave her an opportunity to adjust the choreography for anyone with an injury.
The class was very much structured like most professional dance classes; start with a warm up, learn the choreography, break into groups and then perform (and sometimes film – if you’re decent). When you break into groups, it allows for people to get inspired by other dancers and see how each person makes it their own. At the end of the class, Sarah filmed a few of the girls that were SLAYING it and she finished the class by saying she’ll add onto the combo the following Monday – making me want to go back to perfect what I learned. So fun, guys.
And that’s that! Click here to visit Dance Code for yourself and book in for a class!
Sydney is an Edmonton based dancer, instructor and Social Media Manager for Fit-City Guide. When she isn’t in the dance studio strutting her stuff, you can catch her onstage in her alternate glittery persona, Scarlett Von Bomb. She enjoys pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, and is determined to make fitness accessible for everybody and every body.