The School of Ballet Espressivo specializes in adult dance education and is expanding its offering to include not only classes in ballet, modern dance and improvisation, and ballet floor-barre but also public performance opportunities for its students. The school’s bright and beautiful studio, with a 800 square foot sprung floor, is located in the heart of the city at Yonge and Bloor.
Early registration is highly recommended!!!
A FANTASTIC WORKOUT & A GREAT STRESS RELIEVER!
Tired of backaches, sore shoulders, general stiffness! Put that spring back into your step!
Benefits: prevents injury; improves alignment, balance, posture, flexibility, co-ordination, and circulation; tones and elongates; develops core strength; engages the body and mind, increasing one’s powers of concentration.
Our approach to dance education is unique!
The Ballet Espressivo School, founded in 2006, offers courses in classical ballet, modern dance, dance improvisation, ballet floor-barre (stretching and strengthening), and our latest addition – performance opportunities for its students, led by its instructor Donna Greenberg, who has over twenty-five years of teaching experience, and a background in both music and a variety of dance-styles. Throughout the lessons, thorough and constructive feedback is given, feedback needed for students to progress, to avoid injuries, and to prevent the development of bad habits. The student-teacher ratio is kept low in order to maximize time for addressing individual student needs. Much emphasis is placed on not only correctness of form but also musicality, line, and artistry. The courses are designed for adults, for those seeking recreation, or wishing to improve bodily alignment and overall physical condition, or those aspiring to a more serious study of dance. The Ballet Espressivo School has an international reputation, attracting students from Toronto and its environs and even abroad.
Adult Ballet for the Absolute Beginner I* No previous dance experience is needed!
Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. April 3 – June 26, 2018 – No class on April 17, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. April 5 – June 28, 2018 – No class on April 19, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Saturday afternoons from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. April 7 – June 30, 2018 – No classes on April 21, 2018 & May 19, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 211.31 (HST included)
Adult Ballet for the Advancing Beginner I* For students who have taken the Adult Ballet for Absolute Beginner I for at least two semesters. This is the next level before Adult Ballet for Absolute Beginner II.
Monday evenings from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. April 2 – June 25, 2018 – No class on May 21, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. April 5 – June 28, 2018 – No class on April 19, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Adult Ballet for the Absolute Beginner II *For students who have taken the Adult Ballet for Advancing Absolute Beginner I or who have had some recent training in ballet as an adult student (at least two years).
Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. April 2 – June 25, 2018 – No class on May 21, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Saturday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. April 7 – June 30, 2018 – No classes on April 21, 2018 & May 19, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 211.31 (HST included)
Adult Ballet for the Advancing Beginner II *For students who have taken the Absolute Beginner’s Class II for at least one year, or who have had some recent previous training in ballet as an adult student (at least three years).
Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. April 4 – June 27, 2018 – No class on April 18, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Adult Ballet for the Intermediate*Ideal for those with previous ballet training experience as an adult student for at least four years!
Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. April 3 – June 26, 2018 – No class on April 17, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 230.52 (HST included)
Ballet Floor Barre – Stretching & Strengthening
Reap the benefits of a low stress, low impact and highly rewarding form of exercise that tones the body, burns calories, increases core strength, improves flexibility, alignment, posture and boosts self-image. Students will be guided through a systematic and thorough approach to stretching and strengthening including extensive wall work. Through this ballet floor barre, students will gain greater knowledge of core support and control while studying classical ballet technique i.e. how to work efficiently, according to the laws of the body, as well receiving plenty of individualized attention. An excellent preparation and/or complement to our regular ballet classes as well all other forms of dance, sports and physical activities.
Monday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. April 2 – June 25, 2018 – No class on May 21, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 189.84 (HST included)
Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. April 4 – June 27, 2018 – No class on April 18, 2018 - 12 classes for $ 189.84 (HST included)
Saturday afternoons from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. April 7 – June 30, 2018 – No classes on April 21, 2018 & May 19, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 174.02 (HST included)
Contemporary Dance & Improvisation
No previous dance experience is needed! An eclectic approach to contemporary dance.
Our approach to Contemporary Dance is to instruct the student in a freer and less structured type of dance that focuses on movement from the torso, an expanded movement vocabulary, and individual expression. All classes include barre work, centre work, and the learning of short choreographic pieces designed to get the student moving fluidly, confidently, and musically, as well as a short section of dance improvisation to allow students to explore, experiment, and create movements based on what they have learned during the lesson. This is a fun way for the students to liberate themselves as dancers and develop personal expression with a strong emphasis on musicality.
Contemporary Dance & Improvisation is now a mixed level class open to both absolute beginners through to more advanced students. Technical levels will be adjusted to suit the level of the individual student. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from each other.
Friday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. April 13 – June 29, 2018 – No class on April 20, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 211.31 (HST included)
Following the success of our previous student recitals (2015-2017) as well as our student performances at the UofT Festival of Dance at Hart House Theatre (2015- 2018) and at Youth Day Toronto (2015), Ballet Espressivo students who are enrolled in the Performance Classes (see below) will once again be performing works choreographed by Donna Greenberg at our Summer Recital held at the Ballet Espressivo studio on Sunday June 24, 2017 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
This is a wonderful opportunity for Ballet Espressivo students to discover what it is like to work on a dance and perform in front of a live audience in an intimate and supportive venue.
Students will learn how to study, prepare, and perform a choreographic work. They will have the opportunity to work on various technical and aesthetic aspects as well as develop their individual expressive abilities within the framework of an ensemble piece.
For videos of previous performances see:
Absolute Beginners’ Ballet Dance:
Open to all Ballet Espressivo students registered in the following courses: Adult Ballet for the Absolute Beginner I, Advancing Absolute Beginner I, and Adult Ballet for the Beginner II
****All students must be registered in either one or more of the above classes for the Spring 2018 session.
Wednesday evenings from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. April 11 – June 27, 2018 – No class on April 18, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 174.02 (HST included). Payment due upon registration.
Advanced Students’ Ballet Dance:
Open to all Ballet Espressivo students registered in the following courses: Advancing Adult Ballet for the Beginner II and Adult Ballet for the Intermediate,
****All students must be registered in either one or more of the above classes for Winter 2018 sessions.
Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m April 13 – June 29, 2018 – No class on April 20, 2018 - 11 classes for $ 211.31 (HST included). Payment due upon registration.
Stipulations: (Please read carefully):
1. Number of Students: Not more than 10 students per class, with enrollment on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students must email Donna Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
2. Attendance: All students must be willing to commit to ALL rehearsals as well as to ALL dress and technical rehearsals and performances. Students must arrive on time at each rehearsal, be warmed up by the beginning of the class, and be ready to work. Students who miss more than two rehearsals per session (i.e. fall and winter sessions,) will be required to withdraw from the project without refund of tuition fees.
3. Waiver: All students must be willing to sign a permission form granting Ballet Espressivo permission to take and use any photos or videos of the classes/rehearsals/performance for promotional purposes.
4. Students must pay for their own costume and/or footwear required for the performance.
Individual Coaching/Personal Training
Individual instruction is available for individuals who are unable to attend scheduled classes or who simply prefer exclusive private sessions. Available as well are “trouble-shooting” consultations for the professional dancer wishing to target problem areas, stand-out at auditions, or develop uniqueness and artistry. Private classes are arranged on an individual basis at a mutually agreeable time.
Instructor: Donna Greenberg: Teacher, choreographer, dance filmmaker, singer/songwriter/composer and artistic director of Ballet Espressivo, has been teaching for over twenty-five years. Benefit from her vast knowledge of techniques, rich musical and performance background and artistic flair.
All students must pre-register to ensure a place in the class. Our courses are very popular and are kept small, providing much individual attention, and so early registration is encouraged. There are no drop-in classes.
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Email: email@example.com or phone: 647.294.0784 All classes are held at Ballet Espressivo The Charles Promenade 730 Yonge Street Suite 228, Toronto M4Y 2B7 (one block south of Bloor St. on the west side. Enter through the front entrance of the Charles Promenade, Bloor/Yonge subway stop). Paid underground parking is available entrance off Charles Street.
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