Joy of Dance star

Dance Events
and Workshops


Joy of Dance studio presents special dance workshops and dance performances throughout the year.

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toronto, adult dance lessons, dance workshops
toronto, adult dance lessons, dance workshops
toronto, adult dance lessons, dance workshops
toronto, adult dance lessons, dance workshops

Regular Events

Thursday Workshops ($15) and Ballroom Dance Parties ($12)

Dec 1 – nightclub 2 Step w/Steven
Dec 8 – Ballroom Social
Dec 15 – American Viennese Waltz w/Annie

Jan 5 – Hustle Rueda w/ Mark
Jan 12 – Ballroom Social
Jan 19 – Nightclub 2-Step w/ Steve
Jan 26 – Ballroom Social

Feb 2 – Bolero w/ Annie
Feb 9 – Valentines Social
Feb 16 – American Cha Cha w/ Arpad
Feb 23 – Ballroom Social

Mar 2 – Country 2-Step w/ Mark
Mar 9 – Ballroom Social
Mar 16 – American Waltz  w/ Milena
Mar 23 – Ballroom Social
Mar 30 – American Rumba w/Nicole


Hustle & West Coast Swing Monthly Dance Party

Join us for our Monthly Hustle and West Coast Swing Social

$12 (HST included)

Studio B


Special Events

Pop-Up Class with Shameka Blake

Join Shameka in her Pop-Up class – Hip Hop Choreography

April 13th at 7:30p.m.-9:00p.m.

$21.75 (HST included)

Sign-up online or call us at 416-406-3262



Hollywood's Heels Workshop

Join Hollywood on Wednesdays 7:30 – 9 p.m. on the following dates :

April 20th

May 11th, 18th, 25th

June 1st

$21.75 (HST included)/class



Contemporary and Ballet Workshops with Allison Nichols

Join Allison Nichol for Contemporary and Ballet Workshops!


All levels (mandatory pre-registration) –

  • 1:30-3:00p.m. Ballet Technique (Jumps & Turns)
  • 3:00-4:30p.m. Contemporary (floorwork& Improv)

1 class – $20 (+ HST) per person

Both classes – $35 (+ HST) per person (call the studio to register with discount)

Limited spaces.

Adult Beginner Pointe Workshop Series

We are excited to announce an Adult Beginner Pointe Workshop Series this Spring!

Mondays, April 4 through May 16, 2022. (No class on Easter Monday, April 18th)

8:45pm-9:30pm: Beginner Pointe Workshop with Irene

Beginner Pointe Workshop Fee: $100+HST

*Note: It is expected that dancers take Beginner Plus Ballet before Pointe. It is not safe to take Pointe as a “stand-alone” class, you must be fully warmed-up. Beginner Plus Ballet class is not included in the workshop fee.

Pointe Assessments recommended for new students: 

45 minute private assessment/lesson.

Learn personalized exercises to prepare for pointe workshop.


To Register:

Call: 416-406-3262


Or sign up online:


This 7 week Beginner Pointe workshop focuses on correct alignment and posture to enable safe beautiful pointe work. We begin each class in bare feet, spending 15 minutes on strengthening exercises for the toes, feet and calves. We then put on our pointe shoes for simple barre exercises and slowly work up your skills until you are ready to dance very simple enchainements in the center.

At least 3 years of (recent) ballet training.
Currently taking ballet classes regularly at a Beginner Plus to Elementary level.
Find level descriptions here:

If you have questions about your readiness, please email Ballet Program Director, Emily Tench, at


To strengthen your feet in preparation for pointe please follow along with the video linked below at least 3x/week.

Pre-Pointe Training Exercises

Please review the information below on purchasing your first pair of pointe shoes.

Workshop Faculty: Irene Yacoub
At a very young age, Irene began her training with Cairo Opera Ballet. She was a member of their corps de ballet at the age of 16 and has a repertoire, including, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
After relocating to Canada and receiving her undergraduate degree from McGill University, Irene went back to dancing at Ballet Divertimento under the direction of Victoria Yakabov and Serge Petrosyan. She then performed The Nutcracker with Ballet Ouest as a member of their corps de ballet and completed summer intensives at Ballet Jorgen. Irene continues to dance every day in studios across Toronto. Irene completed her Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and is a Registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She has taught at Joy of Dance since 2017 and is a Faculty Member of the Teen and Adult RAD Ballet Programs.


Purchasing Your First Pointe Shoes

Dancers should consult with their ballet teacher about what to look for in a shoe.

For advice before April 1st, please attend:

Mondays 7:15-8:45pm Beginner Plus Ballet – Irene Yacoub

Sundays 10:00-11:30am Elementary Ballet – Emily Tench

Here are a list of things to consider:

– Buy your shoes from experienced fitters. I would suggest heading to DanceShoppe at Sheppard and Yonge St. as they do not require an appointment, have excellent fitters and a great relationship with Joy of Dance Centre .

– Your toes must be able to remain straight and not cross in the shoe while standing flat and on pointe.

– Your toes should be held snugly together and feel well supported by the box, vamp and wings. (See Attached Diagram). The shoe will not be “comfortable”, it will be tight.

– If you have a wide space between your big toe and second toe you will probably need a toe spacer to prevent bunions from forming. You can buy these at the same time to purchase your shoes.

– Beginner pointe students should buy a shoe with a soft shank (supportive sole). Your feet will not yet be strong enough to control and work through a medium or strong shank.

– All the other “specs” of the pointe shoe will depend on the shape of your foot. It can take some trial and error to land on your “perfect pair”. So do be open to the idea that for your next pair of shoes you may want to try something different.

DO NOT SEW ON YOUR RIBBONS OR ELASTICS until the shoe has been checked by your teacher. Most of the time the fitters make a great choice, however once in a while the teacher will feel that the shoe is not appropriate and ask you to exchange it. You can not exchange or return shoes that have had ribbons or elastics sewn on.

DO NOT PUT YOUR SHOES ON AT HOME UNTIL AFTER YOUR FIRST LESSON! This is dangerous and can result in injury.

DO NOT “BREAK IN” YOUR SHOES. Wait until your teacher gives you guidance on what you can do to prepare your shoes. As a beginner, you will likely need to do very little to prepare your shoes, your feet should do most of the work.

Signing Up Is Easy

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Create your profile

Step 2

Select a class and register yourself into class

Step 3

Pay for class online or by phone

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