Get Moving in the National Ballet Studios
Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz Classes Plus Pilates, DanceFit and more!
Beginner to Professional Levels
Whether you are a dancer or just want to get fit in a dynamic, creative way In Studio has the class for you. Learn from some of Canada’s finest dance artists in the National Ballet’s beautiful facilities.
All classes take place at
The Walter Carsen Centre for the National Ballet of Canada
470 Queens Quay West, Toronto M5V 3K4
Click here to book Adult classes now.
Click here to book Teen (ages 13-18) classes now.
"DanceFit Barre class is the perfect combination of ballet elements and fitness all in one. The music is upbeat and energetic, just like the instructor Kate. She keeps the class going at pace that keeps the heart pumping while also working all the muscle groups in an almost graceful "ballet" fashion. I always leave class feeling stretched and relaxed. To me the class feels like a great warm up for my dance classes throughout the rest of the week. Fit for all ages, body types and skill levels, DanceFit Barre is a great full body workout for dancers and lovers of dance alike."
“I was looking for a new approach to my cardio workouts. My goal was to improve posture and coordination and to get into shape and that’s exactly what I achieved by taking the DanceFit Latin Cardio class! What makes it a great workout for me is that I get to burn calories while learning new dance moves and having fun, not to mention that the latin music is fantastic. Thanks a lot to Patrick who is an amazing dancer and teacher, positive, energetic and very motivational.”
"Dancefit cardio offers great choreography that targets different areas of your body. It's a good cardio workout that is easy to follow but also makes you sweat!"
“I was absolutely thrilled to hear I could join recreational adult ballet classes! Tatiana is not only encouraging as an instructor but motivated to provide a unique and challenging experience for each individual dancer. These classes provide not only a form of exercise and stress relief but have also reignited my love for dance. I can’t wait to get back In Studio tonight!”
“With no previous dance or Pilates experience, I was admittedly a little hesitant to try the In Studio Pilates class. I had nothing to worry about! The teacher, Kate Kernaghan, is exceptional. In a class with a wide range of abilities, I feel like the class is tailored for me. Kate is challenging and encouraging. Her clear explanations and gentle reminders keep us focused on the importance of breathing and body awareness. After just a few weeks, I am stronger, my posture has improved, and I am finding muscles I never knew I had! This class is, by far, the best exercise class I have ever taken. ”
“I would like to thank The National Ballet for providing the wonderful, new “In Studio” fitness program. Justin’s Zumba class has launched me into the wonderful world of fitness after a long time and has motivated me in taking better care of myself. I’m losing weight, getting fit and having a great time doing it! In Studio is a wonderful gift to the Queen’s Quay neighborhood and I look forward to having your classes be a big part of my new path to health”
“In Studio has provided me with the most enjoyable program for a beginner adult ballet dancer. Each class is taught by leaders in the Canadian dance and ballet industry and by some of the most accomplished dancers of the National Ballet of Canada. All ballet classes are enchanted by a live pianist and provide an enjoyable experience for all levels and ages of dance. ”
- Curtis-Jacob M.
For more information call 416 (toll free 1 866) 345 9595 or email InStudioinfo@national.ballet.ca.
Learn from the finest teachers to develop grace, elegance and precision. Ballet is the basis of all dance training and improves strength, posture, balance and flexibility.
Blending Broadway, contemporary and lyrical jazz styles and techniques, our high-energy teachers challenge you with dynamic across the floor work and combinations.
Drawing on both classical ballet and modern dance, this class explores total body movement. Our contemporary classes include strengthening floor work as well as engaging traveling combinations.
This class combines ballet based barre exercises to strengthen and lengthen the lower body with essential floor exercises for the core and upper body.
Break free from the treadmill and elliptical machine and dance your stress away. This hour long class will blend easy to follow jazz, hip hop and latin inspired moves for an incredible workout.
DanceFit Latin Cardio
Lose yourself to the latin rhythms in this easy to
follow, highly stylized class. Rhythms
such as Salsa, Mambo and the Cha Cha, will get your heart pumping, body
sweating and hips shaking. No dance
DanceFit Cardio Hip Hop
hour long class will get you sweating as well as locking and popping. No dance experience necessary.
you ready to party yourself into shape? Zumba® classes feature
exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you
know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! It's
easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating.
Emphasizing spinal and pelvic alignment, the use of breath and mind and body awareness, Pilates develops endurance and strength for the whole body.
Combining the effective strengthening and lengthening techniques of Fletcher Pilates®. Including Fletcher Towelwork®, Floorwork®, and Barrework™, this fusion class will strengthen and tone the body, mind and enhance circulation and overall body awareness. Flowing movement, precision, and creative transitions will give you a total body movement experience.
Click here to view the class schedule for Adults.
Click here to view the class schedule for Teens (ages 13-18).
In Studio First Term Calendar
|Monday September 9 |
In Studio Opens! First day of classes.
|Sunday September 29 |
In Studio Culture Days event.
Free classes offered.
|Monday October 14 |
Thanksgiving Monday. No Classes.
|Sunday October 20 |
Ballet Class with the Stars.
|Thursday October 31 |
Halloween! Come dressed in your favourite dance inspired
costume! Prizes for best costume in each class.
|Saturday December 21 |
End of first term. Last day of classes.
|Monday December 23 |
In Studio closed for holidays. No classes.
|Monday January 6 |
Start of second term. Classes resume.
Click here to view class schedule for Term 2 and Term 3.
Drop in Class Prices
All prices include HST
|Single Drop in||$18|
|Barre Drop in||$12|
|5 Class card||$80|
|10 Class card||$150|
|20 Class card||$280|
Registered Class Packages
All prices include HST
September 9, 2013 - December 21, 2013 (15 weeks)
January 6 - March 29, 2014 (12 weeks)
March 31 - June 21, 2014 (12 weeks)
Drop In classes are final sale. For registered classes, a refund may be issued in full if requested a minimum of 24 hours prior to the first scheduled class. A prorated refund will be issued if requested up to the end of the third class of the term. No refunds will be issued on registered classes if requested after the third class has occurred.
All Class Bundles (5, 10, 20) are non-refundable and non-transferable however, if cancellation of a scheduled class is requested, the cost may be returned to the card for later use within the current term.
In Studio Teachers
Aleksandar Antonijevic Guest Teacher
| ||A native of Yugoslavia, Aleksandar Antonijevic is a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada. He trained at the National Ballet School in Novi Sad, Serbia, joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1991 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in1995. An accomplished international guest artist, Mr. Antonijevic has performed with English National Ballet, Inoue Ballet Japan, Ballet Santiago of Chile and PACT Ballet South Africa and has partnered many of the world’s finest prima ballerinas, including Susan Jaffe, Vivana Durante, Lucia LaCarra and Evelyn Hart.|
Johanna BergfeldtIntermediate Contemporary
| ||Johanna Bergfeldt was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet
School. She has an extensive performance background beginning with
Östgötabaletten where she worked for six years. She later joined Norrdans, and
Barents Dance Ensemble. She came to Canada in 2000 and was a dancer with
Toronto Dance Theatre for six years. She has worked with numerous
choreographers and companies including Kate Alton, Louis Laberge-Côté and
ProArteDanza to name a few. Ms. Bergfeldt has been nominated three times for a
Dora Mavor Moore Award. She teaches regularly at Canada’s National Ballet
School, Dance-teq, GMD, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and Toronto Dance
Theatre, as well as teaching Pilates at Riverdale Pilates.|
Mercedes BernardezIntermediate and Professional Ballet
| ||Argentinian born Mercedes Bernardez had an international performing career as a Principal Dancer, and as Ballet Mistress in several ballet companies in Argentina, Chile and Venezuela. Ms. Bernardez has taught several dance workshops in the Oakville and Mississauga communities for children and teenagers and has been a guest teacher for Richmond Academy of Dance and Dance Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia.|
Shavar Blackwood DanceFit Cardio Hip Hop
| ||Shavar “Caution” Blackwood was born in Toronto and raised in Detroit. Throughout his career, Mr. Blackwood has had the opportunity to work with many outstanding choreographers and performers such as Sean Cheesman, Melissa Williams, Allen Kaeja, Mandy Moore, Luther Brown, Bill T. Jones, Lil’ C, Mia Michaels and Blake McGrath. Mr. Blackwood was a Top 14 Finalist on CTV’s So You Think You Can Dance Canada (Season 3). He has also danced on set of the Family Channel show Naturally Sadie, choreographed for the W Network show Stuck, danced for various recording artists including McFly, George Nozuka, Divine Brown and was lead in the Jacksoul music video All You Need.|
Patrick Danquah DanceFit Latin Cardio
| ||Patrick Danquah is a respected professional dancer, specializing in Latin and Afro disciplines. He has performed in numerous productions for artists such as Luis Enrique, Jimmy Bosch and Shawn Desman. Mr. Dunquah is also a certified personal trainer and his varied experience in both performing and teaching allow him to share his love of dance and dance-related fitness to students of all levels.|
Justin Elie Zumba
| ||Justin Elie has been teaching for
over 14 years and is a graduate of the Recreation & Leisure Service
Management program at Fanshawe College. He is a certified Can Fit Pro Fitness
Instructor, Personal Trainer & Zumba Fitness Specialist. Inspiring both regular clients and
fitness newbies to keep fit through his simple and athletic classes, Mr. Elie combines
his passion for fitness and love of performing to create a truly unique
Rex Harrington Guest Teacher
| ||One of the most accomplished and acclaimed male dancers of his era, Rex Harrington brought seemingly limitless panache, energy, style and showmanship to the vast range of characterizations he created during his 20 years with The National Ballet of Canada. A much sought-after dancer internationally, he performed with Teatro alla Scala, San Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Renowned for his incomparable partnering skills, Mr. Harrington danced with such legendary ballerinas as Ekaterina Maximova, Carla Fracci, Evelyn Hart and Karen Kain. |
Lise-Marie Jourdain Intermediate Ballet
| ||Currently a member of the Corps de Ballet for The National Ballet of Canada, Lise-Marie Jourdain trained with the Paris Opéra Ballet School and in 1995, she joined the Paris Opéra Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Ms. Jourdain joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2002. |
Kate Kernaghan Pilates, DanceFit Barre, DanceFit Cardio, Beginner Ballet, Intermediate Jazz, Fletcher Fusion Pilates ™
| ||A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program, Kate Kernaghan received her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher’s Certificate, as well as her Associate from the Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dancing. She is also a Fletcher Pilates Licensed provider as well as a CanFit Pro Personal Trainer. Having had former students go onto Canada's National Ballet School, The Ailey School, the School of Alberta Ballet and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Ms Kernaghan’s dedication to teaching and to her students never goes unnoticed. Ms Kernaghan’s wealth of teaching experience in both the dance and fitness community lend to her confident, dynamic yet caring teaching style.
Louis Laberge-Côté Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary
| ||Louis Laberge-Côté is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer and teacher and a graduate of both L’École de danse de Québec and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1999 and danced with the company for eight seasons. From 2009 to 2011, he worked with Kevin O’Day -Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany as a soloist and contemporary dance teacher. Mr. Laberge- Côté has received three Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for Outstanding Performance and in 2006 NOW Magazine named him Toronto’s Dance Most Valuable Player. |
Jeremy Nasmith Professional Ballet
| ||Jeremy Nasmith trained at the School of Atelier Ballet and at Canada's National Ballet School. He has performed with Opera Atelier since 1986. Mr. Nasmith joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1996 and was promoted to Second Soloist in 2000. In 2001, he moved to Tokyo to pursue a freelance career where he performed much of the classical ballet repertoire including Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote and La Bayadère with various companies and groups. He continued to appear with the National Ballet as a Guest Artist until 2008. A respected teacher for over a decade, Mr. Nasmith has taught at many leading dance studios including DanceTeq and Cadence Dance Studio.|
Jonathan Renna Beginner Ballet
| ||Currently a First Soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, Jonathan Renna has also danced with Alberta Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre. He has been a guest teacher with many companies including Rambert School of Contemporary Dance in London, England and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.|
Tatiana Tchernova Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional Ballet
| ||Tatiana Tchernova is a faculty member at Canada's National Ballet School, and company class teacher at The National Ballet of Canada. She was a Principal Dancer with The National Ballet Company of Uzbekistan where she performed lead roles in Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and many others. Ms. Tchernova completed a master’s degree at the Moscow Institute of Dramatic and Fine Arts and attended the Paris Opera Ballet School program at New York University. As a Guest Teacher Ms Tchernova has worked with the National Ballet of Korea, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Finnish National Ballet among others. She has been a faculty member of the Jackson Mississippi International Ballet Competition since 1989.|
Angel Wong Intermediate Contemporary
| ||Angel Wong was born in Hong Kong and trained at The Australian Ballet School. She danced with The Hong Kong Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ballet Jörgen Canada and ProArteDanza. She currently dances with Opera Atelier. Ms. Wong danced many principal roles in the classical repertoire and also appeared in contemporary works by choreographers such as Kevin O’Day, Roberto Campenella, Robert Glumbek, Kit Holder and Robert Desrosiers. Ms. Wong also holds a Bachelors of Design from OCAD University.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can take classes at In Studio?
In Studio offers a
wide range of classes suitable for individuals with little or no dance training
as well as for those who are at an advanced level.
Teen classes are for
ages 13 to 18. Adult classes are for
ages 18 and above.
do I sign up?
A drop in class, multiple class bundle and
monthly unlimited package can be purchased online at http://national.ballet.ca/instudio/,
over the phone at 416 345 9595 or in person at the In Studio Registration Office,
located at 470 Queens Quay West. Please note the Registration Office opens one
hour prior to the start of class and closes 30 minutes after class begins.
Do I have to register for a class, or can I
drop in or buy class bundles?
Adult classes do not require
registration, however it is available and will guarantee you a spot.
Teen classes, with the
exception of those specified as drop in classes, require registration.
Registration is available online and payment in full is required upon booking.
Where do classes take place?
All classes at In
Studio, take place at The Walter Carsen Centre for The National Ballet of
canada, located at 470 Queens Quay West, just west of
Spadina Avenue) on the waterfront.
Is parking available?
parking (cash only) is available on the south side of Queens Quay West, just east
Bathurst Street. There is additional paid parking available behind Shoppers
Drug Mart, located on the north side of Queens Quay West, just east of Spadina Avenue.
*Please note – Due to the revitalization and construction
along Queens Quay West,it is now a one way street only traveling westbound. Expect
delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
How do I get there
From Union Station, take the #509
Harbourfront replacement bus to Spadina Avenue. From Spadina Station, take the
#510 Spadina streetcar to Queens Quay West.
What should I
classes – soft ballet shoes, form-fitting clothing (leotard and tights or
t-shirt and yoga pants)
ballet classes – soft ballet shoes are required
jazz classes – bare feet, socks, jazz shoes or toe undies are all suitable
cardio and Zumba® classes – clean running shoes
Barre and Pilates classes – socks or bare feet
What level is appropriate for me?
Ballet and Contemporary classes:
0 – 2 years experience, these classes move slowly to ensure participants are
learning at a steady pace
2 – 5 years experience, with a minimum of 2 years
5+ years experience
Professional: For those dancing at an advanced level, this class is for dancers
currently dancing professionally or currently auditioning at a professional
all levels and require no dance experience.
Can Teens drop in for classes?
Our Teen classes, with the exception of those specified as Drop
In, all require registration. Registration
is available online and payment in full is required upon booking.
What happens if I miss a class that I have
If for some reason, you are unable to attend the class that you have
registered for, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416 345 9595 to discuss further options.