In Studio

In Studio

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can take classes at In Studio? 

In Studio offers a wide range of dance and fitness classes. Our dance classes are suitable for individuals with little to no dance training as well as those at an elementary, intermediate or advanced level. No dance training is necessary for our fitness classes.

Our classes are open to adults, as well as mature teens and pre-teens, ages 12 and up.

How do I sign up? 

Signing up for all classes can be done online, over the phone at 416 345 9595 or in person at the In Studio Registration Office, located at 470 Queens Quay West. Please note Registration Office hours:

    Morning Classes   Evening Classes
Monday   10:45 am – 11:45 am   5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Tuesday   11:00 am – 12:00 pm   5:30 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday   10:30 am – 11:30 am   5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday       6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday   Closed    
Saturday   9:00 am – 2:15 pm    
Sunday   9:30 am – 12:15 pm    

To ensure student safety, entrance cannot be permitted after 10 minutes into the class session.

Which classes require registration and which classes can be attended using a class bundle?

In Studio's workshops all require registration. All other classes on the schedule may be attended using a class bundle. Please see below for class bundles' expiry:

  • 5 class, student 5 class and pointe 5 class bundles: expire 10 weeks from date of purchase
  • 10 class, student 10 class and pointe 10 class bundles: expire 15 weeks from date of purchase
  • 20 class and student 20 class bundles: expire 15 weeks from date of purchase

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? 

Paid parking (cash only) is available on the south side of Queens Quay West, just east of 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.

How do I get there by TTC? 

From Union Station, take the #509 Exhibition streetcar to Spadina Avenue. From Spadina Station, take the #510 Spadina streetcar to Queens Quay West.

What should I wear? 

  • Ballet: soft ballet shoes, form-fitting clothing (leotard and tights or t-shirt and yoga pants)
  • Jazz: form-fitting clothing (leotard and tights, leotard and shorts), bare feet, socks, or jazz shoes are all suitable
  • Contemporary: form-fitting clothing (leotard and tights or t-shirt and yoga pants), bare feet or socks
  • DanceFit Barre and Fletcher Fusion™ Pilates and Essentrics: form-fitting clothing (leotard and tights or t-shirt and yoga pants), bare feet or socks
  • DanceFit Cardio Barre: comfortable clothing, running shoes or dance sneakers
  • Pointe: Pointe shoes that have been fitted by a professional. In Studio recommends seeking professional fitting from The Dance Shoppe or The Shoe Room

What level is appropriate for me? 

For DanceFit, Fletcher Fusion™ Pilates and Essentrics classes: 

  • Open to all levels and require no dance experience.

For Ballet classes:  

  • Introduction to Ballet Level I: no experience necessary. Absolute beginners with no previous dance experience are welcome.
  • Introduction to Ballet Level II: Beginners that have completed our Introduction to Ballet Level I workshop.
  • Beginner Ballet Level I: 6 months – 1 year experience. These classes move slowly to ensure participants are learning at a steady pace. This level is designed for participants that have completed the Introduction to Ballet Workshop.
  • Beginner Ballet Level II: 1 – 2 years experience. For beginner ballet students that have completed our Introduction to Ballet workshop and have done at least one year of Beginner Ballet Level l.
  • Elementary Level I Ballet: a minimum of 2 years experience.
  • Elementary Level II Ballet: 2 – 4 years experience.
  • Intermediate: 3 – 5 years experience, with a minimum of 3 years.
  • Advanced: 5+ years experience.

For Jazz Classes:

  • Beginner Jazz: Absolute beginners, no experience necessary.

For Contemporary classes:  

  • Beginner Contemporary workshop: Absolute beginners, no experience necessary.
  • Elementary: 1 year experience in contemporary or 2 – 3 years experience in ballet or other dance form.
  • Intermediate: 3 – 5 years experience in either contemporary or ballet.

For Pointe classes:  

  • Introduction to Pointe level I: No pointe experience necessary, however a minimum of 1 year consistent ballet training is strongly recommended.
  • Introduction to Pointe level II: must have completed Level I workshop.
  • Introduction to Pointe level III: must have completed Level II workshop.
  • Beginner Pointe: a minimum of 6 months to 1 year experience on pointe.
  • Beginner/Elementary Pointe: 1 – 2 years experience on pointe.
  • Elementary/intermediate Pointe: a minimum of 2 – 3 years experience on pointe.

For Classical Repertoire Classes:

  • Participants should be at a beginner II level for this workshop or have one to two years of consistent ballet training.

Do you offer make up classes?

There are no extensions on expiration dates for class bundles. Unused classes will not be honoured after the expiry date. Make up classes for drop in classes will only be issued due to injury or illness and will be offered on a case by case basis.

Make up classes for workshops will be issued up to a maximum of three missed classes and can only be used towards classes within the present term. Requests for make up classes can be sent via email to instudioinfo@national.ballet.ca or by phone at 416 345 9595. All requests must be received prior to attending class.

Are there change rooms available?

Change rooms and lockers are available. Please bring your own lock should you wish to lock your belongings. Bags and personal items are permitted in the studio and must be kept neatly along the walls or in the studio alcove. Food and drinks, except personal water bottles, are not permitted in the studios.  The National Ballet of Canada is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

For more information, please call us at 416 (1 866) 345 9595 or email info@national.ballet.ca.

Top image credit: Kate Kernaghan and Artists of the Ballet. Photo by Karolina Kuras.