Re-integrating into dance as an adult can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Before commiting to a full-on program or intensive, it’s helpful to attend drop-in dance classes to get a sense of your skill level, your priorities, your favourite style, and the studio you’re attending. Pulling from a great selection of well-respected dance studios and dance academies in Winnipeg, we’ve assembled the top three who offer drop-in classes for adults, teens, and children.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, or RWB, is a world-renowned dance training institute, producing both a professional touring dance company and Winnipeg’s largest recreational dance school. Booking their classes assures you high-quality facilities and experienced dance teachers. Founded in 1939, their Recreational Division provides classes for children, teens, and adults, with specialty classes for boys seeking dance training. In levels ranging from beginner to advanced, and styles including ballet, musical theatre, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, and modern, there is truly a class for everyone.
As part of RWB’s Recreational Division for adults, they offer regular drop-in Adult Classes throughout the year, as well as a 4-week Adult Summer Dance program intensive. A two-week Summer Dance Day Camp is also put on for children aged 5-10 during typical work hours, giving parents an avenue to keep their children busy during the summer and providing kids an outlet for creativity, play, learning, and friendship.
Adults who are disabled or differently abled will appreciate RWB’s ExplorAbility program sessions, including classes catered specifically to aspiring dancers with Parkinson’s. These classes focus on body awareness, balance, coordination and self-expression in a fun and supportive environment. This program is even accompanied and informed by a researcher from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, for key insights into how the classes can support the student’s physical, psychological, and emotional health.
What’s in a name? Drop In Dance Winnipeg is exactly what it sounds like, a largely pay-as-you-go dance studio in Manitoba’s capital.
They offer tons of package options, so you can really choose-your-own-adventure to suit your budget and schedule. Pay per individual class, or opt for a 5, 10, or 20-class punch pass at the discounted rates of $75, $145, and $270 respectively. There are also monthly memberships which afford you unlimited classes for $155/month one-time purchase or $135/month if you sign onto a longer term.
If you’re looking for a regular program and a bigger commitment, they also offer a Adult Dance Program and Youth Dance Program which host seasonal sessions including multiple weekly classes in various styles.
Drop In Dance Winnipeg provides the option to rent their studios, if improv and free movement with friends is more your style! Looking for a a gift for the aspiring dancer in your life? They offer digital gift cards in set or custom amounts.
Seemingly more geared towards Intermediate to Advanced levels, The Dance Method offers a select few styles at an affordable $16 per drop-in class. With a special focus on Heels style, one can opt for Private or Semi-Private Heels classes to work on technique and performance while learning a choreographed routine. For the more serious dancer, Private Technique sessions are available to work one-on-one with an instructor and clean up your technical dance skill. Class packs and multi-week intensives are an option for those wanting to begin a routine, and prices vary depending on session length and style.
What are you waiting for? Take a leap (or a jete) and book a class. Dress comfortably, not to impress. For high-quality and entry-level ballet shoes, a split sole canvas pair like these from Bloch will suit you. For a breathable, all-around pair of dance pants, these high-waisted leggings from All That Jazz might do the trick. Remember that you’re evaluating the studio, not the other way round! Try drop-in at different dance studios to assess your compatibility with the teachers, facilities, and class work and find your perfect fit.