Stretch Classes

Build core strength, tone your muscles, and increase your flexibility in this feel–good class! Everyone will benefit from the overall strengthening and trunk stabilization exercises, and dancers will especially appreciate a class devoted to developing long, lean muscles. Whether you’re a long time dancer looking to improve your lines and extensions, or you’re just beginning and need a little extra help coaxing your body into new positions, this class is for you.

Taught by Linette Doherty, Stretch class is open to teens and adults, and everyone works as their own level of fitness and flexibility allows. The focus is on improving posture and alignment through an emphasis on increasing strength and range of motion, including deep stretches that will over time develop greater flexibility in all major muscle groups. There is no performance element, but students will find their performance in other areas of dance greatly enhanced. In order to develop the long extensions prized in all dance forms, particularly classical ballet, stretching is a must.

Dance classes are primarily focused on teaching technique and choreography, so stretch time in class is necessarily reduced; though students are encouraged to stretch on their own, they may not have the time or the expertise to truly improve and see results. Adding Stretch Class ensures that each student receives individual attention to help them continue working towards their full range of motion and increase their flexibility where they need it most, improving their splits, arabesque lines, kicks, layouts, and back extensions. But holding your leg high in the air, or maintaining the splits in a jump is about more than stretchy hamstrings, and students will also develop the strength needed to not only get your legs up high, but keep them up there! Strong abdominal and trunk muscles enable dancers to maintain proper placement and technique, particularly in turns and jumps, and are important for protecting the joints and preventing injury.

Ballet dancers are strongly encouraged to take Stretch, as are Jazz/Hip Hop dancers who are serious about their training. Others who will benefit include adults returning to dance after many years, new moms looking to regain muscle tone, strength and flexibility, non–dancers who want to look like dancers, and anyone who is stressed, overworked, and in need of some relaxation at the end of the week. Your body will love this class!

What do I wear?

While you don’t need to wear specific dance clothing, you should dress comfortably, and ideally in layers – a leotard or fitted T–shirt with a zip up sweatshirt and pair of track pants is ideal. You do not need shoes, and can come to class barefoot, but may want a pair of warm socks; soft jazz slippers or ballet slippers are fine as well. Jeans and street shoes are not to be worn in class. Hair should be tied back off the face, and jewellery removed. Don’t forget a water bottle – you won’t be running around, but you’ll sweat!

Who can register?

Everyone! Looking to improve your lines and extensions in ballet class? Stressed and overworked? Not into yoga, but want the physical and mental benefits of increased core strength and relaxation? This class is for you! For the serious dance student with aspirations of performing, as well as for non–dancers. Strongly recommended for Ballet students. Teens and Adults.

How to register

There are three ways to register for our classes: In person, Online or By mail.

In person: please come by any time during studio hours; see schedule.

Online: there are two ways of registering for a class at The S.P.A.C.E. online:
    1. Buy classes online by clicking Buy Classes Now below.
    2. Print and complete registration form by clicking Download Registration Form, then scan and email to linette@the-space.ca with payment (VISA, Mastercard, or email money transfer).

By mail: print and complete registration form and mail along with payment (VISA, Mastercard, cheques) to:

The S.P.A.C.E. 1324 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto Ontario, M4J 1M9.

1. Our season runs from September to June, and is divided into two terms; students registered for the full season have priority over new students for placement in Term II.
2. Classes are limited to 12 students, and may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient registration.
3. We have two shows – a small Christmas show, and a full scale show in June. Additional costume fees are required for the June show, and there is a charge for tickets. We also arrange for professional photos to be purchased, if desired.
4. A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is required to reserve placement. All fees (including post dated cheques) must be received with registration. Additional payment plans are subject to an administrative fee of $15. A $35 charge will be added to any NSF cheque, and a late charge of $10 per month will be added to unpaid balances. Receipts are issued at the beginning of each term; there is a $15 administrative fee should you require an additional copy.
5. Full refunds of unused class fees will be issued up until the 3rd class of the term. There will be no refunds after the 4th class, or for classes missed due to lateness, absence, or being unable to participate in class for any reason.
6. Our staff is made up of working industry professionals. We may schedule make up classes or substitute teachers if staff members are absent due to professional obligations.
7. We do not schedule make up classes for scheduled studio closures or student absences. Please inform teachers in advance of lateness or absence, when possible.
8. Everyone is expected to be on time and follow the Dress Code, which helps ensure everyone’s safety. Those who are late or unprepared may be asked to observe class only.

ALL Classes: Hair must be tied back off the face and neck, and jewellery removed. No jeans (as they restrict movement), oversized clothing (since we must see the body to ensure proper technique), or street shoes may be worn in class. Gum, food, and drinks are not permitted in the studios (water bottles only).

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, soft pink ballet slippers (teacher will advise if pointe shoes are required). Please secure hair in a bun. Boys – white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants/bike shorts, soft black ballet shoes.

Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweat pants. Black jazz slippers or dance sneakers.

Tap: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweatpants. Hard black tap shoes with low square heel.

When is the class?

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9:15-10:00

Parents
+
Babies

3:00-10:00

Individual
Vocal

1/2 hr each

9:00-9:45

Creative
Movement

3 YRS

10:00-10:45

Parents
+
Tots

4:00-5:30

EL
Musical
Theatre

4:00-5:00

SR
Acting

9:45-10:30

Creative
Movement

4-5 YRS

4:30-5:30

BEG/JR
Tap

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:00

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

10:30-11:30

BEG
Ballet

5:30-6:15

Creative
Movement

3-5 years

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

5:30-7:00

BEG
Musical
Theatre

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

6:30-7:15

Stretch
open

11:30-12:30

BEG
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:15-7:15

Adult
Tap

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-8:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-7:30

JR
Ballet
grade 1

12:30-1:30

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

7:15-8:15

Adult
Ballet

7:30-8:45

EL/SR
Tap

7:30-9:00

SR
Musical
Theatre

 7:30-8:45

Lyrical
Contemporary
open

7:30-9:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

1:30-3:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

8:15-9:15

Adult
Jazz
Hip Hop

8:30-10:00

Adult
Musical
Theatre

2:00-3:00

JR
Ballet
grade 1

 

Beginner (BEG) - ages 6-8; Ballet = Cecchetti method grade 1 prep


Junior (JR)
- ages 9-11; Ballet = Grades 1-3 Cecchetti method

Elementary (EL) - ages 12 & up; Ballet = Grades 3-6 Cecchetti method
 
Senior (SR) - ages 12 & up; with sufficient prior experience; Ballet includes pointe
 
Adult - open recreational classes, all levels
 
 

      = NEW CLASSES / TIME!

3:00-4:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

4:30-6:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

3:00-6:00

Individual
Vocal
1/2 hr each

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