BEST DANCE STU­DIO

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DANCE TEQ 470 Queens Quay West, 416-361-9498 Dance in just about any form is a fab­u­lous way to keep in shape, but there aren’t a lot of places for adults to take classes. Spe­cialty schools like Arabesque Academy or Flow Fit­ness teach belly dance, and some gyms also of­fer lessons, but th­ese can be pretty hit-and-miss. In an en­vi­ron­ment that doesn’t spe­cial­ize in dance, stu­dents are usu­ally begin­ners who tend to come and go, and the class doesn’t ad­vance quickly. Your best bet for the less ex­otic gen­res of ballet, jazz and hiphop is Dance Teq, where classes start at 12 bucks for an hour and a half, an awe­some price for any ex­er­cise class. Classes are given in the same stu­dios used by the Na­tional Ballet, and you can be rel­a­tively cer­tain that the teach­ers are com­pe­tent and know what they're do­ing, even though the at­mos­phere is pretty re­laxed. “Be­gin­ner” ac­tu­ally means “re­ally hard” in ballet, so start at pre-be­gin­ner. Jazz is a lit­tle eas­ier.

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