DanceTeq Centre has enfin quietly landed on its feet (as all dancers and stage performers should), tucked like a tightly held fifth position at the northwest corner of Queen West and McCaul right next to Malabar and just kitty corner to CityTV.
“It’s a brilliant spot—one we’ve all been working hard and patiently to achieve. And we’re finally here!” says Kevin Pugh, artistic director and former principal dancer of Canada’s critically acclaimed National Ballet.
The expansive second floor of the 226 Queen St W location is composed of three spacious studios, two medium size rooms for wellness practitioners (physiotherapists, massage therapists etc) and large windows on all walls facing both Queen and McCaul.
DanceTeq has been a staple in the Toronto dance scene for over 15 years, offering open classes in ballet, jazz and contemporary to dancers of all ages and skill level. And the new location is poised not only to continue offering a variety of dance classes but also a host of services that would cater to any type of performer, athlete or active, health-conscious urbanite. A promising outlook that is sure to quickly push the centre forward in leaps and bounds as our busy-bodied population remains constantly on the market for fun and creative ways to stay fit and healthy.
Chatting with Jeremy Naismith, dancer (also formerly with the National Ballet) and business partner, he shares a vision of the new centre that would “create a permanent home for DanceTeq with enough room for Kevin to be able to grow with future demand. But more than that, to also create a comprehensive dance centre on par with Architanz in Tokyo, Pineapple Studios in London, or Steps in New York: offering a wide range of quality classes for all levels, and also maintenance and injury prevention” for active professionals from all walks of life who happen to be in Toronto.
As the final touches to the studios and spaces take shape, I can’t help but feel excited by its fresh appearance on one of the busiest and most popular neighbourhoods in town.
After years of classical dance training from some of most highly regarded, exceptional dance professionals (see short list below) having DanceTeq so conveniently accessible is a luxury and privilege for me.
How about you? As summer comes to a close and fall soon rolls around (with that roll on your waist from all the fun and bingeing under the sun), are you looking for a fresh new routine to stay in shape? Wanna bust a move and stay on your toes?
Drop in and check them out!
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A short list of some of the incredible dancers who’ve taught and influenced @autom8:
- Maureen Consolati (London Festival Ballet, National Ballet, ACTUS)
- Josée Garant (ACTUS, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Josee Garant Dance)
- Debbie Wilson (Cincinnati Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz, Ballet Jorgen, OMO Dance)
- Marie-France Verdi (Martine Époque, Linda Rabin, École nationale de Cirque)