If you are an adult (16-18+) who enjoys staying fit through ballet classes, here are some places to try out (based in the Lower Mainland):
- Ballet Fit – Ballet-inspired fitness, cheapest is around $10/class if you join a full session or $13 drop-in. (I haven’t actually taken any classes at Ballet Fit yet.)
- Locations: Coal Harbour, Douglas Park, Kitsilano, Roundhouse, Scotia Dance Centre, Yaletown
- Barre Fitness – Ballet-inspired fitness in Yaletown or North Vancouver. $20 drop-in or $150/month for 3 consecutive months for unlimited classes. Newcomers can try unlimited classes for 2 weeks for $40. (I haven’t actually taken any classes at Barre Fitness yet.)
- Community Centres – Recreational ballet (2 levels: beginner and intermediate). Cheap drop-in fees; cheaper if you sign up for full session (around 8-10 classes). Fewer students.
- Kitsilano – smaller studio, somewhat more expensive
- Mt Pleasant – new studio, most affordable
- Goh Ballet – Recreational (2 levels: beginner 1 and beginner 2) to professional ballet. $18 drop-in or $180 for 10 classes + 1 free class (expires after 2 months).
- Harbour Dance Centre – Recreational to professional ballet. $20 drop-in for non-members and $18 for members ($30 annual fee) for 1.5hr classes. Newcomers can try 3x 1.5hr classes for $40. (I stopped going to HDC in 2007 because I felt it was too expensive and too crowded.)
- The Scotiabank Dance Centre – Recreational (beginner and intermediate-advanced) to professional ballet. More expensive but there’s more room in the studios. I take Linda’s Ballet classes (Tuesdays – $20 drop-in or $15/class for 10x 1.5hr classes. Saturdays – $25 drop-in or $20/class for 10x 2hr classes. Flexipass: $200 for 40x 30 min. for Tues/Sat classes).
Just in case I move to England this autumn, does anyone have any recommendations on where to take recreational ballet classes in London?