Rock n’ Roll Dancing in Toronto

Today’s music ain’t got the same soul… Still like that old time Rock n’ Roll?

Rock n' Roll dancing in Toronto

Rock n’ Roll Dancing

Learn to Rock n’ Roll dance in Toronto! Rock n’ Roll is a partnered social dance but you don’t need to bring your own partner. We rotate during this class so that you have a chance to meet and dance with many different people. Partners are connected in a playful lead/follow relationship. It’s a dance that is happy, bouncy, free spirited and infectious. Absolutely no experience or partner required.

Rock n’ Roll Culture

From Chuck Berry to Elvis to Fats Domino to Bill Haley & The Comets to The Beach Boys, this class lets us step back to a simpler time; diners, drive-in movies, milk shakes, black and white television and loads of nostalgia. Think American Graffiti, hot summer nights, poodle skirts, sock hops and TV dinners. It’s time to work it on out to some smoking hot dance tunes. In the words of the King himself, “Come on, everybody, and clap your hands real loud!”

Rock n’ Roll dancing of the 1950s and 60s developed out of the popular social dancing of the Swing Era, mainly Lindy Hop. By 1955, the music had completely changed and so had the dancing. The result was some good old fashioned Rock n’ Roll!

Rock n’ Roll dancing by a different name:

You might know the name Jive; Rock n’ Roll is similar though more free than Ballroom Jive. What we call Rock n’ Roll dancing in Canada is called Boogie Woogie in Europe, as opposed to the very athletic performance dance that the Europeans call Rock n’ Roll. That EU version of Rock n’ Roll is primarily danced for competition and consists of very athletic acrobatics with very few actual dance steps in between. That is not our focus in Toronto. Rather, our dancing is based on a fun and carefree approach to social dancing.

Beginner (Level 1)

Absolutely no experience or partner required! These classes are designed for the complete novice. A new beginner session starts every month so that you don’t have to wait to get started.

The new session begins with the new calendar month so for example, if the first of the month falls on a Wednesday then Wednesday night classes will begin on the 1st, Thursday night classes on the 2nd, and then Monday and Tuesday night classes will start on the following week which would be on the 6th and 7th of the month.

There are 2 months of rotating Beginner material. Month “A” is Introduction to RnR Steps and Month “B” is Introduction to Jive n’ Jig Steps. The steps taught in both month A & B are all part of Rock n’ Roll Dancing and we alternate back and forth between those months. These 2 months of material are designed to be a completely welcoming to adults with no previous dance experience. There is no particular advantage to learning either one or the other month of material first; these courses have been designed so that you can conveniently take your first lesson when you’re ready so there is need to wait. Please feel welcome to check it out – try a free class, meet people, get in shape and have fun!

Students can take the Beginner course for 2 months/8 lessons and then move move in to the Rock n’ Roll performance troupe! Or you are welcome to repeat the same course for more practice.

Click here for our Beginner Rock n’ Roll Steps & Curriculum.

Troupe (Level 2)

Our Intermediate Rock n’ Roll level takes the form of special choreography projects which are scheduled by season. Students who have completed 8 weeks at the Beginner level, or dancers with other dance experience, are welcome to attend these special choreography sessions.

Here’s a performance of our Rock n’ Roll student troupe:

Be sure to check the Rock n’ Roll Events Page regularly for announcements of upcoming events, outings and more!