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 Community Classes

Free Dancing with Parkinson’s Master Class with David Leventhal and Sam Black

Dance for PD Founding teacher, program director and former Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) dancer David Leventhal will offer a free, open-to-the-public master class along with his MMDG colleague Sam Black.

Saturday February 24th, 2018

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Located at the Sony Centre (Yonge Street Entrance, doors open at 10:30am)
To register for this free class please sign up here as spaces are limited.

We ask that this class is reserved for those with Parkinson's disease and their carepartners.
More information can be found here.

This event is happening prior to the Jitterbug Social dance party and lunch!

Purchase tickets for Civic Theatre Toronto’s evening presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group – Pepperland.

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Community Classes

Location: The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, 1 Front Street East (at Front & Yonge)
Entrance: Yonge Street Entrance (located along Yonge Street on the west side of the building halfway between Front St. and Esplanade). Community classes are accessible via the Yonge Street Entrance and not the main Front Street Entrance, unless otherwise specified on the Eventbrite page.
Doors: Doors open at 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to change and sign in so class can begin promptly. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Community Class Liability Waiver
As a participant, you only need to complete and return this form once.  After that, you are eligible to participate in all community classes.  Copies of this form are available upon arrival at each class.  Alternatively, you may print and complete this form in advance and bring it with you to your first class.

Community Class Rules & Regulations

Free Yoga - September 2017 to May 2018
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Spend your lunch hour stretching, twisting, breathing and add some calm to your day. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water.

Tuesdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27

Thursdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm
January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

2018 Registration Dates
March (Registration will open February 16)
April (Registration will open March 12)
May (Registration will open April 16)

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Registration is free and will guarantee your spot in this class.  Drop-in participants will be welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.  Class capacity is 40 students.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@sonycentre.ca to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

Free Barre Fitness - October 2017
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Barre Fitness

Join us on Tuesday evenings in October for Free Barre Fitness Classes! Barre Fitness classes are a blend of pilates, dance, cardio and core strength training. Reshape your body into that of a dancer's, with an emphasis on posture and alignment. Work up a sweat in a high energy and fun class set to music!

TUESDAYS 5:30pm-6:30pm
October 10, 17, 24, 31

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - SHARON BURKE
Sharon started taking dance lessons at the age of 6, studied at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and The Banff School Of Fine Arts among others as a teen, and was then accepted into the scholarship program at Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal. After moving back to Toronto to pursue other interests, Sharon fell in love with the Pilates method and has taught pilates for over 10 years. Always looking to expand her fitness knowledge, she has now added Barre work to her teaching curriculum; a perfect blend of ballet and pilates influenced training styles.

Free Beyography - November 2017
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Beyography

Beyography Class

Join us in November for four classes of Beyography! Beyography is a tribute dance class where you are encouraged and welcomed to release your inner Diva. In this intensive, two-hour class you’ll learn the choreography to a music video!

TUESDAYS 5:30pm – 7:30pm
November 14 – “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child
November 21 – “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
November 28 – “Run the World” by Beyoncé

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Free Evening Yoga - December 2017
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Unwind at the end of your day with an hour of stretching, twisting, and breathing. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water. 
• Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Dec 5, 12

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Free Bollywood - January 2018
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Shereen Ladha
Join us on Tuesday evenings in January to learn Bollywood dance. A combination of uniqueness, energy, joy, and grace is what defines modern Bollywood dance. This beginner-level class will work through technique and style while building a fun short routine! Special thanks to Shereen Ladha!

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm

January 9, 16, 23, 30

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance. Our wait list/drop-in information and Eventbrite registration policy can be found further down the page.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - SHEREEN LADHA
Shereen Ladha

Shereen Ladha is a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor, and social influencer based in Toronto, Canada. She is the owner and director of the popular YouTube channel 'dancewithSL' that features dance covers to latest Bollywood hits and tutorial videos, and was selected as YouTube's Next 15 Canadian Stars on the rise. DancewithSL is also the creative force behind the YouTube viral sensation 'Maafi' - the Bollywood cover of Justin Bieber's 'Sorry,' and the hit stage show 'Roots: A Journey Through India' which is currently on tour.

Shereen started her dance career training in various disciplines such as Bollywood, Classical Indian (Bharatanatyam, Kathak), Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz. She was a finalist on the television show 'Canada's Got Talent', has been featured in Netflix original series 'Hemlock Grove', Hollywood movies such as 'The Love Guru' with Mike Meyers and Jessica Alba, Bollywood movies such as 'Thank You' with Akshay Kumar, and Indo-Canadian films like 'Breakaway' and 'Dr. Cabbie'. She has also danced and toured with Bollywood personalities such as Akshay Kumar, Arjun Rampal, Ranveer Singh, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta, Mika Singh, Preity Zinta, Sonam Kapoor and many more.

Shereen has performed and choreographed for several high profile projects such as the AR Rahman Tribute Show, Jubilee Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies in Dubai, the Pan Am Games Opening Ceremonies with Cirque du Soleil, Much Music's 'So You Think You Can Dance Canada' promotions, several Toronto Raptors half-time shows, WE Day celebrations at the Air Canada Centre and the WE Day music video, Holt Renfrew's 'Uncrate India', the International Indian Film Association's (IIFA) 'IIFA Rocks', and many more.

Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We will reserve 20 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@sonycentre.ca to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

Free Afrofusion - February 2018
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Esie Mensah

Join us on Tuesday evenings in February to learn Afrofusion dance. Afrofusion is a blend of traditional and contemporary African styles fused with a multitude of dance styles such as Hip Hop, Dancehall, Soca, Contemporary, House and more. It is a fusion of various vocabularies seamlessly put together to create a very unique blend of movement. Esie Mensah has been perfecting her style for over 4 years. This is one that continues to evolve as she grows as a choreographer and dancer. Special thanks to Esie Mensah!

• No previous dance experience required, all levels welcome!
• Please wear comfortable clothing.
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Please bring your own water.

Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:30pm
February 6, 13, 20

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance. Our wait list/drop-in information and Eventbrite registration policy can be found further down the page.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - ESIE MENSAH

Esie Mensah
Esie Mensah, dancer/choreographer/teacher/model was named 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada in 2017, 2015 recipient of the Cultural Promotion award from the Ghanaian-Canadian Association, 2014 Black Canadian Award Winner for Best Contemporary Dancer. Esie and her company The Black Stars were recently on stage with French Montana on Live with Kelly and Ryan in Niagara Falls. She has worked with some of the industry's biggest icons such as Arcade Fire, Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, as well as Coca Cola, Luminato, TIFF, Right to Play, FIFA, WE DAY and more. Esie was the co-choreographer for “Panamania" Victory Celebration as apart of the 2015 Pan Am Games entertainment. Choreographer of the CHFI commercial "Mornings are a little different" for the Erin and Darren show. Featured dancer in the 2016 FOX TV remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show “Let’s do the time warp again” featuring Laverne Cox and Adam Lambert directed by Kenny Ortega and Lou Adler. Esie was the movement designer for 1837: Farmer’s Revolt directed by Philip Akin for the 57th season of Shaw Festival. Esie and director Alexis Wood (Vice/CBCArts) shot a short documentary surrounding her recent work, Shades of Blackness. It speaks about the issue of shadeism within the black community and several communities of colour. “Dancing with Shades" aired on "The Exhibitionists” on CBC in February 2017.

Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins: Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We will reserve 20 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline - 24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@sonycentre.ca to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice, Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!

Free Evening Yoga - March 2018
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Moksha Class at the Sony Centre

Unwind at the end of your day with an hour of stretching, twisting, and breathing. Special thanks to our partner Moksha Yoga Danforth!

• No previous yoga experience required.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 
• Washrooms are available for changing.
• Bring your own mat and water. 
• Enter through the Yonge Street entrance (west side of building, south of Front Street). Doors open 15 minutes before class starts. Please arrive early to sign-in. Late comers will not be allowed entrance.

Tuesdays 5:30pm – 6:30pm
March 13, 20, 27

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 16.

Waitlist: If the Eventbrite Registration is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist! We will contact the waitlist with a class reminder and any updates regarding the number of available drop-in spots. If you are not contacted by Eventbrite to join the class, you are welcome to attend as a drop-in participant (first come, first served).

Drop-ins:
Regardless of being on the waitlist, anyone is welcome to arrive as a drop-in participant.  We will reserve 10 spots per class for drop-ins and will allow additional drop-ins up to the capacity of the class in case there are cancellations or no-shows.

Eventbrite Registration Policy
Cancellation Deadline -
24 hours prior to the class. If you discover you are no longer able to attend, we kindly ask that you cancel your order or email education@sonycentre.ca to notify us a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class.

After three “no-show” instances or three cancellations received with less than 24 hours' notice,
Sony Centre reserves the right to cancel any future Eventbrite orders you may have for Sony Centre Community Classes. If your Eventbrite Registration is cancelled, please note you are still welcome to attend as a drop-in participant if space is available!