Queen Street West is a meeting place for the young and creative. From old standbys like Tequila Bookworm, the Horseshoe, and Bovine Sex Club, to the new cafes and bars that are always cropping up, the variety of this definitive Toronto street never ceases to amaze. There’s something so very Torontonian about strolling along Queen West, from popping into a designer shop to pick up the latest or picking through the oranges on offer at a streetside fruit market. It’s no surprise that some of the best experiences can be found along Queen West too—from escape rooms and drop-in dance classes, to one of the most sought-after food tours in the city.
Drop-in dance classes at City Dance Corps
City Dance Corps is the place to go if you’re looking for affordable dance classes. You’ll find them near Spadina Avenue on Queen West in a big, bright studio right above Bang On. They have a great selection of specialized classes, almost all of which are available as drop-in classes for just $16 per class. You can try hip-hop or an urban dance classes, ballet or salsa and bachata. They’ve also got tap, jazz, Argentian tango, contemporary dance, and a host of fitness classes.
If you’re looking for a workout more than a dance class, check out ballet boot camp or Zumba. Frequently City Dance Corps organizes dance workshops too, so you can learn burlesque basics (check out their burlesque holiday edition) or sparkle aerial skills. Either way, start your weekend off right with City Dance Corps—you can pop into Early Bird Espresso for a latte afterward as a reward.
Stuff yourself on the King and Queen West brunch tour
Sundays should be quiet and lazy, and they should last twice as long as they actually do. And there should always, always be brunch. Toronto Food Tours hosts a truly wonderful King and Queen West brunch tour on Sundays from 11:30am to 3:30pm. This is a specialized walking tour through King and Queen West where you’ll get to taste some of the best brunch food this city has to offer. The day starts with coffee and Parisian butter croissants, followed by Asian breakfast and chocolate chip cookies. A professional chef will guide you through this trendy neighborhood, take you to butcher shops, New York–style pizzerias, and on leisurely walks through Graffiti Alley. The tour ends with a classic breakfast and mimosas—perfection!
Pick up some pole dancing at Brass Vixens
Fans of pole dancing will be happy to hear that Brass Vixens offers a 30-day unlimited beginner class pass, and that you can find Brass Vixens on Queen Street close to Trinity Bellwoods Park. Beginner classes usually cover the basics of pole dancing, introduce you to holds and sits, and get you prepared for the next level. Recently, pole dancing has become more accessible. It’s no longer just something to try at a bachelorette; it’s also an excellent addition to a robust fitness regimen. It raises your confidence and gives your metabolism a mega boost. Pole dancing requires intense muscle strength, and developing muscle strength requires a lot of exercise. But of course, on top of that, pole dancing is just a lot of fun, and a great choice for those looking to add something different to their weekly schedule.
Start intro to ballet at Dance Teq
This isn’t your grandmother’s ballet class. Welcome to Dance Teq, a beautiful, bright dance studio on Queen Street at McCaul where classical ballet meets modern fervor. This is a welcoming, all ages, all stages ballet studio. Here you can take ballet at any level, starting with their specialty intro to ballet course, graduating to pre-beginner ballet, and moving all the way up to advanced ballet. You can expect professional and structured classes here, some held by former National Ballet dancers. And there’s a live pianist in almost every class, a nice touch.
Drop-in Beyography at The Underground Dance Centre
Dance classes make a great fitness alternative when you’re tired of the same old gym routine. There are a bunch of health benefits to dancing, from cardio to flexibility, but sometimes the biggest benefit is stress relief and relaxation. The Underground Dance Centre, located south of Queen on Richmond near University, is a great spot if you’re looking for a few drop-in contemporary dance classes to take the edge off.
The studio has an amazing minimalistic black and white interior and super cool swag. More than that, they’re home to professional dance instructors and very loyal clientele. When we say contemporary dance, don’t think jazz, think Beginner K-Pop or Beginner Beyonce. The Underground also offers a host of hip-hop–style classes, ballet (from beginner and intermediate to advanced), and much more.
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