We know we can’t be the only ones who miss dance, so it makes sense that we’re seeing the proliferation of virtual dance classes. But we also know that, at first blush, people may not be sold on virtual dance camps and classes.

Luckily, virtual dance classes are not only a great substitute for the in-studio sessions, but they actually offer a tonne of additional benefits.

Virtual dance classes have been around since before the pandemic. As you’d expect, they’ve ballooned in popularity since studios have had to go on hiatus. The good news is that this isn’t an entirely new undertaking; there is a lot of information available regarding online dance classes and how best to run them.

There’s also quite a bit of info out there about what makes these online sessions so great.

And these online sessions are great. With COVID-19 making in-person sessions an impossibility right now and otherwise totally upending our normal way of life, we can at least take a measure of pride in how adaptable we are as a community.

And in keeping with that spirit (and the spirit of everything going online) let’s discuss some of the best virtual dance classes in Toronto and how your child can benefit from joining in.

Staying Active

With everything on hiatus these days from recreational sports to gyms (or play areas for kids)—and close contact generally forbidden at the moment—keeping your kids active can be a challenge.

But virtual dance classes are a stellar way to get them active, off the couch, and away from the iPad.

What’s more, it’ll make that long awaited return to normal that much easier as your child will be able to slot right back into dance class (or any other physical activity) without losing a beat.

Learning at Your Own Pace

There is, of course, one major benefit that cannot be overlooked when comparing in-person and virtual dance camps: the rewind button.

Dance can move fast, and everyone picks up moves at their own pace.

While instructors will go out of their way to ensure that all students are comfortable with the moves before proceeding with the lesson, online students have unlimited time to learn, all at their own individual paces.

In other words, they can playback the recording again and again to guarantee they’re comfortable with the move before they press on.

Giving a Sense of Community

It’s no stretch to say that we’re all feeling a little disconnected these days. No matter how big your bubble may be, it simply can’t satisfy that need for community and togetherness so many of us need—kids especially.

That said, virtual dance camps are a wonderful way to get a dose of community delivered straight through your device of choice.

No, it’s not quite the real thing, but it’s an elegant substitute that gets everyone feeling like they belong to a group again.

Feeling Confident Returning to Class

One day everything will return to normal. I know it doesn’t seem that way now, but there will be a time when we can get back into in-person dance classes.

And with that in mind, it’ll be very difficult for a child to spend a year away from dance and seamlessly transition back into it.

In other words, there’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period—a lot of skills learned pre-pandemic may be lost or at least rusty.

With online dance classes in Toronto available right now, however, you can head off some of that rust and make sure that when we do eventually get back to normal, your child will be able to enter right back into the swing of things in no time flat.

Learning from Teachers That Aren’t Normally Accessible

In the normal, COVID-free world, we have a number of obligations and scheduling conflicts that restrict which dance classes we’re able to attend.

Maybe there’s a teacher that you or your child has always wanted to work with, but a piano lesson or basketball practice was scheduled at the same time.

With virtual dance classes, scheduling conflicts are pretty much a non-factor.

If you can’t make the Zoom call when it happens live, you’ll have access to the recorded session, meaning your child can learn from their favourite teachers whenever they want.

So, you and your child are free to learn at their own pace with their favourite instructor all from the leisure of your own home.

Virtual Dance Classes in Toronto

We love dance here at Performing Dance Arts. We love it so much, in fact, that we refuse to let the pandemic keep us away from it.

We sincerely cannot wait until we’re back in studio, seeing our love of dance transfer over to our students. We miss the fun, exciting, and confidence-building atmosphere that is, frankly, unique to dance.

That said, virtual dance classes in Toronto are the next best thing to having people at the studio. And, as seen above, there are actually quite a few benefits! Even a few benefits that you can’t get from in-person classes (unless someone’s discovered a way to rewind time).

We bring decades of dance experience and guarantee that your child will get trained instruction from an industry veteran who cares deeply about the progress and happiness of their students. That’s the promise we make for in-studio training—and we’re going to continue to uphold that promise with virtual dance camps and classes.

Our virtual classes are open to children of all ages and skill levels, so contact us today to register your child or learn more about which style and program fits best.