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NOVEMBER STUDIO OF THE MONTH: Byfield Dance eXperience

Byfield Dance eXperience (BDX) in Toronto celebrated their one year anniversary as a studio at the end of October.

A veteran of stage and screen, Shawn Byfield knew he would always open a space for dancers of all levels. His goal? To open up a place where regular people can just come and throw down and meet other people who share the same passion for dance.

While the studio is open to everyone, BDX is geared to the adults since, according to Byfield, there are already places for kids and teenagers to go and take classes.

“What about the rest of us who watch So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars? There’s no place for them to go and not feel out of place or intimidated,” he says. “Most of the students that come here are beginner adults. They may have danced a year, maybe two or maybe they danced when they were children and haven’t done it since then so they come here and all start from scratch.”

Specializing in hip hop and tap classes the studio offers monthly membership passes so dancers can come as many times to stomp or shuffle on the hardwood floors made from bamboo. Don’t know if you can make it every week? Buy a drop-in pass –it doesn’t expire!

“We have people who work in cruise ships [as dancers] and they have a drop-in pass. They know after six months they can come back and show up.”

Whether you’re a first timer, a veteran or someone getting back into the game, Byfield guarantees his classes will add some flavour and colour to your life.

“Classes are always fresh and we find time to say hello and introduce ourselves to somebody new,” he says referring to his usual “family time” gathering where everyone comes to the middle and introduces themselves. Formalities out the window, Byfield want everyone fired up and having fun.

“No handshakes,” he warns. “High five, give ‘em some love, slap ‘em on the butt, whatever you need to do [to get energized].”

After all, dance isn’t just about getting the workout. There’s a fun, social aspect too!

Visit BDX’s website for schedule and location details.


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Posted: Nov 04, 2010 By WantToDance.ca | with 0 Comments

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