Dance Classes In Toronto- Studio Update

The lounge area, in construction
The lounge area, in construction

Good news dancers!

The dance studio is coming together nicely. Thank you to the friends that helped with  cleaning parties last week to scrub the place down.

Even though I’m rehearsing for a film right now for MTV (more on that in a later post) there’s still a lot of work going on at the studio base.

Here’s a quick update:

The painting is almost complete. What colour you ask? Off white walls with a bold red choice on select walls.  Starting to look really great, with a nice striped glaze when you walk in to the reception. When you look at the wall head on, you don’t notice. But look at an angle and you’re in for a classy surprise…

Priority painting of studio space, lounge and change rooms will be finished today (Tuesday). Baseboards will be installed in lounge and reception. The white trim adds a nice detail and I think you’ll be quite happy with the choice.

Brand new toilets and bathroom fixtures for both the mens and women’s bathrooms have been installed. Yup, there’s two, cause I know how gross and sweaty we get after some serious dance classes! Still got some electrical to do in them, but it’s all minor fancy stuff that’s not on the priority list.

Latest hardwood sprung floor estimate is good, so that should be done in about two weeks (if all goes my way). Sprung hardwood floors are ideal for dancers because they limit the shock going to your joints. A floor system like this is costly, yes, but it’s the best thing for your joints and helps prevent injury and fatigue.

Once sprung dance flooring is in then I can put up the mirrors.  I have a drywall contractor coming in this week to knock out some door frames (see images below) and drywall the holes so I have a flat wall for mirrors.

Once that’s all in, it’s time for IKEA furniture, chairs, fixtures and knick knacks. Gotta love IKEA, huh?

So there’s your short update.

At this rate, we’ll be in the new Toronto dance studio in just a few short weeks. Just know that it’s nothing huge. This ain’t no Skydome (yeah yeah Rogers Centre, same thing.) I didn’t buy an entire building.

Just a cozy floor in the most convenient area of Toronto- Yonge & Bloor. That’s right b#tches! I said Yonge and Bloor.

Some people think that it would be impossible to afford a classy dance studio in such a happening neighbourhood of our city. But take a look. It’s happening!

So if you’ve ever been told “Dude, that’s impossible… you can’t do that…” whatever “that” may be for you- Ignore their words. I’m here to tell you they’re totally wrong. Ignore the doubters.

A challenge doesn’t mean impossible. A challenge is an opportunity to grow and spread your wings. Do what you’re destined to do, and be who you’re meant to become. Word?

– Shawn B

Published by ShawnByfield

Shawn Byfield is a certified public speaker, expert dance coach and entrepreneur. A National authority in dance and veteran in entertainment, film and fashion. Byfield is a DORA AWARD winning choreographer, GEMINI AWARD nominee, and 2x BLACK CANADIANS AWARD nominee. Shawn Byfield loves to travel nationally as an inspiring mentor, adjudicator, public speaker and choreographer.

12 thoughts on “Dance Classes In Toronto- Studio Update

  1. Great!!!! Shawn. It is sooooo close to my place, seems that I have no excuse not going to class often:)

  2. Way to go shawn! I knew this would happen soon for you! Where there’s a will, there’s a way! Believe it!! 8) (hope to be back soon!)

  3. omg i’m so excited now!! Challenge doesn’t mean impossible…love your wise words Shawn..

  4. Hey uncle shawn! I’m so excited for you, and yes, IKEA furniture definately that place!
    But good luck, and the place is looking great so far!

  5. It looks awesome Shawn!!! Can’t wait to come back to Toronto and dance with you again!!

  6. This looks fantastic!!! And a great location too, hopefully I can actually come to the classes again cause I’ve been missing out….. so excited!!

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