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When Broadway Workout began more than two years ago, founder Laura Allardyce probably never thought of having to take everything virtual during a global pandemic. But she did and managed to expand her offerings, double the instructors and now has a brand new slate of classes running starting at the end of September.
Broadway Workout started as a one-off class where participants learned choreography to a song from a Broadway musical. Much like an audition, attendees progressively learned more and more of the dance until the song was done. It quickly became a regular staple at community centres and dance studios across the city. The best part is that every participant makes it through the “audition” and is a guaranteed Broadway Star! All the fun without the pressure — our kind of workout!
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Before the pandemic, Laura and her head choreographer and instructor, Dani Bone-Corbishley, ran classes at various locations. Like everyone else, they had to pivot to online lessons once it became apparent we were going to be indoors and distanced for a while.
Dance captain Alex Smith-Eivemark got one in-person class under her belt before the pandemic arrived So when they went online, they had two instructors — allowing them to bring even more dance class options to folks virtually.
After working out a few technical glitches, classes were running smoothly for months on end over Facebook and Zoom during the worst of the pandemic, allowing people to get moving from the safety of their homes.
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Now that things are opening up, Laura and her choreographer and dance captain are expanding their offerings again. In addition to the online classes available twice a week, there is now an in-person class again and a junior in-person class for kids in grades four to eight. Online sessions continue in the fall season on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3, but in-person classes start a few weeks later on Oct. 18 at the Soloway JCC, a Carlington-area community centre.
They’ve released the “set list” for the fall slate of “shows,” boasting a great mix of big hits, themed songs for holidays, and some stellar jukebox bops.
Broadway Workout guarantees you’ll work up a sweat, have some fun, and have a great tune stuck in your head for the rest of the day with these classes.
Broadway Workout classes begin Sept. 30th and onwards online and in person. Prices range from $20 for a drop-in class to $225 for two sessions a week for the full 10-week season. You can also book group and party classes.