Adult Contemporary Dance Classes

Amelia Ehrhardt pictured in her work "No Context", photo by Yuula Benivolski

Amelia Ehrhardt pictured in her work "No Context", photo by Yuula Benivolski

Amelia's Adult Contemporary Dance Classes focus on the basics of post-modern and contemporary dance techniques and offer a gentle, guided, and fun way into dancing. Topics such as postural alignment, efficiency in movement, balance, and coming in and out of the floor will be explored. Participants will work both in set choreography/phrasework and guided improvisation. These classes are geared towards those with little to no experience with dance technique, or to those looking to revisit their childhood dance careers. These classes are queer/trans positive and body positive. Amelia's teaching is rooted in a social justice oriented pedagogy that insists that a healthy experience and rigorous artistic/physical investigation do not need to be mutually exclusive. Individuals of all ages are welcome.

Dancemakers is an accessible venue and our changerooms are gender-neutral. 

Mechanical Investigation

Mondays: January 15 to February 19, 2018

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (STUDIO Doors open at 6 pm)

Formerly “Level 1”, these classes feature more mechanical explanation, slower moving through choreography, more instructive time spent on improvisation and in general a bit of a slower dive into dancing. If you want to spend a lot of time really focused on functional anatomy and breaking down movements, and less time learning set material, or have never taken any form of dance class before, this class is for you.

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Choreographic Investigation

Tuesdays: January 16 to February 20, 2018

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm (STUDIO Doors open at 6 pm)

Formerly “Level 2”, these classes operate more quickly than the Mechanical Investigation classes with (somewhat!) more complicated choreographic sequences, more time focusing on set material, more elaborate improvisational scores, and more challenging movements and positions. If you want to move a bit more quickly, get a bit more of a workout, spend more time on more challenging choreographic sequences, and less time getting the choreographic material explained to you, or if you have taken Amelia’s class before and want to move more quickly, this class is for you.

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Monday, February 26 to Thursday, March 1, 2018

10 am to 12 Noon (STUDIO Doors open at 9:30 am)

This professional class will focus on finding pathways for movement that cut out unnecessary affect, baggage, tension, drama, and lead most directly to movement that is pleasing and, hopefully, virtuosic. Floor and release-based methods will be the primary source of vocabulary, and participants will also work through improvisation and gentle guided partner work. In the interest of also being efficient about ideas, we will source the work of other artists and mine for what is interesting to us right now. Obsessive attention to citation will be made. We will move/roll/slide/loop/jump/swing/suspend, climb horizontally, visualize our fascial system, think, and sweat. This class is geared towards professional and pre-professional dance artists or individuals with a strong movement practice.

All classes take place at

Dancemakers Centre for Creation

9 Trinity Street | Theatre Studio 313 | Toronto's Distillery Historic District


Adult Contemporary: Mechanical Investigation & Choreographic Investigation: 

Pay-What-You-Want: $80, $90, $100, $110, $120 | Sorry, no drop-ins


$80 for all four days | $15 drop in per day


Buy Adult Contemporary classes in advance: Purchase on-line here

Buy efficiency/virtuosity/efficiency/virtuosity in advance and drop-in: Purchase  on-line here


Amelia joined Dancemakers as Curator in September of 2015. She is the founder of the multidisciplinary performance series Flowchart and was the Curating Producer of the inaugural Dance Series at SummerWorks Performance Festival. Amelia's work interrogates the specificities and parameters of contemporary dance. She has developed her work in residence at HATCH/Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Studio 303 (Montréal), and has been commissioned by the Nomadic Curatorial Collective. Amelia has performed in works by Carol Anderson, Susie Burpee, Julia Sasso, Menaka Thakkar, and multimedia artist Zeesy Powers. In 2014 she reanimated Suzy Lake's Choreographed Puppet at the Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursdays event. Amelia is a graduate of the professional program at George Brown Dance (2008) and holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University (2012). In 2013, Amelia attended Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts