Drop-in for a spin: Dance classes in Montréal

Alexandra Gauthier

This article was updated on November 14, 2018.

Learning how to dance is a notion as intimidating as it is seductive. When investigating what lies beyond our horizons, the most basic question can be difficult to tackle: How to begin? A few Montréal dance studios have the answer, offering drop-in, trial classes to unlock your inner hip-shaking dynamo. Whether you're looking for a novel vacation activity or ready to embark on a new local adventure, check out our list and give a class a whirl!

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Cat’s Corner

Cat’s Corner has been a lower Saint-Laurent Boulevard mainstay for 20 years. The swing dance studio is well-known for its Friday night drop-in classes, which cater to both beginner and intermediate levels. Stick around after the class and employ what you've learned on the floor with a social dance sock hop that lasts into the night.

3451 Saint-Laurent, 3rd Floor

Les Studios Accento

Les Studios Accento offer classes in a range of different styles, including vibrant favourites such as salsa, hip-hop, afrobeat, and Zumba, to name a few. Check their online schedule to see the selection of classes and beginner rates offered. Make it a date with a plus one (or two!) and benefit from a reduced group fare.

6889 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, 2nd Floor

Urban-Element Zone

Urban-Element Zone has a host of different affordable drop-in classes that boast a more contemporary and urban vibe. Take a two-hour intensive house course, try dancehall on for size, or check out the weekly voguing community class. For the cost of a movie ticket, you could spend you evening bolstering your catwalk skills; you never know when those will come in handy!

7577 Saint-Hubert Street

Milan Pole Dance Studio

Milan Pole Dance Studio offers by-the-class sessions at three different levels, from pole dance/pole gym basic, to advanced technical movements and strength training. A frequent favourite for events such as birthday and bachelorette parties, this whole-body workout dance style focuses on empowerment and flow. Build your confidence with a cheeky new skill.

50 Saint-Jacques Street

Studio Bamboofit

Studio Bamboofit rules the roost with the cardio sensation that is Zumba. See what all the fuss is about with a free trial class and check their schedule for subsequent drop-in opportunities and affordable package rates.

3451 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, 3rd Floor

Studio 303

Studio 303 has a mission focused on inclusivity, culture, and creativity, with classes such as Physical Theatre, Yoga dance, and the all-ages, all-levels Gaga/People, a course that takes a more holistic approach to dance education. Check their schedule for drop-ins, events, and available workshops!

372 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 3rd Floor

Studio 88 Swing

Studio 88 Swing presently offers free drop-in trial classes on Tuesdays for their Medley Simple Malt, or Saturdays for their Hot Jazz night. Be sure to also check its website for upcoming events and workshops for opportunities to twist and shout along with this energetic and evolving dance style.

7243 Saint-Hubert Street

Latin Groove

Latin Groove is a dance school that—as its name suggests—offers a range of Latin-centric dance styles from the popular salsa to the Angolan dance kizomba (a word which means "party" in the Angolan language of Kimbundu)! Choose between a 60-minute drop-in class, an all-day studio pass, or a set weekly rate. Imagine the looks on your friends' faces when you bust out some bachata moves at the next big gathering.

1184 Sainte-Catherine Street West, 4th Floor

École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

École de danse contemporaine de Montréal is a contemporary and interpretive dance academy known for the quality of its training. The school offers courses at all levels, with the first class of each term available as a no-risk trial drop-in; take a deep breath and take the first step in unlocking your passion.

1435 Bleury Street, Suite 600

Alexandra Gauthier

Alexandra Gauthier is a young Montrealer who loves to eat, drink and be merry with friends in neighbourhoods all over the city.