Toronto’s top-rated dance classes for fine arts training & performance in Leaside & East York

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS: July 8–September 6, Mon-Fri, 9am–4pm


A new adventure every week

July 8–August 30


Dance, arts and crafts, special performance!
Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Acro, and more. For dancers 3 and up. Half day and full day options available.


July 8–August 30

Weekly Program, 9am–4pm


Full day multi-discipline dance intensives for more experienced dancers to explore new genres and sharpen their skills. Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Acro, and more (up to 8 genres).

Also offering specific intensives in Acro, Ballet, and Tap, click here for more information.


Dance Academy

Artistic Director, Linda Leowinata

Bringing out the best of everyone’s artistic, musical, and physical abilities in a fun, nurturing, and encouraging dance education environment and training program.

Experience more than just another dance class.

Dance Studio Leaside, Dance Studio East York


The solid foundation for all dance forms


The fusion of dance and acrobatic techniques


The free-flowing, off-the-street dance


The fun stylization of classical techniques


The exploration of new movements


The play between rhythmic footwork & music


Stretch & Strength / Jumps & Turns


Jazz/Hip-Hop and Contemporary/Lyrical



Toddler Classes

Introduction to Ballet

Pre-teen & Teen

Introduction to various styles of dance

Experience More Than Just Another Dance Class

Sharing Passion

We believe that learning dance should be a joyful experience. By sharing our passion for movement through music we guide our dancers to discover their own freedom of expression and love for the art of dance.

Cultivating Discipline

At Poise, we believe that natural talent alone leads to little reward without hard work and dedication. We instil a strong sense of responsibility and discipline in each student to help them reach their full potential to support their journey to success in and beyond dance. 

Building Confidence

We gain strength, courage and confidence through every experience in which we overcome fear. Poise’s teaching staff are committed to developing each of our student’s ability to overcome adversity with a positive attitude and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

“I had the privilege to watch 7 11-12 yr-old show their families what they learned during an intensive training week at Poise during the summer holidays today. This was a week where they were encouraged to try dances they don’t consider their biggest strengths and – my goodness – it was astounding. This made me think of the more than 2 years where there were no in person lessons but, nevertheless, Poise staff continued to teach the children over Zoom. They even had the year-end show/recitals over Zoom – just an amazing feat. They never, ever gave up and, in my opinion, the continuation of all their lessons without interruptions got these children through the awful pandemic, mentally and physically healthy. They all adjusted and kept going, it was an honour thing. I will be forever grateful to Ms. Linda and all her staff for the very heavy lifting they all did during that hard time. You deserve our thanks and a huge round of applause!!!! From a Nana in the Poise Cheering Section :)”
“We had a wonderful year at Poise Dance. Linda is a warm and experienced teacher. She cares about each child and is mindful of their unique needs. Her love of dance is infectious and my girls looked forward to every class. The dance training is serious and disciplined, yet still fun for the kids. Poise is a studio that is beneficial for all levels of dancers. Children learn to move their bodies and train their minds in a healthy environment. The annual recital is one highlight of the Poise experience. It is professionally produced with imaginative choreography, making it a special show for dancers and audience alike. I highly recommend Poise.”
“I love you Miss Linda!! During my years of professional dance training and a 10 year career with the National Ballet of Canada, I have rarely come across a teacher as talented as Poise Dance Artistic Director, Linda Leowin​a​ta. She shares her passion for classical dance in a warm and encouraging environment while still maintaining the discipline integral to a professional environment. Linda’s staff have all been hand picked and further developed by her to also promote this environment. I would highly recommend Poise Dance School to anyone wishing to give their child the best dance education possible.”
“My daughters, aged 8 and 12, have been attending Poise Dance Academy for the past year. Our experience with Linda Leowinata has been nothing but positive from the very start. It is clear on meeting Linda that she is “the real deal” when it comes to ballet and she is passionate about sharing her deep understanding and love for ballet with her students.”
“I have said this before but it is an absolute pleasure for my daughter to be part of such an amazing Dance Academy. The Knowledge, Positivity, Discipline, and Caring environment is outstanding. It is amazing how much these Girls learn and want for more. I couldn’t be more impressed with how hard all of you work!!”
“Loved every second of the show, and would have watched more. My daughter loved each and every day of her lessons. We loved how she got to be trained in different genres and then partake in each of the dances, regardless of skill. She was in another 2-week dance session the weeks prior, and the show was not even close to being as interesting and professional as the Poise one.”
“I am sure that the quality of tuition and care that our girls receive at Poise will be of great value to them in whatever they choose to do with their lives.”

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