TOWestCoast Blog

01MAR16 – Time Flies – when you’re dancing!

Writing today from Portland, Oregon – known for its roses, bridges, food trucks, craft beer and really fun West Coast Swing conventions: Rose City Swing in February and Bridgetown Swing in September. You should join me sometime 🙂

Has anyone noticed that even with an extra day in February this year is flying by? For instance, it’s already time for another:

FIRST-TUESDAY-OF-THE-MONTH **FREE** INTRO LESSON TONIGHT! Tuesday, March 1st
Tuesday night classes continue at the Dovercourt House, week #3 of the current series – all three levels – and our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE introductory lesson at 8:00 p.m. followed by social dancing until midnight.
Facebook Event or please the calendar for more details

**JUST ANNOUNCED** ROBERT ROYSTON INTENSIVES CONFIRMED: APRIL 23RD & 24TH
Robert Royston is returning to Ancaster for two separate full-day intensive West Coast Swing workshops
Saturday, April 23 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (with lunch break)  Choreography for the Social Dance Floor for both Leaders and Followers – (location TBA) 5 hours
(Saturday night regular monthly dance at the Marshall Memorial Church – $10, plus an additional $10 for Robert’s pre-dance lesson)
Sunday, April 24th 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (with a lunch break) How to Change Your Dance Moves to Fit Different Styles of Music
Each 5 hr intensive: $125 USD or $176 CAD
Both (all 10 hours): $200 USD or $282 CAD
To register, please send a cheque to Elaine Royds at 2943 Darien Rd, Burlington, ON  L7M 4K3,  e-transfer to elaines.eyephone@gmail.com or pay Elaine in cash.
Class size will be limited, so register soon to guarantee your spot.
Any profits will go to the non-status refugee shelter, Micah House, and the troubled youth organization, Liberty for Youth, which has a phenomenal track record for turning around the lives of children aged 11-22.  This is a fundraising project of the Outreach Committee of Marshall Memorial United Church.

MAIN FITNESS SERIES WRAPS
This Friday is the last in the series of Beginner lessons Shelley and I have been teaching at Main Fitness in The Beach. Come dance with the grads!
8:30-10:30 dance practice – just $5
138 Main Street, south of Gerard
See the calendar for more details.

WCS SUNDAYS WITH SHELLEY CONTINUE
5:00-6:00 Beginner lesson (series in progress)
6:00-7:00 Intermediate lesson – $18 to drop in, including dance practice
7:00-9:00 p.m. Dancing!!  All levels – just $5, or free with either lesson
Rhythm and Motion Studio, 3352 Dundas at Runneymede
www.shelleydance.com or please see the calendar for more details

PJ AND TASHINA – COMING TO MONTREAL – deux fois!!
I’ve had the pleasure of taking classes with PJ Turner and Tashina Beckman, and sitting in on a private lesson with PJ and am very impressed with their knowledgeable and supportive teaching style.  Westie Passion is bringing them to Montreal *twice* this year: first in April for a workshop weekend taking place right downtown at the cool and sexy Artspace studio (Swingin’ Montreal April 15-17 – see the calendar) and again for a full-on WSDC (points) event in in the fall at the Holiday Inn Pointe Claire (Montreal Westie Fest)
If you haven’t seen them dance you might want to check out their most recent U.S. Open routine on YouTube
Swingin’ Montreal Facebook Event

OTTAWA WCS PRO WEEKEND:  JUNE 17-19
Featuring West Coast Swing workshops with the talented Hugo Miguez and Stacy Kay, dancing, fun Jack & Jill contests – and a couple of surprises may-be?. Just $99 now until April 30th (prices will go up)
Facebook Event or www.ottawaprowcsweekend.com for more details.

SWEET SAVINGS FOR SWEET SIDE OF SWING: JUNE 24-26
The “Sweet Side” franchise has earned a loyal following amongst both Leaders and Followers who want to take their dancing to another level with small levelled workshops. Coming to Vancouver for the first time with summer registration is now open. The first 25 passes are going fast @$195 – Canadian. That price will go up to $215. I have a limited number of discounted passes reserved for “dancers from away” for $155. Prices include breakfast buffet Saturday morning. More about the event here:  www.sweetsideofswing.com

TOSHC – TORONTO OPEN SWING HUSTLE CHAMPIONSHIPS: JULY 14-17
We’re just five months away from Toronto’s biggest West Coast Swing dance party.  Robert Royston will be here again with a pre-event mini-Intensive as well as taking on the role of Master of Ceremonies. Workshops, late night dancing and competitions in West Coast Swing *and* Hustle (points in both!)  You’re not going to want to miss this!!  www.toshc.com

Julie

 

 

 

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