TOWestCoast Blog

06SEP16 – #ClassicTO

First of all a *huge* thank you again to everyone who participated in or came out to share the 2016 International West Coast Swing Flash Mob experience with us.   I hope everyone had as much fun as I did – performing it in public, on perfect day, after weeks of planning, practicing and preparation.  Bravo!

In a couple of weeks we’ll be starting a *new* choreography/performance/team project – born, in part, from the challenge of having more Followers than Leaders interested in learning routines.  I went out on a bit of limb and commissioned West Coast Swing Champion Arjay Centeno to create a *fabulous* piece for three dancers: two Followers and one Leader.  Thanks to Doug Rousar’s support of creative endeavours we’ve been invited to perform the choreography as a team at Doug’s Spotlight New Year’s Eve event in Michigan. There will be other opportunities, I’m sure, but that’s what we’ll be aiming for with this preliminary rehearsal schedule:

Saturday mornings at the Dovercourt House 10:30 a.m. until noon

(I’ll be there from 10:00 a.m. and will stay afterwards to answer questions and take care of “housekeeping” so that we can keep our rehearsal time focused on dancing)

September 24
October 1
October 8
NO REHEARSAL October 15 (Montreal Westie Fest)
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
NO REHEARSAL November 19 (Westie-Con)
NO REHEARSAL November 26 (CASH Bash/US Open)
December 10
December 17
December 24

Rehearsal cost: $180
Special reduced-rate event pass for Spotlight: US$100

Please let me know if you have any questions and/or need any additional information.

THIS TUESDAY – September 6th
6:30-7:15 p.m.   WCS*Fundamentals with Shelley Saxena $18 to drop in including Social Dancing
7:15-8:00 p.m.   WCS*Repertoire is back!  $15 to drop in including Social Dancing
8:00-9:00 p.m.   Our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE Lesson Facebook Event (please share!!)
9:00 p.m. until midnight Social Dancing for all levels of WCS dancing only $5 (or free with any lesson)
We’re moving to the 1st Floor this week!!
Dovercourt House – 805 Dovercourt Rd., west of Ossington, north of Bloor

FRIDAY – September 9th
Toronto Swing Dance Society Open House, with performances and all-swing dancing
Lithuanian House – 1573 Bloor St. West, lower level

SATURDAY – September 10th
Monthly Hustle & West Coast Swing Dance Party Facebook Event
Joy of Dance – 95 Danforth Avenue, 3rd Floor

SUNDAY – September 11th
*FREE* Open House (including FREE introductory WCS lesson with Shelley Saxena)
Followed by Shelley’s usual Intermediate WCS drop-in class ($18) and social ($5)
Rhythm & Motion – 3352 Dundas St. West (at Runnymede)


  • Toronto ROCKS the Upstate Dance Challenge September 8-11 Facebook Event
  • The ‘Dynamic Duo’ (Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald) move to a new location for classes and social Thursday, September 15th
  • Hustle/WCS Intensive at Joy of Dance with Daniel McGee & Jameson Kilburn September 16-18 Facebook Event
  • Shelley Saxena starts a new Beginner WCS series Sunday, September 18th (other classes and social dancing as usual)
  • Ancaster WCS dance with Joanna Swanson Saturday, September 24th Facebook Event 


  • Yours truly will be teaching the WCS lesson at Joy of Dance’s Monthly Hustle/WCS Party Saturday, October 1st
  • *Just Announced!* Shelley Saxena will be teaching in Waterloo Saturday, October 8th
  • New Tuesday night class series in all levels: October 11-November 15
  • Montreal Westie Fest – Get in the car!! October 14-16 Facebook Event or
  • Patty Vo Fancy Footwork Intensive in Ancaster October 22-23 Facebook Event
  • Our Annual Halloween Party Tuesday, October 25th – with a suggested Boogie Man theme. Check this out J
  • Wednesday night Midtown Blues Jam Westie Bomb at Alleycatz TBC

…and if you haven’t already marked your calendar for our Annual West Coast Swing Benefit Dance on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, that will take place Tuesday, November 15th with raffle prizes and fun Jack & Jill Tournament.  Thanks in advance for your support!

Check out the TOWestCoast calendar for more details, more events J

This week’s Song of the Week (thank you, Liam): “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor


Montreal Westie Fest – October 14-16
CAMH Benefit Dance – November 15th
Westie-Con – November 17-20
Spotlight Dance Celebration – December 30, 2016-January 2, 2017
Check the
calendar for more!