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12JUL16 – It’s TOSHC Week!

The Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships kick off this Thursday night.  At a (*very* rough) glance we have:

Thursday Night
3-hour Musicality Intensive with Robert Royston
FREE introductory WCS and Hustle classes taught by Mary Adams
Pre-Event dance deejayed by Arjay Centano

Event registration opens at 1:00 p.m.
WCS and Hustle workshops from 3:00-8:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremonies followed by competitions (Pro-Am Strictlies, All-Canadian Jack & Jill)
Pizza Party followed by social dancing until 4:00 a.m.

WCS & Hustle workshops 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Jack & Jill competitions (Prelims & Finals – all divisions, including Pro-Ams)
Dinner Break
Strictly Role Reversal, all Routine divisions (including Rising Star, Pro-Am, Teams)
Pro-Am Invitational Crossover
Food Truck! Followed by social dancing until 4:00 a.m.

WCS & Hustle workshops 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Strictly Swing and Strictly Hustle competitions – all levels
7:30 p.m. ENCORE PARTY hosted by Shelley Saxena **Free to wristband wearers, JUST $10 without**

For more details please go to the TOSHC website
Visit the Facebook page for additional updates 🙂

It was a great turnout last night at Shelley’s Sunday night, and the “warm up” for TOSHC continues TONIGHT at the Dovercourt House (there will be a special performance!) and…..

Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House 6:30-8:00 p.m. – $99 for the remaining five (5) classes/weeks or $20 to drop in (including regular dance practice/social 9:00 p.m. until midnight)
No partner required at this point – we are rotating partners as we learn the choreography. The WCS International Flash Mob will take place Saturday, September 3rd (that’s Labour Day Weekend) all over the world.  We’re aiming for noon on Nathan Phillips square. Please join the Facebook Event page for updates, and/or watch this space.
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Road (west of Ossington, north of Bloor). We’re on the 2nd Floor.

It’s not too late to join in the current series which continues until August 9th – $75 for the remaining five (5) classes/weeks.
8:00-9:00 p.m., including three hours of social dancing 9:00 p.m. until midnight.
Sorry no-drops – with the exception of ‘Rinse & Repeat’ students (please see below).
You can register online or with cash or cheque in person with our Gracious Registrar

Dancer and choreographer Bob Fosse said (I’m paraphrasing): “You’ll never make it as a dancer if you don’t like repetition” Good dancers practice, practice, practice – repeating the same move over and over again – which is why I invite and encourage anyone who has completed the WCS*Fundamentals series or similar to *repeat* the series, all or in part, as many times as you like – again, and again – at any time, and at no cost.  You pay only for the after-class social ($5).  The better your Basics are, the better your dancing will be overall.

When do normal HD and Repertoire classes resume?  I’m so glad you asked – it’s complicated 🙂

August 16th will be a JUST DANCE hosted by Shelley Saxena: no classes, just dancing from 9:00 p.m. until midnight for just $5

August 23-October 4: WCS*HD classes resume and another WCS*Fundamentals series starts. Seven (7) weeks, with six (6) classes (September 13th is another JUST DANCE).

WCS*Repertoire classes will be offered on a drop-in basis only September 6th, 20th, 27th October 4th, and 11th

We also have our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE classes: August 2nd and September 6th

All of this is noted on the Classes page: and I’m going to get it everything added to the calendar as soon as possible.
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.



Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships – July 14-17
Ancaster Dance Camp – July 29-August 2
Swingtacular – August 5-7
International West Coast Swing Flash Mob – September 3rd

Montreal Westie Fest – October 14-16
Check the calendar for more!