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10MAY16 – You wouldn’t drive like that…

It’s the last week in the current series of classes TONIGHT:

6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – Chance to review last five weeks of material and “High Definition” concepts
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – Review class material and Part A of the Flash Mob Choreography (with options) *UPDATE BELOW*
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals – Graduation Day!  Review of WCS basic patterns and concepts
~8:45 p.m.  Join our new “grads” by joining in the last 15 minutes of the Fundamentals class – dancing continues until midnight – just $5 or free to current students

We start new classes in all three levels *next* week: May 17-June 6  (seven weeks, six classes – May 31st being a JUST DANCE)

Class details here:

To pre-register online, please go here:

All classes and social dancing every week take place Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (just west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

Also this week(end)….

The Toronto Swing Dance Society hosts its monthly dance with live music provided by The Replay Band (cover songs suitable for East and West Coast Swing).
No lesson – dancing starts at 8:00 p.m. at the Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. West

6-7pm – Intermediate HUSTLE w/Annie Lebedeva
7-8pm – Intermediate WEST COAST SWING w/Steven James
8-11pm Social Dance (Hustle & WCS tunes)
No partner required!
$15 per person – 1 class + Social
$20 per person – Both classes + Social
$5 per person – Social Only
Facebook Event or please see the calendar


New Beginners Series (6 weeks): Starting May 15, 5-6pm. A solid introduction to the basics of West Coast swing. $90+tax.
Intermediate: 6-7pm, $18 drop-in. Includes 2 hr. social dance 7-9pm.
Social dance: 7-9pm, $5 dance only
All classes include the 2 hour social dance/practice from 7-9pm.
Rhythm and Motion Dance Studio. 3352 Dundas St. West, Toronto (at Runnymede).


WCS COMMUNITY FLASH MOB – Saturday, May 28th
I’ve booked some time at the Dovercourt House in the morning for a final rehearsal and to go over any last minute details.  I also thought it would be good to carpool from there to the mall (for those, like myself, coming by transit)
11:00 a.m. until noon – Rehearsal 1st floor Dovercourt House
-1:00 p.m. We’re on!  For about an hour.

There’s also a ballet school performing after us; I’ve persuaded them not to put down their special flooring until after we’re done.
I’ve selected a song – posted on the Private Facebook Event Page
So far we’ve completed Part A – 32 counts of music/an entire phrase. The plan is to learn Part B – another 32 counts in the next three weeks. The Flash Mob choreography will be Part A and Part B repeated for the entire song (A,B,A,B,A,B….). Some variations will be permitted – in fact encouraged – within the set structure.

This a great opportunity show off our dance to people who may have never seen or heard of West Coast Swing! Even if you don’t learn the choreography YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED – for lead-and-follow WCS dancing and to be “students” in the short intro class I’ll be teaching after the performances. Also, if you have any friends or family who might want to video, please invite them along as supportive audience members .

There will be sign-up sheets at the Dovercourt House this Tuesday night so that I can get an idea of numbers, who’s coming, and who needs a partner.

Counting down the weeks until….

The Michigan Classic – June 3-5

Ottawa WCS Pro Weekend (with Hugo and Stacy) – June 17-19

Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships (TOSHC) – July 14-17 (with Robert Royston Intensive Thursday, July 15)


FOOTNOTE – You wouldn’t drive like that….
A few years ago there was a PSA-type television commercial demonstrating bad driving habits using wonky pedestrian behavior. The tag-line was something along the lines of:  “You wouldn’t walk like that, why would you drive that way?”

(This isn’t it, but it is funny: What if We Walked LIke We Drove)

The Public Service Announcement I’d like to make here is: “You wouldn’t drive like that, why would you *dance* that way?”

Leaders, would you pass or change lanes without looking first?  Followers, would you take your hands off the wheel and just go wherever the car takes you? Every week I see Leaders watching their Followers and NOT looking down the slot to see if the space is clear <cough: shoulder check>. Flattering perhaps, but not very safe. Followers seem equally unaware of their surroundings – until there’s a collision, or the Leader suddenly puts on the brakes. Hate that.

A slot is a beautiful thing; it has a certain predictability. Use it.

Please be careful out there. 🙂




Toronto ROCKS! The Michigan Classic – June 3-4
Ottawa WCS Pro Weekend – June 17-19
Sweet Side of Swing Northwest – June 24-26
Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships – July 14-17
Check the calendar for more!