TOWestCoast Blog

10OCT17 – Allons Danser!

Heading to Montreal Westie Fest this weekend?   I’ll be there on Thursday, and am looking forward to the Pre-MWF West Coast Swing party hosted by Phil and Flor at Swing 88Facebook Event

Montreal Westie Fest 2017 itself takes place October 13-15 at the Montreal Airport In-Terminal hotel – where the group room block is sold out. Please contact the organizers to see if you can still get a room at the group rate. (Similarly, if you’re holding a reservation for a room you don’t need, please, please let Melissa Breton know so she can re-assign it to someone who needs it.)

Levelled workshops, WSDC Jack & Jill competitions, Swing 16 Tournament, complimentary Poutine buffet….and of course lots of social dancing – and shenanigans. 😊

Toronto ROCKS Montreal Westie Fest Facebook Event

Official Montreal Westie Fest 2017 Facebook Page



  • There will be NO Sunday classes/dancing this weekend (October 15), because – of course – Shelley will be involved in the above-mentioned shenanigans. 😉
  • Thursday night Dynamic Duo HIGH TECH classes are *on* as per usual:  Please see the calendar
  • Tuesday night classes at the Dovercourt House continue/wrap up this week, with new classes starting next week (see below).
  • Thanksgiving Monday night classes/dancing were well-attended at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin – with an earlier start/finish:  8:00-10:30 p.m.  Please see the calendar
  • Toronto Swing Dance Society Dance this Friday, with Mary Adams teaching WCS:


  • Monday night classes at the Lithuanian house, through the Toronto Swing Dance Society: October 16-November 13 (five weeks/five classes)
  • Tuesday night classes at Dovercourt House: October 17-November 21 (six weeks/six classes + weekly social); three levels of instruction  Pre-register here, or at the door with “Amazing Grace” (cash or cheque)


  • Ancaster WCS dance – with Joanna Swanson teaching and deejaying – Saturday, October 21stFacebook Event or please see the calendar
  • ShelleyDance at the ZoomerShowToronto – October 28th & 29th at the Enercare Centre (Exhibition grounds) – with student performances in the ‘Dance Zone’ both days at 1:00 p.m.
  • Halloween-themed Hustle & WCS Dance Party – Saturday, October 28th  Facebook Event or please see the calendar
  • GroovyBluesyJazzy*RockStar* Halloween Party – Tuesday, October 31st – usual schedule of classes and dancing, but with Rock Stars 😊 Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Shelley Saxena will be teaching Waterloo – Saturday, November 4th – Details TBA
  • 10th Annual Benefit Dance in support of CAMH – Tuesday, November 14th – raising funds and awareness on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Event, or please see the calendar.
  • Follower Styling Secrets with Shelley Saxena – afternoon workshops at Joy of Dance Saturday, November 18 –  Please see the calendar or
  • C.A.S.H. Bash – Fun and friendly West Coast Swing and Hustle event hosted by the Cleveland Akron Swing & Hustle Club in Twinsburgh, Ohio – huge Canadian contingent!  Toronto ROCKS C.A.S.H. Bash Facebook Event, or please see the calendar
  • Alice in Wonderland on Screen – The Royal Ballet‘s production will be screened at the Hot Doc’s cinema  Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Spotlight New Year’s Eve – Best way I can think of to ring in the New Year: with my dance family!!  New location – please book your room early!!
    Canada ROCKS Spotlight


FOOTNOTE – Happy Thanksgiving!!
This week might be a good time to circle back to the intention of gratitude a few of us shared at our weekend getaway to Thornbury last month, or to simply to be thankful that we have dance in our lives.  There isn’t a Tuesday that goes by that I don’t look around the room and see joy, connection, creativity, fun….everything that makes life worth living IMHO.  Thank you all for being a part of my amazing dance family!!

With love,