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12DEC2018 – Share the Light

The first snowfall and the first day of Hanukkah! Join us tonight at the Dovercourt House to share the warmth and community spirit as we come together to dance.


Saturday, December 16th (day) – Styling Secrets for Followers with Shelley Saxena
Whether you want to add some shaping and style or improve the quality of your movement, this followers-only class reveals some of Shelley’s secrets to fun and gorgeous West Coast Swing!
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – $20 per person
There are still a few spots available so please register as soon as possible using e-transfer, or with cash or cheque in person.  See or the calendar for details.
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

Saturday, December 16th (night) – Hustle & West Coast Swing Party! Workshop with Kyle & Nicole!!
6-7pm Intermediate HUSTLE w/Steven James & Annie Lebedeva
7-8pm – Intermediate WEST COAST SWING w/Kyle FitzGerald & Nicole Zwerlein
8-11pm Social Dance (Hustle & WCS tunes)
No partner required!
$20 per person – Both workshops & Social
$15 per person – 1 workshop + Social
$5 per person – Social Only
Facebook Event or see the calendar
Joy of Dance, 95 Danforth Ave (at Broadview)

Sunday, December 17th – Annual Christmas Dance hosted by Shelley Saxena at Rhythm & Motion
Great music, plus Christmas treats and refreshments!
4:00-7:00 p.m. – WCS classes with Shelley (details here)
7:00-9:00 p.m. – Christmas Dance!! All levels welcome. The dance is FREE for people taking any of the classes – otherwise just $5
“Bling it up!” is what Shelley suggests for what to wear
See or the calendar for details.
Rhythm & Motion, 3352 Dundas St. West (at Runnymede)

Tuesday, December 19th – GroovyBluesyJazzyFestive
Classes as usual, followed by dancing, and a treats table!! – to be filled (I hope) with goodies home-made by the talented amateur bakers who dance among us 😊
6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $18 to drop in
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – $15 to drop in
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals – $15 to drop in
Facebook Event or please see the calendar
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

December 28-January 1 – Spotlight New Year’s Eve Celebration!!
Wondering where all your West Coast Swing pals will be when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st?  Wonder no more and get in the car!!  It’s a relatively short drive to Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan to attend this fun weekend event – full of great social dancing, exciting competitions, informative workshops, inspiring performances, and – oh yeah – shenanigans 😊
Official Facebook Event Page
Canada ROCKS Spotlight Event Page


  • Monday nights at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin continue, with the exception of Monday, December 25th and Monday, January 1st
  • Sunday nights with Shelley will also be “dark” December 24th and 31st
  • The Dynamic Duo, Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald deliver their last class of the year this Thursday, December 14th in floor craft and styling Facebook Event
  • Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House will continue without interruption – with BluesyTuesday on Boxing Day (December 26th) and our usual first-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE lesson and new classes starting on January 2nd, 2018


FOOTNOTE: COMP-rehension
Probably the next step up from Jack & Jill competitions would be the “Strictly Swing” divisions (previously known as “Just Dance”).  Like in a Jack & Jill, you’re dancing lead-and-follow (no choreography permitted), and the music is chosen by the deejay, usually three shortened versions of songs in different genres and tempos. One variable you get to control is that you enter with a partner (or partners, in the case of “three-way” Strictly Swing comps).

Most Strictly Swing divisions mirror the Jack & Jill points-determined levels (Newcomer, Novice, Intermediate, etc.) and you can compete with someone in a different division as long as you dance at the higher level – known as “dancing up”. Costumes are not permitted, though couples will often wear matching or complimentary colours – as a convention, not a rule.

Just as there are Pro-Am Jack & Jills, there are Pro-Am Strictly Swing competitions where you get to invite a Pro (professional – teacher) to be your partner.

In recent years there’s been a spate of truly inventive versions, from the afore-mentioned three-way or threesome, to “High-Lo”, where one partner is over a certain age and the other is under, to “Bookends” (same gender), to “Switchly Swing” where partners take turns leading/following.

Please let me know if you have any questions – and see you tonight!!