TOWestCoast Blog

13JUN17 – Swingin’ in the Summertime!

Please BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bottle) and stay hydrated!! Oh, and guys might want to bring a spare shirt or two. Yeah, it’s that time of year again…

Classes continue this week; guest deejay in da (Dovercourt) house 😊

6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $18 to drop in, including social dancing
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – $15 to drop in, including social dancing
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals – Sorry, no drop-ins. The next Fundamentals (Beginner) series starts in two weeks: June 27-August 1. Pre-registration available here
~8:45 p.m.  Please join in at the end of the Fundamentals class to warm-up for the social dancing that continues until midnight – Just $5 or FREE with any lesson. This week DJ Rain will be spinning the tunes – so ask me to dance!!

Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

Also starting July 27th….
International West Coast Swing Flash Mob Classes
6:30-8:00 p.m. (Replacing HD and Repertoire classes) for 10 weeks, we’ll be learning and practicing the International West Coast Swing choreography as a group, in preparation for the official International WCS Flash Mob “day”: Saturday, September 2nd – and we’re planning other opportunities to perform as a group as well! 😉 No partner required. This is a fun way to learn and practice the choreography, and work on your West Coast Swing at the same time. (Ask anyone who has ever performed a routine about the value of repetition/drilling/coached practice)

Classes will run June 27-August 29.  You can pre-register here

Oh, and we’re kicking off the Flash Mob series with a bit of an (island-themed) party!  Facebook Event or please see the calendar.

Out came the sunshine, and dried up all the rain….
Or so I assume. I’ve gone ahead and booked our Toronto Islands picnic spot for the September 2nd Flash Mob. It’s a short walk from the Centre Island ferry docks, there’s a washroom nearby, and we have our own fire pit.  Most importantly, we’ll have a view of the Toronto skyline for pictures and video.  **If anyone knows a videographer willing to come and do the honours, please invite them to join us!!**

More details to follow, but I have created a Facebook Event Page

Check out previous local West Coast Swing flash mob videos here:

“City within a Park” #ParkMobTO 2015

City Hall/Nathan Philips Square #ClassicMobTO 2016

…and before there was an official ‘IFWCS’, there was this (2011):


Maria Ford and Todd Coulthard will be visiting from Ottawa and sharing their West Coast Swing insights and inspiration:

Friday, June 16 – Toronto Swing Dance Society Dance at the Lithuanian House
7:30 p.m. Doors open
7:45 p.m. Beginner West Coast Swing lesson
8:30 p.m. Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson
9:00 p.m. Deejaying dancing (‘all-swing’ music) until midnight
~10:00 p.m. Special performance by the Awesome Threesome dance team
$10 per person ($5 for TSDS members)
The Lithuanian House is located at 1573 Bloor St. West, just west of Dundas West 

Saturday, June 17 – West Coast Swing Workshops & Dance in Ancaster
1:30-3:30 p.m. Communicate through Movement – Part 1
4:00-6:00 p.m. Communicate through Movement – Part 2
($35 for one workshop – $60 for both)
Saturday night dance
7:00-7:45 p.m. Beginner lesson with Joanna Swanson
7:45-8:00 p.m. Intermediate lesson with Maria and Todd
8:30 p.m. until midnight Social dancing
$10 per person ($8 for students)
At the Marshall Memorial United Church in Ancaster
Facebook Event or please see the calendar


  • Sunday nights with Shelley Saxena at Rhythm & Motion
  • Monday WCS at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin – please see the calendar
  • Thursdays with the Dynamic Duo Facebook Page or see the calendar
  • The Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships – just one month away!!!