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15NOV16 – Why CAMH?

The statistic that one in five Canadians will face some kind of mental illness in their lifetime doesn’t even take into account family members, friends, or work places that are affected.  We’re getting better as a society, but there’s still a terrible stigma preventing many people from seeking treatment. See the stats for more details. Canada is also in the throes of an opioid crisis – with the “highest use of opioids on earth”.

I lost my dear baby brother, Michael to addiction – 11 years ago this month – and I know many of you have personal experiences that make this annual fundraiser a meaningful opportunity to make a difference.

If you’re unable to join us tonight, you’re invited to support our efforts by donating online:
You’ll receive a tax receipt – and my sincere gratitude 🙂

And if you *are* joining us and have already donated online you’ll be acknowledged at the door – on our “Very Generous Dancers” list. Thank you!!

The minimum *suggested* donation at the door is $10 but anything you can give will be gratefully received.

Our 9th Annual Benefit Dance in Support of CAMH takes place *tonight*, Tuesday, November 15th at the Dovercourt House
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD (High Definition) class with Shelley Saxena $18
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire $15
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – Last in the series!!  Congratulations new Grads J
~ 10:00 p.m. – Open (all levels) Jack & Jill Tournament
(followed by Raffle Prize draws – so get your tickets and choose your prizes before 10:00 p.m.!!)

Facebook Event please see the calendar
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd., just west of Ossington, north of Bloor

There are still spots available to dance in the Jack & Jill Tournament that will take place around 10:00 p.m.  The competition is limited to 16 Leaders and 16 Followers and is always the highlight of the evening, with DJ Why Not spinning the tunes, and our panel of esteemed judges waving their purple and white bandanas 🙂 Entry fee is $15 per person. Everyone receives a consolation prize/gift for participating and the top four couples will win passes to one of four sponsoring events:

The Michigan Classic (25th anniversary!) 2017Facebook Event or see the website:

Phoenix 4th of

The Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships (TOSHC)

Swingtacular: the Galactic Open

New this year – an extra “Wild Card” round for an additional opportunity to win passes to TOSHC!!

…and, we have a Raffle table – (so please bring CA$H) – with too many prizes to list here. Tickets are $2 each, three for $5, and 10 for $10. The more you buy the better your chances of getting exactly the item you want!!


  • NO classes, NO social this Thursday; the Dynamic Duo are off fighting dance crimes elsewhere
  • Saturday night Hustle/WCS & Salsa/Bachata social at Steps Studio. Please see the calendar
  • Sunday Fun Day with Shelley at Rhythm and Motion. Please see the calendar

See you tonight!!



CAMH Benefit Dance – November 15th
Westie-Con – November 17-20
Spotlight Dance Celebration – December 30, 2016-January 2, 2017
Swingcouver – January 19-22, 2017
Check the calendar for more!