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17MAY16 – BYOiP

NEW CLASSES THIS WEEK! – Tuesday, May 17th
Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House – 6 weeks/6 classes: May 17-June 28
6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $95 ($140 including Repertoire)
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire (focus on the WCS Community Flash Mob project first two weeks) – $75
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals (Beginner West Coast Swing – FREE to graduates of the series) – $75
~8:45 p.m.-midnight West Coast Swing practice/dance party – $5 or FREE to students of any level
Pre-registration available online:

The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd., west of Ossington, north of Bloor

BYOiP – Bring Your Own iPod – Saturday, May 28th
Last week I demonstrated a kind of “silent” PDWCS (Public Display of West Coast Swing) where the Leader is wearing an iPod or other listening device and the Follower “listens” only to the lead – no music.  It’s fun, and I hope to get a number of couples willing to do it on May 28th as part of our Flash Mob performance at the Galleria Shopping Centre.  So far the schedule is looking like this:

11:00 a.m. – Final rehearsal/mustering at the Dovercourt House, 1st floor.

Carpool from there to the Galleria Shopping Centre

12:30-1:00 p.m. – We get ourselves oriented at the mall. Start Silent PDWCS (dancing with iPods)

~1:00 p.m. – WCS Revolution Flash Mob – starting with four “soloist” couples and then everyone else joining in on the second phrase. This is choreographed!  We have already set the first 32-count phrase and will be adding the second phrase this week (mostly Basics)

Also planning a *very* short introductory West Coast Swing lesson – please join in and take the class! – finishing with another choreographed showpiece: Shelley Saxena and Steven James will perform their new Rising Star routine (space permitting)

Please feel free to invite friends and family. In fact, we’d love a warm audience – taking photos and videos (except for Shelley and Steve’s routine which should be kept under wraps until they compete with it at the Michigan Classic at the end of the month) – as well as taking part in the intro class.

I’m posting updates on a private Facebook Event. Please ask to be invited if you can’t see it.

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob will take place Saturday, September 3rd. In cities all over the world West Coast Swing dancers will perform the same choreography to the same song. You can see last year’s compilation video on YouTube here

We had so much fun preparing for Toronto’s submission last year – learning and practicing the choreography as a group – Shelley and I are again going to offer a special Summer School Flash Mob prep series: starting Tuesday, July 5th 6:30-8:00 p.m.
The Flash Mob series will replace the usual HD and Repertoire classes for six weeks.  Fundamental classes will run as usual 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Please see the updated for more details and let me know if you have any questions.

Shelley Saxena offers drop in Intermediate WCS and two-hours of fun social dancing Sunday nights at Rhythm and Motion. She’s again offering a Beginner Series: May 15, 22, 29 and June 12, 9,16.  (NO classes and NO dancing on June 5th due to the Michigan Classic)
Complete details at

Joanna Swanson is teaching West Coast Swing on behalf of the Toronto Swing Dance Society May 30-June 27 at the Lithuanian House
Full details on the TSDS website:

The band Soular is playing at Alleycatz near Yonge north of Eglinton with a highly West-Coastable playlist of “Motown, Soul, R&B, Pop, Rock, Dance Music and Top 40”

Retro Roadshow Tribute to Prince at the Dovercourt House featuring “two floors of awesomeness….70s and 80s videos (some 90s) on the main floor with Superstar DJ Tom Hall and 90s/2000s throwbacks in the lower level lounge”

Monthly WCS dance at the Marshall Memorial United Church (20 Gilbert Avenue, Ancaster, Ontario). Joanna Swanson teaching and deejaying. Facebook Event

Best of luck to everyone travelling to the Canadian Swing Championships taking place in Sherbrooke, Quebec this weekend!

Coming up:

The Michigan Classic – June 2-5
We will be five (5) tables of fun and shenanigans. Great workshops, late night dancing, competitions….
Toronto Rocks the Michigan Classic Facebook Event

Ottawa Pro WCS Weekend (with Hugo & Stacy) – June 17-19
Amazingly talented young Pro couple and Ottawa dance pals J
Facebook Event

Upstate Dance Challenge – September 9-11
THIS JUST IN!! Xaviar has three (3) table seats available at the low, low Early Bird International rate of $111 CDN to attend the Upstate Dance Challenge (formerly the Vermont Dance Challenge – now taking place in Albany, New York)
Please contact Xavi or Joanna if interested:

See you on the dance floor tonight!!



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!