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18APR16 – You talkin to me?

The Michigan Classic (June 2-5) is one of the most popular out-of-town events for West Coast Swing dancers from Toronto – with Pros from all over the continent (our own Nelson Clarke and John Kirkconnell representing Canada) teaching workshops and available for private lessons; traditional (WSDC JnJs) and whacky, NON-traditional competitions; late night dancing & shenanigans…. You don’t want to miss this!!  Register online NOW for US$119 and let Joanna Swanson know (after you’ve registered) so that she can place you at one of the Toronto tables.
Toronto ROCKS the Michigan Classic Facebook Event
Official event website:
To register, go here

Robert Royston Intensive *this* weekend – April 23 & 24 : five (5) hours on Saturday and five (5) hours on Sunday, and a social dance on Saturday night, taking place in Beamsville and Ancaster.
Facebook Event or check out the calendar

Robert will be teaching a condensed three-hour version here in Toronto – July 14th – just prior to the Toronto Open Swing and Hustle Championships/TOSHC  (separate pricing)

Also this weekend….

Four-week “Master Class” Series starting – April 23rd
I’m teaching kind of a zero-to-hero series Saturday afternoons in Oakville.
Dates: Saturdays, April 23rd, April 30, May 7th, May 14th
Time: 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Oakville Studio – 609 Ford Dr Unit#5&6 Oakville, ON
Tickets: $175.00 pp

Steps Studio Party – Saturday night – April 23rd
Salsa and Bachata in one room; WCS and Hustle in the other
Lessons, dancing, beer/wine/coolers available for sale
See the calendar for full details

WCS Sundays with Shelley – April 24th
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS lesson $18 including dancing afterwards
7:00-9:00 p.m. Social dancing – all levels welcome! Just $5
Rhythm & Motion Studio –  3352 Dundas St. West (at Runneymede) or check out the calendar

Looking ahead to May….

First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE Lesson – May 3rd
Many of our most “freakish” (in a good way) WCS dancers got their start with a free lesson, right? There are so many potential freaks out there – so invite a friend!  No obligation. They can stay for the dance afterwards – also for free – and if they want to start classes, the next Fundamental series starts a couple of weeks later, May 17th.
Facebook Event (suitable for sharing) or check out the calendar

Waterloo Westies Monthly Dance – Saturday, May 7th
At Hep Cats Studio in Waterloo – watch for more details

TSDS Dance with Live Music! – Friday, May 13th
Featuring the band “Replay” – no lesson – dancing starts at 8:00 p.m.
Lithuanian House – 1573 Bloor St. West (at Dundas)

WCS & Hustle Party at Joy of Dance – Saturday, May 14th
6:00-8:00 p.m. WCS & Hustle lessons
8:00-11:00 p.m. Social dancing
$15 for one lesson and dance;  $20 for both and dance; $5 for dance only
Joy of Dance – 95 Danforth Avenue (at Broadview)

New Beginner Series on Sundays – Starting May 15
Shelley is again offering a six-week series on Sunday nights for the WCS-curious, or anyone who wants to brush up on your Basics
5:00-6:00 p.m. Beginner WCS  $90 + tax (six weeks)
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS $18 to drop in – including dance
7:00-9:00 p.m. Social WCS dancing – all levels – just $5

GroovyTuesdays at the Dovercourt House – May 17-June 28
The next series of classes, in all three levels, will run for seven (7) weeks, six (6) classes.
Tuesday, May 31st will be a JUST DANCE, hosted by Shelley Saxena or please check out the calendar

Watch this space for more updates!!   

FOOTNOTE – You talkin to me?
You know how teachers address a class saying something like “Leaders: you need to….” or “Followers: try not to….”?  It’s so easy to assume they’re talking to someone else.  What if – even if you’re 100% sure that they don’t mean you – what if you start focussing on the correction as if they were?  Hmmmm?  This was one of the coolest pieces of advice PJ Turner and Tashina Beckman gave to students in their workshops this past weekend in Swingin’ Montreal.  Guaranteed that even if you’re nailing that pattern or concept, your added attention to detail will help to improve your dancing. Try it – yes, YOU 🙂


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!