It feels a little strange: packing for a dance event, but not actually leaving town. You still have to bring a suitcase, and everything you think you’re going to need for the weekend.
This year’s TOSHC (Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships) includes a few “theme nights” so I thought it would be appropriate to make a few suggestions of what to bring with you to the hotel.
- Friday night “Blue & White” – dress in TOSHC/Toronto colours (may-be even a Jays or Leafs shirt?)
- Saturday is Canadian night, eh? 😊 – “lumberjack plaid” is recommended, or perhaps your favourite Canadian ‘T’?
Planning to compete? Dress pants are preferred over jeans or athletic wear. Ladies, if you haven’t dance-tested that flowy, backless top it might be better to dress on the safe side (#wardrobemalfunction). Gentlemen, depending on the division you may be dancing several heats in the Jack & Jills; be aware of how warm you might get, and wear something breathable. For the Strictly comps it’s common – but not necessary – to match your partner in colour or tone, without being “costumey”.
I hardly go anywhere without a water bottle, and always bring snacks for the room. Please remember that the hotel sells food and alcohol and it is strictly forbidden to bring your own alcoholic beverages into the public areas of the hotel. This is a liquor licensing issue – out of the hotel’s hands. They don’t want to lose their license and we don’t want to get kicked out! Room parties are fine – and fun!, but please be aware of noise levels – including when walking in the hallways at any time of the day or night.
Speaking of which, your room-mates may be on different sleeping schedules; earplugs and sleep masks come in handy.
IT’S TOSHC WEEK!!!
MONDAY AT THE WEST-WAY
Continuing with Lucky Sipin: Beginner WCS lesson followed by Flash Mob choreography class, followed by social dancing. Great floor, friendly crowd. Please see the calendar for more info
TUESDAY AT DOVERCOURT HOUSE
6:30-8:00 p.m. Flash Mob class with Shelley Saxena (and Lucky subbing for me part of the lesson) – $15 to drop in, including social
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – week #3 – Sorry, no drop-ins!
~8:45 p.m. Join in the last 15 minutes of the Fundamentals class to dance with our newest Westies, and continue dancing until midnight. All levels, just $5
Please see the calendar for more info
THURSDAY – TOSHC!
7:00-10:00 p.m. Arjay Centano “Centensive”: come for the three-hour West Coast Swing workshop, stay for the social dancing….
8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Thursday night Kick Off Dance!! $20 to drop in
“Centensive” info and other FAQs
FRIDAY – TOSHC!
11:00 a.m. Registration Opens
12:00 noon – Levelled workshops auditions
**Your World Swing Dance Council standing determines what level of workshops you can take (ie: Newcomer/Novice, Intermediate, Advanced). If you have no WSDC standing you need to audition to be able to take a workshop above Novice. If you want to take a higher levelled workshop than your WSDC level, you would need to audition to be allowed into the higher level workshop.
Hustle workshops are similarly levelled using the Hustle Dance Tour points system. Look for your points in the HDT Registry. Again if you have no HDT points, you need to audition to take a Hustle workshop above Novice, and you would also need to audition to be allowed into a higher level workshop than the level you are in.**
1:00-6:00 p.m. – WCS & Hustle workshops (see the schedule)
7:00-8:30 p.m. – “Meet & Greet” social with cash bar (Blue & White)
9:00 p.m. – Pro-Am Strictly Competitions
10:30 p.m. – Rising Star competition and Special Performance 😊
11:15 p.m. – Awards for Friday competitions
11:00/midnight until ??? Social dancing (more Blue & White!)
SATURDAY – TOSHC!
9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
10:00 a.m. – Levelled workshops auditions
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshops
2:45-5:45 p.m. – Jack & Jill competitions (Hustle and WCS – all levels – Prelims & Finals)
6:00 p.m. – Pro-Am Hustle and WCS
6:30 p.m. Dinner Break
8:00 p.m. Ballroom re-opens for social dancing
9:30 p.m. Pro-Am Routines and Swing 16 Competition
10:00 p.m. PRO SHOW
10:30 p.m. Awards for Saturday Competitions
11:00 p.m. Pizza Party – Canadian lumberjack plaid night 😊
11:00 p.m. until….? Social dancing
SUNDAY – TOSHC!
9:30 a.m. Registration opens
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Workshops
2:00 p.m. Ballroom opens for social dancing
2:30-4:30 p.m. Strictly WCS & Strictly Hustles competitions – all levels
5:30 p.m. Awards for Sunday competitions
7:30 p.m. ENCORE PARTY Lesson with Shelley Saxena followed by social dancing!! **NOT at Rhythm & Motion** $20 to drop-in. Dancing until…..?
More detailed schedule here
Day Passes and Spectator Pass pricing here
GRATITUDE DANCE UPDATE
Just two months away!! We’re heading up to Thornbury/Blue Mountain/Collingwood Saturday, September 9th for a late-summer getaway-from-the-city and DANCING (of course). This message from Betty:
“Hi Everyone, Just a heads up that I am going to be sending all those who have indicated they are attending (“going”) to the TGGT a personal message + a PDF attachment with more detailed information about the event. Only 2 months away!”
Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve RSVP’d yet or not – but please do let Betty know.
Facebook Event or please see the calendar
(Pssssst – for anyone learning the International WCS Flash Mob, I’m thinking we might find a fun place to do it this “Gratitude” weekend – in addition to the official date of Saturday, September 2nd)
Please let me know if you have any questions.