In no particular order and from a completely personal/biased and swungover point of view:
- Having a front row seat for the Saturday night show which included Ben and Cameo’s “Devil in a Blue Dress” routine, a deflating dinosaur, and side-splitting cameos with Nelson. So much laughing!
- …oh and Robert and Deborah dancing. West Coast Swing. Together 😊
- The Hustle Corner – totally energizing the ballroom, whether you danced Hustle or not, and John Lindo killing it with the music.
- Chicago in the house! With a JT Team performance, and Nino social dancing his butt off!!
- Ottawa’s group hugs/huddles – that anyone can join. Such fun spirit!
- A hugely entertaining Swing Sixteen tournament (Thank you Vincent for getting me to finals, and to Patrick for a couple of fun rounds.) Congratulations to Lucky and Shelley for representing.
- A challenging “Centensive” Thursday night with Arjay and other great workshops throughout the weekend. (Thank you to everyone who came out to mine; hope you had fun and feel you learned something.)
- Seeing my friends compete and support each other in pretty much every division. Special highlight was Nelson “vogue-ing” to Madonna while dancing in the Open Hustle Division with Doug Rousar. (Thank you to all my competition partners, especially Rocco and Randy ❤)
- Four nights of really, really, really, great social dancing. Really.
- A fabulous final performance of the GONE routine, with Arjay beaming as he watched his choreography realized by the *awesome* Awesome Threesomes. Love you all!!
- Master of Ceremonies Robert Royston. The best. Missed his “History of Swing” presentation but shared a mind-blowing lesson with the Advanced/AllStar competitors that was – well, mind-blowing.
- Asking dancers where they were from and being able to say “Welcome” – to our city, our AMAZING event ❤ Thank you Deborah, Scott, the Pro Staff, Kym, Xavier, Melanie, Robin and all the volunteers!!!
Monday: West Coast at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin – More Flash Mob lessons/practice and social dancing
Tuesday: Dovercourt House – bring your TOSHC dance dust!! Flash Mob and Fundamentals classes continue; dancing as usual. Please see the calendar for more details.
Thursday: Dynamic Duo Summer Series starting Facebook Group Page
Saturday: Fantastic Four (Nelson, Kyle & the Magic Markers) workshops and dance at Joy of Dance. See the calendar or Facebook Event
Sunday: Shelley is back at Rhythm & Motion – with *New* classes starting at both the Beginner and Basics Plus levels. Intermediate drop-in lessons as usual, followed by dancing. See the calendar or www.shelleydance.com