Getting SO excited about the upcoming West Coast Swing invasion for the Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships!! Don’t let the word “championships” intimidate you; sure, there’ll be a bunch of (fun!) competitions, but also a wide range of workshops and learning opportunities – including a three-hour mini-intensive with Arjay Centano on the Thursday night. Check out the complete workshop schedule here
I’ve put together a suggested itinerary for the week leading up to TOSHC (below) – and in the meantime…..
*THIS WEEK* AT THE DOVERCOURT HOUSE – TUESDAY, JUNE 20th
This is the *last* week in the current schedule of classes, and the last Repertoire and HD lessons until September. Our Fundamentals class will be wrapping as well; please join me in congratulating our very talented new “grads”, and welcoming them to the community!! See the calendar for full details.
SUMMER SCHOOL – JUNE 27-AUGUST 29
Fundamentals classes continue throughout the summer, as do our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE lessons (on July 4th and August 1st); HD and Repertoire classes will be on hiatus as we focus on preparing for the International West Coast Swing Flash Mob.
6:30-8:00 p.m. Flash Mob classes/rehearsals – June 27-August 29 – NO PARTNER REQUIRED! We will run these just like a regular class, rotating partners so everyone gets a chance to learn the choreography with the goal of performing it on the Toronto Islands September 2nd (and a few other dates/places, too!) 10 weeks – $99 or $15 to drop-in, including social dancing 8:00 p.m. – midnight. You can pre-register here
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS-Fundamentals – June 27-August 1 No experience required! 6 weeks/6 classes $75 including weekly dance practice/social immediately after class. Returning students are invited to drop in for FREE often as you like! (“Rinse and Repeat”) – you pay for the social only.
~8:45 p.m. I like to start the social dancing during the last 15 minutes of the Fundamentals class, as a bit of a warm-up, and to encourage the newer students to feel comfortable dancing with more experienced dancers. Love this part of the night!!
….dancing until midnight to a mix of Top 40, Blues & R&B – No partner required, please BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bottle)
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd. (north of Bloor, just west of Ossington)
DON’T MISS THE FLASH MOB CLASS KICK-OFF PARTY TUESDAY, JUNE 27th !!!
Whether you’re taking the classes or just coming to the social, get into the “island” groove for our kick-off party!! Facebook Event or see the calendar
Check out Jason Derulo’s video of the Flash Mob song, “Kiss the Sky” here – for inspiration.
You can see a demo of this year’s official choreography here (and instruction is available online for “home-schoolers” here). *Everyone* is welcome to join us on the Island on Saturday, September 2nd. Bring a picnic! (And may-be a videographer or two?) Facebook Event
ALSO THIS WEEK….
- West Coast Swing at the West-Way Monday night with Lucky Sipin – see the calendar
- Dynamic Duo Thursday night – see the calendar
- Joy of Dance monthly Hustle & West Coast Swing Dance Party – Facebook Event or see the calendar
- West Coast Swing Sunday with Shelley Saxena – www.shelleydance.com or see the calendar
TOSHC WEEK – JULY 6-12
Thursday, July 6th – **Something Special** with the Dynamic Duo – watch the calendar for more details
Friday, July 7th – Play tourist!! A few suggestions for out-of-towners – and stay-cationers 😊
- Explore one or more of Toronto’s many unique neighbourhoods: Little Italy, West Queen West, Greektown, Kensington Market….or come see me in my ‘hood, Yorkville!
- Take a selfie with the TORONTO sign in Nathan Philips Square – with the new #Canada150 maple leaf!
- Visit popular Toronto attractions such as the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Casa Loma, the Royal Ontario Museum (the ROM) or the Art Gallery of Ontario (the AGO)
- Check out the Distillery District, Sugar Beach, Graffiti Alley……
- Take road trip to Niagara Falls and/or the nearby Niagara Wine Region
Monday, July 10 – West Coast at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin See the calendar
Tuesday, July 11 – Flash Mob and WCS*Fundamental classes and social dancing at the Dovercourt House See the calendar
Wednesday, July 12 – Hustle and West Coast Swing lessons at Steps Studio http://stepsdancestudio.com/schedule/
Thursday, July 13 – TOSHC kicks off! with three-hour “Centensive” workshop with Arjay Centano, and social dancing www.toshc.com
See you on the dance floor!