TOWestCoast Blog

21MAR17 – A Few Good Men

…*and women* are invited to join us Saturday, April 1st and again Saturday, April 8th to see if you have the “Right Stuff” to join our growing Awesome Threesomes Dance Team.  You’ll get a chance try some of the choreography and a get a feel for the rehearsal process before making a commitment. The goal is for the expanded team to perform the piece at the Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships (TOSHC in July – and possibly other venues and events as opportunities arise.

Rehearsals take place at the Dovercourt House, 1st floor (most) Saturday mornings 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Team membership fee is $180; costumes extra.

Facebook Event or see the calendar. Please let me know if you have any questions.


UofT DANCE FESTIVAL – Friday, March 31st
Speaking of the Awesome Threesomes – we’re putting West Coast Swing on the stage at the Hart House Theatre as part of the University of Toronto’s Festival of Dance on the Friday night of their two-day festival. Tickets are just $12 and should be purchased in advance here.
Facebook Event or see the calendar


NEW CLASSES START *NEXT* WEEK – Tuesday, March 28th
We wrap up the current series tonight, and start a seven(7) week series next week: March 28-May 9. The reason for the extra week is that I will be away the first week of May so Shelley Saxena will be hosting the first-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE class and weekly social dancing on May 2nd. It will be great opportunity to bring a friend at 8:00 p.m. – do the intro class – and stay to dance. Anyone registered for the series is invited to the dance for FREE as part of your series pricing: so six classes, seven practices/socials.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Classes and dances take place Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd.
See calendar.  Pre-registration is available online here.


Lucky Sipin is teaching Monday night classes at this beautiful venue!
9:00-10:00 WCS Basics and Beyond
10:00-11:30 p.m. Social dance practice
291 Evans Avenue. Please see the calendar for more details.


There will be NO CLASSES/NO DANCING this Thursday, March 23rd
New four-week series with Nelson Clark and Kyle Fitzgerald:

Mar 30
8:00 – Back to Basics
9:00 – Back to Basics 2.0
10:00 – 11:00 – Practice Dance

Apr 6
8:00  – Whips From Behind the Back 1.0
9:00 – Whips From Behind the Back 2.0
10:00 – 11:00 – Practice Dance

Apr 13
8:00 – Wraps With a Ronde
9:00 – Putting Some 2-step in our WCS
10:00 – 11:00 – Practice Dance

Apr 20
8:00 – Folds From Behind the Back
9:00 – Barrel Rolls
10:00 – 11:00 – Practice Dance

Series of four classes: $55 includes Practice
All eight classes: $100 includes Practice
Practice only $5
Please contact Dana Gudelis to register:

Wu Xing Martial Arts Studio, 374 DuPont St. second floor
See the calendar



  • If you haven’t already registered for all or part of the Robert Royston Intensive Weekend in Ancaster, April 1-2 – what are you waiting for? Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Daniel McGee & Jameson Kilburn Hustle & WCS Intensive Weekend March 30-April 2 at Joy of Dance  Facebook Event
  • Steps Studio Party – Saturday, April 1st
  • “Westies go Ga-Ga” dance-on-film outing Friday, April 7th Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Shelley’s Motion Study Weekend, April 14-15 is filling fast, so you’ll want to pre-register soon. See the calendar for details.
  • Hustle & WCS Dance Party at Joy of Dance – April 15th Facebook Event
  • Les Terrasses will be open for the season and the talented and charming Maxime and Torri will be in Montreal April 21-22 for Swingin’ Montreal Facebook Event or see the calendar


Looking ahead to SUMMER SCHOOL!!
Just announced, the annual International West Coast Swing Flash Mob will again take place around the globe on the Saturday of the Labour Day weekend (so September 2nd).  Shelley Saxena and I will again be offering classes to learn the choreography in July and August – details to be announced – and we’ll be heading to the Toronto Islands!!  #IslandMobTO  Facebook Event