TOWestCoast Blog

22NOV16 – Wish you were here…

There’s a change to the class schedule this Tuesday and I had planned to start this week’s newsletter thanking everyone again for all your support at last week’s CAMH fundraiser, but I’d like to begin with a postcard from Orlando – about Doug Rousar’s new event, Westie-con.  Billed as a West Coast Swing “convention” with learning hubs/tracks designed for specific interests, we were treated to intimate Q&A’s with some of the living legends of the dance, and a remarkable presentation on the history of Swing Dancing. Yes there were workshops, but not too many as to overwhelm, and they were offered in four skill tiers – so felt targeted and highly beneficial – and Jack & Jill comps were banged out late on Sunday afternoon with everyone in the main ballroom.  Only JnJs – no other comps all weekend, which was kind of “freeing”. All taking place in a gorgeous resort hotel, with a beautiful pool, and sunshine every day… was both the most relaxing and the most inspirational event I’ve ever attended.  Oh, and there were shenanigans 🙂
Westie-con. Next time for sure!

…..and congratulations to us all as a community for coming together again as a community in support of CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).  WE ROCK!!  The overwhelming number of last-minute raffle prize donations was amazing, our Jack & Jill competitors put on an awesome show (though we’ll nix the Wild Card round next year to allow for more social dancing), and the donations – WOW!  At time of writing (poolside at Westie-con in Orlando – don’t hate me!) it looks like we broke the $4000 mark and the dedicated link will be live until the end of the month, November 30th, if you still want to contribute.


NEW CLASSES…start *TONIGHT* and continue until the end of the year, November 22-December 27  with one critical change: the will be NO WCS*HD (High Definition) classes until the new year. 

The reason for the change in schedule is to accommodate additional “Awesome Threesome” team rehearsals. These rehearsals will be *closed* (meaning no spectators allowed) so I WCS*Repertoire students will be required to stay outside the room – and perhaps change into your dance shoes there – until just before 7:15 p.m.

This means Shelley Saxena will have more time on her busy schedule for Private Lessons – so I hope you’ll take advantage of her time and talents.  And please don’t worry: HD classes will be back on the calendar in January – more focussed and fabulous than ever!!

7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – $75 for all six weeks/classes, including social **focus on Whips**
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals – $75 for all six classes, including social (FREE for “Rinse and Repeaters”)
~8:45 p.m.-midnight Join in the last 15 minutes of the Fundamentals class to warm up, drill your Basics and help to make our newest dancers feel more welcome. We continue will social West Coast Swing dancing until midnight at Toronto’s largest weekly wcs dance party – all levels dancing to a mix of Pop, Blues & R&B.
You can pre-register and pay online in advance – or at the door with our registrar, Amazing Grace (cash or cheque only)

The Founding Members of the Awesome Threesomes team are truly awesome – working through the kinks of a challenging choreography to be ready to put it on the floor at Spotlight.   I’m so excited to see and present the final product.  You, too, may want to join the “Second Wave” of choreography classes/rehearsals that will start up in the spring (March or April).  We’re looking for more members to join a larger version of the team to perform the piece at TOSHC – Toronto Open Swing and Hustle Championships – in July.  More details to follow. Please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime.

The Dynamic Duo start a new four week series this week: November 24-December 15  Please contact Dana to register

Between CASH Bash and the US Open I’d be surprised if there are any westies left in Toronto on the weekend!  Shelley’s Sunday lessons and social are cancelled – you’ll be able to see her and Steven James perform their stunningly beautiful Rising Star routine on the live stream from the Open   I’m guessing there may be some Facebook Live posts coming from the Twinsburgh Hilton Garden Inn J


Sunday, December 4th is also cancelled. Shelley will be back at Rhythm and Motion December 11th and 18th

Tuesday, December 6th First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE lesson at the Dovercourt House – Facebook Event
Repertoire and Fundamental classes and Social every Tuesday night in December
‘Awesome Threesome’ team performance scheduled for Tuesday, December 27th

Thursday nights Dynamic Duo classes continue until December 15th

Toronto Swing Dance Society Dance with WCS-friendly (I’m told) band: Bar drinks available. Cheers!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th – Decisions, decisions!!

  • Hustle & WCS party at Joy od Dance Facebook Event (Shelley teaching the WCS lesson)
  • Ancaster WCS dance
  • Steps Studio Christmas Party with WCS/Hustle room

Looking forward to getting home tonight, and seeing everyone tonight. We have a very special demo!!