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23AUG16 – All Hands on Deck!

Flash Mob *Rehearsal* this week: 7:15-8:00 p.m. Just $5, including social

This is for EVERYONE taking part in the performance Saturday, September 3rd. We want to sort out who’s dancing with whom (Leaders: expect to dance twice, to accommodate our abundance of Followers). We’ll be running the routine as often as possible in the 45 minute time slot.

Next week, August 30th same time, same plan – and there will be a morning rehearsal on *the day*: Saturday, September 3rd.

Still looking to confirm photographers and videographers – and be sure to invite your friends to come out and watch!!
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Fall classes and events to help you refocus your WCS goals, reconnect with your Westie pals, and/or invite someone new to test-drive the dance 🙂

New classes Tuesday nights at Dovercourt House START TONIGHT!!
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD is back with Shelley Saxena August 23-October 4 (seven*weeks/six classes) – $95
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals (for absolute beginners) August 23-October 4 (seven*weeks/six classes) – $75
~8:45 p.m. until midnight – Social dancing for all!  Just $5 or FREE with any class
*Please note that Tuesday, September 13th is a JUST DANCE – social dancing only, NO CLASSES
You can pre-register here, or with Gracious Grace at the door – cash or cheque
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd., west of Ossington, just north of Bloor

First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE Introductory Lessons
8:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 6th and/or Tuesday, October 4th
Introduce your friends or family to your passion this fall with a FREE lesson!!
Regularly scheduled classes as per usual and social dancing until midnight, also as usual.
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‘I Love Sundays’ with Shelley Saxena at Rhythm & Motion
5:00-6:00 p.m.  Fall Beginner Series: September 18-October 23 (six weeks) – $90 + hst
6:00-7:00 p.m.  Intermediate Drop-ins as usual $18 – including Social
7:00-9:00 p.m.  Social dance only $5 (or free with any class)
Rhythm & Motion is located at 3352 Dundas St. West, at Runnymede

The Dynamic Duo RETURNS – New Time, New Location & a SOCIAL!
Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald teach two levels of classes with new material each week:
8:00-9:00 p.m. Level 1   September 15-October 6 (four weeks) – $55 series/$15 to drop in
9:00-10:00 p.m. Level 2  September 15-October 6 (four weeks) – $55 series/$15 to drop in
[All eight classes: $100] 10:00 p.m.-midnight  Social dancing $5 (or free with any class)
Wu Xing Martial Arts Studio is located at 374 Dupont St., 2nd Floor – near Dupont TTC station, plenty of free parking
Please see the calendar.
Reserve your spot with Dana:

TSDS Monday Night WCS Series Starting in October
The Toronto Swing Dance Society is hosting a series of West Coast Swing classes taught by yours truly, Julie Epplett 🙂
7:30-8:30 p.m. Beginner WCS Class October 17-November 14 (five weeks) $60/$40 for TSDS Members
8:30-8:45 p.m.  Dance Practice for both levels
8:45-9:45 p.m.  Intermediate WCS Class October 17-November 14 (five weeks) $60/$40 for TSDS Members
Intermediate level dancers are invited to join the Beginner classes for half price.
The Lithuanian House is located at 1573 Bloor Street West – west of Dundas St.
Please see the calendar and/or for more details and to register

Come Dancing in Oakville! – October-November Mini-Series
I’ve been invited back to Come Dancing Studios
2:00-3:30 p.m.  October 22-November 12 (four weeks) – More details to follow!
Come Dancing Studio is located at 609 Ford Drive :


NEXT WEEK: BACK TO BACK BLUES – August 30th and 31st
The last Tuesday of the month is BluesyTuesday at the Dovercourt House, and then on *Wednesday* we’re “Westie-Bombing” the Midtown Blues Jam at Alleycatz.  Each week Mark Stafford, Ken Yoshioka and friends take the stage for a blues jam.  I’ve been invited back to teach a West Coast Swing lesson between sets (~7:45 p.m.)  Music is suited to a mix of West Coast/East Coast and Blues – and the musicians really dig seeing us dance.
Facebook Event or please see the calendar
Alleycatz is located at 2409 Yonge Street, north of Eglinton.


  • Good luck and have fun everyone attending SUMMER HUMMER this weekend. I’m sure it will be a blast! Summer Hummer, eh? Facebook Page
  • The Early Bird deadline for Westie-Con is coming up: Just $45 until September 15th!!
  • The “Three’s Company” Team project gets under way Saturday, September 24th.  We’re learning a routine choreographed by Arjay Centano for “threesome” West Coast Swing: one Leader, two Followers. Please let me know if you have any questions.

FOOTNOTE – Song of the Week
It wouldn’t be a Back-to-School newsletter about a word about homework.  We often think of our social dancing as somehow preparing us for (to use a sports analogy) The Big Game. Well, if you were in Robert Royston’s musicality intensive at TOSHC you heard him say that social dancing *is* The Big Game. <mind blown>. Nelson and Kyle gave a musicality homework assignment a couple of weeks ago and to support that – and include others who may have missed the class – this is the song they assigned:  (You’ll be hearing it more than once this week, more than one opportunity to put your familiarity with the song into The Big Game.)


International West Coast Swing Flash Mob – September 3rd
Montreal Westie Fest – October 14-16
Westie-Con – November 17-20
Spotlight Dance Celebration – December 30, 2016-January 2, 2017
Check the calendar for more!