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26APR16 – Flash Mob Fever!

No experience necessary!  We have two (count ‘em: TWO!) opportunities to publicly display West Coast Swing in the coming months.

First up – a “community” dance project to take place in our ‘hood, Dupont and Dufferin – at the Galleria Shopping Centre, Saturday May 28th starting at 1:00 p.m. This will involve a student performance – I’ll be teaching the choreography in the Repertoire starting this week, building on what we’ve already been working on.  There will also be an opportunity for non-choreographed, lead-and-follow West Coast Swing dancing (i.e. showing off J).  More details to follow!
Galleria Shopping Centre website:

The International West Coast Swing Flash Mob will take place Saturday, September 3rd in cities all over the world.  The choreography is due to be “released” in a few weeks, at the French Open.  (Prince’s song ‘Kiss’ has been a strong contender for this year’s routine; I think the voting is still open)  Shelley and I will again be offering Summer School Flash Mob Classes/Rehearsals starting in July to learn, practice, and *perfect* the look of the routine to be videotaped and submitted as Toronto’s official entry to the International WCS compilation video.  We’ll also help to facilitate partnerships and provide technique and styling tips.
International WCS Flash Mob Facebook Page
See last year’s International compilation here
Toronto’s “ParkMob” here

BluesyTuesday – with a touch of Purple – Tuesday, April 26th
I’ve got great Blues, new contemporary music, and of course some Prince lined up for tonight.  We’re at week #4 in the lessons.
6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $18 to drop-in
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – $15 to drop-in (now working on the first section of the Community Flash Mob Project)
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals – No drop-ins at this point in the series. New classes start May 17th
~8:45 p.m. until midnight – The biggest WCS dance party in Toronto!  Only $5 (or FREE with any lesson)
Speaking of FREE….next week is our First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE Introductory Lesson – May 3rd
8:00 p.m. ~ one hour lesson followed by dancing until midnight also for FREE to anyone taking the lesson
Facebook Event – or please see the calendar


  • FREE class night (as per above) – other classes continue – Tuesday, May 3rd
  • WCS Sundays continue all month at Rhythm & Motion
  • Waterloo Westies Monthly Dance – Saturday, May 7thFacebook Event or see the calendar
  • *New Tuesday classes* starting at the Dovercourt House May 17th (until June 28th) – Pre-register here See the calendar
  • Toronto Swing Dance Society dance with live music! – Friday, May 13 or see the calendar
  • Hustle & WCS Dance Party at Joy of Dance – Saturday, May 14th Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Retro Road Show Tribute to the Purple One (possible Westie Bombing?) – Saturday, May 21st Facebook Event
  • Flash Mob at the Galleria Shopping Centre – Saturday, May 28th (afternoon) – More details to follow!!
  • JUST DANCE at the Dovercourt House (no lessons, hosted by Shelley) – Tuesday, May 31st See the calendar

Have you registered for the Michigan Classic? (June 3-5)  Prices go up May 1st.
And have you notified Joanna to sit at one of the Toronto Tables?
Toronto ROCKS the Michigan Classic Facebook Event
Michigan Classic website

Other Early Bird Deadlines:
Ottawa WCS Pro Weekend with Hugo & Stacy – $99 until April 30th
‘Dancers from Away Passes’ to Sweet Side of Swing Northwest – only two left at $155 (contact me!)
Toronto Open Swing Hustle Championships – last EB deadline June

See you tonight!!