TOWestCoast Blog

26JAN16 – Greetings from the West Coast….

I’m starting this from my hotel room at the Marriott Downtown Vancouver where I’m attending Swingcouver, and will likely finish it in a totally swungover state when I get back to Toronto. Apologies in advance for errors or omissions. Looking forward to sharing my “West Coast West Coast” dance dust with everyone!!

TONIGHT!!!  BluesyTuesday/DDD – Tuesday, January 26th
Dovercourt Dances for Donations to bring a Syrian Refugee family to Canada. Events are happening on all floors at different times, with the West Coast Swing community participating this Tuesday through taking dance classes and making donations at the door.  Classes as usual; four ways to participate (five if you count donating directly online – please see below).
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Road – west of Ossington, north of Bloor.

  1. Purchase an ALL ACCESS PASS for $100 and attend HD and/or Repertoire class on January 26th for FREE, as well as classes and dances all week at the Dovercourt House (Zumba, Contact Dance, Ecstatic Dance, The Move, Swing, Waltz…). Please email Barbra Sniderman to register TODAY!!!
  2. Take a class or classes and/or come to the Social and dance to a mix of Blues, R&B, Top 40 – $1 will be donated from each drop-in purchased
  3. Make a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more – bring your cheque book!!
  4. Donate cash/spare change at the door

OR go the website, click on Make a Donation, and scroll down to Routes to Roots.  Thanks for your support!!

Facebook Event or please go to the calendar.

West Coast Swing at Main Fitness – Starting this Friday, January 29th
Starting up a new Beginner series of WCS classes, followed by two hours of social dancing this Friday:
7:30-8:30 p.m. – First in a series of six(6) Beginner WCS lessons ($80)
8:30-10:30 p.m. – Social dancing all levels!!  ($5)  Hope to see you there!!
Main Fitness is located at 138 Main Street – just south of Gerard
Facebook Page or please see the calendar

Monthly Hustle/WCS Dance Party at Joy of Dance – this Saturday, January 30th
6:00-7:00 p.m. Steven James teaches Hustle
7:00-8:00 p.m. Shelley Saxena teaches West Coast Swing
8:00-11:00 p.m. Dancing to a great mix of crossover WCS/Hustle!!
$15 for one lesson and social; $20 for both; $5 for social only
Joy of Dance is located at 95 Broadview – at Danforth
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WCS Sunday Fun Day at Rhythm & Motion – Sunday, January 31st
5:00-6:00 p.m. Basics Plus series continues
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS drop-in lesson $18 – including practice
7:00-9:00 p.m. Two hours of fun social dancing!!! $5
Rhythm and Motion is located at 3352 Dundas St. West at Runnymede or please see the calendar

January 31st Early Bird Deadline for TOSHC
Toronto’s very own West Coast Swing (World Swing Dance Council registry/”points”) event – with a side of Hustle.  Workshops, competitions, social dancing – FUN!!
We’ll ALL be there, and will be welcoming West Coast Swing dancers to come and play in our sandbox for a change.
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….and then it’s FEBRUARY!!

**NEW** First-Tuesday-of-the-Month/Tutu Tuesday – February 2nd
At the risk of possibly scaring off new dancers to our community I’ve decided to combine our usual first-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE introductory West Coast Swing lesson night with an awesome excuse to wear a tutu.  All other classes will run as usual, with the social dancing starting around 9:00 p.m.
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Next Monthly Hustle/WCS Dance Party – Saturday, February 13th
Yours truly teaching the pre-dance West Coast Swing lesson at Joy of Dance – 95 Danforth Ave. at Broadview

New Classes Start: Tuesday, February 16th
Series of six (6) classes and seven (7) “socials” at the Dovercourt House start February 16th and continue until March 29th. (Tuesday, March 8th will be a JUST DANCE hosted by Shelley Saxena)
Registration available online or at the door (with cash or cheque)

Ancaster WCS Dance – Saturday, February 20th
David and Gwen Ford from Ottawa teaching at the Marshall Memorial Church.  Details TBC.


Canada ROCKS! the Chicago Classic  – March 10-13
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Swingin’ Montreal – April 15-17
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Ottawa Pro Weekend – June 17-19
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Sweet Side of Swing Northwest – June 24-26