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29NOV16 – Dusty BluesyTuesday

At time of writing it felt as if I were at the epicentre of the worldwide West Coast Swing explosion, with dancers descending upon the Marriott Burbank Hotel & Conference Centre from countries around the globe.  As someone who has been dancing West Coast Swing for nearly two decades it’s absolutely astonishing to see how international this dance has become.  Closer to home, the annual exodus from Toronto to Twinsburgh, Ohio for CASH Bash with more and more Toronto westies “getting in the car” each year is an indicator of the growth of West Coast Swing in our own community. Looking forward to all that dance dust tonight!!!

New classes started last week – NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN!
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire – $75 for remaining five weeks/classes (until December 27th) including Social
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – $75 for remaining five weeks/classes (until December 27th) Including Social
~8:45 p.m. join in the final 15 minutes of the WCS*Fundamentals class as a warm up to social dancing until midnight (just $5)
**Reminder: WCS*HD returns January 3rd**

And yes, Virginia – classes and social take place every Tuesday night in December!!
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

…to make an online, tax-deductible donation to CAMH as part of our annual fundraising efforts:
The link will remain active until tomorrow, November 30th

This week is also the last Tuesday of the month, so the playlist will be a bit more blues-heavy than usual, ‘cause “The Blues is a healer” 🙂

First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE class *next* Tuesday, December 6th
WCS*Repertoire and WCS*Fundamentals classes as per usual – with an added/concurrent FREE introductory lesson at 8:00 p.m.
Anyone who comes to the free lesson can stay for the dance for free as well. The more the merrier. Really. Let your friend see what they’re missing 🙂
Facebook Event, or please see the calendar

Dynamic Duo Thursday nights –  December Schedule
Dec 1
8:00 – Around the world
9:00 – “Up and Over” whips
Dec 8
8:00 – Spin Technique
9:00 – Wraps
Dec 15
8:00 – Timing, Technique, & Teamwork
9:00 – Contrast, Showmanship & Variety
Wu Xing Martial Arts Studio, 374 DuPont St. second floor (Just west of the Dupont subway station; Free parking next door)
Now accept credit cards. Please contact Dana to register

Sundays with Shelley – December Schedule
Shelley Saxena is back (from her US Open debut!!!) at Rhythm and Motion:
December 11th & December 18th
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS drop-in lesson – $18 including Social
7:00-9:00 p.m. Two hours of fun social dancing!! – $5 Social only
Rhythm and Motion is located at 3352 Dundas St. West, at Runnymede


  • Friday, December 9th TSDS dance with live music!!  No lesson, just dancing at the Lithuanian House (1573n Bloor St. West – at Dundas)
  • Saturday, December 10th Joy of Dance Hustle & WCS Party with Shelley Saxena teaching the pre-dance wcs lesson (95 Danforth, at Broadview) Facebook Event
  • Saturday, December 10th Ancaster WCS Dance with Joanna Swanson teaching and deejaying a the Marshall Memorial Church in Ancaster Facebook Event
  • Saturday, December 10th Steps Studio Christmas Party with Hustle/WCS room and Salsa/Bachata room at Yonge and Davenport

If you haven’t already bought your pass to this super-fun annual event in Dearborn. Michigan – DO IT!  Take workshops, compete, dance, and be hugely entertained by the fearless, talented staff and, yes, the Canadians have been known to get into some shenanigans at this event.  😉  You *don’t* want to miss out!!
Canada ROCKS Spotlight Facebook Event