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24APR17 – 5,6,7,8 Days a Week

April 25thBluesyTuesday *this* week
May 2nd – FREE lesson *next* week; other classes cancelled Facebook Event; Shelley Saxena hosting and Lucky Sipin guest-deejaying
May 9th – Last week in current series of classes
May 16thNEW CLASSES START!  All three levels: May 16-June
6:30-7:15 p.m. – WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena -$95 for all six weeks/six classes, including social dancing
7:15-8:00 p.m. – WCS*Repertoire – $75 for all six weeks/six classes, including social dancing
(HD and Repertoire together: $140)
8:00-9:00 p.m. – WCS*Fundamentals – $75 for all six weeks/six classes, including social dancing
~8:45 p.m.-midnight – Social dancing for all! Just $5 or free for any class
Complete class info here
Pre-register in advance here
The Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd., west of Ossington, north of Bloor


Shelley Saxena teaches at Rhythm and Motion followed by social dancing
See the calendar for current schedule or

West Coast at the West-Way with Lucky Sipin: Drop-in lesson and dance for just $10
See the calendar

West Coast Swing classes with Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald
Thursday, May 4th
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Footwork and Connection 1.0
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Footwork and Connection 2.0
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Practice Dance
Thursday, May 11th
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Rondés and Anchor Footwork
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Rondés and Anchor Footwork 2.0
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Practice Dance
Thursday, May 18thSpecial Guest Sonja Dessureault!!
Two-hour class 8:00-10:00 p.m. followed by dancing
Thursday, May 25th
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Making Your Feet Do All the Work (Line Dance)
9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Basics Under Pressure
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Practice Dance

All eight classes: $115 includes practice *and* May 18th workshop with Sonja
Drop in rate (space permitting) for workshop with Sonja: $45
Practice only: $5
Please contact Dana Gudelis to register:
Wu Xing Martial Arts Studio, 374 DuPont St. second floor



SHELLEY’S MOTION STUDY: TAKE 2 – Saturday, May 20th
“It was so much fun the first time, let’s do it again!”
Shelley Saxena is revisiting April’s Motion Study to take an even deeper dive into technique and mine the elements for additional applications.  **Discounted pricing for repeat students**
Two workshops:
2:00-4:00 p.m.  Learn/re-learn the 64-count choreography
5:00-7:00 p.m.  Application workshop: Expanding on April’s application class, other elements of the motion study will be applied to WCS. Learn how and where to put the movement into your social dance.
Motion Study workshop only: $30 (Repeat students pay $20)
Application workshop only: $30 (Repeat students pay $20)
Both workshops: $50 (Repeat students pay $40)
Main Fitness at Yonge and Gerard. See the calendar

Saturday, May 6th – Waterloo Westies monthly dance party Facebook Group
Friday, May 12th – Toronto Swing Dance Society Dance only: no lessons – live music!
Friday, May 12th – Steps Anniversary Party at Whistler’s Pub – advance purchase tickets available
Saturday, May 13th – May Ancaster WCS Dance – Joanna Swanson teaching & deejaying Facebook Event
Saturday, May 20th – Hustle & WCS Dance Party at Joy of Dance: Nelson Clarke guest teaching Facebook Event
Saturday, May 27th Kyle Fitzgerald teaching in Hamilton Facebook Event
**See the May Calendar for more details** 

GET IN THE CAR! (and take me with you – please!!)
The Michigan Classic is just around the corner – both in time and distance 😊 It takes place June 1-4 in Dearborn Michigan, an easy drive from Toronto.  Register online here, and please message Joanna Swanson so she can get you a seat at one of the Canadian tables: Canada ROCKS the Michigan Classic Facebook Event
(Yes, it starts on Thursday but the opening ceremonies aren’t until Friday: Yours truly is looking for a ride from Toronto Friday evening – Please message me!)

The Sweet Side of Swing: Northwest takes place in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver airport – June 22-25. This is a focused learning weekend, with levelled workshops geared to a variety of needs and objectives.  Find out more here.  There are likely other people – like me – willing to share a hotel room to be eligible for a discount/rebate on your event pass. Facebook Event


The Toronto Swing & Hustle Championships July 13-16 is *our* event, where we welcome dancers from all over for a weekend of workshops, competition and dancing at the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.  Plan to stay at the hotel for the full event experience – and to take advantage of late night dancing without having to drive home. We’ll ALL be there 😊  Facebook Event


A very special dance weekend is being planned for September 8-10, with accommodation available at the Blue Mountain Inn and a Saturday night dance in nearby Thornbury. I’m humbled to be one of the honourees at this ‘Gratitude Dance’ and looking forward to taking part in some of the day-time activities in the area (hiking, biking….).  Hotels in the area will likely sell out, so we’ve arranged a group rate available until May 12th. The Saturday night dance itself and Sunday brunch the following day are FREE!!  Facebook Event