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25SEP17 – More than Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Fall is FULL of fun dance events, so you might need a PSL or two to keep you going 😊

It’s BluesyTuesday this week!  Classes as usual at the Dovercourt House, followed by a Blues-heavy playlist peppered with a few of my current contemporary faves and cool stuff I heard this past weekend at Bridgetown Swing.

6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $18 to drop in, including social dancing
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire – $15 to drop in, including social dancing
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – Sorry, no drop-ins!  Join us *next* week, October 3rd for FREE introductory lesson, and/or join the next series of classes, Tuesday nights October 17-November 21
Facebook Event or please see the calendar – or for info about classe
~9:00 p.m. until midnight – Weekly West Coast Swing dance party – all levels, no partner needed – just $5 (or free with any lesson)
BYOWB – Bring Your Own Water Bottle, please 😊
Dovercourt House 805 Dovercourt Rd., west of Ossington, north of Bloor



  • Sundays at Rhythm and Motion: Please check with Shelley but it’s probably okay to join either the Basics or Basics+ class series that started last week. Intermediate WCS lessons continue to be offered on a drop-in basis followed by two fun hours of social dancing to top off your weekend.
  • Sharing Dance solo movement workshop – as part of the Fall For Dance North festival – Saturday, October 3rd at Union Station 3:00-4:00 p.m. – FREE – followed by a performance of the Canada150 Sharing Dance routine.  Facebook Event
  • Waterloo Westies – Saturday, October 7th featuring Joanna Swanson!!Montreal Westie Fest October 13-15 – promises to the be best MWF yet!!  It’s not too late to register online. There’s a Toronto ROCKS Montreal Westie Fest Facebook Page for updates on ride- and room-shares, etc.  (Comment tu-dit “FOMO” en francais?)
  • Monday night West Coast Swing classes: October 16-November 13 at the Lithuanian House, through the Toronto Swing Dance Society – two levels. Yours truly teaching Beginner and Intermediate classes. Details here.
  • Ancaster WCS Dance – Saturday, October 21st
  • HALLOWEEN-theme Hustle & West Coast Swing Party at Joy of Dance – Saturday, October 28 – yours truly, again, teaching the WCS lesson before the social Facebook Event
  • HALLOWEEN at Dovercourt House!! – Tuesday, October 31st Costumes are definitely encouraged – and there *will* be a Soul Train 😊
  • Mondays at the West-Way continue with Lucky Sipin
  • High Tech Thursdays with the Dynamic Duo: Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald – Facebook Group page

Apologies to anyone who was confused by last week’s typo; my cat is a terrible proof-reader. The dance is, indeed, on *Tuesday* – with regularly scheduled classes 6:30-9:00 p.m. – and the dance starting at 9:00 p.m.  You’ll be asked for a donation at the door (minimum suggested: $10), OR you can make a tax-deductible donation on-line in advance.  More details to follow.
Facebook Event

All funds this year are being directed toward the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Aboriginal Services.  See more details here.

Other ways you can contribute:

  • Donate goods or services for the raffle: gift certificates, arts and crafts…just about anything is welcome
  • BUY raffle tickets!!  You don’t have to stick around to win. The more you buy the better your chances, and the more money we raise for CAMH
  • Lend a hand on the night of the event. Many hands make light the work of setting up, tearing down, selling raffle tickets, helping out at the door, and with the Jack & Jill Tournament
  • Jack & Jill Tournament you say?  Yes!!  “Swing 16” format – $15 to enter, limited to just 16 Leaders and 16 Followers.  *Grand prizes* and HUGE bragging rights!!  Fun to watch but more fun to participate, IMHO.


JUST ANNOUNCED: Donated passes to Swingtacular and Rose City Swing for tournament winners!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night.  I’m bringing my Bridgetown Swing dance dust!!


Montreal Westie Fest – October 13-15 Facebook Event
10th Annual CAMH Benefit Dance – November 14th  Facebook Event
C.A.S.H. Bash – November 23-26
Spotlight New Year’s Eve – Dec.28-Jan 1, 2018
Swingcouver – January 18-21, 2018 Facebook Event
Rose City Swing – February 22-25 Facebook Event