TOWestCoast Blog

04OCT16 – Allons Danser!

Montreal Westie Fest is almost here!  October 14-16
Levelled workshops, Strictly Swing, Pro-Am, Routines and Jack & Jill (WSDC points) competitions, and late night dancing with westie pals from Montreal, Ottawa, Boston and beyond. Pro staff include “BAMEO” (Ben McHenry and Cameo Cross), PJ Turner and Tashina Beckman, “The Whites” (Stephen and Sonja), Maria Ford and Todd Coulthard, and our own fabulous Nelson Clarke 🙂
At the Holiday Inn Point-Claire – free shuttle from Dorval train station and airport – or GET IN THE CAR! (free parking as well)
http://www.montrealwestiefest.com/ or Facebook Event

**FREE** INTRODUCTORY WEST COAST SWING LESSON *THIS* WEEK – Tuesday, October 4th
First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE lesson with Shelley Saxena at 8:00 p.m. – followed by weekly social (also FREE for anyone who takes part in the FREE class).
Other regularly scheduled classes as usual:
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $18 including Social
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire – $15 including social
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – *Last* class in the current series – will run at the same time as the FREE class
~9:00 p.m. until midnight – Weekly West Coast Swing Dance Party/Practice/Social – everyone welcome!! Only $5
No partner required!  Please remember – and remind anyone you might be bringing – to BYOWB (Bring Your Own Water Bottle).
Facebook Event or please see the calendar
Dovercourt House is located at 805 Dovercourt Rd. (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

DYNAMIC DUO WEST COAST SWING CLASSES AND SOCIAL – Thursday nights
Nelson Clarke and Kyle Fitzgerald teach two WCS lessons followed by social dancing
8:00-9:00 p.m.   Building Your Foundation
9:00-10:00 p.m.  Improving your Foundation
10:00 p.m. – midnight Social dancing/guided practice
Please see the calendar or contact Dana at twistedsisterdance@gmail.com
Wu Xing Martial Arts Studio, 374 Dupont (near Dupont subway, plenty of free parking)
Please note there will be NO lessons/NO social *next* Thursday, October 13th

WEST COAST SWING *BEGINNER* LESSONS AT UofT – Thursday nights
Continuing with Michelle Regal – not too late to join!!
6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina)
Please see the calendar for more details

WCS SUNDAYS WITH SHELLEY
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS lesson – $18 including social
7:00-9:00 p.m. WCS social – all levels – just $5
www.shelleydance.com or please see the calendar

NEW TUESDAY NIGHT CLASSES!! – STARTING OCTOBER 11th
New six-week series start in all three levels *next* week:  October 11-November 4
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena $95 for all six weeks/classes including Social
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire $75 for all six weeks/classes including Social
(Take HD and Repertoire concurrently for $140)
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals $75 for all six weeks/classes including Social
~8:45 p.m. We start the social dancing by joining our newest dancers to warm up – and continue dancing until midnight just $5
You can pre-register for classes here: http://towestcoast.com/purchase-classes/
OR in person with Amazing Grace at the door – cash or cheque only
805 Dovercourt Rd. (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

MONDAY NIGHT CLASSES WITH TSDS – OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 14
Yours truly teaching two levels of classes for the Toronto Swing Dance Society
7:30-8:30 p.m.  Beginner Class
8:30-9:30 p.m.  Intermediate Class
www.torontoswingdancesociety.ca/classes for more details and to register
The Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West (just west of Dundas)

ALSO THIS MONTH:

  • Shelley Saxena is teaching afternoon workshops and before the dance in Waterloo, Saturday, October 8th Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Fancy Footwork Intensive with WCS Champion Patty Vo in Ancaster, October 22-23 Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • Four-week WCS Master Class Series in Oakville, Saturday afternoons October 22-November 12 Facebook Event or see the calendar
  • “Halloweek” kicks off at the Dovercourt House, Tuesday, October 25th with GroovyBluesyJazzySPOOKY! Get your Boogie Man on! Facebook Event
  • We’re back at Alleycatz, Wednesday, October 26th for another Midtown Blues Westie Bomb PDWCS (Public Display of West Coast Swing)

CAMH BENEFIT DANCE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15th
The highlight of our annual fundraiser on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is always the Jack & Jill Tournament with West Coast Swing event passes as Grand Prizes – this year to TOSHC, the Michigan Classic, Swingtacular and Phoenix 4th of July!!
Raffle tickets will be available at the dance for valuable goods and services (donations welcome) and you can make a tax-deductible donation in advance to secure your spot on the Very Generous Dancer (VGD) list to get in free: www.supportcamh.ca/towestcoast.  Suggested minimum donation at the door is $10. Thanks in advance for your support. Facebook Event or please see the calendar.

SONG OF THE WEEK – TONI BRAXTON “You’re Making Me High”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIgOL21S98o
One of Nelson’s current faves; Kyle used it last week to drill the “single time only” and “triple steps only” exercises.  Note the phrasing changes.
I love how the song makes me want to single time or triple in certain parts. 🙂

Julie

Montreal Westie Fest – October 14-16
CAMH Benefit Dance – November 15th

Westie-Con – November 17-20
Spotlight Dance Celebration – December 30, 2016-January 2, 2017
Check the calendar for more!
www.TOWestCoast.com

 

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