TOWestCoast Blog

AUG31 – New Beginnings

September always seems to me to be the start of something new – harkening back to when September meant the first day of school, in a new grade, a new classroom, with a new teacher – and, because we moved around so much as kids, sometimes a new school, a new city, and even a new country.  My mother always framed these changes as adventures, and so for me September is always ripe with the promise of new friends, and of learning new things.

“BACK TO COOL” CLASSES – September 8-October 13
Starting *next* week we’re back to our regular class schedule on Tuesday nights:
6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD (High Definition) with Shelley Saxena: $95
7:15-8:00 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire: $75
(HD & Repertoire can be taken concurrently! $140)
8:00-9:00 p.m.  WCS*Fundamentals: $75
~8:45 p.m.  Please welcome our newest WCS dancers by joining in during the last 15 minutes of their class, kicking off the social dancing – which continues, for all levels until midnight J – Just $5
Dovercourt House 805 Dovercourt Rd. (just west of Ossington and north of Bloor)
Class information: www.TOWestCoast/classes
Register online: www.TOWestCoast/purchase-classes

You can purchase classes in advance online or at the door, with our Registrar Extraordinaire, “the other” Julie, who – very sadly for me, is moving in a few weeks and must resign her position.  Sooooo – I’m looking for a *new registrar* (or may-be a tag-team of two) who can help out on Tuesday nights, arriving ~ 6:00 p.m. each week and being well-organized, good with money and people, and happy to hop in and out of class to take care of admin duties. Please let me know if you have any questions or interest in the position.

I’ve also got the Help Wanted sign out for *photographers/videographers/camera attendants* for next weekend’s Flash Mob. A few people have come forward, some tentatively – thank you!  The more coverage the better so even if you’re not dancing you’ll be playing a vital role in this *global* community project.
Toronto ROCKS! the WCS Flash Mob Facebook Event Page – or check out the calendar

FRIDAY NIGHT – September 4th
7:00-8:00 p.m. – WCS lesson with Daniel & Jameson at Joy of Dance
8:15-9:15 p.m. – WCS lesson with Daniel & Jameson at Joy of Dance
(Both WCS classes plus Saturday night social just $39+tax!)
~9:30 p.m. – Stealth Rehearsal/Floor Trial in Riverdale East Park

SATURDAY – September 5th
10:30-11:30 a.m.  Flash Mob “mustering” at Joy of Dance
~ 12:00 noon   Flash Mob in the Park!!
1:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.  Hustle classes at Joy of Dance with Daniel and Jameson
8:00 p.m. until midnight  Hustle & WCS Social at Joy of Dance with Jack & Jill Competition

SUNDAY – September 6th
Open Streets Toronto Flash Mob Reprise: between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 – time and location TBC
1:00-4:00 p.m. Hustle classes at Joy of Dance with Daniel and Jameson
6:00-7:00 p.m. Intermediate WCS lesson at Rhythm & Motion with Shelley Saxena
7:00-9:00 p.m. Shelley hosts a Long Weekend After Party at  R&M – and after that?  Who knows 🙂


*THIS* WEEK: FREE INTRO TO WCS & JUST DANCE – Tuesday, September 1st
Our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE class at the Dovercourt House with the  beautiful and talented Shelley Saxena – bring your friends!  No strings attached and they can start Fundamentals classes the very next week, September 8th.  Shelley is also hosting a JUST DANCE that night – so come in a little early to make the first-timers welcome and stay to dance, dance, dance J – just $5
Facebook Event Page

A couple of quick updates on events coming up later this year….

9th ANNUAL CAMH BENEFIT DANCE – Tuesday, November 10th
I’m announcing the date and have added the event to the calendar – so please mark yours 🙂
As usual we’ll have a raffle table with *great* prizes (donations welcome!), and an online link set up for tax deductible donations.  Oh – and yes, the annual Jack & Jill Tournament – open to all levels but limited to just 16 Leaders and 16 Followers.  Always so much fun!! Thanking everyone in advance for your continued support of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Mike has revealed all!  The titles for the West Coast Swing and Hustle workshops he’ll be teaching at Joy of Dance:
3:45-4:45 p.m.   Fan Turn Frenzy (Int. WCS)
5:00-6:00 p.m.   Somebody Say Syncopate? Sumptuous Swivels (and more) for your Suede (Int. WCS)
6:00-7:30 p.m.   Dinner Break, then…
7:30-8:30 p.m.   Hip Catch Passes You Can Do w/One Arm Tied Behind Your Back (Hustle)
8:30 p.m.–midnight  West Coast Swing/Hustle Dance Party with DJ Mike!!!
One Workshop & Dance $20; Two Workshops & Dance $35; Workshops each $15; Dance only $10
“Mucho Mike” package: All three Workshops plus Dance $50, or $45 in advance (soon to be added to the TOWestCoast website)

Don’t forget to check the calendar for all the great stuff going on in September and October, too!!

Despite my gypsy-like upbringing I’ve very happily put down roots here in Toronto, and I can thank my crazy, fun, wonderfully welcoming and supportive dance family for that.  Last Tuesday’s 14-year anniversary celebration was a total blast!  Gratitude to you all.