"GroovyTuesday" nights at the Dovercourt House
All classes and weekly "social" take place Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road (west of Ossington, just north of Bloor) Toronto, ON. If you're coming by TTC, take the Delaware exit from Ossington subway station and walk just one block north, and one block west http://www.dovercourthouse.com/
• April 9 - May 14 (six weeks)
• May 21 - July 2 (six weeks + "JUST DANCE" June 4)
• July 9 - August 13 (six weeks + "JUST DANCE" August 20)
• August 27 - Oct. 1 (six weeks)
• Oct. 8 - Nov.12 (six weeks)
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD (West Coast Swing High Definition)
A technique class with Julie Epplett and Shelley Saxena for experienced West Coast Swing dancers (more than six months). The focus is on concepts rather than moves.
$95 per person for six weeks/six classes, including weekly practice/social. NO DROP-INS.
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS Repertoire
Content changes month-to-month. Students must have completed the WCS Fundamentals series or similar. Focus is on building West Coast Swing repertoire.
$75 per person for six weeks/six classes including weekly practice/social. Qualified students may drop-in for $15/class including social.
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS Fundamentals
An introduction to, or review of the basic concepts and patterns of West Coast Swing. No experience or partner required! Get dancing West Coast Swing fast! (The first Tuesday of every month is FREE!!!EXCEPT IN JUNE - 2nd Tuesday, June 11th will be FREE!@ $75.00 per person including weekly practice/social. NO DROP-INS. Students are accepted to the class the first or second week only.
8:45-10:45 p.m. Weekly GroovyTuesday West Coast Swing Practice starts during the Level 1 Class. Practice what you learned with some of the best West Coast Swing dancers in the city! Only $5.00 per person or *FREE* for current students. (The last Tuesday of every month is BluesyTuesday where the emphasis is on Blues music. )
WCS*Fundamentals or WCS Repertoire: $75:00 each
"Rinse and Repeat" WCS Fundamentals only: $45
Repeat WCS*Fundamentals and take WCS Repertoire concurrently: $120.00
WCS*HD : $95.00
WCS*HD and WCS*Repertoire concurrently: $140.00
All current students are encouraged to stay for the practice - and attend free.
Practice only: $5.00 (except on special occasions, or when there's live music)
Do I need to pre-register?
You can preregister and pay with an email transfer (to email@example.com) or simply show up a little early the first day of the new series, or whenever you're joining, and complete a short registration form to submit with your payment (cash or cheque). .
What should I wear to class?
Just about anything you're comfortable in that doesn't restrict your movement. Many people come directly from work and don't change clothes before class; they just bring dance shoes. I will often wear jeans or yoga pants.
What kind of shoes do I need?
Again, it's all about your comfort. You don't want shoes that will come off easily (like flip-flops or sandals), nor do you want something with a heavy tread that will stick to the floor and prevent you from turning. Women who like to wear heels can certainly do so; Ballroom or Latin dance shoes would be fine, though I personally prefer a lower heel for West Coast. Whatever you choose it should be a shoe dedicated to dancing and not worn outside. That way the dance floor stays cleaner (and safer) longer.
Do I need to bring a partner?
Absolutely not. To really enjoy the dance, and to become a better West Coast Swing dancer overall it's best to learn how to dance with multiple dance partners, so we 'rotate' in class. You'll learn more quickly, and become part of a great dance community.
I might miss a class; will I be able to catch up?
Learning to dance is all about repetition and practice, practice, practice. Every class includes a review of the previous week's lesson, and I'll assist students individually whenever possible. You should be able to miss a class and still progress with everyone else.
Do you teach Private Lessons?
Yes, preferably at my "home studio" (which I share with two cats)
My Diva Productions partner, Shelley Saxena, is an awesome instructor who also offers Private Lessons: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanna Swanson offers Privates in both West Coast Swing and Hustle and can be reached at email@example.com