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DEC22 – Dreaming of a White Christmas

Don we now our winter white apparel TONIGHT Tuesday, December 22nd and come to the Dovercourt House for a night of West Coast Swing classes and dancing.

6:30 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – $15 drop in, includes dance
7:15 p.m.  WCS*Repertoire – $10 drop in, includes dance
8:00 p.m.  Jack & Jill 101 – $10 drop in, includes dance

The “Jack & Jill” competition was invented for West Coast Swing and has been adopted by a wide range of dance genres as a fun way to test your social dance skills and connect with other dancers in the community.  While the best way to prepare for a Jack & Jill is to simply dance with as many different partners as possible as often as possible, there are some things you can do to make the experience less stressful/more enjoyable.
Dreaming of a White West Coast Swing Christmas Facebook Event at the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. (west of Ossington, north of Bloor)

Looking ahead to 2016?  I am! These are just some of the events on my dance calendar:

Spotlight Dance Celebration (Dearborn, Michigan) – December 31-January 3
Whether you think of this as the last event of 2015, or the first of 2016 this fun-filled dance weekend will be the highlight of your holidays.  Well-attended by Toronto Westies and not too late to “get in the car” 🙂
Canada ROCKS Spotlight Dance Celebration Facebook Page

Swingcouver (downtown Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia) – January 22-24
An awesome destination event with pre- and post-parties and activities, skill-levelled workshops, fun social dancing and entertaining competitions and a plethora of pros, including: Jordan & Tatiana, Kyle & Sarah, Benji Schwimmer, Parker & Melissa, Myles & Tessa, Sean & Courtney, “Bameo” Cross, John & Alyssa, Ben Morris, Deborah Szekely, Tashina Beckmann, DougRousar….and more, more moooooose!”
Swingcouver 2016 Facebook Page
Julie’s Table at Swingcouver

Rose City Swing (Portland, Oregon) – February 26-28
Old School meets new School at this fun event taking place in my new favourite US City. Portland is a little like Austin with more rain and more craft breweries. SO excited that Professors Sharlott Bott and Mark (the Marine) Scheuffele are joining some my favourite faculty from last year (PJ Turner and Tashina Beckmann, Kevin Kane and Shantala Davis and others) teaching small, skill-levelled classes.
Rose City Swing SchoolHouse 2016 Facebook Event

The Chicago Classic (Hyatt, O’Hare) – March 11-13
One of the few events that recognizes Canadians as “International” attendees with a discounted rate (even more appreciated with our failing loonie). It’s both a WSDC (JnJ ‘points’) and a NASDE event – so we get to see Champion level competitors perform their routines live. Deep Dish Pizza party and annual “shower cram” make this a fun social event – and the list of Pros just doesn’t quit!
Canada ROCKS the Chicago Classic! Facebook Event

Sweet Side of Swing Northwest (Vancouver) – June 24-26
This unique educational franchise comes to Canada (good news for our battered loonie!) with four levels of WCS classes (based on social dance experience, peer review, competitive experience, and instructor review) and four amazing instructors: Brandi Tobias, Jennifer Deluca, Taletha Jouzdani & Tessa Cunningham Munroe. Learn technique, expression and communication skills for both Leader & Follower.
Facebook Event Page

Toronto Open Swing Hustle Championships (Toronto, duh!) – July 14-17
It’s baaaack – and promises to be better than ever!  Robert and Nicola Royston, John Lindo and Jessica Cox, Ben Mchenry and Cameo Cross, Arjay Centeno….the list goes on.  West Coast Swing and Hustle workshops, competitions and social dancing. Invite your out-of-town westie friends to come and join us for a change. 🙂
Facebook Community Page (Event page coming)

Westie-con (Orlando) – November 18-20
New and completely unique, this is going to be the first ever West Coast Swing Convention – with speakers and tradeshow – as well as non-stop dancing, levelled workshops, and Jack & Jill comps. Event registration opens January 1st with pricing according to various tracks – for Teachers, DJs, MCs, Event Directors, Judges…. People are booking their hotel rooms already!
Facebook Event 

Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House:  January 5-February 9
Sunday nights at Rhythm and Motion:  January 10-February 14
Friday nights at Main Fit:  January 9-March 4  Facebook Event

But we’re not done yet!  December Drop-in classes continue through to the Last Tuesday of 2015, December 29th (next week) with a fun and funky throwback playlist from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Cheers!!