TOWestCoast Blog


I’m going to be missing a very special *Birthday Jam* this Tuesday night – so I hope it gets recorded and posted. Please and thank you. Remember there are NO CLASSES this week, but there is dancing as usual starting around 9:00 p.m. until midnight, and if you’re registered for the Flash Mob Rehearsals or Fundamentals you get in for FREE; otherwise it’s $5 as usual.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as I am. Finally, eh?  Hate to mention that “f” word (fall) but there are some very special events coming up  that I think you might want to plan for now:

Hustle & WCS Weekend Intensive at Joy of Dance – September 4-6
Friday night West Coast Swing classes, Saturday and Sunday Hustle workshops, with Saturday night dancing, Jack & Jill contests….Check out the calendar for details or the Facebook Event Page.

Toronto ROCKS! the International Flash Mob – Saturday, September 5th
Local participation in a global wcs dance event taking place noon in Riverdale East Park (around the corner from Joy of Dance, so you don’t have to worry about missing the workshop).  The choreography is available online and rehearsals are ongoing Tuesday nights at Dovercourt House – for technique and styling tips – and practice, practice, practice.  I’m also teaching the choreography with Kyle Fitzgerald at You Can Dance Studio on Saturday, August 15th.
Calendar or Facebook Event for updates

Toronto ROCKS! Vermont Swing Dance Championships – Sept.10-12
Our own Joanna Swanson joins “Living Legends & Champions” Robert Cordoba, John Festa and John Lindo – and a host of other professionals at The Grand Summit Resort Hotel on Mount Snow in Vermont. Sounds spectacular!
Facebook Event or

Jessica Cox Follower Intensive at You Can Dance – Sunday, September 27
Also at You Can Dance in Mississauga, Follower-focused workshops with the beautiful and talented Jessica Cox followed by social dancing.
Calendar or Facebook Event

Vision Dance Encounter – October 2-4
A unique West Coast Swing and Brazilian Zouk “crossover” event is support of the Canadian National Institute of the Blind, at the CNIB facility here in Toronto with top international artists in both genres (Jordan and Tatiana are coming!!). This is going to be an extremely “intimate” event, offering exceptional access to the Pros due to a limited number of West Coast Swing tickets available.
Calendar or Facebook Event or

Montreal Westie Fest – October 16-18
Montreal’s first pure West Coast Swing WSDC (points!) event taking place at the Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire, near both Dorval airport and train station – and of course driving distance from Toronto. Awesome young and talented Pro staff, levelled workshops, lots of competitions, and entertaining performances. Joanna Swanson is arranging Toronto Tables.
Calendar or Facebook Event or

CASH Bash – November 27-29
Also driving distance from Toronto this West Coast Swing and Hustle event has become a such a staple for Canadian West Coast Swing dancers that the flyers  feature a picture of the Stars and Stripes with our own red and white maple leaf flag as interlocking puzzle pieces. Get in the car! But register first, and then let Joanna know so you can get a table assignment.
Calendar or Facebook Event or

Mike Topel returns to Toronto! – December 5th
Back at Joy of Dance as part of another Western-New-York-and-Canada tour we have always-fun-and-fabulous Mike for one afternoon and a night of workshops and social dancing. Details TBA. Please check the calendar closer to the event.

…and we’re still rocking the summer months with WCS Sundays at Rhythm & Motion; once-a-month dances in Ancaster, Waterloo, and at Joy of Dance; another “Dancing on the Pier” PDWCS on July 30th; and of course Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House:

Classes resume *next* Tuesday, July 28th
6:30-8:00 p.m.  Flash Mob Rehearsals – $20 including dance party
8:00-9:00 p.m.  Fundamentals – no new students; “Rinse and Repeat” only
8:45 p.m. until midnight – social West Coast Swing dancing $5
at the Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd., 2nd Floor

See you there!  In the meantime – I want video 🙂