TOWestCoast Blog

MAY25 – #SunriseSelfie Challenge

Don’t miss the demos this week at the Dovercourt House! Classes and social dancing as usual with special performances in West Coast Swing and Hustle (oh – and it’s BluesyTuesday!)
805 Dovercourt Rd., 2nd Floor

Reminder: there will be *NO* WCS Sunday *this*Sunday, May 31st.
Shelley Saxena is joining the invasion that is Toronto ROCKS! The Michigan Classic this weekend. She’ll back at Rhythm and Motion next Sunday, June 7th with a cool new Intermediate WCS Class 6:00-7:00 p.m. and social dancing 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Speaking of disruptions in schedule…
Tuesday, June 9th will be a JUST DANCE night at the Dovercourt House. Shelley will be offering Private Lessons 6:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the weekly social/dance party 9:00 p.m. until midnight, $5.00 per person or FREE for registered student in the current May 12-June 30 series.

Speaking of the current series of classes…
It’s not too late to join any of the series of classes that started last week, this week J
6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena
7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire  (including elements and patterns that will be included in the upcoming International Flash Mob, September 5th – see below!)
8:00-9:00 p.m. WCS*Fundamentals – previous students invited to “Rinse and Repeat” for just the cost of the social ($5.00)
Please see for complete details

Darkness to Light – Thursday, May 29th
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) hopes to raise awareness – and funds – by getting pledges to stay up all night and take #SunriseSelfies in the morning.  I thought this might be a fun kick-off to our annual fundraising efforts.  Here’s the challenge:  Stay up all night, take a picture of yourself/yourselves and pledge a donation per person or per group.  Upon receipt of your donation, I will match it.  All funds will go towards our annual donation to CAMH in November.
Find out about the program here
Facebook Event Page

*FREE* Introductory West Coast Swing Lesson and Dance – June 2nd
Our usual first-Tuesday-of-the-month opportunity to invite family, friends, colleagues and relative strangers to join us for a free class and stay for the social, just to see what we’re all about, no strings attached.  Shelley teaches the free intro class at 8:00 p.m. while I lead the Fundamentals class at the back of the room then we put both classes together, and – voila! – everybody’s dancing!!
Facebook Event – Please share!!

Waterloo Westies Dance – Saturday, June 6th
Monthly WCS dance at Hep Cats Studio in Waterloo
More details here

Shelley’s Styling Series: June 19 & July 10
Techniques and cool variations for both Leaders and Followers, Friday nights at Diva Diverse studio 777 Warden Avenue (at Eglinton – easy TTC access and free parking)
Level 1: 7:00-8:00 p.m. – the groundwork to great styling
Level 2: 8:00-9:00 p.m. – shapes, contrast, level changes (minimum two year experience in dancing wcs suggested)
$30 for two classes/both nights, same level; $18 drop-in for one class only. or check the calendar

Elaine’s Ancaster Dance – Saturday, June 20th
Monthly dance at the Marshall Memorial Church in Ancaster with WCS lessons.
More details here

International Flash Mob – Saturday, September 5th
The choreography has been released. You can learn it online, and/or take part in preparatory workshops to be scheduled for July and August. The idea is to perform the same choreography on the same date in cities all over the world – connecting our global wcs community and perhaps getting a little exposure for the dance – oh, and learning new stuff and having fun, too!!
Toronto ROCKS! The International WCS Flash Mob Facebook Event

Where did I see that???
Looking for something you read in a previous newsletter?  Can’t remember if it was last week, or last month….My webmaster, Scott-of-Cyberspace has added a cool new search function to the TOWestCoast website. Check it out!  (Really – please let me know if it’s working for you J )