Weekly Newsletter Archive

04APR17 – Spring Training

With so much going on this past weekend you could be excused for wanting to pace yourself – I certainly had to ...

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28MAR17 – Great weekend to be a Clone

What can you get for FREE these days?  Hmmmm….well, you can take a FREE introductory West Coast Swing dance less...

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21MAR17 – A Few Good Men

…*and women* are invited to join us Saturday, April 1st and again Saturday, April 8th to see if you have the “R...

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14MAR17 – Keep *Warm* and Dance On!

Thanks to everyone who came out to last week’s awesomely fun and welcoming first-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE lesson...

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07MAR17 – Phat Tuesday

Phat – adjective/informal:  excellent,“a phat and funky sound”Join us **tonight** at the Dovercourt Hous...

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28FEB17 – What’s goin’ on?

BluesyTuesday tonight!  Classes as usual followed by dancing to a Blues-heavy playlist. 6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD...

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21FEB17 – All in the Family

Yesterday was Family Day in many provinces across Canada - and I want to once again give thanks to my amazing dance...

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14FEB17 – NEW LOVES

*NEW* CLASSES START TONIGHT!  Tuesday nights: February 14-March 21 6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena - 6...

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07FEB17 – Share the warmth!!

I started writing this in Ottawa, where I attended Hugo & Stacy’s fabulous “LevelUP” Intensive weekend ho...

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31JAN17 E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N Plans

Shelley Saxena announced this week the addition of a *third* lesson on Sunday afternoons at Rhythm & Motion....

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24JAN17 – It’s funny, because it’s true

The busier the Pro, the more chaotic they are at scheduling their own time.  Case in point:  10 Time World Champi...

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10JAN17 – January Blues?

Let’s dance! This Saturday, January 14th - Ancaster West Coast Swing Dance – Facebook Event – or see the cal...

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03JAN17 – Happy New Year!

Learn a new skill and/or improve an existing one. Get off the couch – move your body! Make new friends....

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27DEC16 – So long ’16

Last classes of 2016 *TONIGHT* (December 27) at the Dovercourt House: 7:15-8:00 p.m. WCS*Repertoire - $15 includin...

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20DEC16 – You never know…

…when you’re going to be someone’s BDON (Best Dance of the Night).  How ‘bout making that a goal tonight:...

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13DEC16 – Dashing through the snow….

So much going on these last three weeks of 2016: office parties, family get-togethers, drinks with friends, house p...

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06DEC16 – GroovyBluesy JazzyFestive Season

DECEMBER 6th - FREE introductory West Coast Swing lesson TONIGHT! Invite your friends, family, colleagues, hairdre...

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29NOV16 – Dusty BluesyTuesday

At time of writing it felt as if I were at the epicentre of the worldwide West Coast Swing explosion, with dancers...

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22NOV16 – Wish you were here…

HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME - WISH YOU WERE HERE! There’s a change to the class schedule this Tuesday and I had plan...

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15NOV16 – Why CAMH?

The statistic that one in five Canadians will face some kind of mental illness in their lifetime doesn’t even tak...

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08NOV16 – What’s up? DOCS!

Just two weeks until our Annual Benefit Dance on behalf of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This...

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02NOV16 – Post Pumpkin Post

Thanks again to everyone who got into the Halloweek spirit and dressed up last week. I just saw Veronika’s video...

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24OCT16 – GroovyBluesy JazzySPOOKY!

It’s Halloweek!  The week before Halloween, and we’re playing dress-up 🙂   Wear any costume you like – pre...

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18OCT16 – MWF Swungover Edition

Comment tu-dit “swungover” en francais? 🙂Looking forward to all the Montreal Westie Fest dance dust THIS W...

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10OCT16 – Fancy Footwork!

NEW CLASSES *THIS* WEEK!! Six week/six class series in all levels: October 11th -November 15th6:30-7:15 p.m. ...

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04OCT16 – Allons Danser!

Montreal Westie Fest is almost here!  October 14-16 Levelled workshops, Strictly Swing, Pro-Am, Routines and Jack...

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27SEP16 – Falling for WCS

Fall is here, with a full and fun schedule of West Coast Swing events both locally and out-of-town.TUESDAY NIGH...

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20SEP16 – Three heads are better….

STARTING THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th “Threesome” Team Rehearsals start this Saturday, September 24th – 10:...

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13SEP16 – JUST DANCE!

Join Shelley Saxena on the *first* floor of the Dovercourt House tonight (Tuesday, September 13) for social dancing...

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06SEP16 – #ClassicTO

First of all a *huge* thank you again to everyone who participated in or came out to share the 2016 International W...

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30SEP16 – Back to Back Blues

BluesyTuesday – *TONIGHT* Tuesday, August 30th Last-Tuesday-of-the-month homage to West Coast Swinging to the Bl...

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23AUG16 – All Hands on Deck!

Flash Mob *Rehearsal* this week: 7:15-8:00 p.m. Just $5, including socialThis is for EVERYONE taking part in th...

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All-Star Classes in Toronto!

I had the great pleasure of attending classes on Thursday night with the ‘Dynamic Duo’ (Nelson Clarke and Kyle...

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09JUL16 – Galactic Dance Dust

I started writing this while on the West Coast: Santa Clara, California - where I was attending Ben and Cameo’s s...

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02AUG16 – Three’s Company

THIS WEEK…Tuesday at Dovercourt House 6:30-8:00 p.m. Flash Mob classes continue - $20 to drop in (including...

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26JUL16 – BluesyTuesday

The hard part (learning the International WCS Flash Mob choreography) is almost over, and the FUN (dancing it!) beg...

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19JUL16 – A Toast to TOSHC

I just want to start off this week’s newsletter with a big group hug around everyone who joined in the fun of the...

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12JUL16 – It’s TOSHC Week!

The Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships kick off this Thursday night.  At a (*very* rough) glance we hav...

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05JUL16 – Dance Locally, Celebrate Globally

Starting TONIGHT:  a six-week prep series (July 5-August 9) to learn and rehearse the International Flash Mob chor...

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28JUN16 – Damn Right, I’ve Got the Blues (in a good way!)

It’s BluesyTuesday tonight at the Dovercourt House! Classes wrap in all three series, followed by dancing from ~...

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21JUN16 – It’s finally, FINALLY here!

Summer! (officially - as of 3:34 p.m. yesterday!!)Patios, cottage weekends, music festivals….whatever summer...

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13JUN16 – Home Floor Advantage

You may have seen some of the posts on Facebook: smiling dancers holding medals or trophies (or envelopes) – agai...

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07JUN16 – Post MiC Swungover Edition

FREE class night TONIGHT – WOO-HOO!  Back to regularly scheduled Tuesday night lessons:6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS...

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31MAY16 – JUST DANCE!

Join Shelley Saxena at the Dovercourt House tonight: Tuesday, May 31st for a “JUST DANCE” West Coast Swing soci...

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24MAY16 – Watch this space!

Hope everyone had an amazing long weekend!  Weather couldn’t be better, eh?Tonight will likely be a two (or...

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17MAY16 – BYOiP

NEW CLASSES THIS WEEK! – Tuesday, May 17th Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House – 6 weeks/6 classes: May 17-...

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10MAY16 – You wouldn’t drive like that…

It’s the last week in the current series of classes TONIGHT:6:30-7:15 p.m.  WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – C...

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03MAY16 – O, the merry month of May (and more)

FREE WEST COAST SWING LESSON TONIGHT! – Tuesday, May 3rd Our usual first-Tuesday-of-the-month introductory lesso...

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26APR16 – Flash Mob Fever!

No experience necessary!  We have two (count ‘em: TWO!) opportunities to publicly display West Coast Swing in th...

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18APR16 – You talkin to me?

The Michigan Classic (June 2-5) is one of the most popular out-of-town events for West Coast Swing dancers from Tor...

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12APR16 – Tickets, tickets – who needs tickets?

Last Tuesday night was truly EPIC!  AGAIN!!  Thanks so much to everyone for coming – and if you missed it, we m...

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04APR16 – April is the *coolest* month

With apologies to T.S. Eliot – this is going to be an AMAZING April 🙂Tuesday, April 5th – FREE INTRO LESSO...

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28MAR16 – Step into the Blues…and more

Dance to a Blues-heavy playlist this week, mixed with (brand new!) contemporary dance music, and may-be some Michae...

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22MAR16 – That’s what s/he said

There are two more weeks in the current series of Tuesday night classes : *tonight* and next week, when we wrap up...

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15MAR16 – Getting (back) Into the Groove

This week’s newsletter comes to you from The Chicago Classic, where Canada has been well-represented in the compe...

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01MAR16 – Time Flies – when you’re dancing!

Writing today from Portland, Oregon - known for its roses, bridges, food trucks, craft beer and really fun West Coa...

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23FEB16 – Spring Training

Got goals?  Feel like your New Year’s Resolutions are a distant (and disappointing) memory?  May-be it’s time...

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16FEB16 – Buy Canada

*New* classes this week!  Tuesday nights, February 16-March 29 (7 weeks, 6 classes & one JUST DANCE on March 8...

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10FEB16 – Help Wanted

Classes and dancing as usual: last in the current series of classes Tuesday night this week. Hope you can make it!...

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03FEB16 – Tutu Tuesday

Also known as Candlemas, Crêpes Day, Chandeleur, Brigid’s Day, Imbolc, and Groundhog Day, February 2nd falls mid...

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26JAN16 – Greetings from the West Coast….

I’m starting this from my hotel room at the Marriott Downtown Vancouver where I’m attending Swingcouver, and wi...

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19JAN16 – Dovercourt Dances for Donations (DDD)

DANCES FOR DONATIONS at Dovercourt House is a coordinated fundraising effort in support the Ryerson Lifeline Syria...

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12JAN16 – Dancin’ in the 6ix, and Beyond

The Toronto Open Swing and Hustle Championships (TOSHC) are BACK!  Bigger and better than ever: July 14-17, 2016....

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05JAN16 – New Year, New Opportunities

It’s a fresh start to the New Year TONIGHT at the Dovercourt House with our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-Month **FR...

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DEC29 – Thanks for a great 2015!

As I sit down to write this last newsletter of 2015 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being...

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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...

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16DEC – Holiday-Stressed? Just Dance!

JUST DANCE this Tuesday, December 15 with Shelley Saxena No classes (Private lessons only – please contact Shell...

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DEC08 – Fa-la-la-la Dance

DECEMBER DROP-INS – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8th 6:30-7:15 p.m. – WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena – only $15 including 3...

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DEC01 – B.Y.O.D.D.

FREE Class this week – Bring Your Own Dance Dust Toronto ROCKED! the annual C.A.S.H. Bash WCS & Hustle event...

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NOV24 – Mike! (and more)

MIKE TOPEL AT JOY OF DANCE – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5th Two afternoon WCS classes and one Hustle workshop, then danc...

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NOV17 – Thanks again!

....and congratulations to our Jack & Jill Tournament Winners 🙂I just want to re-iterate my thanks, again,...

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NOV10 – Changing Minds

First of all, a quick thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday’s Charity Swap on behalf of CAMH. We raised $6...

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NOV02 – Call for Volunteers – Please 🙂

A quick word of thanks to everyone who dressed up last week for our Masquerade Ball/Pirate Invasion. Such great cos...

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27OCT – Dress-up Time!

We’re kicking off Halloweek TONIGHT! with a Masquerade Ball!! Or is it a Pirate Invasion? Can’t wait to see eve...

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20OCT – Unwritten Rules

It’s already been an AWESOME October – and there’s still more to come! Monday Nights!  Nelson Clarke contin...

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OCT12 – Gratitude

Feeling very grateful for dance and everything it brings to my life: physical exercise, a creative outlet, new chal...

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OCT06 – Ohh! October

MONTREAL WESTIE FEST – LAST CHANCE!! Event prices go up on Monday and I have just two seats left at my table for...

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SEP29 – Vision Pre-Party

Zoukers (or anyone else) interested in brushing up on your West Coast before Vision Dance Encounter please join us...

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SEP21 – FOMO?

Last Tuesday turned out to be pretty amazing – by accident rather than design. In fact, *every* Tuesday night at...

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SEP14 – Falling for WCS

Week #2 of “Back to Cool” classes this week – not too late to join, and last chance for new Beginners to join...

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SEP07 – Back to Cool!

WOW! Still coming down from the Flash Mob experience – it “got me so high” 🙂 . Thanks again to everyone who...

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AUG31 – New Beginnings

September always seems to me to be the start of something new – harkening back to when September meant the first...

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AUG25 – Julie’s Juke Joint

Join me tonight: Tuesday, August 25th!  We’re celebrating nearly 14 years of weekly West Coast Swing lessons in...

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AUG17 – Flash Mob Fever!

I’m so excited about how things are coming together for our September 5th Flash Mob – and my “our” I mean T...

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AUG11 – Skirt Night!

Here’s a fun suggestion:  Stay cool/kewl this TONIGHT at the Dovercourt House by wearing a skirt, skort, dress...

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AUG04 – What kind of West Coast Swing Dancer are You?

Hope everyone had an amazing long weekend.  It occurred to me that there are so many *awesome* events coming up, i...

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JUL28 – Mobsters Wanted!

Flash Mob rehearsals resume **tonight** Tuesday, July 28th at the Dovercourt House 6:30-8:00 p.m. – and please jo...

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JUL21 – I WANT VIDEO!

I’m going to be missing a very special *Birthday Jam* this Tuesday night – so I hope it gets recorded and poste...

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JUL13 – The Beat Goes On

Did you miss last week’s Flash Mob Rehearsal?  Did you, or a friend, miss the start of the Fundamentals?  Fear...

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JUL07 – Business as Usual – and NOT

*As usual*, we’re offering our first-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE class at 8:00 p.m. at the Dovercourt House.  Plea...

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JUN30 – Elements of Style

What do contra-body, shaping, transitions, and contrast all have in common?   Did you miss Part One of Shelley Sa...

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JUN23 – O Canada!

Red, White & Bluesy – Tuesday, June 30th We’re celebrating the night-before-Canada-Day by slipping into so...

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JUN15 – Is it Tuesday, yet?

I’m baaack!  Classes resume this week at the Dovercourt House:6:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena - $18 to...

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JUN08 – So. Much. Dance.

JUST DANCE – THIS TUESDAY, JUNE 2nd NO CLASSES this week at the Dovercourt House. Shelley Saxena will be hosting...

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JUN01 – Joys of June

Canada ROCKED! The Michigan Classic this past weekend. Event Director Doug Rousar expressed his appreciation for Jo...

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MAY25 – #SunriseSelfie Challenge

Don’t miss the demos this week at the Dovercourt House! Classes and social dancing as usual with special performa...

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MAY19 – New Classes TONIGHT!

Hope everyone enjoyed an amazing Victoria Day Long Weekend!! Just a quick reminder, first, that NEW classes start *...

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MAY12 – West Coast on the West Coast

Woo-hoo!  I’m back in Toronto this Tuesday drenched in rare California raindrops and magical SwingDiego dance du...

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MAY04 – BYOB for Cinco de Mayo

(That's "Bring Your Own Beginner", Amigos)We welcome friends and family into our West Coast Swing world this Tu...

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APR28 – Wild Women Never Get the Blues

Love that song by Saffire – and love that “singing the Blues” isn’t always about sadness and loss. Quite of...

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APR19 – Floor Time!

If you’ve read Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers about the reasons behind extraordinary success you’ll know tha...

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APR13 – Jazz Hands!

First of all,  huge *THANK YOU* again to everyone who came out to Joy of Dance on Saturday for the last stop on Mi...

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APR06 – Mike! and More

This Tuesday, April 7th is the first-Tuesday-of-the-month so we’re offering a FREE introductory West Coast Swing...

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MAR30 – How will I know?

Have you had a chance to complete the TOWestCoast survey, yet?  It’s shorter than a slot. https://www.surveymonk...

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