Weekly Newsletter Archive

02JAN18 – Happy New Year!

My trainer has started using a made-up word from one of the members at my gym: resoluting  As in, “What are you...

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26DEC17 – Winter is Here!

Whether you’re celebrating this (beautiful, white!) Christmas or not, we can all rejoice in the fact that days ar...

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19DEC17 – On your marks, get set…

Bake! Or just come to dance and enjoy the home-made baked goods tonight, December 19th at the Dovercourt House. Gro...

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12DEC2018 – Share the Light

The first snowfall and the first day of Hanukkah! Join us tonight at the Dovercourt House to share the warmth and c...

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05DEC17 – December Dancin’

FREE beginner lesson TONIGHT!  Invite your friends, family, colleagues…. Anyone you think might enjoy a no-strin...

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28NOV17 – BluesyTuesday and NEW classes

*New* classes this week in all levels! Tuesday nights, November 28th-December 26th (yes, we *are* dancing Boxing Da...

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21NOV17 – All THE THANKYOUS

Some of you may have seen my Facebook post about how surprised and grateful the Aboriginal Services department at C...

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14NOV2017 – 10th Annual CAMH Benefit Dance

I want to start by thanking everyone for supporting this year’s fundraiser on behalf of the Centre for Addiction...

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07NOV17 – You ROCK!!

Thanks again to all the Rock Stars – and others – who came out to last week’s Halloween Party!! The costu...

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31OCT17 – Rock the House!!

‘Party like a Rock Star’ at tonight’s Halloween Party at the Dovercourt House!! Rock-and-Roll-in...

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24OCT17 – Done!

I admit it, I’m a compulsive “to-do” list-maker – partly because it feels so awesome to check: done! Here a...

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17OCT17 – Montreal Dance Dust!

Bonjour from Montreal!  Sort of 😊 At time of writing I’m looking out at a rainy tarmac, an Air Canada fl...

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10OCT17 – Allons Danser!

Heading to Montreal Westie Fest this weekend?   I’ll be there on Thursday, and am looking forward to the Pre-MW...

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03OCT17 – Bring Your Own Beginner

FREE LESSON THIS WEEK! – Tuesday, October 3rd Our usual First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE introductory West Coast S...

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25SEP17 – More than Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Fall is FULL of fun dance events, so you might need a PSL or two to keep you going 😊 It’s BluesyTuesday t...

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18SEP17 – Dancing with Purpose

CAMH BENEFIT DANCE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th This will be our 10th year of getting together as a community to rais...

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12SEP17 – Gratitude

SEPTEMBER WCS ON SALE!! It’s not too late!….to join in any of the series that started last Tuesday and will con...

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05SEP17 – It’s Official!!

Toronto’s official 2017 performance of the international West Coast Swing flash mob (or “international flashmob...

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28AUG17 – Seasons turn, turn, turn….

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29th Last week of 4X4 classes, and last week of Flash Mob rehearsals *this week*! 6:30-8:00 p.m. ...

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22AUG17 – Groovy Tuesday Tonight!

FLASH MOB FAQs: Where?  The new Trillium Park at Ontario Place.  Let’s meet at “The Pavillion” – those po...

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15AUG17 – Flash Mob: It’s ON!

Ontario Place – specifically the newly-redeveloped eastern section of the park, with its views of the Toronto Sky...

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08AUG17 – Inquiring minds want to know….

New 4×4 Classes start this week, Flash Mob rehearsals continue; Back-to-School Sale in September! What are 4&#...

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01AUG17 -First Tuesday of the Month….

FREE WEST COAST SWING LESSON TONIGHT!! – Tuesday, August 1st Facebook Event Invite your friends, family, colleagu...

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23JUL17 – New Sunday Classes

Sending this week’s newsletter a bit early as I’m going to be away all this week.   SUNDAY, JULY 23 AT RHYTHM...

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18JUL17 – The Best of TOSHC….

In no particular order and from a completely personal/biased and swungover point of view:Having a front row seat...

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11JUL17 – Dressing for Success

It feels a little strange:  packing for a dance event, but not actually leaving town.  You still have to bring a...

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04JUL17 – Hot Swing in the Summertime

Hope everyone had a very happy Canada Day!   This is going to be another awesome week of dancing…. Monday night...

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26JUN17 – TIME (ing) IS MONEY

Don’t you hate being late for something and ending up and paying more than you had to? Moi aussi. This is to remi...

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20JUN17 – TOSHC WEEK!

Getting SO excited about the upcoming West Coast Swing invasion for the Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championshi...

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05JUN17 – Aloha!

Greetings from Prince Edward Island!  Yes, I have “Islands on my mind” right now as we plan for this year’s...

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30MAY17 – Reconciliation

Thanks again to Shelley for covering for me last week, and to Renia for the great tunes – and to Grace for your u...

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22MAY17 – Kiss the Sky!

Hope everyone is enjoying the Victoria Day Long weekend, a.k.a. the May-Two-Four Weekend, a.k.a. the kick off to my...

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16MAY17 – Why HD?

High Definition “definition”: high degree of detail“I’ve been dancing west coast swing for a while and ha...

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My favourite night of the week…

Tuesdays at the Dovercourt House – we wrap up the current series *this* week: 6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley...

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02MAY17 – It’s Complicated!

Our First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE introductory lesson takes place *tomorrow*, May 2nd, as usual – Thank you, Sh...

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24APR17 – 5,6,7,8 Days a Week

TUESDAYS!!! April 25th – BluesyTuesday *this* week May 2nd – FREE lesson *next* week; other classes can...

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17APRIL17 – It’s All About Connection

Tuesday night classes continue – week #4 – at the Dovercourt House 6:30-7:15 p.m. WCS*HD with Shelley Saxena &#...

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11APR17 – Welcome!

We’ve had several new people sign up for our weekly “GroovyBluesyJazzyFunky” newsletter recently. Thanks! –...

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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 House f...

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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 w...

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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...

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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 ̵...

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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. Th...

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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 th...

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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. Get out o...

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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 inc...

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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, ha...

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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...

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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 – p...

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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 WE...

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10OCT16 – Fancy Footwork!

NEW CLASSES *THIS* WEEK!! Six week/six class series in all levels: October 11th -November 15th 6:30-7:15 p.m. – W...

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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 NIGHTS...

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20SEP16 – Three heads are better….

STARTING THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th “Threesome” Team Rehearsals start this Saturday, September 24th – 10:3...

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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 Blu...

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23AUG16 – All Hands on Deck!

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

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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...

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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 (includin...

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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 ~8...

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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 summ...

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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*HD...

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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 mor...

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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-J...

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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 – Chan...

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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 lesson...

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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 LESSON...

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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 We...

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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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