TOWestCoast Blog

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 costumes and so much fun!!

Our two CAMH fundraising events are coming up *next* week, and I’m reaching to anyone who can lend a hand….

Sunday, November 8th – Charity Clothing Swap in support of CAMH

  • Setting up (just before 2:00 p.m. – and get first dibs as treasures arrive!) : moving clothing racks to the third floor, hanging clothes and arranging other items on tables
  • Tearing down (around 5:00 p.m.) : moving racks back to where we got them, packing up un-swapped clothes into bags and helping get them delivered to nearby Salvation Army Thrift Shop

Please email, call, text or PM me through Facebook if you’re able to assist, or just show up – thanks!!
Facebook Event – or please see the calendar for more details. Don’t forget we’re offering a *Fabulous Door Prize*: a free pass to the inaugural Sweet Side of Swing Northwest event taking place in Vancouver next June!

(Post-swap WCS Sunday dancing at Rhythm & Motion with Shelley Saxena

Tuesday, November 10th– West Coast Swing Benefit Dance in support of CAMH

Setting up (from 6:00 p.m. or earlier if we can get into the space): CAMH posters, banner and other materials, Raffle Prizes with “ticket bags” and Silent Auction sheets/pens

  • Accepting donations at the door: $10 minimum suggested; All-Stars* get in Free
  • Selling Raffle Tickets: one for $5, three for $10 and a “wing-span” for $20 (remind people to put their names on their tickets before dropping into the appropriate bag
  • Jack & Jill “Floor Mom”: ensuring we have all 16 Leaders and 16 Followers checked in and lined up; helping with the partner draws, traffic flow between heats
  • Prize Suite coordinator: assisting eliminated couples collect their consolation prizes
  • Raffle and Silent Auction prize distribution
  • Photographers and videographers – always welcome!!

Facebook Event – or please see the calendar for more details

*Easiest way to All-Star ever!! Make a tax-deductible donation online:

THIS Tuesday, November 3rd – FREE Beginner Lesson!
Our first-Tuesday-of-the-month **FREE** class is taught by the always awesome Shelley Saxena at 8:00 p.m.  All other classes and weekly dance/social as usual.  Please share with your friends, colleagues, family…anyone you think would enjoy this no-obligation introduction to West Coast Swing and our friendly dance community, and please remember to dance with someone new each and every week to make them feel welcome and to improve your social dance skills.
Dovercourt House – 805 Dovercourt Rd., 2nd Floor (west of Ossington, North of Bloor)
Facebook Event – or please see the calendar for more details

THIS Friday, November 6th – Motion Study Workshop
Shelley Saxena unveils her brandy new, original “Look Like a Pro II” Motion Study. This is the first of two workshops (the next one will be on Friday, December 4th) to learn and practice “a 64-count motion study featuring current movement and shaping…designed to elevate your overall quality of movement and develop the technique used for a professional look”.
Main Fitness, 138 Main Street (south of Gerard, in the Beach) – or please see the calendar for more details


NEXT Saturday, November 14th – WCS workshops in Ancaster
Nelson Clarke is teaching afternoon workshops, followed by the monthy Satruday-night dance
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm – You want me to do WHAT? – Styling for the masses
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Taking Out All the Stops
Workshops are $20 each or $30 for both.  They are progressive and open to all levels.

November Ancaster WCS dance
West Coast Swing Fundamentals lesson 7 – 7:45pm
Basics and Beyond lesson 7:45 – 8:30 pm
Dancing 8:30 – Midnight
*Joanna Swanson will be both DJing and teaching the lessons.
$10/person, $8/student
Marshall Memorial United Church, 20 Gilbert Avenue, Ancaster, Ontario
Facebook Event – or please see the calendar for more details

And the Saturday after that, November 21st – Hustle & WCS Dance Party at JoD
6-7pm – Intermediate HUSTLE w/Annie Lebedeva
7-8pm – Intermediate WEST COAST SWING w/GUEST TEACHER Nelson Clarke
8-11pm Social Dance (Hustle & WCS tunes)
No partner required!
$15 per person – 1 class + Social
$20 per person – Both classes + Social
$5 per person – Social Only
Joy of Dance – 95 Danforth Ave. at Broadview
Facebook Event – or see the calendar for full details

JUST ONE MONTH ‘TIL MIKE!  Saturday, December 5th
(Magic) Mike Topel will be swinging through Toronto as part of another Western New York/Toronto tour to teach two afternoon West Coast Swing workshops and an evening Hustle lesson before a fun WCS/Hustle dance, also at Joy of Dance.
3:45-4:45 p.m.  Fan Turn Frenzy (WCS)
5:00-6:00 p.m.  Somebody Say Syncopate? Sumptuous Swivels (and more) for your Suede (WCS)
6:00-7:30 p.m.  Dinner Break, then…
7:30-8:30 p.m.  Hip Catch Passes You Can Do with One Arm Tied Behind Your Back (Hustle)
8:30 p.m.-midnight  West Coast Swing/Hustle Dance Party with DJ Mike
Workshops $15 each, or $20 with dance; Two workshops and dance $35; Dance only $10
“Mucho Mike” package: all three workshops and dance $50 or $45 in advance (may be purchased online)
Joy of Dance – 95 Danforth Avenue, and Broadview
Facebook Event – or please see the calendar for more details