TOWestCoast Blog

NOV17 – Thanks again!

….and congratulations to our Jack & Jill Tournament Winners 🙂

I just want to re-iterate my thanks, again, to the our amazing dance community that came together for the 8th year running and raised over $4000 on behalf of  the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation. These monies will be directed towards the Centre’s most urgent needs. Congratulations and thank you to:

  • A “Swap Team” of women who helped move clothing racks, retrieve hangers and bag the unswapped clothing for donation; the Charity Swap alone raised $640
  • Our “All-Stars” – some of whom were not even able to attend the Benefit Dance but whose contributions account for over a third of all donations.
  • Everyone who attended the dance, donated at the door, bought raffle tickets and/or participated in the Jack & Jill Tournament. I know I’m not the only one who recognizes and appreciates dancing and our crazy awesome dance family as sources of great joy and something of a “mental health safety net”. Thank you for being there last night – and always!
  • Our judging team, Shelley Saxena, Giselle Jagai, Nelson Clarke, Kyle FitzGerald, and Joanna Swanson (who seemed to be everywhere and doing everything!), Floor Mom Dana Gudelis, our Right Honourable Registrar Paul LeBlanc, Deejay ‘Why Not’ – and everyone else who jumped in and helped out where needed – again, an indication of what kind of community we (are lucky to) have.
  • Raffle and Grand Prize donors, especially Doug Rousar (MiC and Westie-Con), Mary Adams (Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships), John Kirkconnell (Swingcouver*), and Maryann Newmeyer (Sweet Side of Swing-Northwest) for your kind generosity.

This week…

Check out the November TOWestCoast Calendar for more details 

Next week….

  • Last-Tuesday-of-the-month “BluesyTuesday” at the Dovercourt House
  • Road tour!!  Toronto ROCKS C.A.S.H. Bash Facebook Event

Check out the November TOWestCoast Calendar for more details


  • First-Tuesday-of-the-month FREE Lesson and Drop-in classes at the Dovercourt House
  • Shelley Saxena’s ‘Look Like a Pro’ Motion Study at Main Fitness Friday, December 4th
  • Mike Topel Saturday, December 5th!!  Workshops and dance at Joy of Dance – Pre-purchase Mucho Mike package online. Please contact me if you’re interested in Privates
  • Ancaster WCS dance Saturday, December 12
  • Last-Tuesday-of-the-month/year JUKE BOX party December 29th

Check out the December TOWestCoast Calendar for more details


*I’m organizing a table for Swingcouver (Facebook Event) – a super-fun all-WCS event that takes place downtown Vancouver with levelled workshops and an *amazing* Pro Staff:
Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann, Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake, Benji Schwimmer, Parker Dearborn & Melissa Rutz, Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham-Munroe, Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair, John Kirkconnell & Alyssa Glanville, Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross, Ben Morris, and Deborah Székely. Pack your jammies for Saturday night dancing. Oh – and can you say “MOOOOOOOSE” ?