TOWestCoast Blog

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 this *pure* WSDC (World Swing Dance Council/points) event featuring levelled workshops with John Kirkconnell and Alyssa Glanville, Jerome & Bonnie Subey – and, recently announced: The Magic Markers! (Jason and Annemarie were just here in Toronto teaching fun workshops at Vision Dance Encounter).
Toronto ROCKS! Montreal Westie Fest Facebook Eventwww.montrealwestiefest.com

NELSON TEACHING FOR TSDS – MONDAY NIGHTS *STARTING TONIGHT*
Two levels of West Coast Swing classes over five weeks (October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9 – *NO* class on October 10/Thanksgiving) with Nelson Clark on behalf of the Toronto Swing Dance Society
7:30-8:30 p.m. Beginner
8:45-9:45 p.m. Intermediate
Membership has its privileges with reduced pricing for both series and drop-ins!
Classes take place at the Lithuanian House – 1573 Bloor Street West
www.torontoswingdancesociety.ca/classes or see the calendar

**FREE** DANCE CLASS THIS WEEK – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6th
It’s that time again:  Shelley Saxena will be teaching the First-Tuesday-of-the-Month FREE introductory lesson 8:00-9:00 p.m. while the WCS*Fundamentals series continues – followed by dancing for all!! Invite your friends, family, hairdresser, dentist…anyone who has ever expressed any interest in taking a dance lesson J  Facebook Event or check it out on the calendar

SUNDAYS WITH SHELLEY – BACK THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!
After taking a break for Vision Dance Encounter,  Shelley resumes her Beginner series and usual Intermediate drop-in class followed by two hours of social dancing at Rhythm and Motion Studio this Sunday, October 11th – and because it’s a long weekend I’m guessing we may go out afterwards 🙂
www.shelleydance.com or see the calendar

CAMH BENEFIT DANCE – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
Getting all kinds of AMAZING support from dance event organizers.  Recently added to the list of prize donations: weekend passes to Sweet Side of Swing Northwest and Swingcouver!  Woo-hoo! Raffle prizes of all kinds welcome.  Facebook Event or check it out on the calendar.

P.S.  I’m also organizing a table for SwingCouver which takes place downtown Vancouver, January 22-24, 2016 Facebook Event

**NEW** CLOTHING SWAP IN SUPPORT OF CAMH – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
It’s a great time of year to liberate your closets of all those pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories.
2:00-5:00 p.m. at the Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor
$10 to participate – all monies going to CAMH
Facebook Event

**NEW** SHELLEY’S “LOOK LIKE A PRO 2” MOTION STUDY – NOVEMBER 6th and DECEMBER 4th
Friday nights, at a new location:  Main Fitness, 138 Main Street in the Beach
Learn an all-new 64-count motion study featuring current movement and shaping in West Coast Swing, for both Leaders and Followers. Pre-register by October 30 and pay just $20 for the first class ($25 at the door) or $35 for both classes.
www.shelleydance.com or check out the calendar

OTHER OCTOBER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travis Devoid in Buffalo (Canadian dollars at par!) Saturday, October 10th Faceook Event – or the calendar
  • TSDS Dance – Sean Browne teaching WCS Friday, October 16th tsds.com – or the calendar
  • Hustle & West Coast Swing Dance Party at Joy of Dance Saturday, October 17th Facebook Event or the calendar
  • NEW CLASSES starting Tuesday nights at the Dovercourt House October 20th – see the calendar
  • Angel Figueroa in Rochester – October 23-24 – see the calendar
  • WCS Dance in Ancaster Saturday, October 24th – see the calendar
  • Masquerade Ball/Pirate Invasion at the Dovercourt House Tuesday, October 27th Faceook Event – or see the calendar

TORONTO/CANADA ROCKS! ….
Two of the most popular, well-attended, get-in-the-car, end-of-the-year events amongst TOWesties are:

  • C.A.S.H. Bash weekend, Cleveland (Twinsburg) Ohio – November 27-29 Facebook Event – see the calendar
  • Spotlight New Year’s Eve Celebration, Detroit (Dearborn) Michigan – December 31-January 3, 2016 Facebook Event

….and one of our favourite dance instructors will be Toronto as part of a Western New York/Ontario Tour: MIKE TOPEL!!  Mike will be teaching two West Coast Swing classes in the afternoon and a Hustle workshop at Joy of Dance, followed by dancing to a mix of West Coast Swing and Hustle music on Saturday, December 5thFacebook Tour Event or see the calendar.

FOOTNOTE
I want to let anyone who missed Vision Dance Encounter this past weekend know that you really did miss something very special.  Yes VDE2016 will be bigger and better next year – it will be in a hotel, and the Jack & Jill competitions will “count” for World Swing Dance Society points – but the intimacy of this year’s event, and having it in the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)’s headquarters reinforced the uniqueness of the weekend.  Although I only took part in the (totally awesome!) West Coast Swing workshops and did all my social dancing in the WCS room (great deejaying!), I loved the “lunch and learn” about the origins of Zouk, as told by its creator.  The enhanced ‘See Inside Me’ production was totally engaging; Jordan and Tatiana’s “Gravity” always makes me cry and Maxence and Virginie’s piece fit perfectly. If you *did* attend, please be sure to give Darius and Laura your feedback. They really do listen and want to give value to the West Coast Swing community through this event.

Julie

 

 

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