TOWestCoast Blog


Last Tuesday turned out to be pretty amazing – by accident rather than design. In fact, *every* Tuesday night at the Dovercourt House seems to be special in some way, thanks to all of you.

Please mark your calendars for some upcoming extra special Tuesdays…. 

Vision Dance Encounter WCS Pre-Party – Tuesday, September 29th
The official kick-off to an amazing weekend of West Coast Swing and Zouk workshops with superstars in both genres.  The WCS track is fully loaded: Jordan & Tatiana, Maxence & Virginie, Jason & Annemarie Marker, Doug Rousar….There will be Jack & Jill competitions – FREE to enter, and if we meet the appropriate targets this event will become a World Swing Dance Council Registry (points) event *next* year.  Woot!  Still a limited number of Westie weekend passes available. Tuesday night will feature regular classes and dancing with special guests.
Please see the calendarwww.visiondanceencounter.comFacebook Event

First Tuesday of the Month FREE lesson – Tuesday, October 6th
Regular classes will run as usual with a *FREE* introductory lesson at 8:00 p.m. Tell your friends!!
Please see the calendarFacebook Event

NEW Classes Start – Tuesday, October 20th
All three levels: six(6) weeks, six (6) classes from October 20 – November 24
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Masquerade/Pirate Ball – Tuesday, October 27th
Classes as usual followed by Halloween shenanigans. You can choose to come as an elegantly-dressed guest attending a grand Masquerade Ball – or a marauding gate-crashing Pirate. Fun times, photo opportunities and great dancing will be had by all.
Please see the calendarFacebook Event Page

8th Annual CAMH Benefit Dance – Tuesday, November 10th
I’m so very proud and grateful that the West Coast Swing community in Toronto gets together every November to show its support and compassion for people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. What we’re doing is helping to erase the stigma of these diseases, and the money we raise helps to fund programs and research carried out by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Suggested minimum donation at the door will be $10.  You’ll have an opportunity to make a more significant tax-deductible contribution on-line to become a TOWestCoast All-Star – and All-Stars get in FREE :).  Thanking in you in advance for your generosity.

  • There will be loads of fun raffle prizes. Donations of goods and services welcome!
  • As usual, there will be a Jack & Jill Tournament, limited to just 16 Leaders and 16 Followers with awesome prizes!!!

Please see the calendarFacebook Event

With the current exchange rate being so hard on Wandering Westies from Canada, it’s nice to know our loonie goes further at home-grown events such as:

  • Montreal Westie Fest – October 16-18 – Please note there are still seats available at the Toronto ROCKS! MWF tables and you *can* pay in Canadian (C$144 vs. US$125 online).  Contact Joanna or me to secure your spot.
  • Swingcouver – January 21-24 – – Downtown Vancouver, and yes, I’m arranging a table again this year: Julie’s Table at Swingcouver 2016
  • Sweet Side of Swing – Northwest 2016 (in Vancouver!) – June 24-26 – Follower focused “learning weekend” for all levels; great reviews from the Leaders who have attended this event in other locations Facebook Event Page
  • Toronto Open Swing & Hustle Championships (TOSHC) – July 14-17 – It’s back!!  More robustly WCS-orientated with an amazing new line-up of Pros. Facebook Page

(Oh – and Travis Devoid is in Buffalo, Saturday, October 10th – not technically a Canadian event but the organizers are accepting Canadian dollars at par – crazy!) Facebook Event or please see the calendar.

Despite my own FOMO – I’m attending Bridgetown Swing this weekend – so will miss these fun events:

  • Steps Saturday Social (Salsa, Bachata, Hustle & WCS) – Please see the calendar
  • Jessica Cox Follower Intensive at You Can Dance Studios – Please see the calendar
  • “Sunday Funday” at Rhythm and Motion with Shelley

Looking forward to seeing what this Tuesday will be like  🙂