Lots of fun was had by all!

Celebrate Dance! 2017 in Toronto was indeed a celebration. Dancers came from as far away as Australia, Japan and Taiwan to join dancers from the UK, Europe and the US as well as many Canadian dancers. What can be more wonderful than to have such a community gather and celebrate dance together in our wonderful city.

Event Directors Judy McDonald and Tina Veliotis brought together a star studded list of instructors, Neville & Julie from the UK, Roy Hadisubroto from The Netherlands, Joey Warren, Jamie Marshall, Lorenzo Evans and Trevor Thornton from the US and Rhoda Lai and Vivienne Scott from Canada. Judy also taught taking some time out of her organizing duties. All the instructors worked hard but seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely at the same time! Interviews will be posted soon and you will be able to hear from them directly as to their impressions of the dancers (so welcoming and great dancers), the event itself (very friendly)!

CD! started Thursday evening with a welcome dance. DJ JP Potter was at the controls and did a very impressive job of mixing the dances up each night. There truly was something for everyone and he made sure very few people sat down for long periods of time which can sometimes happen at an event – lots of very positive comments about JP’s DJ skills. That said on the Friday and Saturday evenings dancers also had the option of popping along to DJ Lynn Warden’s room and hitting the dance floor there. Lynn is very popular and always approachable and willing to accommodate the dancers.

Dance previews for Friday were at 9 and then again at 5 for the Saturday and Sunday dances. Workshops started at 10 on the Friday with the last workshop finishing at 2 on Sunday. With three classes and different levels to choose from the dancers were in dance heaven!! But aside from the workshops there was an hour of Open ‘Easy Warm-Up’ dancing with Eddie Chu on the Saturday morning and Zumba at 9 on the Sunday with Jamie. You could also try your hand at winning a free event pass at the raffle, or the 50/50 (one lucky dancer won $270!).

The Saturday evening show was short but sweet! Joey Warren gave an amazing performance, boy can Joey dance! Roy Hadisubroto is known for his dance performances but unfortunately had sustained an injury to his leg just before coming to CD! and even had to teach without moving which he did splendidly I should add! However, although the dancers were very sympathetic they were also disappointed thinking they wouldn’t be able to see him in action. But a surprise was in store for them and thanks to Roy and Lorenzo’s ingenuity and creativity they were treated to an impressive and entertaining routine. Do check out the video. The show ended with a performance that the instructors hoped the audience would enjoy and would start their evening with a smile.

Aside from the dancing, the Hotel was modern and comfortable with free wifi in the rooms as well as computer access in the lobby. It was a short shuttle ride from the airport so very convenient. Judy and Tina had arranged for a coffee and snacks station right beside the event halls and that was well received. The restaurant was excellent and gave the dancers a 15% discount. There are lots of other places to eat very close by for those dancers who preferred to go out. The hotel had just been taken over by another chain which wanted to charge $20 a day for parking. It took a bit of time but Judy and Tina managed to negotiate that down to $5 a day which was a major saving for the dancers.

Lots of work goes on behind the scenes of events like these but this event has one MAJOR extra and that is … its own dance floors. Originally built and owned by Robert Mah, Judy now owns the floors. That means storage, arranging transportation to the Hotel, the laying down of the floors, picking up and then taking back to storage. It is a huge job. Tina and Cam were in charge at the hotel and also did a large part of the back breaking work involved. So many thanks to them and to Judy for this additional responsibility on our behalf. Thanks also to Sue and Debbie for their welcome and patience as they greeted dancers at the Registration Desk. The event ran very smoothly and there were lots of nice comments passed along to Judy and Tina. Our thanks to them for all their efforts to keep the celebration of line dance alive in Toronto. They are starting work already on CD! 2018, dates: June 21-24. Do mark the dates in your calendar!

List of dances taught and photos coming soon.

 

Thanks so much for coming!

Celebrate Dance! is over for another year, the weekend seemed to fly by! The dancers danced until the very last minute in one of the rooms while the floors were being taken up in the others. That was a huge job as you can see from the two hardy floor picker-upper laborers Tina and Cam!! Judy still had lots of behind the scenes work to do as well. I know all their hard work was much appreciated by the dancers.

Lots of smiles and hugs and “See you next year” as dancers left. Thanks so much to everyone who came, photos and more details will be coming soon. Meanwhile hope everyone had and is having a smooth trip home be it close or far away. Until next year!!

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Why did we decide to take up this floor?!!!!!!!

Still Time!

If you haven’t registered yet, you can still join us and register at the door.   Safe travels everyone and look forward to seeing you very soon.

Your Favourite Dances

To make sure the DJs have the music for Celebrate Dance, could you let me know your five favourite line dances, could be old and/or new? Just add them as a comment.   Don’t worry if you duplicate someone else’s choice, I will note the number of dancers who want a particular dance for the DJs.  e.g.  Ain’t Misbehavin’  5
We won’t have a playlist but this way at least the DJs will be prepared for local requests.
You can also add them on the facebook page  CD Facebook Page
or you can add them by clicking on the title ‘Your Favourite Dances’ and sending them in the ‘Reply” box.

Schedule Outline for CD!

The following will give you an idea of the general schedule for Celebrate Dance!  As you will see, you will get plenty of dance time!!

Thursday, June 22nd

6pm – Registration Opens

8pm – ?? – Open Dancing

 Friday, June 23rd

8am – Registration Opens

9am – 10am – Preview of Fri dances

10am – 1pm – Workshops

1pm – 2pm – Lunch Break

2pm – 5pm – Workshops

5pm – 6pm – Preview of Sat & Sun dances

6pm – 8pm – Dinner Break

8pm – ?? – Open Dancing

Saturday, June 24th

8:30am – Registration Opens

9am – 1pm – Workshops

1pm – 2pm – Lunch Break

2pm – 5pm – Workshops

5pm – 8pm – Dinner Break

8pm – 8:30pm – “The Show”

8:30pm – ?? – Open Dancing

 Sunday, June 25th

9:50am – Registration Opens

10am – 1pm – Workshops

1pm – 2pm – Open Dancing

Crystal Boot Award Nominees Coming to Celebrate Dance!

Just to let you know that two of the instructors coming to join us at CD! next June 22-25 have been nominated for Crystal Boot Awards. These prestigious awards will be announced at the huge Awards Weekend and Ceremony next February.  So congratulations to NEVILLE & JULIE for their nomination for ‘UK Choreographers of the Year’ and for ‘Advanced Dance of the Year’ – ‘Girls Like’.  What a thrill it will be to dance with them next year.

Some terrific Instructors are now booked for 2017

You can download the flyer and registration form under the ‘Registration’ link but here are your exciting Instructors for 2017

*ROY HADISUBROTO, *NEVILLE & JULIE, *TREVOR THORNTON, *JAMIE MARSHALL *RHODA LAI, *LORENZO EVANS, *JUDY MCDONALD, *VIVIENNE SCOTT

DJs: *JP POTTER, *LYNN WARDEN, *FRED BUCKLEY

DATE: JUNE 22-25 2017

Do come and join us.