See what the Event Directors and Instructors had to say about Celebrate Dance! 2018
Celebrate Dance we did this past weekend. It was a real treat to have the wonderfully talented Guillaume Richard with us as well as Rebecca Lee whose dynamism impressed all. You wouldn’t believe that Rebecca traveled all the way from Malyasia just for the weekend!!! I shall never complain about a short trip ever again!!
John Robinson was back entertaining and keeping us laughin’ as always, Tina Foster taught with clarity and humour and we will never forget Gerard Murphy’s costume (I don’t know if he can ever top this one!). Rhoda Lai is Canada’s rising star, making us proud, with full classes. Event DirectorJudy found time from her busy schedule to teach and I would like to thank everyone who came to my classes, you were a patient and fun group of dancers..
Jill Babinec wore two hats, one behind the controls at the DJ Booth and the other as instructor (or at least we learnt when we weren’t doubled over with laughter!).
The dance floors were laid during the day and dancing started right on time on the Thursday evening. Jill kept the floor full with a mix of dances for all levels. At the Friday and Saturday evening Dances DJ Lynn Warden, a favourite with the dancers, took over the second Hall to play easier requests. Thanks to both DJs who did a great job.
In addition on both Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9 there was warm-up dancing with DJ Eddie who was very alert as to what the dancers would enjoy.
There were three classes taught simultaneously with a wide range of levels and music choices, as follows:
Choreographed by the Instructor unless noted:
Nice to Meet Ya (I) (Verdonk, Trepat, Bartolomei) / Never Let You Go (B/I) (w Sarlemijn) /Vanotek Cha (I) (O’Reilly) / Long Train Runnin’ (I) (Christian) / Funk It Out (B/I) (Poulsen) / Hooked On Country (B/I) Miranda)
Boots (I) (Glover) / The Good Parts (I) (Glass) / Pull You Through (I) / I Close My Eyes (B) (Pace) / Colorado Girl (B) (Albro) / Doing The Walk (I) (Van Grootel et al) / Havana Cha (B/I) (Vos
I Did (I) / Bring Me The Night (I/A) / You Make Me Feel (I) / Naked (w Blevins) (I/A) / Man Of The Woods (B/I) / Everybody’s Got Somebody (B)
Get Wavey (A) (w Madge, Johnson) / Lights Down Low (I) (w/Mundy) / One for LDF (B/I) / Let You Be Right (I) (w Sobrielo) / Good Vibration (A) (w Madge)
It’ll Be (I) (Steele / On The Loose (B/I) (Vos) / It Had To Be You (B) (Russell) / Waiting On You (I) / Forever Swing (B) (Weisburd)
Ultra Violet (I) / Why Do Fools (B) (Lafferty) / Hey You (B) / Oh Henry (B/I) (w Brady) / Sherry Baby (B/I) / My Way (I) / Daybreak (I)
GUILLAUME RICHARD Make Way (I) (w Whitehouse/Steele) / Working On Me (I) (w Snooke/Kinser/Verdonk/Dahlgren) / Always Let You Down (B/I) (w Belloque Vane) / A Bitter Lullaby (B/I) / Consequences (A) (w Snooke/Dahlgren/Kinser)
Play That Sax (I) (Metzger) / Touche (I) / Charlie’s Got It Goin’ On (I) (Shores)
Lucky Boy’s Dream (B/I) (Glover) / The Drifter (B/I) (Hickie/Vassell) / Home We’ll Go (I) / Celtic Duo (I) (Gallagher/O’Reilly) / Let U Be Right (B/I) / La Culpa (B) (Speck)
Many thanks to the “Behind The Scenes Crew”, the flowers really added to the festive atmosphere and Christine and Sue welcomed all comers with smiling faces. Unfortunately Sue had a nasty fall and ended up in ER but is doing well now. I am sure she appreciated the card with all the get well wishes.
Thanks to Eve for MCing the Saturday show that featured stunning performances from Guillaume and Rebecca. Thanks to John for his cute routine for the Instructors which included a tree!!! Check out the photos!!
Thanks also to Event Directors Judy and Tina who were appreciative of everyone who attended and hope to see you all in 2019, June 20-23, to join them with Guest Instructors Maggie Gallagher, Darren Bailey & Friends.
A great time was had by all at Celebrate Dance! 2018. Many thanks from Event Directors Judy and Tina to the instructors who worked and partied hard!! To the participants who came from far and near to dance and also party!! To the behind the scenes and front desk volunteers who help to make an event run smoothly. Don’t forget to mark the dates June 20-23 in your calendar and join Maggie Gallagher, Darren Bailey and friends at CELEBRATE DANCE! 2019
A report and photos coming soon. Meanwhile check out photos on the facebook page
Here is your Event Schedule for 2018:
There will be shoes, jewelry and, of course, J-Mart!
6pm – Registration Opens
8pm – Open Dancing
8am – Registration Opens
9am – Preview of Friday dances
10am – Workshops
5 pm – Preview of Saturday & Sunday dances
6pm – Dinner Break
8pm – Open Dancing
8:30am – Registration Opens
9am – Easy Warm-Up Dancing
10am – Workshops
1pm – Lunch Break
2pm – Workshops
5pm – Dinner Break
8pm – Staff Performance
8:30pm – Open Dancing
8:45am – Registration Opens
9am – Easy Warm-Up Dancing
10am – Workshops
2pm – See You Next Year!
ANNOUNCEMENT: The theme for the Saturday evening dance is GREEN!
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.
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!!