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The Toronto Country Dancers is an informal organization run by dancers who love wonderful music, great dances and time to socialize. (See next dance)

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Singles, Couples, Families - Everyone is Welcome.


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The caller teaches each dance before we dance it. No experience required, although we do have a "Basics Class" at 7 pm, before the dance, which can help new folks feel more comfortable jumping in.

It’s traditional to change partners for each dance, so you will dance with many people during an evening. Dress casually and comfortably in layers. It gets quite warm.

No special steps to learn. New dances each week so no memorization of dances required.

We dance to live music from the Scots-Irish or French Canadian tradition, usually played on fiddle, accordion, banjo, piano, or guitar but many other instruments are now used.

Second Dance Free Card

Receive your "Second Dance Free" card at the 7:00 pm Basics Workshop or ask for one at the desk.

If You Can Walk, You Can Contra Dance !

(No experience necessary.)


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Next Dance: Saturday November 8

Basics class: 7:00 pm
Evening dance: 7:30 - 10:30 pm

Caller: Cathy Campbell is a beloved TCD member and past-president, as well as a multi-talented musician and caller. On Fridays she leads English Country dances for the Toronto ECD Assembly. Tonight she will show us a rollicking good time through contra dance!

Band: Emilyn Stam, Rachel Bell & Tim Ball

Emilyn has an eclectic repertoire of talents and styles, including piano and violin improvizations, modern dance theatre pieces, "folk music from the future", and traditional dance music.

Rachel loves her Italian-made, tone-chambered accordion named Alfredo, and together they enjoy a busy schedule playing concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and festivals.

Tim plays violin, fiddle, and guitar, performing with many different groups at concerts, weddings, bars, museums, contra dances, Regency balls, and Renaissance Faires.

 

When

Our dances are held every 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturday, from September to the 2nd Saturday in June. Regular evening dances are held 7:30 - 10:30 pm, with a beginners' lesson at 7:00 pm. We occasionally add an advanced level afternoon dance from 2:00 - 5:00 pm.

A list of upcoming dances, including bands and callers, can be found on our Schedule Page as well as on our Schedule Flyer.

Where

Our dances are held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, on the southeast corner of Hampton & Danforth Avenues, west of the Chester Subway Station. There are Municipal parking lots east of Broadview and street parking nearby.
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Cost

Admission $12; Members & Students $10; Children (12 and under) free

Occasional Afternoon Dances (2-5 pm): Same price as regular dances

Cups, Bottles, Fragrances

Toronto Country Dancers ensures that water is readily available for the duration of our events. We serve free cider or juice at the break. Please help us the keep the environmental footprint of our activities to a minimum by bringing your own cup, mug or water bottle.

Fellow dancers may be allergic to fragrances so we ask that you refrain from wearing perfumes, scented hand creams, hair products, deodorants, and after-shaves. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

 

Shoes

St. Barnabas has asked us to respect their shoe policy, which is that no street shoes are worn in the gym. Please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into. Any wide-heeled, soft-soled shoes are fine. Running shoes will do. Click here for more details.

Nearby Restaurants

There are dozens of restaurants in the neighbourhood of every variety.

Here's a view of the neighbourhood.

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Toronto Country Dancers Spring Thaw 2011

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