The Toronto Country Dancers is an informal organization run by dancers who love wonderful music, great dances and time to socialize. (Fall Schedule now posted.)
A few notes about getting to the Island Dance:
a) Queen's Quay is still a mess - there is only one lane of traffic, and it's westbound
b) The streetcar is NOT running from Union Station to the ferry terminal. Take the # 59 shuttle bus from Bay St north of Front St.
Singles, Couples, Families - Everyone is Welcome.
When Where Cost Bands & Callers Fragrances & Bottles Restaurants
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.
Its 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.
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 !
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Our dances are held every 2nd, 4th & 5th Saturday, September to the 2nd Saturday in June from 7:30 - 10:30 pm. Our schedule is here.
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. (Detailed directions here.)
Bands & Callers
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.
Toronto Spring Thaw Dance Weekend 2012 (Myra Hirschberg calling. Music by Relative Harmony. Dance: Colin Hume's "Kim's Whim".
A list of upcoming bands and callers can be found on our Schedule Page as well as on our Schedule Flyer. Below we've highlighted the talent for our next dance.
Admission $12; Members & Students $10; Under 16 yrs 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.
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.
There are dozens of restaurants in the neighbourhood of every variety.
Here's a view of the neighbourhood.
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"Gypsy Everyone" by Seth Tepferr, called by Seth Tempfer. Music by Pertetual e-Motion
Toronto Country Dancers Spring Thaw 2011
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