Toronto has many opportunities to learn different dance styles. Here are a few. And don’t forget about our native pow wows. You can usually follow their dances easily just by copying.
Harbourfront provides many chances to see, try out and learn different dance moves and it’s free: Celtic, tango, salsa, Creole, Acadian, Afro-Peruvian, swing, Bhangra. http://bit.ly/1Uet1RB. Its Dancing on the Pier has dance socials Thursdays, 7pm–10pm, Boulevard Tent, 235 Queens Quay West. June 23 will have Special Flamenco lessons – http://bit.ly/1t1n3xF. Just go to watch if you want, but bring your dancing shoes.
For English Country Dancing, see: http://www.torontoenglishdance.ca/. It has June events at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on the Danforth, and Trinity St Paul, 427 Bloor St West. It has been dancing in High Park during the summer. Pay what you can. Suggested donation $5-$7. To get on its mailing list, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Folk Dance Club at the Faculty of Education Building, 371 Bloor Street West, University of Toronto has dances on Fridays from September to mid-June. Its last event this year is June 10. $8 for the whole evening. First night free. To get on its mailing list and for more information: http://ofda.ca/wp/ifdc/ .
Scottish Dancing has been going on for years. It moves outdoors on Tuesdays June 7, 14, 21, 28. Edwards Gardens, 755 Lawrence Avenue East. Sessions will be indoors at Trinity College at the UofT campus at 6 Hoskin Avenue, June 23-August. On June 11, it will have A Hats Off to the Queen Dance Party! Dances are by donation but the special Queen’s Dance Party (with tea and scones) costs $10. For more information: www.dancescottish.ca.
For Irish Dancing, get on Maureen Mulvey’s mailing list: moleary2001@
Salsa on St. Clair, this year June 30-July 17 is another place to dance, this time to a Latin beat. Its highlight is July 9 and 10, St. Clair Ave West between Winona Dr. and Christie Street. http://www.salsaintoronto.com/.
Featured image is of the Lemon Bucket Orkestra teaching European dances at Harbourfront in 2014. Copyright ©2014 Ruth Lor Malloy.