Unfortunately Maggie has to fly back to the UK early Sunday morning so we won’t be able to have brunch with her that day. However, she will be here in time to have lunch with us on the Friday. I am sorry that the timing will mean that those of you with work commitments won’t be able to make it but I will continue the Sunday Brunch tradition again in 2019. Hopefully quite a few of you will be able to join us at ‘The Mandarin’ on the Friday. The Lunch Notice is posted here.
Thanks so much to everyone who has registered for The Spring Workshop with Maggie, the event is now sold out. However, if you would like to put your name down on the waiting list do send it along to me. There is always a chance that a space will open up. I really appreciate all the support and Maggie is very much looking forward to seeing everyone.
I am delighted to announce that the one and only **MAGGIE GALLAGHER** will be the Guest Instructor for The Spring Workshop on April 14 2018. This will be Maggie’s second time in Canada the first being when she taught at The Spring Workshop in 2012. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn and dance with this amazing internationally renown Choreographer/Instructor, the winner of numerous Crystal Boot and International Awards for her Dances/Personality/Outstanding Achievements and also a member of the Linedancer Hall of Fame. Maggie is an amazing personality and we had so much fun with her last time.
NOTE: I was unable to book the Thornhill Community Centre due to an annual event that is always held at the only time that Maggie could join us. I have found a very attractive Hall with a wooden floor, big stage and so on but numbers will be much more limited than at the Community Centre. If you would like to come and dance with Maggie do send in your registration form as soon as you can.
My house now feels very quiet!! My guests have all left!! What a wonderful time we had with them. From the CN Tower to Niagara Falls they were the most enthusiastic tourists you could ever wish to have visit!
But too soon Saturday morning arrived and I left my husband Michael to make a big breakfast for the guys and bring them along to the Hall. We had the biggest crowd ever this year and there were 280 dancers on the dance floor.
Thanks so much to Donna Marino and Chris Harris for handling the check-in so patiently and efficiently with help from Amina Odabashian, all of whom also worked non-stop helping out during the day. Also to all my other friends who came early in the morning to help set up and worked tirelessly the whole day making sure there was plenty of cold water, tea and coffee always available for the dancers …. Caroline Smardenkas who made those wonderful flowers you will see in the photos, Geri Amyot, Sharlene, Lorraine Cobden, Dale McNeil who also made the Raffle Gift Baskets, Brenda Colclough and to Cynthia Skublak who was everywhere! And to everyone else who lent a hand whenever it was needed.
And, of course, to our wonderful guests, Roy Verdonk and Guillaume Richard. They did the most amazing job, what talented guys they are and hilarious at the same time, we all laughed so much that I know my sides ached!! It was such a honour to have them with us. They did not stop moving from beginning to end. When they weren’t teaching they were dancing with everyone or chatting and socializing. They taught a terrific mix of dances as follows:
Roy: Sepanjang Jalen, The Ghost of You, Clown
Guillaume: Bollywood, Honest, Run Me Like A River
Event Dance written by Roy, Guillaume, Fred and myself. Click on title for Step Sheet and Videos:
Roy’s dances filled the floor, in particular ‘Blue Ain’t Your Color’ and ‘Take Me To The River’. Dancers also packed the floor for Guillaume’s ‘So Just Dance, Dance, Dance’ and ‘The Queen’, but there were many more of both these choreographers’ dances on the play list by request. It was such a thrill and honour to dance our favourite dances with the actual choreographers, I know I was in awe.
Last year we were afraid that we would run out of dances towards the end of the evening so we added more this year and by the time 11:30 rolled around there were still quite a few we weren’t able to play. However, what both Roy and Guillaume remarked on was that literally the whole evening the floor was full. On some occasions the floor was split with a very easy dance, for example there were dancers enjoying an energetic ‘Tush Push’ as an option for ‘Keep It Groovin’!! Thanks to Fred and his backup Eddie! for keeping the energy level high, they did a great job.
A highlight of the evening were performances by our two stars. Roy’s ad hoc funky and humorous routine was thoroughly enjoyed by the dancers. It was followed by Guillaume’s breathtaking championship performance that was acknowledged by cheers at the end. Thanks so very much to them both for coming so far to join us and for their non-stop energy and good fellowship. They definitely have added a Toronto chapter to their fan clubs!
I should add that we all had a great time at ‘Brunch With The Stars’ on the Sunday. With just under 50 of us all together, we ate well and laughed a lot!! Roy and Guillaume had a terrific time. The Brunch has proven very successful and we will do it again next year for sure!
Special thanks to all the dancers who came from near and far, it was so gratifying to see so many smiling faces filling the Hall. We most definitely couldn’t do it without you and appreciate your support so very much.
Note: Many thanks to the generous dancers who raised $800 in the Raffle. $550 has gone to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and $250 will go to the Line Dance Foundation. Our thanks to Valarie Keller (Dancin’ For Miracles), Michele Carver (Fun On The Dance Floor), Marthe Thibeault, Carol Laroque, Colette Godon-Proulx and Pierette Vincent Schroder (NCLDC) for their donations of Complimentary passes to their upcoming events. Also to Carolyn Beer and Caroline Smardenkas for donating their refunds to the Raffle pot. Dale’s wonderful baskets were popular prizes and I added into the pot two complimentary passes to ‘The Spring Workshop 2018’.
Niagara-on-the-Lake/Niagara Falls/CN Tower — The Spring Workshop — Brunch With the Stars
Thanks so very much to everyone who came to have fun at The Spring Workshop. Rob and JP did a fantastic job of teaching and there was a fantastic atmosphere particularly at the evening dance as they joined in with everyone on the dance floor and then ….. THE BEAST! You must check out the videos.
This was a sold-out workshop with a waiting list which was very gratifying. We couldn’t do the event without the dancers signing up and we appreciate each and every one of you.
JP and Rob taught an excellent mix of dances so there was something for everyone.
JP taught: ‘Vacation’, ‘Baby Don’t Dance’ and also Maria Maag’s latest ‘Empty Space’. So even if Maria couldn’t be with us, we thought of her while we danced her dance.
Rob taught: ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’, ‘Moon Trance’, ‘Rum Is The Reason’ and
‘Jumpin’ In The Morning’
The Event Dance seemed to go over very well:
‘Solo Amor’ – click here for step sheet and videos.
The highlight of the evening dance was Rob’s and JP’s performance of ‘The Beast’ and then dancing it a second time with back-up dancers, those who got up to do it did a terrific job, I reckon you could go on the road!! It was so much fun to watch.
Rob is an icon in the line dance world and it was a real thrill and honour to have him teach and dance with us. What a fabulous guy, so talented and professional and at the same time completely genuine and down to earth and so much fun to be around. JP is definitely on his way up, as well as demonstrating what a talented choreographer he is, he delighted the dancers with his friendliness and warmth. He always seemed to be surrounded by smiling dancers when he was teaching or joining everyone else on the dance floor.
A very special thanks to the both of them for traveling so far to be with us.
RAFFLE: I should add that generous dancers raised $750 for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children buying raffle tickets . Many thanks to Dale McNeil for making the baskets yet again, they looked fabulous. Also to Valarie Keller for her donation of a complimentary pass to Dancin’ For Miracles 2016. Another dancer won a free pass to The Spring Workshop 2017. She immediately signed it and handed it over to me to make sure she will get her space!! The date will be April 29 so book it in your calendar. We also have the date for April 2018 — April 15.
It might be worthwhile calling the restaurant you want to eat at beforehand to see if you can book a table. The afternoon workshop finishes at 5 so you should book for 5:15 and let them know that you have to be back at the Hall at 6:45 if you would like to be back in time for the evening’s proceedings.
The Event Hall will be closed from 5 – 6:30 p.m.