***Maggie Gallagher — 2018!

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 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.

Registration Form — The Spring Workshop 2018

Flyer – The Spring Workshop 2018

Photo Maggie

 

The Spring Workshop 2017

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:
Numero Una

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’.

PHOTOS:

Niagara-on-the-Lake/Niagara Falls/CN Tower  —  The Spring Workshop — Brunch With the Stars

 

‘The Spring Workshop’ – Sold Out

Just to let you know that even with the three Halls ‘The Spring Workshop’ with Roy and Guillaume is now sold out. I will be keeping a waiting list so if you are interested in coming but haven’t registered yet do let me know and I will add your name to the list.

Thanks so much to everyone for such an amazing response, Roy and Guillaume are very excited at coming over the pond to meet you all!

The doors will open at 11 a.m. and the workshop will start at 12 noon. We will take a dinner break at 5 p.m. and the doors will open again at 6:30 with the Evening Proceedings starting at 6:45.

Brunch With The Stars, April 30

We had a wonderful time with Rob and JP last year at our First Ever Sunday ‘Brunch With The Stars’ at The Mandarin.  Over 40 dancers attended and there was much laughter and fun!   By the way, the food was excellent as well!  I do hope you will join us either for the first or second time this April.  It will give you the opportunity to socialize with Roy and Guillaume as well as your fellow line dancers without having to interrupt your conversation to jump up on the dance floor!

You can download the flyer/invitation below:

Brunch With The Stars Flyer/Invitation 2017

For anyone staying over at the host hotel, this restaurant is close by.   I hope you will join us before you start your journey home.

 

 

 

Tremendous Response

There has been such a tremendous response to ‘The Spring Workshop 2017′ that we reached the maximum number of dancers that would fit into our space comfortably by the end of January.   As a result, to avoid disappointing many dancers I have booked the third hall at the Community Centre.   For those who haven’t been to one of our events, there are three halls all the same size and in the past we have used two of these halls.

However, there will still be a limit on the number of dancers in order to ensure that the space remains comfortable for both dancin’ and for the seating arrangements.   So do get your registration form in as soon as you can.

Thanks so very much to everyone who has already registered for The Spring Workshop, your support is much appreciated.   Happy dancin’ all!

‘Solo Amor’ is now at Number One!

Thanks so much to everyone for your interest in ‘SOLO AMOR’ written by Rob, Vivienne, JP and Fred especially for ‘The Spring Workshop’.  It has now reached Number One on Copperknob and also Number One on Linedancer Most Viewed for the week.  We have had the most amazing response to the dance, really gratifying.   If you want to check it out go to:

Copperknob:  Solo Amor

Linedancerweb:  Solo Amor

 

The Spring Workshop 2016

Rob, Vivienne, JP, FredThanks 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.

 

 

 

Place to eat close to the Event Hall

Food Places close to Thornhill Com. Ctre 2016

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.