Monthly Archives: April 2009

Toronto Auditions for SYTYCD Canada!

Here is an email I just received for any of you brave competitors!

“Ontario: Let’s Dance!

– SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 2 Auditions land in Ontario with a stop in Toronto on the Victoria Day holiday Monday, May 18 –

Time to bust a move! Is Ontario home to Canada’s next Favourite Dancer? CTV announced today that auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA Season 2 will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Victoria Day holiday Monday, May 18 beginning at 8 a.m. Who will be the next dancer to make Jean Marc Genereux’s VID (Very Important Dancer) list during the Top 20? Only those who come out and audition during the holiday on May 18 will have a chance to break it down and possibly become Canada’s next Favourite Dancer, taking home the $100,000 prize. For up-to-date information and audition FAQ’s visit the series’ official website,

Monday, May 18
Registration begins at 8 a.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
John Bassett Theatre
255 Front Street West, Toronto

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA is designed to showcase and judge the talent of Canadian dancers who have roughly the same level of experience and maturity.

Among the rules and regulations that should be noted for the auditions:
* Competitors must be either a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
* All competitors must be legally eligible to work in Canada.
* Competitors must be of the age of majority in the province/territory in which they reside and no older than 30 years of age as of April 1, 2009. The age of majority is as follows: 18 years of age in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Saskatchewan; and 19 years of age in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut and Yukon.
* All competitors must provide two pieces of identification, including a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license or passport), at the audition.
* Competitors may bring a non-competing dance partner for purposes of the audition.
* All competitors must bring with them, along with the proper ID, the signed personal release, the completed preliminary questionnaire, and the music sheet. All will be available at the audition site and for download soon at
* All competitors are asked to bring with them the completed music sheet indicating the music they will use in their audition, along with the CD containing the indicated music.
* All songs must be “original” songs that are commercially available. A song must not be a re-mix of a song, a song downloaded from the Internet, or a competitor-created mix.
* Competitors will not be permitted to audition in any article of clothing with a visible designer, sports or other logo; artwork; name; photo; or other mark which may be subject to protection by copyright or trademark laws.”

Upcoming Outings

The outings of 2009 have been so amazing so far – great attendance, new locations, lots of different instructors teaching a variety of combinations and lots of performances.

The outings that are coming up are no exception. Here they are for the next two months:

1) Saturday April 18th at 9pm – Acrobat Lounge at 2464 Yonge Street (N of Eglinton)
2) Sunday April 19th from 6-9pm – Sunday Social at Empress (only social in April)
3) Sunday April 26th at 7pm – TDS Amateur Competition Preliminaries at Six Degrees
4) Saturday May 9th at 9:45pm – Peridot Lounge at 81 Bloor St E (at Yonge)
5) Sunday May 31st at 7pm – TDS Amateur Competition Finals at Six Degrees

We will keep you informed of any other events we hold. Please note there are no socials on long weekends (Easter Sunday April 12th) and no socials on the competition evenings.

There are also no classes on Easter Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. There are classes on as usual on Saturday April 11th.

See you at the next outing!

Miami Salsa Congress

The Miami Salsa Congress has always been a great friend and sponsor of TDS. As usual this year they are contributing passes to our first, second and third place winners of the TDS Amateur Salsa Competition and we are very appreciative.

July 29 – August 2, 2009

For a total of five days you will experience over 80 live spectacular showcases, dance to the music of some of the hottest Salsa disc jockeys & Live Bands in the industry and take dance workshops with the best instructors from around the world.

The Miami Salsa Congress was created in 2002 to give Floridians a chance to experience the latin culture of music and dance under one roof. It’s also an opportunity to bring salsa music and dance lovers from as far as the UK, Asia, South America and beyond to enjoy our beautiful sunny city while enjoying great Salsa music. This is why everyone calls the Miami Salsa Congress “The Ultimate Dance Vacation!”.

For more information regarding the Miami Salsa Congress, please visit:

Helper Recognition Outing

Last Saturday a group of 45 helpers, assistant instructors and instructors met at Korean BBQ Grill at Queen and University for a special end-of-the-winter-semester recognition evening. As per tradition, every time a semester ends I treat the entire TDS helper team to a fun evening and I try to keep the events new and exciting.

It was great to see everyone in one spot and dinner was delicious. For anyone who has a large group, Korean BBQ is a great way to get everyone eating as much as they want to in a fun, interactive environment as you get to cook your own food on small grills placed directly on the tables.

During dinner we announced the helpers who are celebrating one year of service with TDS and everyone received T-shirts. Congrats to Sandra, Anthony, Allan, Loveliza, Therese and Sadaf for being with TDS for one year!

After dinner the group walked to the Royal Alexander Theatre to watch the last Saturday night show of Dirty Dancing. It was a special treat to watch this high energy show with my fellow dancers and I think everyone enjoyed the flips, tricks and dips of the performers.

Thanks to everyone who came out. Photos are up on the events page. Now it’s time to come up with a new concept for the next outing. If you have any ideas for me, let me know!