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Welcome to
Waltz Toronto

*A Swing Toronto Production

We present dances, lessons & courses! Join us!
Traditional Viennese Waltz, Cross-step Waltz, Polka, 1920s dancing and more!

Waltz Toronto
Upcoming Events

We are taking a break in July!
See you in August!

Waltz Dance & Beginner Classes
Saturday, August 17, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Cross-Step Waltz Beginner Workshop
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00pm – 9:40pm

Viennese Waltz (Right-turning) Beginner Workshop
Friday, September 6, 7:00pm – 9:40pm

Viennese Waltz (Left-turning) Beginner Workshop
Friday, September 20, 7:00pm – 9:40pm

Waltz Dance & Beginner Classes
Saturday, September 21, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Vaccination proof is no longer required. Masks optional.

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Saturday, August 17, 2024
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday Afternoon Waltz & Beginner Classes

DJ Simon Threlkeld

Vaccination proof NOT required. Masks optional.

PREREQUISITE

No prior experience needed, absolute beginners are welcome, there is no need to bring your own dance partners.

Upper Hall

Enter the Upper Hall from Hampton Avenue, just south of Danforth.

Use Bloor St. entrance towards west side of building

St. Barnabas on The Danforth Anglican Church
175 Hampton Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2Z3

SCHEDULE

Saturday, August 17, 2024

Cross-step Waltz Beginner Lesson

2:00pm – 2:40pm

Viennese Waltz Beginner Lesson

2:40pm – 4:00pm

Dance Party

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Come to the August Edition of our monthly Waltz Dance!

Learn Traditional Viennese Waltz! It is fun, easy-to-learn, popular since the early 19th century, done at all tempos from fast to slow, and is perhaps the most romantic partner dance of all. This class has a different theme each time.

Learn Cross-step Waltz, the favourite Waltz style of many people, done around the world, usually to slower tempos than Viennese Waltz.

DJ Simon Threlkeld

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST INCLUDED.

Mother’s Day Special: Any Mom and their family can come to the lessons and dance for the price of two admissions to the lessons and dance!

$25

Regular Admission

$20

Full-Time Students with ID

$10

Dance only, 4:15pm to 6pm

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Friday, August 23, 2024
7:00pm – 9:40pm
Cross-Step Waltz Beginner Workshop

Vaccination proof NOT required. Masks optional.

PREREQUISITE

No prior experience is needed, absolute beginners are welcome. There is no need to bring your own dance partner.

TEACHERS

Learn Cross-step Waltz, the favourite Waltz style of many people!

Cross-step Waltz is easy-to-learn, fun, flowing and graceful, with unlimited possibilities.

Along with traditional Viennese Waltz, it is one of the two favourite forms of Waltz at Waltz Toronto. It is usually done to slower tempos than Viennese Waltz.

You will learn the turning basic of Cross-step Waltz (rotating to your right as you travel with a partner), which is the center of the dance. We will do both the connected and “Orbits” forms of the turning basic. Plus much more.

Cross-step Waltz has undergone an enthusiastic revival and new wave of innovation in recent decades, and is done at Waltz dances around the world.

We strongly encourage you to take this workshop at least twice, to better and more thoroughly learn the turning basic and other basics of Cross-step Waltz, for added practice, and to help welcome people coming into Waltz.

Upper Hall

Enter the Upper Hall from Hampton Avenue, just south of Danforth.

St. Barnabas on The Danforth Anglican Church
175 Hampton Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2Z3

SCHEDULE

Friday, August 23, 2024

Workshop

7:00pm – 9:40pm

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST included.

Regular

$45

Full-time students with ID

$30

$15

pay at the door (no online payment option)

You’ve done this workshop with us before

$10

At the door for those who took the October/November seven week Viennese Waltz beginner course with us.

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Friday, September 6, 2024
7:00pm – 9:40pm
Viennese Waltz (Right-turning) Beginner

Vaccination proof NOT required. Masks optional.

PREREQUISITE

No prior experience is needed, absolute beginners are welcome. There is no need to bring your own dance partner (because we change partners).

Learn the Right Turning basic of traditional Viennese Waltz (rotating to your right as you travel with a partner)! Plus promenade, follower-backing, follower turns and more.

Traditional Viennese Waltz is easy-to-learn, fun, improvisational and playful. And maybe the most romantic partner dance of all.

The Right Turning Basic, and the Left Turning Basic, are the central part of Viennese Waltz. The heart and soul of the dance.

Popular since the early 19th century, it is done all around the world to medium, fast, and slower tempos, to great music of the 21st, 20th and 19th centuries.

We strongly encourage everyone to take this workshop at least twice, to learn the turning basic more thoroughly, for extra practice and fun, and to help welcome new people coming into Waltz. (We will cover a lot of ground, and though you will get a lot out of this workshop, you might not get everything that is taught on your first time doing the workshop.)

In the Viennese Waltz lessons before the Monthly Waltz Dance, we teach other things, complementing what we teach in the Viennese Waltz Right and Left Turning workshops.

Note that we have a Left Turning Viennese Waltz beginner workshop on Friday September 20, same time and location as this one.

Main Hall

Use Bloor St. entrance towards west side of building.

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts

427 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

SCHEDULE

Friday, September 6, 2024

Workshop

7:00pm – 9:40pm

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST included.

Regular Admission

$45

Full-time students with ID

$30

$15

You’ve done this wkshp with us bfor. Pay at the door.

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Friday, September 20, 2024
7:00pm – 9:40pm
Viennese Waltz (Left-turning) Beginner

Vaccination proof NOT required. Masks optional.

PREREQUISITE

No prior experience is needed, absolute beginners are welcome. There is no need to bring your own partner.

Learn the Left Turning basic of traditional Viennese Waltz (rotating to your left as you travel with a partner)! Plus promenade, follower-backing, follower turns, transitions between right and left turning, and more.

Traditional Viennese Waltz is easy-to-learn, fun, improvisational and playful. And maybe the most romantic partner dance of all.

The Right Turning Basic, and the Left Turning Basic, are the central part of Viennese Waltz. The heart and soul of the dance.

The Right Turning Basic, and the Left Turning Basic, are the central part of Viennese Waltz. The heart and soul of the dance.

The Right Turning Basic, and the Left Turning Basic, are the central part of Viennese Waltz. The heart and soul of the dance.

In the Viennese Waltz lessons before the Monthly Waltz Dance, we teach other things, complementing what we teach in the Viennese Waltz Right and Left Turning workshops.

Note that we have a Right Turning Viennese Waltz beginner workshop on Friday September 6, same time and location as this one.

Main Hall

Use Bloor St. entrance towards west side of building.

Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts, 427 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X7

SCHEDULE

Friday, September 20, 2024

Workshop

7:00pm – 9:40pm

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST included.

Regular Admission

$45

Full-Time Students with ID

$30

$15

You did this wkshp with us before. Pay at door.

*Swing Toronto partners with Stripe for payment processing.

SWING TORONTO NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news about our dances, workshops, courses, and events! You can unsubscribe at any time. We will not spam you.

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Saturday, September 21, 2024
2:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturday Afternoon Waltz & Beginner Classes

DJ Simon Threlkeld

Vaccination proof NOT required. Masks optional.

PREREQUISITE

No prior experience needed, absolute beginners are welcome, there is no need to bring your own dance partners.

Upper Hall

Enter the Upper Hall from Hampton Avenue, just south of Danforth.

Use Bloor St. entrance towards west side of building

St. Barnabas on The Danforth Anglican Church
175 Hampton Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2Z3

SCHEDULE

Saturday, September 21, 2024

Cross-step Waltz Beginner Lesson

2:00pm – 2:40pm

Viennese Waltz Beginner Lesson

2:40pm – 4:00pm

Dance Party

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Come to the September Edition of our monthly Waltz Dance!

Learn Traditional Viennese Waltz! It is fun, easy-to-learn, popular since the early 19th century, done at all tempos from fast to slow, and is perhaps the most romantic partner dance of all. This class has a different theme each time.

Learn Cross-step Waltz, the favourite Waltz style of many people, done around the world, usually to slower tempos than Viennese Waltz.

Stay for the Dance!

DJ Simon Threlkeld

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST INCLUDED.

Mother’s Day Special: Any Mom and their family can come to the lessons and dance for the price of two admissions to the lessons and dance!

$25

Regular Admission

$20

Full-Time Students with ID

$10

Dance only, 4:15pm to 6pm

*Swing Toronto partners with Stripe for payment processing.

SWING TORONTO NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news about our dances, workshops, courses, and events! You can unsubscribe at any time. We will not spam you.

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Our Instructors
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About Us

A Swing Toronto production!

At Waltz Toronto, formerly known as Mostly Waltz Toronto, we take pride in offering a welcoming atmosphere to everyone, from the most inexperienced novice to long time social dance enthusiasts. Our events are among the most established and terrifically fun dances in the city of Toronto, and many would agree that they’re among Toronto’s best kept secrets.

We also like and teach Polka, Ragtime Dancing, Blues Dance, Peabody, Schottische, and other partner dances.

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Our Waltz Favourites

Viennese Waltz is possibly the best, most fun, and most romantic partner dance ever, popular from the early 19th century onwards, and done to tempos from medium to fast. We teach and do traditional Viennese Waltz.

Cross-step Waltz is a new way of doing Waltz, and is the favourite Waltz style of many people. It is usually done to slower tempos than Viennese.

Waltz & Other Dance Videos
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Waltz Music We Like
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Dance Etiquette

Good dance etiquette is important.

Waltz Toronto social dances are just that – social – and we are committed to maintaining a friendly, welcoming environment for everyone. Please be mindful of floorcraft, courtesy and etiquette.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need a partner?

A. No, there is no need to bring your own dance partner. The custom at social dances is to change partners for each song. In lessons dance partners rotate; this helps you to learn better by exposing you to many dance partners and gives you a chance to briefly meet other people.

Q. What is the average age of people at the dances?

A. We enjoy a varied group of attendees at our dance events. Though most of those who come are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the age of our participants ranges from those in their late teens to retirement.

Q. Do we need to reserve tickets in advance?

A. There is no need to reserve or pay in advance for Saturday Night Swing nor any other Swing Toronto event, nor for any Toronto Waltz event in Toronto. Simply show up and pay at the door.

The only events for which advance registration is suggested are special event weekend workshops with internationally known teachers coming to teach in Toronto and teaching a full set of day-time workshops on Saturday and Sunday.

Q. What is the average age of people at the dances?

A. We enjoy a varied group of attendees at our dance events. Though most of those who come are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the age of our participants ranges from those in their late teens to retirement.

Q. What can I expect at dances?

A. Dances may feature an outstanding line up of live bands, DJs, teachers and classes! The evening begins with dance classes open to everyone including absolute beginners.

Q. What should I wear?

A. Wear comfortable clothes that you can dance in. Casual to dressy attire is all fine. If the dance is described as a Ball most people will be dressed up.

Q. What kind of shoes should I wear?

A. Anything comfortable, whether dressy or casual, ideally with some glide under the sole under the balls of your feet. Wear shoes that are smooth enough under the front part of your foot to allow swiveling on a wooden floor – this can be a leather sole, or it could be a smooth or somewhat slidey rubber or plastic sole, or can even be tape put on the soles of otherwise very grippy shoes. Rubber heels are fine – the heel can be more grippy than the rest of the sole.

Q. Is there a code of behaviour or etiquette?

A. Yes. See Dance Etiquette for details. In particular, please treat everyone with courtesy and respect, be mindful of good floorcraft when dancing (avoid collisions, don’t “drive dangerously”), and do not wear perfume or cologne (as it bothers some people and makes a small minority of people unwell). Any kind of harassment of those who attend our events is not acceptable.

Q. Where can I take classes and workshops in Toronto?

A. At Waltz Toronto’s various courses and workshops! Also, once regular dances commence again, there will be beginner classes before each party! No prior experience is needed and there’s no need to bring your own dance partners. Quality instruction and a welcoming vibe. Please visit our website regularly for updates, or sign-up for our newsletter!

Q. Does Waltz Toronto provide dance performances, lessons and dance animators for special events?

A. Yes we do this all the time and have been doing so for many years. Ask us about your special event, we are happy to help. See Our Services for an outline of what we offer.

Q. What is Peabody?

A. Peabody is a fun hugely popular Swing Era and 1920s partner dance suited for tempos from medium speed to blazing fast. It travels and can be mixed with Lindy Hop and Charleston.