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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

Country Swing Sunday Night
Sunday, February 25, 5:45pm – 10:30pm

Cross-Step Waltz Beginner Workshop
Saturday, March 2, 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Waltz Dance & Beginner Classes
Saturday, March 16, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

St Patrick’s Day Irish Dance Party
Sunday, March 17, 5:45pm – 10:30pm

Vaccination proof is no longer required. Masks optional.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
3:00pm – 5:30pm
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 partners.

TEACHERS

Learn Cross-step Waltz, the favourite Waltz style of many people!
It is characterized by flowing variations, including the Turning Basic, is easy to learn, and is usually done to slower tempos than Viennese Waltz.

In this workshop, you will learn the Turning Basic of Cross-step Waltz, which is the center of the dance, plus quite a bit more.

Waltz Toronto’s two favourite forms of Waltz are Cross-step Waltz and Traditional Viennese Waltz. At our dances we do both.

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

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Workshop

3:00pm – 5:30pm

PRICE

Prices are per person. HST included.

Regular

$40

Full-time students with ID

$30

$10

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

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Saturday, March 16, 2024
2:00pm – 6:00pm
St. Patrick’s Saturday Afternoon Waltz & Lessons

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 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, March 16, 2024

Polka Beginner Lesson

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Viennese Waltz Beginner Lesson

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Waltz Dance Party (Music by DJ Simon)

4:15pm – 6:00pm

Wearing green or anything Irish themed is encouraged.
Irish and Irish-themed Waltzes and Polkas will be played.

Learn Polka! It is fun, exuberant, easy-to-learn. We’ll include some specifically Irish Polka things.

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 perhaps the most romantic partner dance of all. This class has a different theme each time. Theme tba (different each time).

Stay for the Irish themed Waltz Dance Party that follows the lessons!

This is Waltz Toronto’s monthly Waltz Dance for March.

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

For the lessons (includes the dance). Same price whether you take one lesson or both. regular admission

$20

For the lessons (includes the dance). Same price whether you take one lesson or both. full-time students with ID

$10

For the DANCE ONLY, pay at the door

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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.