Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Passing of Toronto Dance Instructor Doreen Hayes

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my mother Miss Doreen Hayes who was reaching not only her 84th birthday but the close of her Doreen Hayes School of Dancing at the end of it's 60 year run as her heart just gave out.

She passed away suddenly over the weekend at the Humber River Hospital while listening to some streaming Frank Sinatra on Saturday March 26. She was surrounded with myself, her loving grandaughter Kyley Duncan & her husband Tom O'Rourke, her youngest grandson Jonn Ryane and her ever faithful, loyal friend and assistant Lawrence Williams. If she had of gone to a doctor we would have known sooner that she had a very serious heart condition.

She is being cremated tomorrow in her black sequin dress and her matching earrings with me in attendance through the whole process just so she knows I am taking care of her remains. The funeral arrangements have just been made by myself and where her memorial page will be posted with more information but for now I am posting the details.

Wednesday April 6
'Spreading of Ashes' Ceremony 10:45am
Anyone wishing to share that with us please contact me

'Celebration of Life' 2-3 pm 
2700 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga
The 'After Party' runs until 6 pm
Food, Drinks and a Jazz Trio
Dress Code:  SNAZZY! 

I will add a link to her memorial page as soon as I have it.

In the meantime, please be assured that, although I will be back and forth running my own dance business up north and acting as operations manager for her studio while Lawrence Williams will continue to manage it.  We are going forward with her 60th dance recital.

Please contact me if you have any questions and thank you for your patience as we are all going through our own transitions at this delicate time.

Miss Doreen Hayes & daughter Alannah Ryane 1962

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spring Ballroom & Ladies Latin Dance Schedule UPDATED & my Last Dance Session until Fall

Wednesdays:   April 13 - June 1     8 weeks 
Call Cathy 705-325-3091 to Register

Ladies Latin:                      5:30 - 6:30 pm
Ballroom Beg Level 1:        6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ballroom Level 2 & 3:         7:30 - 8:30 pm

Here is the link to the Spring Guide and Registration Form 

Thursdays - April 14 - June 16     10 weeks

To Register: download the guide/registration orm Email
Or Call Judy 705-687-6774  

6:00 - 7:00 pm  Level 1 & 2 Ballroom
7:00 - 8:00 pm  Level 3 Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Level 4 Ballroom

Please contact me if you have questions about your level 

Tuesdays:    April 19th - June 7    8 weeks

Registration In Person:  Thurs Apr 7   5-7pm & Sat Apr 9   9-11am
Download the guide/registration form or 
Call WCCC for more info 705-689-6424

6:30 - 7:30 Ladies Latin Advanced Only
7:30 - 8:30 Ballroom Level 1 & 2

Monday, February 8, 2016

Ballroom Practice Dances in Gravenhurst

We had a small but very happy crowd on St Paddy's day at our end of the winter session dance at the  Gravenhurst Opera House - Trillium Court The next two 'Student Run' practice dances will be:

Tuesday April 26
Student Run Practice Dance (2 Hrs)
7 - 9 pm 
$15 per couple at the door  (no snack table)
Cash Bar
Tuesday May 10 
Student Run Practice Dance (2 Hrs)
7 - 9 pm
$15 per couple at the door  (no snack table)
Cash Bar

The Student run 2 Hr dances are on Tuesday nights which conflict with Washago dancer's regular classes but for others please contact Gravenhurst students or send email to me
and I will forward it on to the organizers.

Level 4's have been getting lots of full out Salsa steps and beginners are getting Mambo basic steps in case you all decide to go to:
'Salsa Dancing with Cassandra' 
in Bracebridge at the El Pueblito Restaurant one night a month
(I have never been there or met Cassandra but it sounds like a blast!)

Monday, January 4, 2016

Winter Session Registration Dates

Hi Everyone!
This is a friendly reminder that in all locations classes will be canceled if enough registrations are not received in time to allow classes to go ahead Thanks!  All the information is on the 'Schedule' page on my website

Washago Registration is in person this week for classes starting January 19 or you can download the form from here and drop it off in an envelope with payment at the centre.  For more info call 705-689-6424.  Discounts are only applied to payments received by Jan 9.  
Wed Jan 6 from 5 - 7 pm
Sat   Jan 9 from  9 - 11 am
Drop-Ins are welcome in Washago:  Ladies Latin $10 per class Ballroom $15 per couple 

Ramara is taking Registrations now for both Ladies Latin classes starting January 20 Call Cathy 705-325-3091 

Barrie Georgian College is taking registrations now for both Ladies Latin classes starting January 18.  Register Online or for more info call 705-728-1968 ext 3021or email

Gravenhurst is taking registrations now for classes starting January 14.   Set up an Account and Register Online OR email  OR
Call Judy 705-687-6774    

Also, my  students have secured the Gravenhurst Opera House for a 2 hour 'casual dress' practice dance $15 per couple at the door with cash bar (no snacks) 7-9 pm Tuesday Jan 26.   For more info email me All are welcome.