Monday, November 24, 2014

My Winter Dance Class Schedule

NOTE:  Class time subject to change as per registration


Gravenhurst Recreation Centre:  Thursdays January 8 - February 26  - 8 weeks

6:00 - 7:00 pm   Level 1 and 2 Ballroom
7:00 - 8:00 pm  Ladies Latin
8:00 - 9:00 pm  Level 3 Ballroom 

Call Judy 705-687-6774  to Register (BY DEC 30)


Georgian College - Orillia Campus:  Fridays January 23 - March 20 - 8 weeks
 (No classes Feb 13)

5:30 - 6:30 pm  Ladies Latin
6:30 - 7:30 pm  Level 1 & 2 Ballroom
7:00 - 8:00 pm  Level 3 Ballroom

Call Tammy 705 -325-2740 to Register (BY JAN 5)


Ramara Recreation Centre - Wednesdays January 21 - March 11 - 8 weeks 

6:15 - 7:15 pm  Level 1 Ballroom  
7:15 - 8:15 pm  Level 2 Ballroom

Call Cathy  705-325-3091 to Register (BY JAN 5)


Washago Community Centre - Tuesdays January 20 - March 17 - 9 Weeks

6:30 - 7:30 Ladies Latin
7:30 - 8:30 Level 1 & 2 Ballroom 
8:00 - 9:00 Level 3 Ballroom 

Registration is in person WED JAN 7  -   5 - 7 PM  and SAT JAN 10  -  9-11 AM
Discounts applied if paid by JAN 10.  Call Rose for more info 705-689-2464

Thanks hoping to see most of you dancing with us during our hibernation! 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Allowing A Man To Lead Can Be Empowering For A Woman

I am not talking about women who have given their power over to their man/partner as that pendulum has swung way too far away from centre for both.  I am talking about women whose assertion levels have swung too far the other way, taking the lead too often and dis-empowering the man resulting in two people who are not being themselves.

This issue pops up in every ballroom class as it is where it naturally plays out.  The key is to allow the man to lead so he 'remembers' what it is like, at least for an hour, until there comes a point where the lead is shared exactly how and when it was meant to be.  This is the only way to get to that blissful feeling of harmonious unity when you are dancing as one.

"Thank you for teaching me that allowing a man to lead can be so empowering for a woman"...Tracy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fall Ballroom & 'Ladies Latin' Dance Class Schedule

Fall Class Update: 

NOTE:  Georgian College class start date is now Sept 26

GEORGIAN COLLEGE - Orillia   8 WEEKS  FRIDAYS    SEPT 26 - NOV 21   (no class Oct 10)

Ballroom Level 1 & 2       6 - 7 pm

Ballroom Level 3             7 - 8 pm

CONTACT :  Tammy Burke-Marson  705-325-7540  



  Ladies Latin                      6:30 - 7:30 pm
  Ballroom Level 1 & 2        7:30 - 8:30 pm
  Ballroom Level 3               8:00 - 9:00 pm





Ballroom Level 1      6:30 - 7:30 pm   
Ballroom Level 2/3   7:00 - 8:00 pm

CONTACT:  Cathy MacDonald 325-3091 



 Ballroom Levels  1 & 2      6:00 - 7:00 pm
 Ladies Latin Dance           7:00 - 8:00 pm

 Ballroom Level 3               8:00 - 9:00 pm

CONTACT:  Judy 687-6774 ext 22 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

'Not' Saying Goodbye to a Beautiful Dancing Spirit

Andrea & Trevor Dancing in Washago

I received an email from one of my Ramara Centre  dance students who informed me that the reason they had not been back to classes was because her beautiful man was dying.  She called me because they and I had such wonderful memories of laughing so hard and the joy on his face when he danced was infectious!  He had gone through colon cancer, recovered from that then liver with chemo... the usual insidious assault on the body so many of us have had to endure.

Trevor had recovered enough to come to the Fall class, I didn't know that it had spread to his spine which is why he had to sit down a lot but he wanted to swing with me and we let it rip! His face lit up so brightly when he danced I can see him now as our 'spirits' danced in total joy!

I phoned Andrea and immediately went into my 'afterlife' conclusions and sent her the video I made of my son's testimonial of his NDE where he died and came back and the joy he felt on the other side to give her something to assist her in the courageous journey she was on.   I then discovered the doctors that are now coming  forward with their stories of people upset with them when they have been brought back because they were so happy and free of their broken and diseased vessels.

Andrea asked me to come and visit him in the little hospital room she set up in their home to see if I could help him as she knew he was fearing his death.  He was so happy to see me and he started talking about his last class, and those of you who were in that class with him may remember it. He especially rememberd the other young couple as they were all laughing together at their attempts to get past their awkwardness.  I took the opportunity to drop some seeds on the subject of 'transition' and told him of all the studies I had done with a circle of Cherokee Medicine people and Tibetan Buddhists and how we all used to 'know' that we are all-knowing eternal beings of light and energy and why the natives would go off to die alone.  Studies have shown that most people wait 'to go' until their friends and families have left as it is hard to leave with such a strong attachment in their presence.

Last Wednesday he started blood transfusions at Soldiers Memorial's outpatient clinic and Andrea asked if I could visit him there as it was 6 hours and she had to work and had the kids.  I jumped at the chance and again expressed to her what an honor it was for me to be invited to share in this very personal experience and would do whatever I could to help alleviate his fears.  I stayed with him for about an hour and in between his nodding off I had him laughing a little as I told him this is when I usually get 'called in' because he is a 'captive' audience and can't get away! He then remembered his sister being visited by their father after he passed and I could feel that he was 'lightening' up and 'getting it'.  He was starting to sleep more so I said I would leave and gave me the strongest hug he could.

He passed away on Tuesday and true to human form he 'transitioned' 5 minutes after his family left the room.  Andrea and I  had both lost the photos of them from when I had my dances at the Washago Community Centre but one of my dancers still had them and sent them to me last night.  I am sharing all this because the pure joy some of my students have experienced when dancing regardless of the condition of their 'vessel' stays with them.  The experience of sharing this joy with his partner's 'dancing' spirit' provided a happy place for Trevor and Andrea to go back to in their time of need.  I will always be grateful and in awe of Andrea's and all the partners who have gathered their courage and strength to assist their loved ones to transition as it is one of the most important things we can do as 'human beings'.

There are two viewings today at Carson Funeral Home I will be at the 7pm one.  The funeral will be in the L. Doolittle chapel tomorrow at 1pm if anyone is interested in joining me or just lending some support to Andrea and her two beautiful children.