TECDA
Toronto English Country Dance Assembly

 

Introductory English Country Dance classes!

 

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING

The dance

English Country Dance began as a combination of formal court dance and folk dance in the 1500s and 1600s. It became wildly popular throughout Europe through the 1700s. It was revived in 1899. New dances continue to be devised to this day.

Everyone welcome!

We welcome dancers of all ages and backgrounds. Beginners welcome. LGBTQ+ friendly. You do not need to bring a dance partner; we switch partners every dance. All dances are taught by a dance caller, as we move in graceful patterns with a walking step to beautiful music. We dance for our own enjoyment, not as a performance or competition.

Free admission on Fridays

All of our regular Friday evening dances have free admission for everyone. Donations are welcome.

DANCE SCHEDULE

We dance every Tuesday evening at Willowdale Presbyterian Church, 38 Ellerslie Avenue, North York (map); and every Friday evening at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto (map), usually on the second floor.
All welcome; no experience required.
[More info]

Special monthly dances on November 5, December 9, December 31, February 10, March 9, March 29, May 11.

Save the date! Autumn dance weekend October 4 to 6, 2024, with caller David Smukler and live music by Shandy!

There are two more introductory classes, on April 29 and May 27, 2024. Please see intro2024.html
(It is not necessary to attend a class before attending our weekly social dance.)


LOCATIONS

Ralph Thornton Centre

Second floor
765 Queen Street East, Toronto
(Two blocks east of Broadview Ave)
https://www.ralphthornton.org

Note: This is the primary location for our Friday evening dances [more info]. The special dances are held at various locations. The location address is mentioned with each special dance.

Willowdale Presbyterian Church

38 Ellerslie Avenue, Toronto
(near North York Centre subway station)

Entrance at the east side.

Note: This is the primary location for our Tuesday evening dances [more info]. The special dances are held at various locations. The location address is mentioned with each special dance.

Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Church

310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
(Just west of Chester subway station)
https://www.nuuc.ca

Enter through the double glass doors off Jackman Avenue, and go up a step and through double doors on your right.

Note: This is NOT our primary dance location. This is the location of a particular dance only if it explicitly says "NUUC" in the listing for that dance.

St Barnabas Anglican Church

175 Hampton Avenue, Toronto
(Just west of Chester subway station)
https://www.stbarnabas-toronto.com

Enter through the children's play area off Hampton Avenue.

Note: This is NOT our primary dance location. This is the location of a particular dance only if it explicitly says "St Barnabas Church" in the listing for that dance.

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