Confession time: I love to dance. I’m not all that good at it, mind you, but I still absolutely love doing it. Usually in my living room. To songs that usually reside on people’s “guilty pleasure” list. Like Katrina & the Waves “Walking on Sunshine” or Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A.”. Ahem.
Anyway, about two years ago, I found out about an awesome monthly event in Toronto that would allow me to fulfill my love for dancing in a public, non-judgemental environment. Dance Dance Party Party Toronto has only three rules: no boys, no booze and no judgement. And every time I go, I always have one of the most fun Sunday afternoons ever.
So since I’m one of DDPP’s biggest fangirls, I was obviously ecstatic when I was recently asked to join the ranks of the Toronto organizers and become DDPP Toronto’s newest “den mother”. As a den mother, you’ll see me at almost all of the dance parties (not that I wasn’t almost always there before!), but I’ll also be helping with all the behind-the-scenes work of scheduling the dates, updating the website, making the playlists, and promoting like crazy. Since coming on board, I’ve set us up with a Twitter account, and if you’re into all things fun and dance-y, go follow us @DDPPToronto. You can also join our Facebook group, and follow our blog to keep up-to-date on our latest dance party news. Currently we’re running one dance party a month on a Sunday afternoon, but we’re considering moving to bi-weekly dance parties if we get enough demand!
So if you’re a lady who lives in or near Toronto, why don’t you come out and dance with us this Sunday, October 23? The party runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mad For Dance (263 Adelaide St. W.) and admission is $8 at the door. Bring a gal pal with you and I guarantee that you’ll double your fun!
If you have any questions about DDPP, let me know! And if you’re looking for something to tell me in the comments, why not share your favourite guilty pleasure dance song?
Sometimes I spend my weeknights camped out on my futon watching way too many hours of TV. Other times I decide to live my twentysomething life a little bit more and check out some of the great events happening in my city. And when the mood strikes me, I’ll share some of those events here. Next week my social calendar is booked for every day of the week, and here are a few of the highlights. See you there?
Local Motion: Election Hangover Party, Tuesday 7-11:30pm, Lula Lounge, $5 or FREE with book purchase (Facebook event page)
Still down in the dumps after the municipal election? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Come join a bunch of like-minded folks at the launch of the final title in Coach House Books’ uTOpia series: Local Motion: The Art of Civic Engagement in Toronto. If the politicians aren’t going to get things done, let’s take matters into our own hands, Torontonians! Now, more than ever, it’s time to get engaged in our city and make positive change our mission. Coach House is touting the event as “Toronto’s unofficial election hangover party,” and it will feature a roundtable discussion with some of the book’s many contributors (including Kelly Grant, Jonathan Goldsbie, John Lorinc, and Mike Smith), discussing “how individuals and groups can make things happen in their neighbourhoods in the months to come.” (If you can’t make it to the event on Tuesday, you can still buy the book wherever cool books are sold!)