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Steven and Virginie

We are pleased to announce that the renowned professors of Lindy Hop, Steven Mitchell and Virginie Jensen, will be in Toronto the weekend of February 19 – 21, 2010. Steven and Virginie’s scholarly classes will take your dancing to the next level, whether you want to work on your basics or refine the nitty-gritty of your technique.

Space in the workshops is limited and always sells out so be sure to register as soon as you can! Registration is now open – go to SwingTix to sign up for this amazing weekend!

About Steven and Virginie

Steven Mitchell

Steven Mitchell

Steven Mitchell started his dance career by studying Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Ballroom and Hip Hop in both Los Angeles and New York. He started Lindy Hoppin / Swing Dancing 1978/1979 together with his partner Erin Stevens. They worked with Al Minns in New York 1982, and brought Frankie Manning out of retirement in 1986 by working together with him. Since then he has been at the forefront of the lindy hop scene by teaching and performing non-stop around the world.

Virginie has over 20 years of dance experience that includes Jazz, Classical Ballroom, Swing, Ballet. She attended Laoust Ballet School, Franketti School of Dance, Harlem School of Classical Ballroom and Arcadance School where she worked on many dance performances.
She began teaching Ballet and Ballroom at the age of 16, and has performed Ballroom and Jazz professionaly for several years. She is also the winner of numerous dancing awards in France.
Virginie began teaching Lindy Hop in 1997, and in 1999 paired up with Steven Mitchell to teach full-time internationally. Known for her unique style, spinning and connection, Virginie draws from her extensive dance experience to teach grace, frame and flash to the followers.
Virginie Jenses

Virginie Jensen

Virginie has over 20 years of dance experience that includes Jazz, Classical Ballroom, Swing, Ballet. She attended Laoust Ballet School, Franketti School of Dance, Harlem School of Classical Ballroom and Arcadance School where she worked on many dance performances.

She began teaching Ballet and Ballroom at the age of 16, and has performed Ballroom and Jazz professionaly for several years. She is also the winner of numerous dancing awards in France.

Virginie began teaching Lindy Hop in 1997, and in 1999 paired up with Steven Mitchell to teach full-time internationally. Known for her unique style, spinning and connection, Virginie draws from her extensive dance experience to teach grace, frame and flash to the followers.

Weekend Schedule – Classes and Dances

Friday Night (at The Dovercourt House)

8:30 to 9:30 pm – Registration
9:10 pm to 1:00 am – Social Dance (DJ music incl. Arthur Lulu and Mike Thibault from Rochester NY!)

Saturday Workshop (at The William Doo Auditorium)

10:00 am – Registration and Warm Up
10:30 am to 11:45 am – Solo Movement with Virginie
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm – Lindy Hop Class 1
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm – Lindy Hop Class 2
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Lindy Hop Class 3

Saturday Night Dance (at The Dovercourt House)

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Intermediate Dance Lesson (taught by U of T)
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Beginner Dance Lesson (taught by U of T)
9:10 pm to 1:00 am – Social Dance – live music with Alex Pangman and Her Alleycatz!

Sunday Workshop (at The William Doo Auditorium)

10:00 am – Warm Up
10:30 am to 11:45 am – Solo Jazz with Steven
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm – Lindy Hop Class 4
1:15 pm to 2:30 pm – Lunch
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm – Lindy Hop Class 5
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Musicality Class

Sunday Night Dance (at The Imperial Pub)

8:30 pm to 12:30 am – Social Dance (DJ music feat. Arthur Lulu and Iain McBride from Vancouver)

Venue Information

William Doo Auditorium

The Saturday and Sunday daytime workshops will be held at the William Doo Auditorium on the University of Toronto campus.  The address is 45 Willcocks Street (south of Harbord, east of Spadina) in the New College building.  Look for the auditorium in the basement level.

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The Dovercourt House

The Friday and Saturday evening dances and the Saturday beginner evening classes will be at The Dovercourt House, located at 805 Dovercourt Road (north of Bloor Street).

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The Imperial Pub

The Sunday night social dance will be held at The Imperial Pub, 1st floor in the “Back of Ye Pub”, located at 54 Dundas St. E (one block east of Dundas TTC station).

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Registration Information

Full weekend registration is limited to just 45 leaders and 45 followers to ensure that each participant benefits from an intimate learning environment. Students must enroll and be paid in full before attendance can be confirmed. Please note that the dances are not included in any of the workshop packages.

Online registration is now closed There is still space in the Sunday classes so if you would like to attend then please register at the door.

Workshop Pricing Before Feb 01 After Feb 01 At the door
Full Workshop $115 $125 $135
Saturday Classes $70 $75 $80
Sunday Classes $70 $75 $80
Friday Dance n/a n/a $5
Saturday Dance (incl. free beginner class @ 8 pm) n/a n/a $15
Saturday Dance (with. both evening classes) n/a n/a $18

* Please note that because of the attendance cap, registration is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend you may find someone to attend in your place. Alternatively, you may inquire with us IN ADVANCE and we can help try to sell your spot to someone from our waiting list, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Contact Us

S&V U is presented to you by Mandi Gould, Geoff Oakham and Steve Wellman in conjunction with Swing Toronto and the University of Toronto Swing Dance Club.  A special thank you to Toronto Lindy Hop for letting us host this website on their site.

If you would like to offer or need housing* for this workshop please send an email to housing@torontolindyhop.com.  If you can offer local housing please include how many people you can host, your address and if you have any pets. If you are from outside of Toronto and would like to be hosted by a local dancer please let us know if you have any special requests/needs such as pet allergies.

If you have any other questions about this workshop, please email us at svu@torontolindyhop.com.

* – Please note that we will certainly try to accommodate all the housing requests that we can but we may not be able to find space for everyone.  Please let us know as soon as possible if you can offer/need housing so we can find space for as many people as possible.


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