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posted June 8, 2006

Dancing In The Park, Step One

Tuesdays and Wednesdays,4 to 6 p.m.

Many of the people who work at the park have other “hats” that they wear as well. Park staff Eroca Nicols, as lots of park friends know, is a dancer currently studying with Ballet Creole. When park staff Ted Carlisle, who is also a DJ, presented a DJ on Ice day at the end of February, lots of people danced (on the ice, with or without skates). That was so much fun that Eroca began to plan with Ted, for summer dancing in the park.

So this is the summer to try it. Eroca says there are so many wonderful group dances/ line dances/ square dances in all the cultures of the world, and she wants to introduce some of them in the park, with the help of park kids. So the park is offering free children’s dance classes every Tuesday and Wednesday all summer long at the park. Then on one Friday each month (July, August, September, maybe October if the weather is still good), Eroca and Ted and will host a D.J.’d dance on the rink pad, for everyone, after Friday Night Supper. The dance class kids will teach everyone (adults too) who want to learn the traditional group dance of that month and then Ted will spin all sorts of other music too.

The sessions are:

  • Tuesdays:
    • Ages 5 and under, 4:00pm-4:30pm.
    • Ages 6-8, 4:45pm-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays:
    • Ages 9-12, 4:00pm-4:45pm.
    • All Ages Dance/Instrument Jam 4:45pm-5:45pm

From Eroca:

All classes will be in front of the playground gazebo. Make sure to wear sunscreen and bring water to class. Thanks to all who came to the first week of classes, And for your patience with the age group/schedule experiment. If anyone has kid friendly instruments (maracas, tambourines, percussive noisemakers of any kind) and would like to donate them please contact Eroca or drop them by during the All Ages Jam on Wednesday between 4:45pm and 5:45pm.

To find out more or to sign up, call the park at 416 392-0913 and leave a message, or e-mail Eroca at

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