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Dancing the day away

Here's an affordable opportunity to learn a few new dance steps and have fun
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Check out the dance workshops on Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Barrie.

So you wanna dance?

Here's your chance to learn a few new steps, have fun with friends and maybe even get fit.

Barrie's Event Divas are holding a day-long dance event on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Holiday Inn on Fairview Drive.

West coast swing, tap, jazz, Argentine tango, Bollywood, burlesque and pole dancing are a few of the options. . . with more than 20 workshops to choose from, there is something for everyone. 

Participants can attend one or more workshops for $10 each.

"We expect that most of the people who come out to the workshops are brand new to dance," said organizer Shelly Skinner.

"Really ... no experience is necessary. This is for beginners. Anyone who has been thinking about learning to dance."

Skinner started planning Barrie's first ever "So You Wanna Dance?" event to offer an active alternative to visiting the gym for exercise..

"We know that it can be intimidating to walk into a dance studio for the first time and we wanted to make it easier," Shelly said. "You can come with your girlfriends or with your partner, have some fun, test out the different dances and then decide if you want to continue with lessons."

After the workshops, there will be an elegant dinner and dance show MC'd by Canadian comedian Andrea Murray.

The unique concept caught the attention of well-known comedian Rick Mercer, who promoted So You Wanna Dance Barrie on the Mercer Report aired on CBC Tuesday evening. 

"Find out why they call Barrie the dance capital of the Golden Horseshoe," Mercer said at the end of his show, promoting So You Wanna Dance Barrie.

June says they had no idea that Mercer was going to mention them on his show.

"We are ecstatic, but we have no idea how he knew about it," she said.

"I was on the phone with Andrea Murray and she said 'You just got a plug from Rick Mercer'.

"I thought she was kidding ... she is a comedian after all. But it was true."

Tickets for the three-course dinner and show are $75 each and performers include:

  • Techniques Ballroom and Latin (Waltz and Jive)
  • Barrie Dance Conservatory (Contemporary and Tap)
  • RockNPole (RocknTease Chair Dance)
  • Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (Contemporary)
  • Nicole Welsh Bolton with Cairo's Jewels Belly Dance and Fitness (Belly Dancing - Individual and Group)
  • Kshama Jain Shrawane (Bharatanatyam -  Individual and Group)
  • Natalia Natasha Matthew (Salsa, Bachata)

Get your tickets here at or Contact Shelly Skinner at




Robin MacLennan

About the Author: Robin MacLennan

Robin MacLennan has been a reporter, photographer and editor for the daily media in Barrie, across Simcoe County and Toronto for many years. She is a proud member of the Barrie community.
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