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DANCING IN THE PARK, STEP ONE: Tuesday or Wednesday classes 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 scheme with Ted, about 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. Her plan is to offer free children’s dance classes all summer long at the park on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, beginning June 6 or 7. At 4 p.m. the class is for kids 8 and under, and at 5 p.m. the class is for ages 9 to 13. Then on one Friday each month (June, July, August, September, maybe October if the weather is still good), Eroca and Ted and will host a D.J. dance on the rink pad. 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.

Eroca says each dance class will be about 45 minutes long, beginning with fun  choreographic games and then learning the dance of the month. To find out more or to sign up, call the park at 416 392-0913 and leave a message, or e-mail Eroca at Eroca will decide about which day (Tuesday or Wednesday) when she finds out which day is better for most people.

Sunday June 18, Clay and Paper Theatre “Day of Delight.”
No information yet except for the date. A celebration of spring going into summer. Usually has music, acrobats, puppets, combined with park pizza at the wood oven.

Wednesday June 14 to Sunday June 18: Third Annual Cooking Fire Theatre Festival
Groups are coming from Halifax, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto. Performances will be in various locations in the park, including a toy theatre show inside the yurt (which will be put up on Saturday June 10 – all hands are welcome to help). As usual there will be wonderful bake-oven food every evening before the performance, cooked with the help of park friend Dan DeMatteis, who – for the week of the festival – has booked from his new job as a special-events chef for Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Museum.

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