Hustle & West Coast Swing Weekend+, November 2-6, 2018

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esome Hustle Partner is coming to Ottawa for Hustle & West Coast Swing Workshops, Parties, and private lessons!

Keith Stremmel is an All-Star West Coast Swing Dancer and also competes at the top levels in Hustle. Together, Keith & Maria have taken many Hustle podiums. More importantly, he is a seasoned dance instructor in multiple styles, a DJ, and host.

Read on for the exiting stuff we’ve got planned over 5 days!

Please contact Maria directly for information about late registration. Registration at the door cannot be guaranteed.




Friday, November 2


Location:  Second Studio, 738A Bank St 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V4

Due to an NFL game in the area on Friday night, we recommend taking public transit or taxi/uber. Or, arrive early to find parking and prepare to do some walking.

8:00 pm Workshop: Introduction to Hustle (Absolute Beginner), 1 hour
9:00 pm – midnight: Hustle & WCS warm-up dance

Saturday, November 3

Location: Amigo’s Sports Bar, 858 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON

10:00am – register/check-in


These progressive Hustle workshops will build on your basics, reinforce good timing and technique, and give you the dance’s foundation moves. If you have never danced or learned Hustle before, PLEASE begin with the Intro lesson on Friday night, or take a private lesson or two to get up to speed.

10:30 am: Beginner Variations (Beginner-Plus), 1 hour
     —15-min practice break—
11:45 am: Hustle Moves You Need to Know (Beginner-Plus), 1 hour
     —15-min practice break—
1:00 pm: Hustle Wraps & Turns (Intermediate), 1 hour
     —45-min. lunch break—

These workshops are designed for experienced WCS dancers. You will be turning a lot and using advanced connection.

2:45 pm Workshop: Hustle-Inspired WCS (Intermediate-Plus), 1 hour
     —15-min practice break—
4:00 pm Workshop: Two-Step Inspired WCS (Intermediate-Plus), 1 hour
     —15-min practice—
     —Dinner Break—

WCS & HUSTLE DANCE PARTY in partnership with Westie Underground

Location: Studio X, 250 City Centre, Ottawa, ON

8:15 pm Lesson – choose from Intro to WCS or Intermediate WCS with Westie Underground
9:15 pm-12:45 am – DJ’ed WCS & Hustle dance party – separate rooms!
Improv performance by Keith & Maria


Sunday, November 4


Location:  Second Studio, 738A Bank St., 2nd floor, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V4

These special 1.5-hour workshops are designed for very strong dancers. We will work on advanced timing/timing changes and Quality of Movement. You must be able to hold your own timing and balance (without a partner) through all WCS and/or Hustle basics and turns. 
You do not have to have taken the Friday or Saturday workshops to attend these, provided that you meet the criteria. You may take just one workshop, or both, depending on your needs.

2:00 pm: Advanced Hustle, 1.5 hours
     —15-min practice break—
3:45 pm: Advanced WCS, 1.5 hours
     —15-min practice—

Private Lessons: Sunday & Monday

Private lessons with Keith are available Sunday evening and Monday day and evening.
Fees are $80 CAD (no floor fee)

Location: Maria’s home studio, address will be provided when lesson is booked

To book a private lesson with Keith (or Maria) please contact Maria.

Tuesday, November 6

7:00 pm-11:30 pm: Ottawa’s Weekly West Coast Swing Event!

Location: Amigo’s Sports Bar, 858 Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON

This event is separately ticketed; please pay at the door. Details are here >>

Please contact Maria directly for information about late registration. Registration at the door cannot be guaranteed.

Hotel Recommendations

These 2 hotels are a quick walk from the Saturday location, a short drive to the Friday/Sunday location, and a really short drive to the Saturday night location.
Ask them first about the state of construction, which began over the Summer.
1376 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7L5
Phone: (613) 722-7600

Best Western Plus

1274 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K8
Phone: (613) 728-1951

About Keith

Keith Stremmel, a.k.a. Dance Dude, discovered dance in the Country scene back in the late ‘90s, and his first dances were Country Two-Step, Cha Cha, couples’ pattern dancing, and line dancing. He eventually delved into many other genres of dance and gave most of his study to Argentine Tango, Nightclub Two-Step, Hustle, and West Coast Swing.

He regularly travels the country to study dance with various professionals and also to compete at the All-Star level in West Coast Swing and Advanced/Open Hustle divisions. He is known for his smoothness, quality of movement, and musicality – as well as seamless execution of complex patterns.

He teaches weekly private and group lessons in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, area and occasionally in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and central Virginia as well. He’s also known for his DJing at West Coast Swing dances, ballroom and country dances, and private parties.

He embraces the chance to encourage and help both new and experienced dancers achieve their dreams and goals in dance, while making the process of growing and learning fun and rewarding.

Keith shows his love of dance with the genuine care he gives to students and to everyone on and off the dance floor. Keith’s website >>


Please contact Maria directly for information about late registration. Registration at the door cannot be guaranteed.