I still remember the very moment I knew I had to dance...

I still remember the very moment I knew I had to dance...
West Coast Swing Dancer Shelley Saxena

It was at one of those dinner parties at the home of my dad’s new colleague.

Two young girls my age asked if I wanted to see what they had learned in Jazz class that day. Not having any idea what they were talking about, I nodded in agreement. They danced. I stood there in total amazement. For me, it was the most wondrous thing I had ever seen in my 11 years of life.

That was the beginning of the journey.

Focusing on Jazz dance from age 11, I continued studying dance in University (alongside my Bachelor of Commerce at University of Calgary). Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and even African took me to a new level in my dancing and opened up performance experiences I will cherish for a lifetime.

West Coast Swing Dancer Shelley Saxena

Soon after graduation, I discovered partner dancing. A whole new set of skills to explore. After getting a little Ballroom and Salsa under my belt, I was later introduced to West Coast Swing. The music, the connection, the expressiveness, and especially the musicality completely drew me in.

I have danced, studied and competed in West Coast Swing for 18 years. It is my passion and my specialty. In 2012, I was honoured to be the feature dancer in the September issue of Vibrance Magazine. See Media page for the full article.

Currently I teach, demo, and compete in the dance. I love every moment of it. The competition journey has lifted me to the All-Star level where I currently compete (in accordance to World Swing Dance Council point structure).

I also continue to grow in the dance by staying a student of West Coast Swing. I learn from my fabulous mentors and coaches in the US, and stay current to its continuous evolution.

I teach group classes and private lessons across Toronto and surrounding area. I welcome brand new students, coach serious competitors, or help anyone who just wants to have fun and keep learning.

Soon after graduation, I discovered partner dancing. A whole new set of skills to explore. After getting a little Ballroom and Salsa under my belt, I was later introduced to West Coast Swing. The music, the connection, the expressiveness, and especially the musicality completely drew me in.

I have danced, studied and competed in West Coast Swing for 18 years. It is my passion and my specialty. In 2012, I was honoured to be the feature dancer in the September issue of Vibrance Magazine. See Media page for the full article.

Currently I teach, demo, and compete in the dance. I love every moment of it. The competition journey has lifted me to the All-Star level where I currently compete (in accordance to World Swing Dance Council point structure).

I also continue to grow in the dance by staying a student of West Coast Swing. I learn from my fabulous mentors and coaches in the US, and stay current to its continuous evolution.

I teach group classes and private lessons across the GTA and surrounding area. I welcome brand new students, coach serious competitors, or help anyone who just wants to have fun and keep learning.
I still remember the very moment I knew I had to dance...