There she is, look at how tall Nina is now.
Nina: I’m tall.
Dessert’s coming, dessert’s coming soon. I’m excited, I’m excited, I’m excited. Whoa, that’s a little close! Now I’m scared.
Alright, happy weekend everybody.
Once a quarter I take the people who are a part of my Toronto Dance Salsa Team and I take them out for a treat. And last quarter we went, was it bowling?
No. Yeah, bowling, we did bowling and the meal at the restaurant. That was good times. And this year we were supposed to go tubing, but it’s-
But then it’s 11 degrees outside.
Nina won’t let me finish this story. Okay go, you tell the story.
It’s 11 degrees outside, it’s too warm to go tubing, so we’ve decided to go to this yummy restaurant.
Nina’s very excited.
And, let’s go.
Oh, wow. 11 degrees for our American friends watching, I don’t know what that is but we’ll flash it right here, what 11 degrees-
In the middle of February, 11 degrees Celcius, it’s crazy.
I don’t get to go, I’m staying and playing with Jeffrey and Stephanie.
You’re going to have more fun there anyway. Let’s do it!Alright, we’re here, I made a mistake. Last time I paid for everybody to go on the boat cruise, which was a lot of fun. And the time before that was the lunch and the bowling. And so we’re here, we switched our plans from snow tubing because it’s a glorious day, I’m in shorts. And sandals, but that’s been my theme this winter anyway. Shorts and sandals, you’ve got to get used the the cold. Embrace the cold, it makes you stronger. So this place, we came to, what a couple weeks ago?
The food was decent, the food was really good. But… The real reason to come is these amazing desserts that they have. Stacked toast with ice cream and a whole bunch of yummy. And there were four of us and we couldn’t finish it last time. And so I’m expecting some amazing visuals and for people to really enjoy the time together. Come together as family and Nina set it all up so, we appreciate and love her. Let’s do it.We’re the first ones here, we got this big table. Nina’s excited. As we wait for people to come and fill it up, let me show you the menu, let me show you. So this is the regular food, it’s all good, ramen. This is what we came for. Look at that, look at that toast. Yeah baby these things are huge. Nina’s going to leave super full. 100% happening.
Yeah, have to wear baggy clothes.
Evan: She’s going to leave, “Oh I’m so full, I can’t eat anything.”
Alex is here, Don is here, long time no see buddy.
Evan: Monica’s all ready, she’s already organized everything.
See my little pads now? I’m working so much and thinking so much, I’m wearing out my sweaters. So now I’ve got a little pad right here.
Evan: How about your shoulders?
I’m planning, I’m planning.
Evan: You have pads on your shoulders too.
When I have a hard day and I need to lean on someone, I got the shoulder pads too, you know? Sort of have to lean like this sideways but whatever. Listen, stop judging.Here we go, so we’re going to introduce all the helpers right now that have made it here tonight, today.
Evan: Wait, I thought you were doing this on Snapchat?
Yes I am. Evan is here recording me, I’m recording Evan, I’m here with all the helpers, they’re going to introduce their name and their favorite salsa move, yeah.
Hello, my name’s Katerina, and I’ve been helping since September 2011, and my favorite move is the matrix move.
Hi, my name is Stephan. I have to say my favorite salsa move is the Stephan, I kind of made it up, so if you want to see what it is, ask me to dance on the dance floor.
Hi my name is Felipe. My favorite move is the Coca Cola.
My name is Janice and my favorite salsa move is the Bowling Ball.
Hello my name is Lily, I like quadruple turns.
Evan: That’s fancy.
Hi, I’m Ashish. My favorite move will be same as Felipe’s, Coca Cola.
Evan: Nice, love it.
Hi my name is Ananth, I like the oyster, also Coca Cola.
Hi, my name is Monica. I’ve been helping out since the spring of 2016. And I love to spin, so the more spins the better.
So I’m Nina, I’ve been helping for over six years, I like to do Body Waves.
Even: Very nice.
Hi, my name’s Jessie, I’ve been helping for the last year, and my favorite move is the Women’s Backwards Dip, with the Head Roll.
No redoes, no, it’s all been already posted online.
Snapchat! My name is Alex, I’ve been an instructor for the last year, and my favorite move is the Body Wave. I do it all the time. I love it. Even though Nina loves it too.
Evan: Nina spilled on herself. It’s okay, we still love you Nina.We still love you Nina.
Woman: What is that?
Evan: You don’t want to try it, it’s not really good. They look really-
Wow guys, they’re all gone.
Evan: Alex is doing his thing. Oh, nice, nice.
Look at that.
Evan: That’s some preparation, dude, I’m uh-
Evan: You’re on camera.
Alright, gang! So, our helper of the semester, the way we choose it, is the one that gets the most feedback, the most love, and so, we look at all the feedback-
It was over like 200 feedback from different students, on everybody. I literally just counted the names, I’m like, “Who stood out the most?”. So… Fall, 2016, Helper of the semester is, Monica!You get your golden tag, that’s one.
Alex: You get your one free class at TDS, nine-week class.
Alex: Use that for anything you want. So here’s some of the stuff that people wrote. “Monica’s a great assistant, a great helper, “Monica adds a lot of thought “and gave good advice with my dancing form. “Very motivated and helpful, “great at leading the class.”
Alex: Have a great semester.
I’m really happy. Thank you guys for the opportunity to be here, meeting all you people is so fantastic, I love you guys so much, I want to keep doing it and doing it, I hope to grow even more and I hope to help even more, and anybody help me out to get better and I’ll help you all out, that’d be neat, and I’m so proud to be part of the family. This is amazing, it’s great, thank you so much.
Dessert’s coming, dessert’s coming soon. I’m excited, I’m excited, I’m excited. Whoa, that’s a little close! Now I’m scared. The plates are here. Ohh!
All: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you! Happy birthday dear Ananth, happy birthday to you!
Evan: Blow it out! Round two.
Alex is dancing. He’s got strawberries inside him. Strawberries! Okay, so there’s a quote I read recently that I love and it just talks about the spirit of really, focusing on yourself and being happy. When I think of you, when I think of my family and over the last eight years since I became a student, how… How grateful I am, and I would never have imagined myself being here, sitting with all of you, and… My one word is belong, I was always looking for a place where people wouldn’t judge me, would make me feel like I’m part of their family. So the quote says, or the quote goes, “Work like you don’t need money, “love like you’ve never been hurt, “dance like nobody’s watching.” And so, gang, whenever I’m at the studio, I’m dancing, I feel like nobody’s watching, nobody’s judging, and I hope you feel like that too. All the love I receive from you, it’s like all the things in high school and all the awkwardness I’ve had in my life, it doesn’t happen, and whenever I talk to you I always feel that it’s a genuine relationship. And I’m working at TDS because I don’t care about the money, I don’t care about the power, I don’t care about the attention. I care because… We’re doing something bigger. We’re doing something bigger for ourselves, and for others, and every time I see any of you talk to a student or you’re talking to each other, and the light that lights up, and the light that lights up in me, it makes it a very special place. And so, thank you so much, for being part of my family. Thank you for letting me be part of your family, your lives, and I just… It’s incredible, and I’m super proud of all of you, and just, what we have here. So thank you guys. Real men cry, okay? Real men cry, Nina.
Alright, we’re done. I’m feeling full, how’s Nina feeling?
I’m ready for a nap.
Just stand up here so you’re taller. There she is, look at how tall Nina is now.
So that was insanely filling, good times though! Amazing people, love the TDS family, thank you to Nina for setting that up too, organizing the tubing, and then organizing this.And all the chaos that went with it. You did a good job. Mwah! Hope you guys have an amazing weekend.
Both: Continue to believe!
Whatever your one word is, we will see you soon!