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dance @ the Waterfront: Celebrate the Brant Inn

Burlington, Ontario - July, 5th

dance @ the Waterfront: Celebrate the Brant Inn, now in its seventh year, will celebrate the historical Sky Club and Brant Inn that was originally located where Discovery Landing sits today.  The event is brought to you by danceScape, the City of Burlington, Milton Concert Band (MCB) Swing Ensemble, and the Burlington Historical Society.
CHCH Television’s Entertainment Reporter, Alex Reynolds, will kick off the event at 7:15 p.m. with his memories of the Brant Inn. For four years, Mr. Reynolds hosted the weekly remote broadcasts from the Brant Inn that were broadcast coast to coast on the CBC radio network.
The famous nightspot was a stopover for all the major entertainment figures touring North America such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Guy Lombardo, Tommy Dorsey, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Xavier Cugat, Duke Ellington, and even Liberace!
Former three-time Canadian and two-time North American Amateur Standard Ballroom Champions,Robert Tang and Beverley Cayton-Tang and their team of instructors and students from danceScape will demonstrate the Quickstep, Waltz, Foxtrot, Mambo, Salsa, and more. Hamilton’s “Hammer Hoppers” dance group will also present a fun Lindy Hop demonstration.  There will be complimentary lessons in the Cha Cha and Jive/Swing.
Participants will be able to dance to the live Big Band music from the era of the Brant Inn, presented by theMCB Swing Ensemble.  The Band consists of talented amateur musicians who just love to play and drawn from all over Halton region. Led by Musical Director, Mel Prout, the swing ensemble consists of a suite of Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion and Rhythm sections.
States Beverley, who will also act as co-host of the event, “The Brant Inn was so much a part of Burlington’s cultural heritage. We invite everyone to share their personal memories and dance by moonlight.”
Fun spot and door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening, including danceScape’s “For Absolute Beginners Ballroom Dancing” 2-DVD set and The Burlington Historical Society’s “Brant Inn Memories” book and DVD.  The Burlington Historical Society will be at the event to showcase photographs and documents related to this and other historical facts about Burlington.
Tickets are $15.00 (plus HST) for reserved outdoor seating and entry into the outdoor Ballroom for performances, lessons, and general dancing. For more information or to reserve seats, call 905-633-8808, e-mail [email protected] or visit

danceScape is a dance company that comprises of both amateur and professional dancers who are passionate about the Art of Ballroom & Latin Dancing. Based in Burlington, Ontario, the company offers workshops and learning programs in Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Salsa/Latin, Swing/Jive and Lindy Hop.  danceScape was founded by former three-time Canadian and two-time North American Amateur Standard Ballroom Champions, Robert Tang and Beverley Cayton-Tang. The Tangs have been profiled on CBC Television’s “Dragons’ Den”, Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Healthy Gourmet”, and ParticipACTION’s “Get Inspired. Get Moving” national television campaign.
Consisting of Brass, Woodwinds, Percussion and Rhythm sections, the Milton Concert Band Swing Ensemble is made up of talented, amateur musicians who just love to play. Drawn from all over Halton region, the band repertoire includes a variety of music from the Big Band and Swing era. The 16 piece MCB Swing Ensemble is directed by Mel Prout and is a not-for-profit group.
The Burlington Historical Society was founded in October 1960 and is an affiliated member of the Ontario Historical Society, the Archvies Association of Ontario and Knowledge Ontario/Our Ontario. The Society publishes books and other materials related to Burlington’s history as well as a monthly newsletter, the Gazette. Other projects are undertaken from time to time such as presentations to other groups and walking tours of historic parts of Burlington. The Society also provides plaques for Burlington buildings that are more than 100 years old.

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