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Victoria Ballroom Dance Society offers a variety of classes and workshops, from absolute beginner, to bronze, silver and gold level so whatever your age, whether you are new to ballroom, or returning to the dance floor, you will have fun dancing, learning and making new friends.

VBDS Fundraising Using the Thrifty Food’s Smile Card Program -

Thrifty's Smile Card

Thank you to all members who have used their VBDS Smile Card to assist the club with fundraising. The program raised $1811 last year and is now fully operational again for this year's program, so please continue to use your cards. Thrifty Foods donates 5% of the amount you put on your Smile Card to the VBDS. Let's make a concerted effort this year to reach our $2500 limit! If you don't yet have your VBDS Thrifty Foods Smile Card send an email to info@vbds.org and we will arrange to get one to you.

VBDS News….

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merry xmas5The VBDS Board extends best wishes to all for a very merry Christmas and a new year that brings great dancing enjoyment. Thank you for your support of our club this year and may you remain with us for many more to come.

Holiday Closures -

CEDAR HILL REC CENTRE: December 24 & 31

LES PASSMORE CENTRE: December 26 & January 2

There will be no practices on the above dates.

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New Year’s Eve Ball -

Ticket sales are now closed.

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Preliminary Class Schedule Session 3 – January 2015 -

[Key to halls: CBU = Cadboro Bay United Church, CHR = Cedar Hill Rec Centre, CUC = Centennial United Church, LPC = Les Passmore Centre, ROW = Royal Oak Women's Institute]

Class Name Day Time (PM) Instructor Hall Start End Cost
Beginner (Waltz/Jive/Rumba) Sun 6:30 - 7:45 Zuzana CHR  Jan 11 Feb 15  $54
Intermediate (SlowRhythm/Cha) Sun 8:30 - 9:45 Zuzana CHR  Jan 11 Feb 15 $54
Pre-Bronze Waltz Tues 7:00 - 8:15 Elizabeth LPC Jan 13  Feb 17 $54
Pre-Bronze Paso Doble Tues 8:15 - 9:30 Elizabeth LPC Jan 13  Feb 17  $54
Bronze Foxtrot Thurs 7:00 - 8:15 Wanda ROW Jan 15 Feb 19  $54
Bronze Samba Thurs 8:15 - 9:30 Wanda ROW Jan 15  Feb 19  $54
Silver Viennese Waltz/WCS Mon 7:15 - 8:30 Wanda ROW Jan 12 Feb 16  $60
Silver Rumba Mon 8:30 - 9:45 Wanda ROW Jan 12  Feb 16  $60
Gold Foxtrot Thurs 7:00 - 8:15 Elizabeth LPC Jan 15  Feb 19  $60
Gold Samba Thurs 8:15 - 9:30 Elizabeth LPC Jan 15  Feb 19  $60
Beyond Gold Tango* Tues 7:00 - 8:15 Wanda & Victor CBU Jan 13 Feb 24  $84
Beyond Gold Jive* Tues 8:15 - 9:30 Wanda & Victor CBU Jan 13  Feb 24  $84
Out-of-Syllabus TBA Mon 7:30 - 8:30 Elizabeth CUC Jan 12  Feb 16  $60
Out-of-Syllabus TBA Mon 8:30 - 9:30 Elizabeth CUC Jan 12  Feb 16  $60

* No class February 17

Graphics Design Volunteer Needed -

Do you have graphic design skills? We're looking for volunteers to create some eye-catching posters to promote VBDS in public locations around Victoria. graphic design If you can help, please send an email to: promotions@vbds.org or call the Jive Line: 250-721-JIVE (5483)

Fall Class Schedule – something new is afoot -

Starting this fall VBDS will implement a continuous dance schedule. Check out the benefits:

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DVD Library – for your convenience! -

dvdsVBDS Members have been borrowing DVDs from the VBDS Library since April 30, 2014. PLEASE NOTE that the library will continue to operate for the summer months. Brian Mason, the DVD Librarian, is looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday nights.

Current VBDS Members may freely borrow one Ballroom instructional DVD per week, just:

  • Visit Brian between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. at the Wednesday VBDS Practice at Cedar Hill Rec Centre.
    • Checkout an available DVD,
    • or reserve a DVD for next week if the DVD you want is already out.
    • or wait list yourself for a DVD if the DVD you want is reserved.
  • OR- Visit the new web site pages (see image above) to reserve or wait list your DVD! Using the web site is convenient, it only asks for your name and email to check against current membership records. Once you have reserved it on-line, just visit Brian between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. at the Wednesday VBDS Practice at Cedar Hill Rec Centre and pick up your reserved DVD. The web site saves you time and gets your DVD reserved ahead.

Choosing a DVD is simple, each DVD is for one dance, and by level. The levels may be combined per DVD like:

  • Bronze - includes all the steps from the pre-bronze and bronze steps.
  • Silver/Gold - includes all the steps from the silver and gold levels of each dance.
  • note- there are NO "VBDS Beginner level" steps on any of the DVDs.

 

 

VBDS Music – Some points to consider: -

Music for Practices

Each year VBDS adds to the collection of music for use at its practices.  The acquired music is almost always music that is arranged specifically for ballroom dancing; this ensures the tempo is correct and that the beat throughout the song is discernible.  The purchase of the music is ultimately the easiest step in providing the music for dances.  A volunteer must then take the music, decide which songs are to be used, find ones that fit the time allocated for the dance and that all dances are covered in the time allocated for the practice, burn a CD, label the CD and provide a list of the songs that are on the CD.  This is quite time consuming and there a few volunteers who have offered to assist with this task.

The board is looking at ways to improve the handling of the practice music.  One of the considerations is the the CD media used is fixed and it is time consuming to make changes.  Remember the old days of records, 8 track tapes and cassettes and even CDs before the "random" button - the listener would know which some is coming next and would either have to listen to it or take action to skip the song.  That, more or less, is the situation with the CDs; you the listener learn the order of the songs but are unable to skip to the next song and the technology is time consuming to work with to make new CDs.

If you have suggestions for music selections send the following information to president@vbds.org:

Song title, Artist's Name, Album, Dance for which the song is intended and the BPM (use an online counter such as http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm)

If you have the time and access to the internet use the following links to compare songs that are arranged specifically for ballroom dances and that which is played for listening pleasure:

Somebody That I Used To Know

Skyfall

Steve Hutchings
President VBDS

 

VBDS Dance Workshop Survey -

merenguesurveyWhat workshops would you like to see VBDS offer?

Take a look what others are wanting to do on a Saturday afternoon!

Vote for your favorite workshop now, who knows maybe you will want to do it some rainy Saturday afternoon!!

 

To view Archived VBDS news articles -click here.

 

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Event Calendar

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Events on December 20, 2014
  • Holiday Glitz: A Special Christmas Dance

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:30 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd

    Description: HOLIDAY GLITZ: a Special Christmas Dance
    Hosted by Wanda Kivitt and Donna Lawrence
    7:15 - Doors Open
    7:30 - Waltz Mixer Workshop with Wanda
    8:00 - 11:00 Dance - Everyone Welcome
    ADVANCE TICKETS: $17.50 per person - NOW ON SALE
    At the Door - $20.00 per person
    Great Dance Music with DJ Bob

    Evening includes desserts and a surprise special performance.
    We will be happy to reserve a table for you and your friends - just let us know how many in your party. There will be tables reserved for solo guests.
    Dance away those shopping mall blues!

    Contact: Wanda - 250-477-4811 classicballroom@shaw.ca
    Donna - 250-383-7075 dancingdragon52@hotmail.com

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Events on December 21, 2014
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 1:00 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre 286 Hampton Rd.

    Description: Standard 10am - 11am
    Latin 11am - 12pm
    Competitor Practice - Standard 12pm - 1pm
    Starting on July 5 we will revert to:
    Standard from 10 - 11
    Latin from 11 - 12
    with no Competitor Practice for the summer.

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Events on December 24, 2014
  • NO Practice

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

    Description: Cedar Hill Rec Centre closed.

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Events on December 26, 2014
  • NO Practice

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road

    Description: Les Passmore Centre closed.

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  • West Coast Swing Weekly Social Dance

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:30 pm

    Location: Martin Batchelor Gallery, 712 Cormorant St (just off of Douglas St)

    Description: The Westie Dance Party
    8 PM All levels drop in lesson.
    Dancing from 8:30 - 11:30 PM.
    Cost: $5 for Post-Secondary Students/Out of Town; $7 for Dance Your Freedom Studio members/SDAV; $8 for General.
    Dance to Top 40′s, Blues, Hip Hop, and R&B.
    Info: (250) 886-4599; danceyourfreedom.com

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Events on December 28, 2014
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 1:00 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre 286 Hampton Rd.

    Description: Standard 10am - 11am
    Latin 11am - 12pm
    Competitor Practice - Standard 12pm - 1pm
    Starting on July 5 we will revert to:
    Standard from 10 - 11
    Latin from 11 - 12
    with no Competitor Practice for the summer.

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on December 31, 2014
  • New Year's Dinner & Dance with MC2

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 1:00 am

    Location: Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St

    Description: New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner & Dance with MC2
    No host cash bar, door prizes, festive venue, midnight snack, champagne & party favors.

    WHEN: Doors 6pm
    Dinner 7pm
    Dance 9pm-1am
    PRICE: $80, tickets must be reserved ASAP and bought in advance
    Tickets sold @ Da Vinci Center Sat, Dec 27, 10-1pm
    Otherwise contact Joe and RSVP at 881-1025 or 383-8041 or visit davincicentre.ca
    Dance Group tables will be reserved beside the dance floor for members, but your name must be on the Dance Group list.

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  • VBDS New Year's Eve Ball

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 12:30 am

    Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place

    Description: Music: Roman Yue
    Hot Buffet Dinner
    Chocolate Fountain
    Prices: $60 members

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  • NO Practice

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

    Description: Cedar Hill Rec Centre closed.

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Les Passmore Centre

 (also known as: Saanich Silver Threads), 286 Hampton Rd (see map and specific directions to hall below)

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VBDS holds many classes, workshops, and other events in the hall/gym located behind the Les Passmore Center (4):

To enter the hall

  1. walk down the front entrance ramp,
  2. turn to your left, walk past the atrium 
  3. turn right and walk straight to the end of the walkway and you will be at the Gym entrance

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