Ballroom Dance 2We can’t always choose the music life plays for us but we can choose how we dance to it! … Have fun with friends while you exercise your body and your hippocampus.  Dancing is the ultimate sport in which everyone can participate.  Read Dancing can make you smarter!

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….

Friday Intro to Ballroom Workshops -

Friday evening drop-in Intro to Ballroom workshops. Singles and couples welcome.

Dates: November 14, 21, 28, December 5    Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd.
(Workshops will be held in an area adjacent to the gym, but please come to the gym to register.)

Instructor: Adam Hanna

Designed to give beginners a sample of one of our classes. Encourage anyone you know who may be interested in ballroom to drop in and give it a try. Only $5 per person!



November 28: Waltz/Cha Cha


New Year’s Eve Ball -

Our DJ will be the ever-popular Roman Yue.

Tickets will be available for sale at the Wednesday practice, November 26, from 7:30 to approximately 8:30 p.m. At this time tickets will be for members only, with remaining tickets available to non-members at a later date. Tickets are selling fast this year, with already more than 80% taken, so don't procrastinate!

happy new year

Here is a preview of the sumptuous delicacies being offered to tempt your palate:

A Warm Welcome to our New Board! -

VBDS extends a hearty thanks and congratulations to our new Board of Directors:

congratulations  Malcolm Sneddon - President   Marion Gardner
Veronica Patenaude   Ellie Matheson
Steve Montgomery   Jenn Jackson
Neil Fleischmann   Ron Smailes
Grace Sneddon   Jim Pringle
Scott Hamilton  
Sports Day – VBDS Dance & Demonstrations -

Our November dance is offering a dash of entertainment. The evening will be primarily devoted to dancing, with demonstrations interjected. Each of our classes has been invited to put on a brief demonstration of what they have learned in class. All levels will strut their stuff, from Beginner to Gold and beyond. In the Open Division some members will be in full ballroom competition regalia. (No ballroom costumes are allowed in the class demonstrations.) The evening will also include demonstrations by Grade 2 & 3 students from Doncaster Elementary School and from the Stelly's Secondary Ballroom Dance Club.

PB smugmug

This dance is part of the VBDS' contribution to "Sports Day in Canada" being sponsored by ParticipACTION and RBC on Saturday, November 29.

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:


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


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.



Event Calendar

November  2014
Events on November 24, 2014
  • Silver Tango Class

    Starts: 7:15 pm

    Ends: 8:30 pm

    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute

    Description: FIRST class of Session Two

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  • Hustle Class

    Starts: 7:30 pm

    Ends: 8:30 pm

    Location: Centennial United Church

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  • Silver Jive Class

    Starts: 8:30 pm

    Ends: 9:45 pm

    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute

    Description: FIRST class of Session Two

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  • Salsa Class

    Starts: 8:30 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Centennial United Church

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Events on November 25, 2014
Events on November 26, 2014
  • Practice

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd, V8P 3Y3

    Description: Regular practice most Wednesdays at 7:45pm.

    Visitors welcome 2 times; expected to join to come again

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Events on November 27, 2014
Events on November 28, 2014
  • Practice

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: 286 Hampton Road, Victoria BC, V8Z 1H1

    Description: Regular VBDS practice held most Fridays at Les Passmore centre.

    Visitors welcome 2 times; must join VBDS to come again

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  • Intro to Ballroom Workshops

    Starts: 7:30 pm

    Ends: 8:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd

    Description: Instructor: Adam Hanna
    Tonight: Waltz/Cha Cha
    Only $5 per person; singles & couples welcome.

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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, Victoria, BC, Canada

    Description: West Coast Swing Weekly Social Dance: The Westie Dance Party at Martin Bachelor Art Gallery, 712 Cormorant Street (just off of Douglas St.)
    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 November 29, 2014
  • VBDS Dance & Demonstrations

    Starts: 7:15 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm

    Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place

    Description: This dance is part of the VBDS' contribution to "Sports Day in Canada" being sponsored by ParticipACTION and RBC.
    The evening will be devoted primarily to general dancing with brief demonstrations by all levels of our classes.
    7:15 - 11:00 p.m.
    Special rate of only $5 per person.
    Please bring a non-breakable glass for refreshments.

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Events on November 30, 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 6th, we will revert to:
    Standard from 10 - 11
    Latin from 11 - 12
    with no Competitor Practice for the summer.

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  • Beginner class

    Starts: 6:30 pm

    Ends: 7:45 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre

    Description: Dances this session: Slow Rhythm, Cha Cha, Tango
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight

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  • Newcomer practice

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 8:30 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre

    Description: Practice limited to those taking Beginner & Intermediate classes.

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  • Intermediate class

    Starts: 8:30 pm

    Ends: 9:45 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre

    Description: Dances this session: Quickstep, Rumba
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight

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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