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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.

Intro to Ballroom Workshops -

Saturday afternoon drop-in workshops. Couples and singles welcome.

Dates: August 23, 30, September 6, 13  Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd.

Intro to Ballroom 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Designed to give beginners a sample of one of our classes before the beginning of our fall term. Encourage anyone you know who may be interested in ballroom to drop in and give it a try.

Other workshops 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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NEXT UP:

August 30 - Instructor: Zuzana Macknight

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Viennese Waltz - An Introduction to the Basics
(no prerequisite, but some previous work on the basics of Slow Waltz is recommended)
Members $8, Non-members $10, Students $5

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Intro to Ballroom - Waltz & Cha Cha
Flat rate of $5 per person; couples & singles welcome.

VBDS News….

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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The eagerly anticipated Fall Class Schedule -

The long dry spell is over!  Classes reign once again!  Check out our class schedule and get your fall plans in order.

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How to Register - You may apply for membership and register for classes online. You may contact Neil at any of our practices or via our information (“Jive”) line: 721-JIVE (250-721-5483) You may mail in your forms with a cheque to: Victoria Ballroom Dance
Out-of-Syllabus Class Offerings -

Many of our members expressed a desire to expand their dance repertoires outside of our standard syllabus offerings. In response to that demand, we have built a slot into our new schedule to accommodate a variety of dances. Argentine Tango and Salsa will be offered during the first session of our fall term. Show your support by signing up for these classes!

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DVD Library will remain open for the summer! -

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 9:00pm at the Wednesday VBDS Practice at ceder hill rec center.
    • 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 you name and email to check against current membership records. Once you have reserved it on-line, just visit Brian between 8:30 and 9:00pm at the Wednesday VBDS Practice at ceder hill rec center 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:

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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

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Events on September 3, 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 September 5, 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
  • Swing City
    Starts: 9:00 pm
    Ends: 11:30 pm
    Location: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara St, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Description: Workshop by John de Pfyffer: 8 – 9 pm
    Admission: $12 ($10 for Students)
    info: 250-920-7556 or dancevictoria@telus.net
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Events on September 6, 2014
  • Saturday afternoon workshops
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 2:00 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Drop-in workshops. No pre-registration.
    Today: Wanda Kivitt teaches Pre-Bronze/Bronze International Foxtrot Basics
    Members $8, non-members $10, full-time students $5
  • Intro to Ballroom Workshops - only $5 per person
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: 3:00 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd.
    Description: Our Intro to Ballroom workshops are designed to give beginners a sample of one of our classes before the start of our fall term. Drop-in, no pre-registration. Singles and couples welcome.

    Today: Wanda Kivitt teaches Tango & Jive
  • Hawaiian Night Ballroom Dance Party
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 10:30 pm
    Location: 286 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H3, Canada
    Description: Hosted by Roman and Rennie
    Les Passmore Centre at 286 Hampton Road.
    Workshop: Hula Dance at 7:30 pm
    Dance: 8:30 - 10:30pm
    Hula dance performance by Elena
    Admission: $12
    info: 250-391-1178 danceinstyle@shaw.ca
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Events on September 7, 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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Events on September 10, 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 September 12, 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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Events on September 13, 2014
  • Saturday afternoon workshops
    Starts: 1:00 pm
    Ends: 2:00 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Drop-in workshops. No pre-registration.
    Today: Wanda Kivitt teaches Social Foxtrot Variations

    Members $8, non-members $10, full-time students $5
  • Intro to Ballroom Workshops - only $5 per person
    Starts: 2:00 pm
    Ends: 3:00 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd.
    Description: Our Intro to Ballroom workshops are designed to give beginners a sample of one of our classes before the start of our fall term. Drop-in, no pre-registration. Singles and couples welcome.

    Today: Wanda Kivitt teaches Foxtrot and Rumba
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Events on September 14, 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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Events on September 17, 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 September 19, 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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Events on September 20, 2014
  • 10th Annual Dance de Rock Cancer Society Fundraiser
    (multi-day Event)…
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 12:00 am
    Location: Campbell River (details TBA)
    Description: Hosted by Keith & Holly Foriae: September 20th, 21st & 22nd 2013 featuring professional
    instructors from all over North America. Early Bird rate for full weekend
    passes is $130 per person up to August 23rd. The weekend pass includes;
    Friday & Saturday night dances, Friday night snack buffet, 2 lunches,
    Saturday night dinner buffet, entertainment, a choice of 18 workshops, at
    the Beginner to Intermediate levels. For more info: email
    dancederock@shaw.ca, visit http://www.dancederock.ca or call 1-250-871-2513
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Events on September 21, 2014
  • 10th Annual Dance de Rock Cancer Society Fundraiser
    (multi-day Event)…
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 12:00 am
    Location: Campbell River (details TBA)
    Description: Hosted by Keith & Holly Foriae: September 20th, 21st & 22nd 2013 featuring professional
    instructors from all over North America. Early Bird rate for full weekend
    passes is $130 per person up to August 23rd. The weekend pass includes;
    Friday & Saturday night dances, Friday night snack buffet, 2 lunches,
    Saturday night dinner buffet, entertainment, a choice of 18 workshops, at
    the Beginner to Intermediate levels. For more info: email
    dancederock@shaw.ca, visit http://www.dancederock.ca or call 1-250-871-2513
  • 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.
22
Events on September 22, 2014
  • 10th Annual Dance de Rock Cancer Society Fundraiser
    (multi-day Event)…
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: 12:00 am
    Location: Campbell River (details TBA)
    Description: Hosted by Keith & Holly Foriae: September 20th, 21st & 22nd 2013 featuring professional
    instructors from all over North America. Early Bird rate for full weekend
    passes is $130 per person up to August 23rd. The weekend pass includes;
    Friday & Saturday night dances, Friday night snack buffet, 2 lunches,
    Saturday night dinner buffet, entertainment, a choice of 18 workshops, at
    the Beginner to Intermediate levels. For more info: email
    dancederock@shaw.ca, visit http://www.dancederock.ca or call 1-250-871-2513
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Events on September 24, 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 September 26, 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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Events on September 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 6th, we will revert to:
    Standard from 10 - 11
    Latin from 11 - 12
    with no Competitor Practice for the summer.
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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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