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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.

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….

Memberships -

September 1 is the beginning of the VBDS membership year. Please register for membership and/or classes as soon as possible.
reminder

Online application for membership and registration for classes is not currently available.

To register, please contact Neil at any of our practices or via our information line: 721-JIVE (250-721-5483).

Neil will be at the Friday practice at the Les Passmore Centre on August 28, September 4 & 11 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. He will be at the Wednesday practice at Cedar Hill Rec Centre from 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. on September 2 & 9. He will also be on hand at the Newcomer I classes to take any remaining registrations from our newcomers, but please sign up in advance if at all possible.

Friday Intro to Ballroom Workshops -

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

Dates: August 28, September 4 & 11    Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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

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!

ballroom1August 28: Waltz & Cha Cha with Wanda

September 4: Social Foxtrot & Rumba with Victor

September 11: Tango & Jive with Wanda

Preliminary Fall Class Schedule 2015 -

The preliminary fall class schedule is here! You may register with Neil at the Wednesday or Friday practice or by contacting him via the JIVE-line (250-721-5483).

Online registration is not currently available.

[CBU = Cadboro Bay United Church, CHR = Cedar Hill Rec Centre, LPC = Les Passmore Centre, ROM = Royal Oak Middle School, ROW = Royal Oak Women's Institute]

EXCEPT for Beyond Gold, classes run for 11 weeks.

Class Name Day Time (PM) Instructor Hall Start/
End
Cost
Newcomer I
 no class Oct 11
Sun 6:30 - 7:45 Wanda CHR Sept 13/
Nov 29
$99
Newcomer I
no class Oct 19/Nov 9
Mon 8:00 - 9:15 Elizabeth ROM Sept 14/
Dec 7
$99
Intermediate
 no class Oct 11
Sun 8:30 - 9:45 Victor CHR Sept 13/
Nov 29
$99
Pre-Bronze 
Standard I
Tues 7:00 - 8:15 Elizabeth LPC Sept 15/
Nov 24
$99
Pre-Bronze
Latin I
Tues 8:15 - 9:30 Elizabeth LPC Sept 15/
Nov 24
$99
Bronze Standard I Thur 7:00 - 8:15 Wanda ROW Sept 17/
Nov 26
$99
Bronze Latin I Thur 8:15 - 9:30 Wanda ROW Sept 17/
Nov 26
$99
Silver Standard I
 no class Oct 12
Mon 7:15 - 8:30 Wanda ROW Sept 14/
Nov 30 
$110
Silver Latin I
 no class Oct 12
Mon 8:30 - 9:45  Wanda ROW Sept 14/
Nov 30 
$110
Gold Standard I
Thur 7:00 - 8:15 Elizabeth LPC Sept 17/
Nov 26 
$110
Gold Latin I Thur 8:15 - 9:30 Elizabeth LPC Sept 17/
Nov 26 
$110
Beyond Gold
Waltz
Tues 7:00 - 8:15 Wanda/
Victor
CBU Sept 15/
Oct 20
$84
(6 weeks)
Beyond Gold
Cha Cha
Tues 8:15 - 9:30 Wanda/
Victor
CBU Sept 15/
Oct 20 
$84
(6 weeks)
Beyond Gold
Quickstep
Tues 7:00 - 8:15 Wanda/
Victor
CBU Oct 27/
Dec 1
$84
(6 weeks) 
Beyond Gold
Paso Doble
Tues 8:15 - 9:30 Wanda/
Victor
CBU Oct 27/
Dec 1 
$84
(6 weeks) 
Hollywood Stars! -

Our May dance was a huge success! Lots of attendees threw themselves gleefully into the spirit of the occasion. A multitude of celebrities (including Charlie Chaplin, Sean Connery/James Bond, Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Elvis, and three Marilyn Monroes) graced the red carpet.

Hollywood 3 Hollywood 1 Hollywood 4
Hollywood 5 Hollywood 6 Hollywood 7

 

 

Pacifica Ball 2015 -

The Pacifica Ball 2015 Committee has announced that a joint amateur and pro-am competition, as held in 2014, is not possible this year due to political issues between DanceSport BC and the Canadian DanceSport Federation. The inability of the Pacifica organizing team and their available volunteer base to proceed with their vision made for insurmountable obstacles this year. It is with profound regret that the committee is therefore disbanding.

PacificaBall

To those who would like to see the return of the event here in 2016 we ask for your efforts to convince the organizations that have influence on such events to permit a cooperative spirit to prevail in the future.

Malcolm Sneddon, VBDS President

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

August  2015
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Events on August 1, 2015
  • Argentine Tango Workshops

    Past event-

    Starts: 1:00 pm

    Ends: 5:15 pm

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St

    Description: Workshops with Rod Relucio & Jenny Teters
    1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Working with the free leg - leaders/followers
    2:30 - 3:45 p.m. Linear movements & displacements
    4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Boleos, various boleos, some unexpected

    Pricing:
    Workshop Full Pass: $140 (includes the Sunday practilonga
    Single Class: $30
    One Day Pass: $75

    Info or registration: Dalie Green, dalie@shaw.ca or 250-881-3925

    Google Calendar Link...

  • West Coast Swing Weekly Social Dance

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Alive Studios, 301 - 1821 Cook St.

    Description: The Westie Dance Party
    8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beginner and Beyond Drop-in Lesson
    Dancing from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Cost: $10 for VBDS Members
    Workshop & Social $14
    Social Only (after 9:30 p.m.) $10

    Dance to Top 40′s, Blues, Hip Hop, and R&B.
    Info: (250) 886-4599; danceyourfreedom.com

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 2, 2015
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 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...

  • Argentine Tango Workshops

    Past event-

    Starts: 1:00 pm

    Ends: 5:15 pm

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St

    Description: Workshops with Rod Relucio & Jenny Teters
    1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Various planeo combinations
    2:30 - 3:45 p.m. "Let's get hooked" - ganchos/leg wraps
    4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Small space moves: keeping the dance dynamic

    Pricing:
    Workshop Full Pass: $140 (includes the Sunday practilonga
    Single Class: $30
    One Day Pass: $75

    Info or registration: Dalie Green, dalie@shaw.ca or 250-881-3925

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Guided Alternative Practilonga

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:00 pm

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St

    Description: Practilonga with Rod & Jenny
    $10
    (Workshop Full Pass includes the Practilonga)

    Info or registration: Dalie Green, dalie@shaw.ca or 250-881-3925

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 5, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; expected to join to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 7, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; must join VBDS to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Argentine Tango Social Milonga

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 9:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St.

    Description: Every Friday. No partner required.
    $10 plus $2 minimum drink consumption
    Info: Tango Pacifico dtolomeo@ uvic.ca

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 8, 2015
  • West Coast Swing Weekly Social Dance

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Alive Studios, 301 - 1821 Cook St.

    Description: The Westie Dance Party
    8:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beginner and Beyond Drop-in Lesson
    Dancing from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Cost: $10 for VBDS Members
    Workshop & Social $14
    Social Only (after 9:30 p.m.) $10

    Dance to Top 40′s, Blues, Hip Hop, and R&B.
    Info: (250) 886-4599; danceyourfreedom.com

    Google Calendar Link...

9
Events on August 9, 2015
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 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...

101112
Events on August 12, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; expected to join to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 14, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; must join VBDS to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Swing City

    Past event-

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 11:30 pm

    Location: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara St

    Description: West coast Swing with John at 8 p.m.
    General Dancing 9:00 - 11:30 p.m.
    Admission is $12 and $10 for sutdents

    Contact John for more info at dancevictoria@telus.net or 250-920-7556

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Katzenjammers Dance Party

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 8:30 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Esquimalt Legion

    Description: Admission: $5

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Argentine Tango Social Milonga

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 9:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St.

    Description: Every Friday. No partner required.
    $10 plus $2 minimum drink consumption
    Info: Tango Pacifico dtolomeo@ uvic.ca

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 15, 2015
  • Dance for the Children

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd

    Description: Second Annual "Dance for the Children"
    Mexican-themed fiesta!
    Bring appie/finger dessert to share, BYOB
    Doors open 7:00 p.m., music & dancing 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. with DJ Roman Yue
    followed by live music - all musicians welcome!
    Cost: $15 each, $25 per couple

    Info/table reservation: Connie 250-507-7227 or 53conn @gmail.com

    This is a fundraiser for the project in Melaque, Mexico, led by Dr. Rosa Vivas. She and her team have built a refuge for migrant indigenous farm-workers which includes a school for the kids, medical care, little cabins for the working families, and a hot dinner for the kids - as well as life skills for the women, clothes, shoes etc. A safe place for very vulnerable people with little legal status in their own country. Last year we raised a good sum for the project, so let's try again.

    If anyone has items for the silent auction, please let Connie know. All help welcomed!

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 16, 2015
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 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...

171819
Events on August 19, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; expected to join to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

2021
Events on August 21, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; must join VBDS to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Argentine Tango Social Milonga

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 9:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St.

    Description: Every Friday. No partner required.
    $10 plus $2 minimum drink consumption
    Info: Tango Pacifico dtolomeo@ uvic.ca

    Google Calendar Link...

22
23
Events on August 23, 2015
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 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...

242526
Events on August 26, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:45 pm

    Ends: 10:00 pm

    Location: Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; expected to join to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 28, 2015
  • Practice

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 9:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road

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

    Visitors welcome 2 times; must join VBDS to come again

    Google Calendar Link...

  • Argentine Tango Social Milonga

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 9:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St.

    Description: Every Friday. No partner required.
    $10 plus $2 minimum drink consumption
    Info: Tango Pacifico dtolomeo@ uvic.ca

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 29, 2015
  • Victoria Chinese Ladies Club Fundraising Summer Dance

    Past event-

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Dr

    Description: Dance to ballroom music provided by MC2
    8pm-midnight
    Food, refreshments and an amazing number of great door prizes
    Tickets are $25 per person
    Please contact Betty Choy (Bachoy@shaw.ca) for tickets OR purchase tickets at Friday night dance practice at Les Passmore Centre

    Google Calendar Link...

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Events on August 30, 2015
  • Silver & Above Practice

    Starts: 10:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 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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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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