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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….

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)

Friday Intro to Ballroom Workshops -

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

Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24  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 before the beginning of Session Two. Encourage anyone you know who may be interested in ballroom to drop in and give it a try. Only $5 per person!

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LAST IN THE OCTOBER SERIES:

October 24: Waltz/Cha Cha

 

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. THE HUSTLE and SALSA will be offered during the second session of our fall term. Show your support by signing up for these classes!

hustle2The Hustle needs no introduction for most of us. Whether images of John Travolta and disco balls immediately spring to mind or whether you have a more well-rounded image of The Hustle, this is a dance that has thrived and evolved for over 4 decades. With simple footwork and patterns that are relatively easy to acquire it is a versatile, dynamic dance that is well worth adding to your repertoire.

Fall Class Schedule – Session Two -

What's new in Session Two?  THE HUSTLE! (no prerequisite). We will also be offering SALSA once again. The steps will be different from those taught in the first session but there is no pre-requisite for the class, so whether you have taken our Session One Salsa class or whether you are new to the dance there will be lots to learn.

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Annual General Meeting -

21st ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the VBDS will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 in lieu of our practice at Cedar Hill Rec Centre. A revised agenda, with wording of proposed resolutions received so far, is available HERE. If you have any resolution(s) to put forward, please send via email to board@vbds.org, or leave a hard copy with a Board member. The deadline for submitting resolutions is end of day on November 9 but please do submit them as early as possible!

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If you are interested in letting your name stand for election to the Board of Directors or serving on any of the Board Committees, please email board@vbds.org, call our Info-Line at 250-721-5483, or speak to any Board member.

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

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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.

 

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Event Calendar

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Events on October 14, 2014
  • Beyond Gold Quickstep
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
  • Pre-Bronze Tango class
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Pre-Bronze Jive class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Beyond Gold Cha Cha
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
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Events on October 16, 2014
  • Gold Tango
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Bronze Quickstep
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Gold Jive
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Bronze Cha Cha
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
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Events on October 18, 2014
  • VBDS Dance - Oktoberfest
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 11:00 pm
    Location: Saanich Commonwealth Place, 4636 Elk Lake Dr
    Description: Come out in your Dirndl and Lederhosen, or whichever festive dance attire you would like to wear as we Jadermarz and Polka to celebrate the harvest month with a bit of German flair.
    Limited quantities of non-alcoholic beer will be available for $2 per bottle.
    7:15 Workshop - Simple Tango Variations with Bob Gibb
    8:15 - 11:00 Dance
    Please bring a non-breakable glass for refreshments.
    (UVic and NBDS members are asked to please bring their membership cards and join us at our member rates.)
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Events on October 19, 2014
  • Beginner class
    Past event-
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: 7:45 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: This session the dances are: Waltz, Jive, Rumba
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight
  • Intermediate class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: Dances this session: Waltz, Jive
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight
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Events on October 20, 2014
  • Silver Foxtrot class
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Argentine Tango
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Silver Samba class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Salsa class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
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Events on October 21, 2014
  • Pre-Bronze Tango class
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Beyond Gold Quickstep
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
  • Pre-Bronze Jive class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Beyond Gold Cha Cha
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
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Events on October 23, 2014
  • LAST Bronze Quickstep class
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Last Bronze class of Session One.
  • LAST Gold Tango class
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Last Gold class of Session One.
  • LAST Gold Jive class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Last Gold class of Session One.
  • LAST Bronze Cha Cha class
    Past event-
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Last Bronze class of Session One.
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Events on October 24, 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
  • 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.
  • 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 October 25, 2014
  • The Orange, Black & White Dance
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 11:00 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Hosted by Adam, Victor, Bob & Donna
    We invite you to wear something incorporating one or more of these colours to celebrate fall. (If you wish to wear a costume to celebrate Halloween, that's ok too!)

    7:30 - Argentine Tango workshop with Adam
    8:00 - Dance
    Cost: All tickets $10
    Great dance music from DJ Bob

    As always, there will be tables reserved for solo ladies & gents.

    Please contact Donna to reserve your seats: 250-383-7075 or dancingdragon52@hotmail.com
  • Come Dancing
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: 10:30 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Rd, Saanich, BC, Canada
    Description: Come Dancing Ballroom Dance
    Music by Roman Yue
    Time: 8:00-10:30
    Cadboro Bay United Church
    2625 Arbutus Rd.
    $12.50 at the door
    Contact info: 250-592-1602
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Events on October 26, 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.
  • LAST Beginner class of Session One
    Starts: 6:30 pm
    Ends: 7:45 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: This session the dances are: Waltz, Jive, Rumba
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight
  • Newcomer practice
    Starts: 7:45 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: Practice limited to those taking Beginner & Intermediate classes.
    Instructor-led.
  • LAST Intermediate class of Session One
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: Dances this session: Waltz, Jive
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight
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Events on October 27, 2014
  • LAST Silver Foxtrot class
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Last class of Session One.
  • LAST Argentine Tango
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • LAST Silver Samba class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Last class of Session One.
  • LAST Salsa class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
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Events on October 29, 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 October 31, 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
  • NO Intro to Ballroom Workshops tonight
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
  • 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
  • Swing City/UVic Ballroom Club's Halloween Dance Party
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: 12:00 am
    Location: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara St, Victoria, BC V8V 1E9, Canada
    Description: Swing City and the annual UVic Ballroom Dance Club Halloween Dance

    John de Pfyffer will teach a workshop at 8pm and the dance will be hosted by the UVic Ballroom Dance Club from 8:30pm to midnight. Prizes will be awarded for costumes Tickets are $10 in advance from John de Pfyffer or any of the UVic Ballroom Dance Club's executives or $15 at the door.

    Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/823951637655534/?sid_reminder=8182090184108539904
 

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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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