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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.

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. The proposed agenda will soon be posted at our practices. 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.

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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.

VBDS News….

Memberships/Class Registrations -

Remember, September 1 was the beginning of the VBDS membership year. If you haven't yet renewed, please do so as soon as possible.
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You may apply for membership/renewal and register for classes online. (There is still some room in each of our classes, so it is not too late!)

VBDS 2014 Fall Kick-Off – Pot Luck Dinner & Dancing! -

Come and celebrate the fall return to dancing in full swing with our first monthly dance of the season!
Mark SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 on your calendar.

NEW LOCATION!! - LES PASSMORE CENTRE, 286 Hampton Rd.
NEW WORKSHOP!! - see below kick-off

For the Pot Luck Dinner: To facilitate decisions on what everyone is bringing, please contact Steve Hutchings by phone (250-361-3965) or email (steve_hutchings@hotmail.com) as to whether it is an Appetizer, Salad/Vegetable, Main Course, or Dessert. This information (not including anybody's name, only the name of the dish) will be posted on the website.  

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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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 – 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:

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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 20, 2014
  • VBDS Potluck Dinner & Dance
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 11:00 pm
    Location: 286 Hampton Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H3, Canada
    Description: Come and celebrate the fall return to dancing in full swing with our first monthly dance of the season!

    To facilitate decisions on what everyone is bringing, please contact Steve Hutchings by phone (250-361-3965) or email (steve_hutchings@hotmail.com) as to whether it is an Appetizer, Salad/Vegetable, Main Course, or Dessert. This information (not including anybody’s name, only the name of the dish) will be posted on the website.

    TICKETS: In advance from Steve Hutchings: $8 members and $10 non-members
    At the door: $10 members and $12 non-members

    TIMINGS: Set up at 6:00 p.m. (volunteer in advance – contact Steve)
    Doors open 7:00 p.m.
    Potluck Dinner 7:45 p.m.
    Approx. 8:30 p.m. Workshop with Rachel & Steve covering the Australian New Vogue Evening Three Step (social style)
    Night ends 11:00 p.m.
    Help securing the facility welcomed

    MUSIC: A variety of ballroom standard and latin selections with a sprinkling of others provided by VBDS

    DRESS: Casual Chic or Smart Casual
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Events on September 21, 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.
  • Beginner class
    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.
  • Intermediate class
    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 September 22, 2014
  • Silver Foxtrot class
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Argentine Tango
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Salsa class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Silver Samba class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
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Events on September 23, 2014
  • Pre-Bronze Tango class
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Beyond Gold Quickstep
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
  • Beyond Gold Cha Cha
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
  • Pre-Bronze Jive class
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
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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 25, 2014
  • Gold Tango
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Bronze Quickstep
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Gold Jive
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Bronze Cha Cha
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
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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
  • Swing City
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: 11:30 pm
    Location: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara St, Victoria, BC, Canada
    Description: Event: Swing City
    Tiime: 8pm - Approx. midnight
    Workshop: Hustle with John at 8pm
    Place: Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara.
    Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood.
    Admission: $10 for Students and $12 for General
  • 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 September 27, 2014
  • Welcome Back - Ballroom Dance
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 10:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Co-hosted by Bob & Donna, Adam and Victor
    Doors open 7:15 p.m.
    Workshop: SAMBA with VICTOR 7:30
    Dance: 8:00 - 10:30
    Cost: $10 at the door - includes workshop
    DJ Bob will be spinning some great dance music - and he has some new music to add to the playlist.

    As always, we will be happy to reserve your seat, and if you are coming with friends we can reserve a table or tables for you. Just send me a message and I will make the arrangements.

    The big shoe clearance continues - $25.00 for women's and $60 for men's.
    Donna Lawrence - dancingdragon52@hotmail.com
    Phone: 250-383-7075
  • Come Dancing
    Starts: 8:00 pm
    Ends: 10:30 pm
    Location: 2625 Cadboro Bay Rd, Victoria, BC V8R 5J3, Canada
    Description: Come Dancing Ballroom Dance
    Music by John de Pfyffer
    Date: Sept. 27th
    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 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.
  • Beginner class
    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.
  • Intermediate class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Cedar Hill Rec Centre
    Description: Dances this session: Waltz, Jive
    Instructor: Zuzana Macknight
29
Events on September 29, 2014
  • Silver Foxtrot class
    Starts: 7:15 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Argentine Tango
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 8:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Silver Samba class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:45 pm
    Location: Royal Oak Women's Institute
    Description: Instructor: Wanda Kivitt
  • Salsa class
    Starts: 8:30 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Centennial United Church
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
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Events on September 30, 2014
  • Beyond Gold Quickstep
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
  • Pre-Bronze Tango class
    Starts: 7:00 pm
    Ends: 8:15 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Pre-Bronze Jive class
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd
    Description: Instructor: Elizabeth McGregor
  • Beyond Gold Cha Cha
    Starts: 8:15 pm
    Ends: 9:30 pm
    Location: Cadboro Bay United Church
    Description: Instructors: Wanda & Victor
 

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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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