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. Singles and couples 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.



August 30 - Instructor: Zuzana Macknight

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Introdutory Viennese Waltz - no prerequisite 
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

VBDS News….

Fall Class Schedule – something new is afoot -

Starting this fall VBDS will implement a continuous dance schedule. Check out the benefits:


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.


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!


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:

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

   August  2014 »
Events on August 26, 2014
  • Dancing on the Stage at Butchart Gardens
    Past event-
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: 9:00 pm
    Location: Butchart Gardens, Benvenuto Avenue, Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada
    Description: Chris Millington & Dancin'
    - contemporary pop classics
Events on August 29, 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
Events on August 30, 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: Zuzana Macknight teaches an introductory level Viennese Waltz - no prerequisite
    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: Zuzana Macknight teaches Waltz & Cha Cha
Events on August 31, 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