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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….

Dancing in the Square -

Monday evenings, July 6 through August 17 (excluding August 3), VBDS and the City of Victoria bring you "Dancing in the Square".

FREE beginner ballroom workshops 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn the basics of the waltz, social foxtrot, jive, rumba and cha cha.

FREE live band music 8:00 - 9:30 p.m. Practice your new-found skills and your old dance moves as well!

Location:  Centennial Square, downtown Victoria. No pre-registration, just drop by -- everyone is welcome! Come out and join us for this fun and free event.

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DATE INSTRUCTOR WORKSHOP BAND
August 3 NO Dancing in the Square this week!
August 10 Victor Golubkov Social Foxtrot Katzenjammers
August 17 Wanda Rumba mc2
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.

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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

July  2015
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Events on July 1, 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 July 3, 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 Workshop with John at 8 p.m.
    General Dancing 9:00 - 11:30 p.m.
    Admission is $12 and $10 for students

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

    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 July 4, 2015
  • Canada Day Ballroom Dance Party

    Past event-

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 10:30 pm

    Location: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd

    Description: Hosted by Roman & Rennie
    Play all dance music by Canadian Artists
    Nightclub 2-Step workshop at 7:00 p.m.
    Dance: 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.
    Admission: $10, with workshop $12
    Please bring your own cup for drinks.

    Tickets & info: Rennie 250-391-1178 or danceinstyle @shaw.ca

    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...

5
Events on July 5, 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...

678
Events on July 8, 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...

910
Events on July 10, 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: Fun single and double time moves in East Coast Swing & Jive with John at 8 p.m.
    General Dancing 9:00 - 11:30 p.m.
    Admission is $12 and $10 for students

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

    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...

11
Events on July 11, 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...

12
Events on July 12, 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...

131415
Events on July 15, 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...

1617
Events on July 17, 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: Cha Cha Workshop with Warren at 8 p.m.
    General Dancing 9:00 - 11:30 p.m.
    Admission is $12 and $10 for students

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

    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...

18
Events on July 18, 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. Workshop with Soleman Krebs & Angei Kostoff
    Dancing from 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Dance & Workshop $12
    Dance ONLY $8

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

    Google Calendar Link...

19
Events on July 19, 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...

  • WCS workshops with Soleman Krebs & Angei Kostoff

    Past event-

    Starts: 1:00 pm

    Ends: 4:00 pm

    Location: Alive Studios, 301 - 1821 Cook St

    Description: 1:00 Technique Break Down - Get more in depth with basic footwork & connection
    2:00 Secret Leads & Style - Learn Soleman's secret leads & Angei will give the ladies some style
    3:00 The 3 W's of Musicality - Learn what, where & when

    At the Door Pass (dance included) $60
    Each workshop separately $18

    More info: angelakostoff@gmail.com

    Google Calendar Link...

202122
Events on July 22, 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...

2324
Events on July 24, 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 Workshop with John at 8 p.m.
    General Dancing 9:00 - 11:30 p.m.
    Admission is $12 and $10 for students

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

    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...

25
Events on July 25, 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...

26
Events on July 26, 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...

272829
Events on July 29, 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...

3031
Events on July 31, 2015
  • Practice

    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 - Rod Relucio & Jenny Teters

    (multi-day Event)…

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 12:00 am

    Location: Cafe Casablanca, 2524 Bridge St.

    Description: 8 - 9 p.m. Pre-Milonga Class with Jenny & Rod (all levels)
    9 - midnight Milonga & Performance
    Guest DJ: Rod

    Class Only: $15
    Milonga Only: $10
    Both: $20

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

    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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