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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange to get one to you.
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!
LAST IN THE OCTOBER SERIES:
October 24: Waltz/Cha Cha
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!
The 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.
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.
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 preliminary proposed agenda is available HERE. If you have any resolution(s) to put forward, please send via email to email@example.com, 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, call our Info-Line at 250-721-5483, or speak to any Board member.
Starting this fall VBDS will implement a continuous dance schedule. Check out the benefits:
VBDS 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.
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 email@example.com:
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
- Original - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY&feature=kp
- Ranged for tango version 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUN--AVh5gU
- Arranged for tango version 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGx9674bYO0
- Original - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeumyOzKqgI
- Arranged for rumba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITKlMhUEHQ
- Arranged for paso doble - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3aJDLxiujk
To view Archived VBDS news articles -click here.