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To keep up  to date with the newest developments in the society, current and archived weekly newsletters are now available. Make sure that you are subscribed, and check out any issues that you have missed over the last 3 months.

Suspension of VBDS Classes and Practices effective March 17, 2020

Dear VBDS members and dancers,
 
VBDS Classes and Practices Suspended as of March 17, 2020 in response to the March 16, 2020 provincial health update re: COVID-19
 
As the situation in BC continues to change, and in response to the most recent update from BC’s health minister and medical health officer, the VBDS board has suspended all VBDS classes and practices effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until April 5, 2020.  No VBDS classes or practices will run during this period.  If the situation has improved, and venues are open, all classes and practices will resume following April 5th.
 
Current VBDS students enrolled in classes, you will not need to indicate that you require a credit for the remaining classes in this session.  At this time, we are planning to have the classes resume and the final classes in this session completed, without re-registration. We will keep you advised as we plan in this dynamic and changeable environment.  If you have any concerns, please email classes@vbds.org
 
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday practices will be suspended for 3 weeks.  As of March 17th, the Les Passmore Centre and the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre have closed and all rentals are stopped. We will provide you with updates as they occur.
 
The health and safety of our members and the greater community is our priority. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.  
 
The VBDS Board of Directors

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ONLINE MEMBERSHIP & CLASSES SALES

TO OUR VBDS MEMBERS AND CLASS PARTICIPANTS – ISSUE RESOLVED

ONLINE SALES OF MEMBERSHIPS AND CLASS REGISTRATIONS HAVE RESUMED. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE OVER THE LAST 2 DAYS. THIS WAS DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH OUR WEBSITE.

Email info@vbds.org for any further issues.

VBDS MANAGEMENT

Want to get a taste of Ballroom Dancing? Only $5 for 1 hour workshop!

– STARTS February 21 2020!

It’s Fun, it’s Friendly, and it’s only $5 per person! Come with or without a partner — Volunteer partners are provided for singles.
Friday, February 21 – 6:30pm -7:30pm (Waltz, Foxtrot, Jive)
Friday, February 28  – 6:30pm -7:30pm (Tango, Cha Cha, Rumba)
ALL CLASSES AT LES PASSMORE CENTRE- 286 Hampton Rd.
We will provide Partners for Singles & All Couples Welcome.
These lessons are specially designed to give beginners a low-cost ($5 per person for each class), accessible way to experience the fun and rewards of Ballroom Dancing.
Drop-in. Pre-registration not required. Open to non-members. For More Info: https://vbds.org/introduction-to-ballroom-dancing/
Let us know you’re coming on Facebook! CLICK HERE to join our event!

2018/19 Recipient of the Keith Honeyman Memorial Award

 

VBDS is pleased to recognize and honour Bob Adams, the 2018/19 recipient of the Keith Honeyman Memorial Award. Bob, and his wife Roberta, have been members of VBDS since 1999 and first started volunteering by helping with demos, promotions and marketing.

In 2004, Bob joined the VBDS Board of Directors and served for well over a decade in almost every position, including president in 2008 and 2009. He also served on the Nominations, Governance, and Standards and Classes Committee, which he chaired for many years, and was coordinator of the Community Outreach program.

Bob continues to play an important role supporting numerous VBDS activities and committees including the Community Outreach and Governance Committees, and willingly shares his knowledge and advice on all matters VBDS, when called upon by current Board members. He’s a leader, strategic thinker, mentor and team player. And, his skills as a Master of Ceremonies are second to none!

Congratulations, Bob and thank you for your contribution to VBDS over the past 20 years!

For more information and to view past recipients click HERE

IMPORTANT NOTE!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Emails sent as replies to the newsletter often do not get through or are extremely delayed. Instead of replying directly to the newsletter please address your comments to info@vbds.org.

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain!

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Worried About Memory Loss? Pick up your Dancing Shoes!
Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain.

Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain — an area that controls memory, learning and balance. A recent study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience has found dance classes can prevent and reverse some signs of aging in the brain!

The 18- month study looked at seniors with an average age of 68 and placed them in either a group challenged with dance routines or a group challenged with repetitive endurance exercise such as cycling.

The dance routines contained many challenges and changes every session including changes in steps, arm patterns, speeds, choreograph and genres.

The older adults who participated dance exercise experienced an increase in the hippocampus volume as well as an improvement in their balance. This is very significant because the hippocampus is the earliest and most severely affected brain structure in individuals with dementia. It is a brain area that is responsible for not only memory and learning but also for keeping one’s balance.

This study has since generated a lot of popular articles and videos over the past 12 months, but there is one particular video available on YouTube is that is of special interest, since, along with dancers from all over the world, it includes a short clip of some VBDS Members of long-standing. The brief footage of VBDS Members in the YouTube video was taken a number of years ago, in the downstairs Dance Studio at Saanich Commonwealth Place, as part of a pilot for a TV series.

We hope you can share this with your family and friends and spread the good word!
It’s never too late to pick up those dancing shoes!

Volunteers! You’re Our Fuel!

You’re Our Fuel!!

Your Victoria Ballroom Dance Society runs on the energy and dedication of Volunteers… people just like you, people who love to dance and who bring other skills from the rest of their lives. Frankly, we’re a fun bunch!!  Here are a couple of opportunities; come join us!!!

If we’re lucky enough to get your help with our Membership Committee, you’ll be advising your board on ways to enhance the membership’s experience with VBDS. Some of the ways we’ll do that include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with Class Registrations and Ballroom Introductions
  • Devising FUN ways to improve membership retention year to year
  • Updating and maintaining our Membership and contact information list

Interested? You can contact our membership committee at: membership@vbds.org

If you choose to volunteer for the Dance Committee, you’ll be an important part of advising the board on matters relating to FUN!… also known as: dances sponsored by VBDS. As a part of a team, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and use your creative talents to:

  • help organize the Monthly Dances
  • coordinate the music, and 
  • help organize the next New Year’s Dance

Interested? You can contact our dance committee at: dance@vbds.org