Call for Resolutions for the VBDS 2019 Annual General Meeting

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT RE: 2019 AGM

Subject: Call for Resolutions for the VBDS 2019 Annual General Meeting

Fellow VBDS Members;

I am pleased to let you know that your Board has now set the date for the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society (VBDS), for Wednesday evening, November 20

Holding our Annual General Meeting of members (AGM) is one of the requirements we must meet every year, in conformity with the BC Societies Act, under which VBDS is incorporated and registered.

Also in conformity with the Act and our Bylaws, we are asking that all Resolutions that any Member may wish to have discussed at the 2019 AGM be submitted to the Board in writing prior to our deadline of end-of-day Sunday, October 27, 2019.  All such submissions should provide an outline of the proposed topic of the Resolution to be placed on the Agenda, and proposed wording for the Resolution. 

We are asking that both Special Resolutions (ie. those requiring 2/3 vote to pass, like amendments to our Bylaws), and Ordinary Resolutions (ie. those requiring at least 50% to pass, like those relating to our classes), be sent in by this deadline, in order to allow all members adequate time to consider and discuss all such proposals;  However, the Board will be able to consider Ordinary Resolutions submitted this year no later than Wednesday, November 06.  Submissions may be sent by email to info@vbds.org , or handed in writing to any Board Member prior to the deadline.

Further detail on the time and location this year’s AGM, along with a Proposed Agenda and list of Resolutions, will be made available to Members closer to the date of the Meeting.

If any members would like assistance in preparing a Resolution for discussion at the AGM, or has any questions about the process, please do contact the VBDS Governance Committee, via info@vbds.org.

Members are reminded that memberships must be renewed prior to 20 October 2019 to be able to vote at the 2019 AGM on November 20.

We hope you will set aside time to attend this important annual meeting of our club,

Steve Montgomery

VBDS President

VBDS AGM – Call for Resolutions

VBDS AGM – Call for Resolutions
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT RE: 2019 AGM
Call for Resolutions for the VBDS 2019 Annual General Meeting

Fellow VBDS Members;
I am pleased to let you know that your Board has now set the date for the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society (VBDS), for Wednesday evening, November 20.. (More details to come).

Holding our Annual General Meeting of members (AGM) is one of the requirements we must meet every year, in conformity with the BC Societies Act, under which VBDS is incorporated and registered. Also in conformity with the Act and our Bylaws, we are asking that all Resolutions that any Member may wish to have discussed at the 2019 AGM be submitted to the Board in writing prior to our deadline of end-of-day Sunday, October 27, 2019. All such submissions should provide an outline of the proposed topic of the Resolution to be placed on the Agenda, and proposed wording for the Resolution.

We are asking that both Special Resolutions (ie. those requiring 2/3 vote to pass, like amendments to our Bylaws), and Ordinary Resolutions (ie. those requiring at least 50% to pass, like those relating to our classes), be sent in by this deadline, in order to allow all members adequate time to consider and discuss all such proposals; However, the Board will be able to consider Ordinary Resolutions submitted this year no later than Wednesday, November 06. Submissions may be sent by email to info@vbds.org , or handed in writing to any Board Member prior to the deadline.

Further detail on the time and location this year’s AGM, along with a Proposed Agenda and list of Resolutions, will be made available to Members closer to the date of the Meeting. If any members would like assistance in preparing a Resolution for discussion at the AGM, or has any questions about the process, please do contact the VBDS Governance Committee, via info@vbds.org.

Members are reminded that memberships must be renewed prior to 20 October 2019 to be able to vote at the 2019 AGM on November 20. We hope you will set aside time to attend this important annual meeting of our club.
Steve Montgomery – VBDS President

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

Introduction to Ballroom Dancing

– STARTS OCTOBER 25!
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, October 25 – 6:30pm -7:30pm (Waltz, Foxtrot, Jive)
Friday, November 1 – 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

Our Dance Syllabus

Elegant Standard: The Foxtrot

Because of its smoothness, it is often referred to as the Rolls Royce of the standard dances. It is what Fred and Ginger used to do so well. “The object of smooth dances is to move or travel smoothly around the room, covering as much of the dance floor as possible. The couple should be streamlined, two people moving as one, gliding fluidly and forcefully around the dance floor. Imagine a room filled with stiff whipped cream. The dancers’ goal is to move smoothly and powerfully through the cream, charting a clean path without disrupting any of the cream around them.” This is one of the best descriptions of our goal in smooth dancing. It is from the book, “ABC’s of Ballroom Dance”.

It is generally believed that a Vaudeville star by the name of Harry Fox began what today we call the Foxtrot. In the summer of 1914 Harry and his company of “American Beauties” put on a dancing act in the New York Theater. As part of his act, he was doing trotting steps to ragtime music, and people referred to this dance as “Fox’s Trot”. When the British dance masters imported this American ballroom dance to England, they smoothed away the trotting, hops and kicks to a much smoother version which has endured over the years.

Our Dance Syllabus

Sizzling Latin: The Paso Doble

The origin of the Spanish-styled Paso Doble dance represents a bullfight, where the lead takes the role of the bullfighter, while the follow takes on the flare of the red cape of the toreador and not the bull, as often assumed. Together, the lead and follow move dramatically, often changing roles as they move around the imaginary bull, while they present flamenco elements and feature arena fights with stylized figures.

Its present form was created in France and since 1959 it has been one of the five dances of the Latin American program of international ballroom competition. In terms of its usefulness in your dance development, it is probably the best dance for your development of a strong and stylistic frame, one of the great challenges beyond learning your footwork.