May 25th practice – music format change

Starting with the May 25th practice and occurring every fourth Wednesday thereafter, the music format will change. It will follow the same format used for silver and above practices but to be clear, this practice is open to ALL members.

The first hour, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. will be all standard, the following hour will be all Latin. Typically, four to five of the same dance style will be played before moving on to the next. As an example four to five Waltzes will be followed by four to five Tangos and so on. Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble are the exception and usually only two or three are played.

The advantage to this type of format is the ability to truly practice the figures you know. While this may be new for many of you, I would encourage you to at least give it a try.

Hope to see you there,

Michael Kittel

More shoes for sale

Two new pair of women’s Latin dance shoes have been added. You can check out all the available items for sale here. There are additional items coming: videos and books. Check back again.

Spring Classes are posted!

Spring classes are up! You can find them listed by level here.

Monday’s Intermediate and Friday’s Pre-Bronze/Bronze classes with Liz at CUC will continue. We have added a Pre-Bronze class on Mondays for Intermediate students who are ready to move up. Gold+ Foxtrot and Rumba classes with Victor return but we have moved them to Thursdays in the Dance Studio at CUC. The Newcomer classes with Victor have been combined into a single class on Saturdays at CHR.

We are hosting Intro to Ballroom Workshops on Thursday evenings with Victor in the Dance Studio at CUC before the Gold+ classes get rolling. We are also hosting Workshops with Victor geared towards Newcomers teaching Quickstep, West Coast Swing and Salsa. Those will be held at CUC and CHR. As well, we have invited Adam to teach a Latin Technique and Styling workshop set to run for four weeks and Saturdays at CHR.

We hope that everyone can find something is this line-up that will appeal to them.

As always, if you have any questions, please email classes@vbds.org

Happy Dancing,

Michael Kittel

For Sale / Seeking page

We have added a new page to our website, a page for those with dance related items to sell and correspondingly, for those in need.

You can check it out here.

If you have something to sell, please send an email with pic(s) and the particulars, we’ll post it and hope we can connect two motivated parties.

Masks no longer required at Centennial United Church

I was advised by the office administrator at Centennial United Church, that masks are no longer required for any activities including dance.

We do ask that all members respect the personal decisions other members make in choosing to wear one or not.

Thank you,
Michael Kittel

Masking requirements – update

I have heard back from Centennial United Church and Gordon United Church in Langford.

Masking is required at both locations until further notice. Some of their community are vulnerable and understandably, they want to protect them.

Masking is not required at Cedar Hill Rec Centre or Royal Oak Women’s Institute Hall.

Thank you,

Michael Kittel

Mask requirements

As you have probably heard by now, the current PHO mandating indoor masking for most activities, has been lifted effective March 11, 2022. In anticipation of this, your Board of Directors discussed the club policy at last nights monthly meeting. The Board unanimously agreed that club policy should reflect current PHO guidelines in effect.

Venues we rent, can set their own policy. I have contacted, CHRC, CUC, ROWI and GUC. So far CHRC and ROWI have responded and their policy is to follow the PHO guidelines. Therefore, masking is no longer required during Saturday classes, Wednesday or Sunday practices at Cedar Hill Rec Centre or Thursday practices at Royal Oak Women’s Hall.

As I hear back from the other venues I will update this post.

We ask everybody to be respectful of the personal choice other members make regarding masking or not.

Question or concerns, please email: president@vbds.org

Thank you, Michael Kittel

Practice registration (attendance records)

Registering for practices for the purpose of attendance record keeping / contact tracing is no longer required for: Cedar Hill Rec Centre or Centennial United Church.

I am waiting to hear back from Royal Oak Women’s Institute and Gordon United Church and until they provide an answer, we will continue to request you pre-register online if you plan on attending.

Thank you, Michael Kittel

Thursday practices at ROWI Hall

We have decided to discontinue Friday night practices in the gym at Centennial United Church.

Practices will now take place Thursday nights at the Royal Oak Women’s Institute Hall at 4516 W Saanich Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 3G4

Practice times will remain the same, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

55+ Lifestyle Show – April 12th

Maria Heron, our Outreach Coordinator has secured a very inexpensive presentation table at this year’s 55+ Lifestyle Show where we can promote our club. This show is just a single day – Tuesday, April 12th and runs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We have exhibited here before and this is a great place to increase awareness of our club and find new members.

Many things need to come together to make this event a success and it starts with volunteers. Volunteers to do the behind-the-scenes work including updating our promotional material (handouts and multimedia), volunteers to attend the booth and hopefully (still awaiting word) volunteers to do some demonstration dancing. Any participation from minor to major is appreciated and will help our club grow and prosper.

For more info email promotions@vbds.org

The link to the show is here.