Dance Classes & Workshops – September through December

Greetings,

Classes and workshops have been uploaded to our calendar and between now and Christmas and the schedule is pretty jam packed full. We are hosting our usual round of standard and Latin ballroom classes as well as some fun, social dance workshops.

You can access our calendar here or

you can access classes by level here or

you can review a listing of all of our classes and workshops here.

All in all we feel there is something for everyone and we hope you can find your something with your club, the Victoria Ballroom Dance Society.

Thank you,
Classes & Standards Committee

 

Summer Dance Fest in Qualicum Bay

The Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society is once again hosting their Summer Dance Fest in beautiful Qualicum Bay.

What: Daytime workshops, BBQ dinner, pre-dance workshop and social dance with a showcase performance.

When: Saturday, August 13th, 10:00 AM – 10:45 PM

Where: Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay

This annual event was a pre-Covid favourite among Van Isl dancers and attracted many off islanders as well. Four daytime workshops will be taught by Nelson Wong and Andy Mundy, both long time instructors at previous Dance Fests and new this year, Zillion Wong, one of the most acclaimed competitive dancers BC has ever produced. A Barbeque dinner will feature something for every taste and dietary restriction. Zillion will teach a fun, pre-dance Paso Doble workshop followed by a social dance from 7:15 – 10:45 PM.

Early bird, full event tickets are on sale now – $65 per person (until July 25th, $70 after that)

Pricing:
Pre‐Dance Workshop + Gala Dance + Showcase $25
Pre‐Dance Workshop + Gala Dance + Showcase + BBQ Dinner Party $40
Full‐Deal: 5 Workshops + Gala Dance + Showcase + BBQ Dinner Party $70
Daytime Workshop $10 limited numbers ‐ book now to reserve your place

Join your friends, make some news ones at this mini-vacation extravaganza!

More info here.

To reserve tickets for payment/pickup at the door email: DanceFest@BallroomNanaimo.ca

Or purchase tickets directly (lower Island residents) by emailing: president@vbds.org

AGM Meeting Minutes – 2020 & 2021

Provisionally approved meeting minutes from the 2020 and 2021 Annual General Meeting have been uploaded and are available here. If you have any questions or comments, please email: board@vbds.org

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