Our library of instructional DVDs at all levels is now available. The titles and contact info for our Video Librarian have been posted under “Membership” in the main menu, and are available HERE.
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.
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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/
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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
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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!
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