VBDS LIbrary of Instructional DVDs

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.

Suspension of VBDS classes and practices as of November 24, 2020

Today we received provincial health guidance that dance classes and all indoor group physical activities are temporarily suspended pending the development of new guidelines.  
As a result, VBDS is cancelling all scheduled dance classes as of November 24, 2020. All dance classes were scheduled to end next week. 
Classes cancelled:
Wednesday, Nov 25 and Dec 2 – Intermediates and Pre-Bronze
Thursday, Nov 26 and Dec 3 – Bronze Foxtrot and Rumba
Friday, Nov 27 and Dec 4 – Gold Foxtrot and Rumba
Saturday, Nov 28 – Solo Formation and Partnered Formation
Monday, Nov 30 – Newcomers 7:00 and 8:15
We will be in touch with all students enrolled in our classes.
All partnered dance practices held at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre Gym are cancelled up to December 31, 2020.
The solo dance practices at Centennial United Church are suspended and will not be held on November 27 and December 4.
VBDS is committed to following provincial health guidelines in order to ensure that ballroom dancing is done safely during this pandemic.
We will keep you all informed as we learn more.
Lynne Jordon
VBDS President

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




Email info@vbds.org for any further issues.


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)
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


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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!