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Start the month of May with passion - join us for a Tango workshop before the Ballroom dance at Swing City on Friday.

New Classes for May and June are listed on the Lessons page.

Tickets for our May 27th Caribbean Dream Dance are available May 1st - see Advance Tickets below.

Happy Birthday to 29 dancers who celebrate birthdays in May - you get a free ticket to Swing City this month. Happy Birthday to: Bob P, Canice M, Corinne S, Diane F, Don B, Edward Z, Eileen L, Faye K, Frances G, Gary S, Geraldine S, Heather M, Janet J, Jenna D, Jim M, Julia B, Marcia F, Margaret Mac, Marianna D, Mary-Louise A, Myrna S, Rex W, Robin D, Robyn W, Rose T, Ruth D, Samantha H, Teruko F & Tom W.

Improve your dancing with the three 'P's - Practice, Practice, Practice. Dancing once per week is fun, but dancing 3 or more times per week is how we improve (and have even more fun). Test out your local dance floors regularly.


Dances for the next week

Tuesday, May 2 -----------

Event: West Coast Swing Collective: 7:45 to 9:45pm
Place: Eastern Star Hall; 3281 Harriet Road
Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood
Admission: $4

Wednesday, May 3 -----------

Event: Seniors (55+) Line Dance 1-2 pm, Social dance 2-3 pm
Place: Gordon Head Rec Center, 4100 Lambrick Way.
Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood.
Admission: FREE

May the 4th be with you ----------
Intergalactic Jedi Dance Master Day.

Friday, May 5 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance: 8-11pm
Workshop: Tango with John at 8pm
Place: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: $10

Event: Argentine Tango (8pm-1am)
Place: Café Casablanca, 2524 Bridge Street
Dance Floor: Small/Medium, wood
Admission: $10 workshop & dance plus $2 consumption charge

Saturday, May 6 ----------

Event: NBDS Island Fantasy Ball: 10am - 11pm
Place: Beban Park in Nanaimo
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: Various Prices - see Advance Tickets

Event: Red Hot Swing, 8:30pm - 12:30am
Place: Bert Richman building, 4105 Lambrick Way
Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood.
Admission: $10/$13

Event: Latin Dance, (8:30pm-1am)
Place: Café Casablanca 2524 Bridge Street
Dance Floor: Medium/Small, Hardwood.
Admission: $10 plus $2 consumption charge

Sunday, May 7 -----------

Event: NBDS Island Fantasy Ball: 10am - 5:30pm
Place: Beban Park in Nanaimo
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: Various Prices - see Advance Tickets

Event: PMP dance with the Pulpmills: 7–10pm
Place: Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave
Dance Floor: Large, Linoleum.
Admission: $10


Advance Tickets:

1) The Island Fantasy Ball will celebrate its Silver Anniversary on May 6th and 7th at Beban Park in Nanaimo. This is a full weekend competition with top dancers from around the world competing in Ballroom and Latin. Competitions are held all day and evening on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Seating and ticket details are available on line at:

2) John and Carla's Caribbean Dream Dance - Saturday, May 27th at the Victoria Edelweiss Club. Cha Cha Workshop at 7:30pm and Social Dance from 8:30 to 11pm. Tickets go on sale May 1st and are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve your tickets please contact John at or 250-920-7556.

3) NBDS 'Swing's the Thing' Dance Camp: June 16 - 18 at Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose BC. Featuring Doug & Nicki Silton, Pamela Podmoroff, and Kevin & Christabel Savage teaching west coast swing, lindy hop, shag, and more. Weekend Pass is $130 or $150 after May 1st and includes: 2 dances, workshops, breakfast, lunch & dinner Saturday, camping on site and more. To register - make cheques payable to: Dance Camp, 900 Colleen Road, Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X3. To register your interest in advance, please email Visit the website at:

4) Summer Dance Fest - Ballroom Dance Camp - August 18th and 19th at the Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Amazing early-bird price of $50pp for 6 workshops from a variety of instructors and 2 dances - all on a 5000 square foot sprung hardwood dance floor. Early bird tickets are available until July 31st from John at This is the 6th year for this fantastic event - great value, great venue, great workshops and great fun...


Caution: Funnies are cooked up for the consumption of dancers only - consult your dance doctor to determine if you are dancing enough to partake in any of the morsels below. Email your dance doctor at and get yourself on a nutritious, healthy and enjoyable dance diet today.

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