Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance. ~Author Unknown

Swing City was a lot of fun again this past Friday - I look forward to seeing you at the next dance.

It will be a lively dance party at my 30th Anniversary Swing Dance this Friday at Swing City with Dave Lang and the Insolent Rabble playing for us at 9pm right after a fun Swing workshop with Warren and Tara at 8pm. Advance tickets are still available for $12 - dancevictoria@telus.net. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Tickets for my 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Ball will go on sale on March 1st at 9am. The Ball will be in the SJ Willis Auditorium on Saturday, March 26th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band. Tickets will be sold for couples and for tables of ten. There will not be any "Single" tickets for this event so I encourage singles to start planning your table of ten now or consider asking someone to the event. See Advance Tickets below for more info.

Would you be willing to billet dancers from up island who will be coming to Victoria for my 30th Anniversary Ball or for the Pacifica Ball? This is a great way to make new dance friends and then have a place to stay when you go up to the Island Fantasy Ball or various summer dance camps. Let me know if you have room in your house for more dancers.

We will host a Club Revue Ballroom Dance on Saturday, February 27th at Cadboro Bay United Church - see more info below.

The U.Vic Ballroom Dance Club 30th Anniversary Ball takes place at the Edelweiss Club on Friday, March 4th (there will be no Swing City Dance that evening, but everyone is welcome at the U.Vic dance club event). Advance tickets are $10 and tickets at the door are $15 each. See more info below.

The Intermediate Rumba/Cha cha class starts March 4th. There is still room for couples and single men for this series. See "Dance Classes" on the Lessons page.

My 30th Anniversary Dance Cruises to Europe and the Caribbean were locked in at the Canadian Dollar price last year - so these cruises are looking even better now with the Canadian dollar at 70 cents - book soon if you want a great price on a dance cruise before the cruise line decides to change the great deal we have. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net for more information.

Ballroom Dances occur on the first and third Fridays of each month with Swing dances on the second and fourth Fridays at Swing City now. If you want to receive a free dance ticket to Swing City in your birthday month click on "update your preferences" at the bottom of the newsletter and enter your birthday info.

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Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, February 24 ------

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

Friday, February 26 ----------

Event: John's 30th Anniversary Swing Dance 8-11pm Workshop: East Coast Swing with Warren & Tara at 8pm Place: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: $12 in advance/$15 at the door

Event: Red Hot Swing, 8:30pm - 12:30am Place: Dance Victoria on Quadra Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood. Admission: $10/$13

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, February 27 --------

Event: Club Revue Ballroom Dance: 8:00-10:30pm Place: Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: $12

Event: Nothin' But Swing, 8:30pm-12:30am Place: Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 3130 Road Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood. Admission: $5/$7/8

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

Sunday, February 28 ---------

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

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Advance Tickets: 

1) John's 30th Anniversary Swing Dance featuring the Dave Lang Band and Swing workshop by Warren and Tara: Friday, February 26th at Swing City (Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara). $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Contact John for tickets at dancevictoria@telus.net or 250-920-7556.

2) U.Vic Ballroom Dance Club 30th Anniversary Semi-Formal Ball, Friday, March 4th at the Edelweiss Club. Mixer workshop at 8pm with John. Advance tickets are $10 from John or email ballroom@uvicdance.com - while tickets at the door are $15 each.

3) NBDS Spring Fling Dinner/Dance: Saturday, March 5th at Bowen Park Complex, 500 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo. Cocktails 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm, Dance 8:30 pm. Members $35, Non-members $40. Tickets are advance payment only at: tickets@ballroomnanaimo.ca. Details on that new dinner/dance night and other upcoming NBDS events are found on the 2016 calendar at: http://ballroomnanaimo.ca/calendar/cat_ids~7/

4) West Shore Lions Club Fundraiser Dance featuring non-stop music from "Younger than Yesterday" and "Kooler" from 8:00 to 12:30 on Saturday, March 19th at the Royal Canadian Legion #91, Langford, 761 Station Ave. Advance Tickets are $18 - phone 250-478-8365 or at Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria - ph 250-384-3622. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/dance-younger-than-yesterday-kooler-march-19-2016-tickets-20387803469

5) John's 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Ball - Saturday, March 26th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band in the SJ Willis Auditorium. Desserts, non-alcoholic refreshments and plenty of dance music included. Tickets go on sale on March 1st at 9am when you can reserve by email at dancevictoria@telus.net. Tickets ($30pp) will be sold for couples and for tables of ten. Please pick up your tickets by March 20th.

6) Pacifica Ball takes place on Saturday, April 9th. Tickets are on sale athttp://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/pacifica-ball-risers-2016-victoria-conference-centre and at VBDS webpage www.pacificaball.ca. Full tables (10 seats) can be reserved by contacting chair@pacificaball.ca. The seating chart is available on both websites for reference. Presenting performances by World Cup 10-Dance winners, and 7-time undefeated Canadian Standard, Latin, & 10-dance Champions Anton Belyayev & Antoaneta Popova, and former Canadian Showdance, Smooth, and Rhythm Champions Egor Shalvarov & Alla Profatilova. 

7) The Island Fantasy Ball takes place in Nanaimo on May 7th and 8th. Tickets and full tables are available through John de Pfyffer at dancevictoria@telus.net. This is a great event featuring two days of competition and a full buffet dinner on Saturday. More information is available at http://www.islandfantasyball.com/

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More Canadian Funnies:

It is hard to believe that the Winter Olympics were held 6 years ago in Vancouver. Hopefully you will have forgotten that I sent these funnies out then. Here are some silly questions that were asked by people from all over the world. Believe it or not, these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Web site. Obviously the answers are not to be taken seriously, but the questions were indeed asked:  

Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? (England) A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.   Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA) A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.  

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto. Can I follow the Railroad tracks? (Sweden) A: Sure, it's only 4,000 miles, take lots of water.  

Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada? (Sweden) A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.  

Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (England) A: What, did your last slave die?  

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA) A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your North… oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.  

Q: Which direction is North in Canada? (USA) A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.  

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (England) A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.  

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA) A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-ma-ny, which is... oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.  

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany) A: No, WE don't stink.  

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth.  Where can I sell it in Canada? (USA) A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.  

Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA) A: Only at Thanksgiving.  

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? (Germany) A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.  

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA) A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.