I dance because there is no better feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear. - anon.

Enter the realm of the dancer and let the world dissolve around you... John is ready to help you improve your West Coast Swing basics this Friday at Swing City at 8pm. Great music follows the workshop from 9 to 11pm.

Private Lesson Dance Cards 5 for 4 private lesson dance cards available only until January 31st. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net or call 250-920-7556 for more info.

More new classes for January start this week - start the new year dancing.

New January Class for Singles and Couples - no partner required. This class is for dancers who know the basics and wish to improve their technique focusing on Posture, Leg Action, Footwork, Arm Action, Walks, Turns, Rhythm & Timing. Top dancers always work on these actions - Building Better Latin Foundations - See more information on the Lessons Page.

Check out Advance Tickets below.

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Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, January 11 -----------

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

Friday, January 13 ----------

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

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, January 14 ----------

Event: Ron & Liz Ballroom Dance 8-10:30pm
Place: Commonwealth Place Gym
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $9/$12

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

Sunday, January 15 -----------

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) Canada's 150th Winter Dance - Celebrate Canada's 150th Winter at our semi-formal dance at the Victoria Edelweiss Club on Saturday, January 28th and ring in Chinese New Year at the same time. Winter Waltz Workshop With John at 7:30pm. There will be a lonely bartender in attendance to watch you dance and to pour your beverage of choice. Advance tickets are $12 from dancevictoria@telus.net or from John in class. Tickets are $15 at the door.

2) Red & White Valentine Dance - Saturday, February 11th at Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St. Doors open at 8pm, dance from 9pm to 1am to Paulasonic - featuring new music and plenty of great door prizes. Tickets are $13 in advance through paypal at: LeonardoDaVinci.payments@gmail.com. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. http://www.davincicentre phone 250.383.8041

3) West Shore Lions Club Fundraiser Dance: Saturday, March 18, 2017, featuring Younger Than Yesterday playing 60’S, 70’s & 80’S dance music from 8:30pm to 12:30am at the Royal Canadian Legion, Prince Edward branch, 761 Station Rd in Langford. Advance Tickets are $20 - at the Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave - phone 250-478-8365 or at Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria phone 250-384-3622.

4) The Island Fantasy Ball will celebrate its Silver Anniversary on May 6th and 7th at Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Advance tickets for Victoria tables for this gala competition are available from John until February 7th only - these will sell quickly so get your tickets soon. 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. I have front row and second row tickets available for both days. Seating and ticket details are available on line at: http://www.islandfantasyball.com/tickets/

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The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

The winners are:

  1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

  2. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

  3. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

  4. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

  5. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

  6. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

  7. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

  8. Karmageddon (n): its like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

  9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

  10. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

  11. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

  12. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

  13. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

  14. Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.