Dancing is wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it. ~Christopher Morley, Kitty Foyle

Dancing is 100% body language - the ultimate communication skill. As with any language you need the three 'P's - patience, persistence and practice - to do it well. It does wonders for the mind, the body, the soul and the social life.

The U.Vic Dance Club 30th Anniversary Ball was the liveliest and most energetic dance party of the year - so energetic that one of you danced right out of your shoes and left them behind. Let me know if you want them back.

This Friday Sam Jackson will be teaching Intermediate West Coast Swing in the workshop at Swing City at 8pm. A good understanding of the basics in this dance is essential to take the workshop. DJ Johnny deP has some entertaining Swing music (with some Latin and a dash of Ballroom) to keep you dancing from 9 to 11pm.

Happy Birthday to 13 dancers who celebrate birthdays in March - you get a free ticket to Swing City this month. If you want a free dance at Swing City in your birthday month you simply need to click on "update your preferences" at the bottom of the newsletter and enter your birthday info (month & day only). Happy Birthday to: Aaron Q, Akiko O, Bill M, Liz B, Harry L, Joan D, Judy E, Karen S, Maureen O, Monika M, Raymond R, Velma S and Yvonne K.

One of the ladies is unable to continue the Beginner Night Club Waltz class on Wednesday evenings. Is there a single lady who would like to fill in for the last 3 classes in this series? Contact me soon at dancevictoria@telus.net.

Tickets for my 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Ball sold out quickly. For those of you who did not get tickets - I will have another Big Band Formal soon. Let me know if you want to be on the wait list for this event - that way you will be first on the list for tickets for the next Formal Ball.

New classes for March and April are listed on the Lessons page. Bring those body language communication skills to a new level.

Can you billet dancers from up island who may be coming to Victoria for my 30th Anniversary Ball or for the Pacifica Ball? Make new dance friends and then have a place to stay if you go up to the Island Fantasy Ball or various NBDS summer dance camps. Email me to let me know if you have room in your house for more dancers - dancevictoria@telus.net.

The second of my 30th Anniversary Northern Europe Dance Cruises is... SOLD OUT!! There is still some space on the first cruise, but those cabins are only available until mid-March. The 2017 Caribbean Dance Cruise is filling up quickly - book soon if you want a great price on a dance cruise before the cabins are gone. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net for more information.

Ballroom Shoe Sale at Toes 'n' Taps! Friday March 18 & Saturday March 19 - Up to 70% Off - More Than 150 Pairs of Ballroom Shoes On Sale (women's & men's). Tell Your Friends & Your Dance Partner!

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Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, March 9 ------

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

Friday, March 11 ----------

Event: Swing City Swing Dance 8-11pm Workshop: Intermediate West Coast Swing with Sam 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, March 12 --------

Event: VBDS Clubs Closed Competition: 7:30-11pm Place: Commonwealth Place Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: $7.50pp

Event: New Imperial Social Club with MC2: 8-10:30pm Place: Chief & Petty Officer's Mess, 1575 Lyall St. Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood. Admission: $10 members/$14 guests

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) 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

2) John's 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Ball - SOLD OUT - Saturday, March 26th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band in the SJ Willis Auditorium from 8 to 11pm. Please pick up your tickets by March 20th.

3) 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.

4) 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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