The dance is over, the applause subsided, but the joy and feeling will stay with you forever. - W.M. Tory

I have been volunteering as a scrutineer at various advance polling stations this weekend and have not seen many dancers voting so far. I know there is no “Dance Party” to get you all enthused but I encourage you to get out and vote just the same. Vote for the candidate or party that offers the best platform you can dance on. Polling stations have been busy from noon to 4pm in general but much slower after that - they will be much slower today and tomorrow so the timing is right to dance in and make your mark.

The workshop this Friday at 8pm at Swing City is Hustle – a chance to learn the fun and entertaining partner dance and the line dance as well – see Friday for more details.

Tickets are now on sale for the Club Revue Ballroom dance I will host on Oct 24th. See more info under advance tickets.

New Classes commence next week. See "Lessons" for more info.

If you would like information on my 30th Anniversary dance cruises to Europe or the Caribbean please email me at

Wednesday, October 14 ---------------------------

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

Friday, October 16 ------------------------------

Event: Swing City 8pm-midnight Workshop: Hustle with John at 8pm Place: Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara. Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: $10/$12

Event: Silver Slipper practice Dance 7:30-11pm Place: Nanoose Place Community Centre, Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose 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, October 17 ----------------------------

Event: Social Ballroom Dance: 7:30-10:30pm Place: Commonwealth Place Gym, 4636 Elk Lake Drive Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: $10/$12

Event: New Imperial Social Club; 8-10:30pm Band: Toni Blodgett & Tom Ackerman Place: Chief & Petty Officer’s Mess, 1575 Lyall St Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood – beautiful view. Admission: $14

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

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

Sunday, October 18 ------------------------------

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

Advance Tickets:

1) John & Carla host the Club Revue Ballroom Dance at Cadboro Bay United Church on Saturday, October 24th from 7:30-10:30pm. Waltz line dance workshop from 7:30-8pm. Dance from 8-10:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are limited so please get your tickets early.

2) Oktoberfest at the Edelweiss Club with the S-Bahn Band - Friday, Oct 23rd and Saturday, October 24th. Tickets for the Dinner & dance are $53.50 for members and $60 for guests. Reservations: Mona at 250-380-9158

3)VBDS Halloween Dance Saturday, October 31, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m, Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Rd. Great Prizes! Halloween snacks & drinks will be provided. Costumes are encouraged. Co-hosted by UVBDC & VBDS. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door Tables will be reserved for solo ladies and gents and UVic students. To purchase tickets in advance and reserve your seats, please contact lpringle

4) Fundraising Dance for Lions Local Charity & Community Projects - The Decades of Rock Show with YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY/FREE RIDE/ROCK OF AGES playing Beatles and 60’S, 70’s & 80’S dance music. Saturday, November 14th from 8:30pm-12:30am at the Royal Canadian Legion, 761 Station Rd, in Langford. Advance Tickets are $17 .....or $22 at the door Tickets available on line at the West Shore Lions website Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave..ph250-478-8365 Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria ph250-384-3622.


What’s in a name - some people name their boats with a little wit. Here are a few classic boat names:

Aboat Time,

Ship for Brains,

Seas the Day,

Marlin Monroe,

Pier Pressure,

The Codfather,


Campbell’s Condensed Sloop,

Yeah Buoy,


Unsinkable II (one of my favourites),

Wood Too (and another wood boat next to it) Wood Not,


She Got the House,

Cirrhosis of the River,

Sex Sea,


Wasted Wages,

...Sorry I have no Moor