Dance isn't something that can be explained in words. It has to be danced. - Paige Arden

There are a number of U.Vic dance students learning Ballroom, Latin and Swing in bare feet or socks this year. If you happen to have a used pair of dance shoes that you would not mind donating to a University student please contact me soon. Thanks.

The workshop this Friday at 8pm at Swing City is East Coast Swing – playful and fun moves to incorporate into your Jive or Swing – more info Below.

Several members of the Victoria dance community were in two flash mobs at the Bay Centre yesterday - here is the late show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWjZyPAOJkg

Many of the participants stuck around for a group photo:

New Classes for next term are listed below. Beginner Hustle starts this Wednesday, Oct 7th.

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

Wednesday, October 7 ---------------------------

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

Friday, October 9 -------------------------------

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

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 10 ----------------------

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) 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) 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.

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“A clear conscience is the sure sign of a bad memory.”

And in the world of politics:

While walking down the street one day a Member of Parliament is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

'Welcome to heaven,' says St. Peter. 'Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.’

'No problem, just let me in,' says the man.

'Well, I'd like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’

'Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,' says the MP.

'I'm sorry, but we have our rules.’

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he went down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he found himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and dressed in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne. Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that before he realizes it, it's time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and wave whilst the elevator rises….

Soon the door opens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

'Now it's time to visit heaven.’

So, 24 hours pass with the MP joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

'Well, then, you've spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.' The MP reflects for a minute, then he answers: 'Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.’

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down down to hell.

When the doors open he's in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.

'I don't understand,' stammers the MP. 'Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, danced and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened? ‘

The devil looks at him, smiles and says,

'Yesterday we were campaigning..........today you voted.’

The moral of the story: Vote wisely in the next election...