Dance is like wine; it matures with every performance. - Alarmel Valli My wife still says I act like a kid - I guess I’m not dancing enough...

I will teach Polka in the workshop at 8pm on Friday at Swing City – just in time for Oktoberfest - ya gotta learn to Polka! - more info below.

New Classes for next term are listed below.

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

Wednesday, September 30 ---------------------------

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

Friday, October 2 ------------------------------

Event: Swing City 8pm-midnight Workshop: Polka 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 3 ----------------------------

Event: Oktoberfest 8pm-midnight Place: Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara. Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: Reservations a must - Please phone Mona at 250-380-9158

Event: NBDS 34th Anniversary dinner and dance: 7pm-midnight Place: Bowen Park Rec. Centre, Bowen Road, Nanaimo. Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: Various prices - see Advance Tickets below.

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 4 ------------------------------

Event: PMP dance with MC2: 7–10pm Place: Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave Dance Floor: Large, Linoleum. Admission: $10


Advance Tickets:

1) NBDS 34th Anniversary dinner and dance: Saturday, October 3rd Bowen Park Rec. Centre, Bowen Road, Nanaimo. 6pm-7pm Cocktail hour, 7pm-8.30pm Catered dinner by Coastal Culinary Creations, 8.30pm until late - social dance with DJ John Maher. Tickets now on sale by email: Dinner & Dance – members $35; Non members $40; Dance Only – members $10, Non members $15

2) 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.


Very Funny Guy:

Yogi Berra passed away on Tuesday at the age of 90. He is probably better known for his unique take on the English language than for his baseball career - and he had an amazing baseball career. Here are 50 of his most memorable quotes:

  1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

  2. You can observe a lot by just watching.

  3. It ain't over till it's over.

  4. It's like déjà vu all over again.

  5. No one goes there nowadays, it's too crowded.

  6. Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

  7. A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore.

  8. Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours.

  9. We made too many wrong mistakes.

  10. Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

  11. You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six.

  12. You wouldn't have won if we'd beaten you.

  13. I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.

  14. Never answer an anonymous letter.

  15. Slump? I ain't in no slump… I just ain't hitting.

  16. How can you think and hit at the same time?

  17. The future ain't what it used to be.

  18. I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better.

  19. It gets late early out here.

  20. If the people don't want to come out to the ballpark, nobody's going to stop them.

  21. We have deep depth.

  22. Pair up in threes.

  23. Why buy good luggage, you only use it when you travel.

  24. You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there.

  25. All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

  26. Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

  27. Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.

  28. He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious.

  29. It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

  30. I can see how he (Sandy Koufax) won twenty-five games. What I don't understand is how he lost five.

  31. I don't know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.

  32. I'm a lucky guy and I'm happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.

  33. I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

  34. In baseball, you don't know nothing.

  35. I never blame myself when I'm not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn't my fault that I'm not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?

  36. I never said most of the things I said.

  37. It ain't the heat, it's the humility.

  38. If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer.

  39. I wish everybody had the drive he (Joe DiMaggio) had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I'd never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.

  40. So I'm ugly. I never saw anyone hit with his face.

  41. Take it with a grin of salt.

  42. (On the 1973 Mets) We were overwhelming underdogs.

  43. The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

  44. Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.

  45. Mickey Mantle was a very good golfer, but we weren't allowed to play golf during the season; only at spring training.

  46. You don't have to swing hard to hit a home run. If you got the timing, it'll go.

  47. I'm lucky. Usually you're dead to get your own museum, but I'm still alive to see mine.

  48. If I didn't make it in baseball, I won't have made it workin'. I didn't like to work.

  49. If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be.

  50. A lot of guys go, 'Hey, Yog, say a Yogi-ism.' I tell 'em, 'I don't know any.' They want me to make one up. I don't make 'em up. I don't even know when I say it. They're the truth. And it is the truth. I don't know.