Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. ~William Stafford

To be a kid again - dancing to everything, all the time. I still do that, much to my wife's chagrin - age is really only a mind thing.

If you want to learn some entertaining moves and dance to some fun music then I look forward to seeing you for our West Coast Swing workshop and dance at Swing City this Friday at 8pm.

Men - are you missing dance shoes? - I have one pair that were left at the U.Vic 30th Anniversary Ball. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net if you are interested in getting them back.

My 30th Anniversary Social Dance featuring the music of Ron King will be held on Saturday, April 30th. I will teach Cha Cha in the workshop to start the evening and play a fun mix of music in the breaks. Ron is an amazingly versatile entertainer with a great voice and a wide repertoire of dance tunes. It will be a great way to close out the month of April. Reserve your tickets with me at dancevictoria@telus.net.

New classes for March and April are listed on the Lessons page. Many have started but several start this week and later this month.

New Class added to course list: Beginner Argentine Tango on Tuesday evenings - See lessons page for more info.

My Caribbean Dance Cruise in February 2017 is almost sold out. Cabins on my 2017 Caribbean Dance Cruise are 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.

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Dances for the next week:

Tuesday, April 5 ---------------

Event: West Coast Swing Collective: 7:45 to 9:45pm Place: Eastern Star Hall; 3281 Harriet Road Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood Admission: $4

Wednesday, April 6 ------

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

Friday, April 8 ----------

Event: Swing City Swing Dance 8-11pm Workshop: West Coast Swing with Sam Jackson 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, April 9 --------

Event: Pacifica Ball 1pm to midnight Place: Victoria Conference Centre in the Empress Dance Floor: Large/Wood Admission: See Advance Tickets for more info

Event: New Imperial Social Club - City Slickers Band 8-10:30pm Place: Chief & Petty Officer's Mess, 1575 Lyall St, Esquimalt Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood Admission: $14

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

Sunday, April 10 ---------

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) Pacifica Ball - Saturday, April 9th. Tickets are on sale at http://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/pacifica-ball-risers-2016-victoria-conference-centre or www.pacificaball.ca. 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.

2) The Island Fantasy Ball - Nanaimo, 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. Check out the YouTube video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9562UQvbE. More info at http://www.islandfantasyball.com/ or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/islandfantasyball/

3) John's 30th Anniversary Social Dance Part 2 will feature Ron King on Saturday, April 30th at the Victoria Edelweiss Club. Tickets are $15 in advance - reserve your tickets at dancevictoria@telus.net.

4) West Shore Lions Club Fundraiser Dance - Decades of Rock Show - featuring 3 bands "Younger than Yesterday", "Free Ride," and "Rock of Ages" from 8:30 to 12:30 on Saturday, May 21st at the Royal Canadian Legion #91, Langford, 761 Station Ave. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door - ph 250-478-8365 or at Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Ave - ph 250-384-3622. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-decades-of-rock-show-may-21-2016-tickets-23723449476

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Diet, exercise and grow old sensibly (& funnily):

My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.

Ate salad for dinner! Mostly croutons & tomatoes. Really just one big, round crouton covered with tomato sauce. And cheese. FINE, it was a pizza. I ate a pizza.

How to prepare Tofu: 1. Throw it in the trash. 2. Grill some Meat.

I hate when I think I'm buying ORGANIC vegetables, but when I get home I discover they're REGULAR donuts.

I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

I don't mean to brag but ...I finished my 14-day diet in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

Senility has been a smooth transition for me.

I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented ...I forgot where I was going with this.

I love being over 50. I learn something new every day ...and forget 5 others.

A thief broke into my house last night ...He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.

My dentist told me I need a crown. I was like: "I KNOW!" Right?

I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day. Where’s the wine?