The journey in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. ~ Barbara De Angelis

The quote above is not a resolution but more of an evolution May your dance of life be filled with many great evolutionary experiences - both on and off the dance floor.

New classes for February and March are now open for registration.  See the list on the Lessons Page.

Private Lesson Dance Cards 5 for 4 private lesson dance cards available only until January 31st. Email me at or call 250-920-7556 for more info.


Dances for the next week:

Tuesday, January 17 -----------

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

Wednesday, January 18 -----------

Event: Seniors (55+) Line Dance 1-2 pm,  Social dance 2-3 pm
Place: Gordon Head Rec Center, 4100 Lambrick Way.
Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood.
Admission: FREE

Friday, January 20 ----------

Event: Swing City Cancelled this week

Event: Silver Slipper Dance: 7:30-10:30pm
Place: Nanoose Place, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose
Dance Floor: Medium, Wood.
Admission: $10

Event: Red Hot Swing, 8:30pm - 12:30am
Place: Dance Victoria on Quadra
Moving to Saturdays at new location in February
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, January 21 ----------

Event: VBDS Snowflake Dance
Place: Les Passmore Centre, 186 Hampton Rd.
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $12/$15

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


Advance Tickets:

1) Canada's 150th Winter Dance - Celebrate Canada's 150th Winter at our semi-formal dance at the Victoria Edelweiss Club on Saturday, January 28th and ring in Chinese New Year at the same time. Winter Waltz Workshop With John at 7:30pm. There will be a lonely bartender in attendance to watch you dance and to pour your beverage of choice. Advance tickets are $12 from or from John in class. Tickets are $15 at the door.

2) Island Singles II Red & White Valentine Dance - Saturday, February 11th at Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St. Doors open at 8pm, dance from 9pm to 1am to Paulasonic - featuring new music and plenty of great door prizes. Tickets are $13 in advance through paypal at: Tickets are $15.00 at the door 250.383.8041

3) West Shore Lions Club Fundraiser Dance: Saturday, March 18, 2017, featuring Younger Than Yesterday playing 60’S, 70’s & 80’S dance music from 8:30pm to 12:30am at the Langford Legion, 761 Station Rd in Langford. Advance Tickets are $20 - at the Langford Legion - phone 250-478-8365 or at Long and McQuade,  756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria phone 250-384-3622.

4) The Island Fantasy Ball will celebrate its Silver Anniversary on May 6th and 7th at Bowen Park in Nanaimo. Advance tickets for Victoria tables for this gala competition are available from John until February 7th only - these will sell quickly so get your tickets soon. This is a full weekend competition with top dancers from around the world competing in Ballroom and Latin. Competitions are held all day and evening on Saturday and all day on Sunday. I have front row and second row tickets available for both days. Seating and ticket details are available on line at:



Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

The winners are:

  1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

  2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

  3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

  4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

  5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

  6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

  7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

  8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavoured mouthwash.

  9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

  10. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.

  11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

  12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

  13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

  14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

  15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.