Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

There are other great places to dance besides your living room. Come out to Swing City on Friday and dance on one of the nicest dance floors in Victoria. Learn a few fun figures in Foxtrot with John on Friday, June 3rd at 8pm in the workshop then stay for the Ballroom Dance that follows from 9 to 11pm.

New Classes for June and July are now open for registration - Level 2 West Coast Swing starts this Friday. This will be the last series of classes before September - check out the fun list of options on the Lessons Page.

Another great dance party weekend - Abanica Salsa troupe gave us some amazing demonstrations at Swing City on Friday and the Commodores thoroughly entertained us again at the Masquerade Ball on Saturday - see pictures in my last newsletter.

Check out summer dance camps under Advance Tickets below.

There is only one cabin left for my Caribbean Dance Cruise in February 2017. Just one balcony cabin left at the group rate - the inside and outside group rate cabins are sold out, but we were able to get one more inside and one more outside cabin at the regular cruise rate if you still wish to join our group. Email me at for more information.

Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, June 1 ----------

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

Friday, June 3 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance 8-11pm
Workshop: Foxtrot with John at 8pm
Place: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: $10

Event: Salsa Caliente Amateur Salsa Competition and Dance 8:30pm-12:30am
Place: White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock St 8:30pm - 12:30am.
Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood
Admission: $15 in advance & $18 at the door - see Advance Tickets

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, June 4 ---------

Event: Oak Bay Tea Party 6-9pm
Bands: Vic High Rhythm & Blues Band & Superglide
Place: Willows Park outdoors with dance floor
Dance Floor: Small, Wood
Admission: FREE

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, June 5 ----------

Event: Oak Bay Tea Party 4:30-6pm
Bands: Commodores Big Band
Place: Willows Park outdoors with dance floor
Dance Floor: Small, Wood
Admission: FREE


Advance Tickets: Dance Camps and Dances:

1) Salsa Caliente Amateur Salsa Competition and Dance at the White Eagle Hall, 90 Dock St on Friday June 3rd. 8:30pm - 12:30am. Tickets are $15 in advance & $18 at the door - advance tickets available at Cafe Casablanca or by calling 250-881-6141.

2) Summer Vibrations - a Victoria West Coast Swing event on Saturday, June 11th with Sheila & John Criton at Silver Threads Hall, 286 Hampton Road. 3 afternoon workshops starting at 2pm followed by an evening beginner workshop and dance starting at 7:30pm. To register email with ‘Register Me’ in the subject line and please include your name and phone number in the body of the email. The cost is $40 for an event pass/wristband for all 3 workshops and dance plus the free lesson for newbie’s. Payment is due on or before June 7th. Payments options will be sent by email once you have registered.

3) Dance Camp - Social Dance Fusion - Nanoose Community Centre, June 17-19. Swing Fusion and Waltz Fusion in this one of a kind social dance camp put on by the Nanaimo Ballroom Dance Society. $130pp for the weekend. For more info visit:

4) Glitzy Affair (dress to excess) Thursday June 23rd 5-9pm. Bar opens @ 5pm Dinner @5:30pm with entertainment by Johnny Vallis followed by 2+hrs of dancing to live music. Monterey Rec Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave. off Oak Bay Ave. Tickets $25.00 (Members $22.00) Must pre-purchase soon! Contact Joyce 778-430-2535 or

5) Dance Fest - a great annual event - 6 Ballroom Dance workshops with several instructors and 2 evening dances on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th for only $50pp for early bird tickets. The event is held at the 5000 square foot Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Tickets are available from John de Pfyffer at Visit the website for more info:


Humour begins with the young:

Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher. That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number. --Age 15

Give me the strength to change the things I can, the grace to accept the things I cannot, and a great big bag of money. --Age 13

Think of the biggest number you can. Now add five. Then, imagine if you had that many Twinkies. Wow, that's five more than the biggest number you could come up with. --Age 6

The only stupid question is the one that is never asked, except maybe "Don't you think it is about time you audited my return?" or "Isn't it morally wrong to give me a warning when, in fact, I was speeding?" --Age 15

If we could just get everyone to close their eyes and visualize world peace for an hour, imagine how serene and quiet it would be until the looting started. --Age 11

I once heard the voice of God. It said "Vrrrrmmmmm." Unless it was just a lawn mower. --Age 11

I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life? --Age 15

It sure would be nice if we got a day off for the president's birthday, like they do for the queen. Of course, then we would have a lot of people voting for a candidate born on July 3 or December 26, just for the long weekends. --Age 8

As you make your way through this hectic world of ours, set aside a few minutes each day. At the end of the year, you'll have a couple of days saved up. --Age 7


One Sunday morning, the priest noticed little Alex standing in the foyer of the church staring up at a large plaque. It was covered with names with small American flags mounted on either side of it.

The seven year old had been staring at the plaque for some time, so the priest walked up, stood beside the little boy, and said quietly, "Good morning Alex."

"Good morning Father," he replied, still focused on the plaque. "Father, what is this?" he asked the priest.

The priest said, "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."

Soberly, they just stood together, staring at the large plaque. Finally, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear, asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?”.