In general, my children refused to eat anything that hadn't danced on TV. - Erma Bombeck

Leave the TV alone and come dancing this Friday. Have some fun with Foxtrot in the 8pm workshop at Swing City and then stick around for the Ballroom dance.

New Classes for May are listed on the lessons page.

Happy Birthday to 34 dancers who celebrate birthdays in May - you get a free ticket to Swing City this month. Happy Birthday to: Bob P, Canice M, Cathy H, Corinne S, Don B, Edward Z, Eileen L, Faye K, Frances G, Gary S, George B, Geraldine S, Heather M, Janet J, Jeff B, Jenna D, Jim M, Julia B, Laurie W, Marcia F, Margaret Mac, Marianna D, Mary-Louise A, Michael D, Myrna S, Rex W, Robin D, Robyn W, Rose T, Ruth D, Samantha H, Teruko F, Tirdad S, & Tom W.

Dances for the next week

Tuesday, May 1 -----------

Event: West Coast Swing Collective: 7:45 to 9:45pm
Place: Eastern Star Hall; 3281 Harriet Road
Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood
Admission: $5 ($4 if you are enrolled and taking a WCS class series that week)

Wednesday, May 2 -----------

Event: Seniors (55+) Line Dance 1:15-2:15pm, Social dance 2:15-3:15pm
Place: Gordon Head Rec Center, 4100 Lambrick Way.
Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood.
Admission: FREE

Friday, May 4 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance: 8-11pm
Workshop: Foxtrot with John at 8pm, Dance 9-11pm
Place: Victoria Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: $10

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, May 5 ----------

Event: VBDS Newcomers Dance: 7:30-10:30pm
Place: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road
Dance Floor: Medium-Large/Hardwood
Admission: $10/$12

Event: Red Hot Swing, 8:30pm - 12:30am
Place: Bert Richman building, 4105 Lambrick Way
Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood.
Admission: $10/$13

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

Sunday, May 6 -------------

Event: PMP Dance with the Pulpmills Band: 7-10pm
Place: Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave
Dance Floor: Large, Linoleum.
Admission: $10 tea and desserts included.


Advance Tickets:

1) The Island Fantasy Ball (IFB): Saturday, May 5th and Sunday May 6th in the Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo. This full weekend competition features dancers from around the world competing in Ballroom and Latin. Competitions are held all day and evening on Saturday and all day on Sunday. Front row and second row tickets are available for both days. Seating and ticket details are available at:

2) Commodores Big Band Dance - 8 to 11pm on Saturday, May 26th at the Victoria Edelweiss Club. Get your group of 8 together and book a table early so that you can all sit together. Tickets are $25 in advance from John at or 250-920-7556.

3) Island Dance Camp: Friday, June 15th, to Sunday, June 17th - the focus will be on social dancing: West Coast Swing, Nite Club 2-Step, Country 2-Step & Waltz! 2 fun dances; 4 instructors; 19 fabulous workshops; breakfast, lunch & dinner on Saturday; Camping onsite …. Door prizes and so much more!! Held at the Lighthouse Community Hall in Qualicum Bay. Cost: early bird $120 – after May 1st $140. Please make cheques payable to: Gwen Spinks and mail to: 900 Colleen Road, Gabriola V0R 1X3 or E-transfer to: More info:

4) Oktoberfest 2018 at the Edelweiss Club: Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 with music provided by S-Bahn. Tickets available now. Members $25 – Guests $45. Authentic German cuisine available to purchase. Doors open at 6:00. Adults Only. Call 250-383-4823 and leave a message.


Women's dictionary:

(ahr•gyoo•munt) n. A discussion that occurs when you're right, and continues until he realizes it.

(bar•buh•Q) n. You bought the groceries, washed the lettuce, chopped the tomatoes, diced the onions, marinated the meat and cleaned everything up—for the dinner he made for his friends."

(kant•e•lope) n. Gotta get married in a church.

Clothes dryer
(kloze drI•yer) n. An appliance designed to eat socks.

Diet soda
(dI•it so•duh) n. A drink you buy at a convenience store to go with a half pound bag of peanut M&Ms.

(dI-mun) n. Something you think should be on your finger but he can only see in a baseball park.

(e•ter•ni•tee) n. The last two minutes of a football game.

(ex•er•siz) v. Walking up and down a mall, occasionally resting to make a purchase.

Grocery list
(grow•sree list) n What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.

Hair dresser
(hare dres•er) n. A magician who creates a hair style you can never duplicate.

Hardware store
(hard•wer stor) n. Similar to a black hole in space: once he goes in, he isn't coming out any time soon.

(chIld•brth) n. You go through 36 hours of contractions. He holds your hand and says, "focus...breathe...push...."

(pahrk) v./n. Before children, a verb meaning, "to go somewhere and neck." After children, a noun meaning "a place with a swing set and slide".

Waterproof mascara
(wah•tr•pruf mas•ka•ruh) n. Mascara that comes off if you cry, shower, or swim, but not when you try to remove it.

Valentine's Day
(va•lun•tInz dae) n. A day when you dream of a candle light dinner, diamonds, and romance, but consider yourself lucky to get a card.

(pay•shuns) n. The most important ingredient for dating, marriage and children. See also "tranquilizers."

Dance n. Being you at top volume