While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate, I can not separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance. - Hans Bos

Masquerade Ball Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, May 10th at 9am. The Big Band Formal Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, May 28th at SJ Willis Auditorium. Masks, while encouraged, are not required. Tickets will again be sold to couples and tables of ten in an effort to keep the numbers balanced. Start planning your table of ten now. See Advance Tickets below for more info.

Masquerade Masks: Venetian style masks are made locally and you can view them on line at http://www.thevenetianmask.com/. He can do a showing in his home if there are enough people interested in these - let me know. There are also a selection of masquerade masks at Jeannie's store for under $5 if you want to go a less expensive route. Her Dollar Store is at 5138 Cordova Bay Road.

Celebrate Friday the 13th with a fun West Coast Swing workshop and dance at Swing City this week. Sam Jackson will teach the workshop and I will play a great mix of Swing music with a dash of Ballroom and Latin thrown in at the dance that follows from 9 to 11pm.

Dance Classes for May are listed on the lessons Page and start this week. Find new life on the dance floor with these fun classes. Single men needed for Beginner Waltz/Foxtrot, Silver Tango, Silver Paso Doble and West Coast Swing classes.

The New 2016 West Coast Swing Flash Mob will be taught by John and Darlene on Wednesday evenings from 8:30 to 9:30pm. This 6 week course is only $20pp for the whole series. Please register in advance with John. Here is a youtube video of the flash mob we danced in 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJYP09w8574 and the one we did last year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82k0MLA0gYM

Happy Birthday to 17 dancers who celebrate birthdays in May - you get a free ticket to Swing City this month. Happy Birthday to: Bob P, Corinne S, Diane F, Don B, Eileen L, Gary S, Geraldine S, Heather M, Jim M, Julia B, Margaret M, Myrna S, Rose T, Ruth D, Samantha H, Teruko F & Tom W.

There are only three cabins left for my Caribbean Dance Cruise in February 2017. There is only 1 balcony cabin left at the group rate - the inside and outside group rate cabins are sold out, but we have one inside and one outside cabin at the regular cruise rate which will allow you to join our group. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net for more information.

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Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, May 11 ---------

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

Friday, May 13 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom 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, May 14 ----------

Event: Liz & Ron Social Ballroom Dance 7:30-10:30pm Place: Commonwealth Place Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: $10/$12

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, May 15 ----------

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) 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

2) John's 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Masquerade Ball - Saturday, May 28th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band in the SJ Willis Auditorium from 8 to 11pm. Tickets will be sold for couples and for tables of ten only and go on sale on May 10th at 9am when you can reserve by email at dancevictoria@telus.net. Tickets are $35 per person.

3) 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 vwcsc@yahoo.ca 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.

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Food for thought:

“There must be a mistake: you’ve accidentally given me the food my food eats.” —Ron Swanson, when given a plate of vegetables

I don’t want to say we eat out a lot, but I’ve noticed that lately when I call my kids for dinner, they run to the car. —Julie Kidd

Why is there an expiration date on sour cream? —George Carlin

I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time,” so I ordered French toast during the Renaissance. —Steven Wright

The key to eating healthy is not eating any food that has a TV commercial. —Comedian Mike Birbiglia

I want to grow my own food, but I can't find any bacon seeds

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

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water. W. C. Fields

I used to love the candy Nerds, but I stopped eating them when I realized that for me, it was basically cannibalism. Rob O’Reilly

There's no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap. Kevin James

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. Doug Larson

Spaghetti can be eaten most successfully if you inhale it like a vacuum cleaner. Sophia Loren

When it comes to candy bars, the term fun-sized is misleading. There is nothing fun about your candy bar being ⅛ the size of a regular bar. You should call them what they are: “disappointment-sized.” Jimmy Kimmel