We held each other close and we danced, yeah, we danced. - Brad Paisley

Hold your partner a little closer and dance the night away at Swing City. Start the long weekend off with a Rumba workshop before the Ballroom dance at Swing City this Friday. Get warmed up for the Caribbean Dream Dance...

Donations to help out local dancers Garth and Sheila who lost their home in a house fire will be accepted at Swing City for the rest of this month. They have a furnished house until the end of May but need a place to live (4 bedroom home that allows pets) for the next 4 to 6 months - let me know if you hear of something. If you know Sheila please text her encouraging notes at 250-507-3908 with your name added since she lost all contact info. For on line donations visit: https://www.gofundme.com/house-fire-garth-and-sheila

NEW Classes for May and June are listed on the Lessons Page and start soon. Extremely NEW class on Wednesdays added to the list.

Tickets for the Caribbean Dream Dance on May 27th are selling fast - see Advance Tickets below.

BIG Dance Camps are happening on the Island this summer - see the list below.

Improve your dancing with three more 'P's - Patience, Patience, Patience. 1) Patience with yourself; 2) Patience with your dance partner and; 3) Most importantly - Patience with your dance instructor...

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Dances for the next week

Tuesday, May 16 -----------

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

Wednesday, May 17 -----------

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, May 19 ----------

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

Event: Ballet Victoria presents 'Beauty & the Beast' - 7:30pm
Place: The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.
Admission: tickets start at $30pp
https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/beauty-and-the-beast-2017-royal-theatre

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 20 ----------

Event: Ballet Victoria presents 'Beauty & the Beast' - 2pm
Place: The Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St.
Admission: tickets start at $30pp
https://www.rmts.bc.ca/events/beauty-and-the-beast-2017-royal-theatre

Event: VBDS Ballroom Dance: 8-10:30pm
Place: Les Passmore Centre, 186 Hampton Road
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $12/$15

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) John and Carla's Caribbean Dream Dance - Saturday, May 27th at the Victoria Edelweiss Club. Cha Cha Workshop at 7:30pm and Social Dance from 8:30 to 11pm. Tickets go on sale May 1st and are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. To reserve your tickets please contact John at dancevictoria@telus.net or 250-920-7556.

2) NBDS 'Swing's the Thing' Dance Camp: June 16 - 18 at Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose BC. Featuring Doug & Nicki Silton, Pamela Podmoroff, and Kevin & Christabel Savage teaching west coast swing, lindy hop, shag, and more. Weekend Pass is $150 and includes: 2 dances, workshops, breakfast, lunch & dinner Saturday, camping on site and more. To register - make cheques payable to: Dance Camp, 900 Colleen Road, Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X3. To register your interest in advance, please email dancecamp@ballroomnanaimo.ca Visit the website at: http://ballroomnanaimo.ca/event/dancecamp2017/

3) Summer Dance Fest - Ballroom Dance Camp - August 18th and 19th at the Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Amazing early-bird price of $50pp for 6 workshops from a variety of instructors and 2 dances - all on a 5000 square foot sprung hardwood dance floor. Early bird tickets are available until July 31st from John at dancevictoria@telus.net This is the 6th year for this fantastic event - great value, great venue, great workshops and great fun. For more info: http://ballroomnanaimo.ca/events/dance-fest/

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Warning: Dance Funnies can be addicting - since humour is very therapeutic and dance is the healthiest activity on the planet for your mind, body and soul this is no cause for alarm. Consult your dance doctor to determine if you are dancing enough to partake in any of the dance funnies below. Your dance doctor can be reached at dancevictoria@telus.net A healthy, nutritious and enjoyable dance diet is only a few steps away.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10

WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10

HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8

WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10

WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8

IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9

HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
-- Kelvin, age 8