The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. - Mata Hari

Time for a great long weekend of poetry in motion on the dance floor. Did you know the Hustle can be fun, magical, rhythmic and legal when it's done on the dance floor? Learn a few questionable maneuvers in this fun dance with John on Friday, May 20th at 8pm in the workshop at Swing City then stay for the Ballroom Dance that follows from 9 to 11pm. Only $10pp for the evening.

The VBDS Mad Hatter's Dance at the Les Passmore Centre on Saturday features a West Coast Swing workshop and music by DJ Johnny deP. Wear your favourite fun, interesting or silly hat to the party. 

Roz from Oz is having her annual Bocce Ball Potluck/Tea Party on Saturday - If you know Roz or if you are going on one of the dance cruises then you are invited. The fun for all tournament (no Bocce Ball experience necessary) will be from 1 to 6pm on Saturday, May 21, at 2250 Aldeane Ave, in Colwood. Please BYOB and bring an appetizer, or salad, or dessert, a lawn chair and $2 for the Bocce Ball pot (we have to compete for something). Chili and burgers are provided. R.S.V.P.: 250-896-9359. Bring your hat as we will be heading to the Mad Hatter's Dance after the Tea Party/Potluck.

The Masquerade Ball with the Commodores Big Band on May 28th has moved to the Edelweiss Club at 108 Niagara. Tickets are now $30 each and are very limited. Reserve your tickets soon at See more info below.

Dance Classes for May are listed on the Lessons Page. Classes are now in session but you can still join some with the permission of the instructor. Single Lady needed for Bronze 2 Waltz and single men needed for Silver Tango and Paso Doble. Email John at to register.

The West Coast Swing Flash Mob class for 2016 starts this week - only $20/person for 5 weeks. See details under classes below. Here is the flash mob we danced in 2011:  and the one we danced last year:

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:

Tuesday, May 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, May 18 ----------

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

Friday, May 20 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance 8-11pm
Workshop: Hustle with John 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 21 ---------

Event: VBDS Mad Hatter's Dance with DJ Johnny deP 7:15-10:30pm
Workshop: West Coast Swing with John at 7:15-8pm
Place: Les Passmore Center, 286 Hampton Road
Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood.
Admission: $12 members/$15 non-members

Event: Lions Club Fundraiser Decades of Rock Show 8:30pm-12:30am
Featuring: 3 bands "Younger than Yesterday", "Free Ride," and "Rock of Ages"
Place: Royal Canadian Legion #91, Langford, 761 Station Ave.
Dance Floor: Large, Wood.
Admission: $18 in advance & $25 at the door - See Advance Tickets

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


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.

2) John's 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Masquerade Ball - Saturday, May 28th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band in the Victoria Edelweiss Club from 8 to 11pm. Tickets will be sold for couples and for tables of eight only - you can reserve by email at $30/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 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.

4) 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:


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