On with the dance! let joy be unconfined; No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet To chase the glowing hours with flying feet. ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

On with the dance! The Masquerade Ball featuring the Commodores Big Band on Saturday, May 28th will be held at the Edelweiss Club at 108 Niagara. Let joy be unconfined... Tickets are $30 each and there are only a few left. Reserve your tickets soon at dancevictoria@telus.net. See more info below.

Caution! This is only for people who like to have fun on the dance floor. Warren Scott will be teaching East Coast Swing on Friday, May 27th at 8pm in the workshop at Swing City then DJ Johnny deP will play a great mix of Ballroom, Latin and Swing music for the Dance that follows from 9 to 11pm.

New Classes for June and July are now open for registration - these are the last classes before September - check out the fun list of options on the Lessons page.

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 dancevictoria@telus.net for more information.

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Dances for the next week:

Wednesday, May 25 ---------

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

Friday, May 27 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance 8-11pm
Workshop: East Coast Swing with Warren Scott 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 28 ----------

Event: 30th Anniversary Formal Masquerade Ball 8-11pm
Band: Commodores 18-pice Big Band
Place: Victoria Edelweiss Club
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood
Admission: $30 - Advance Tickets only - See info below

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 29 ----------

Event: PMP dance with MC2: 7–10pm
Place: Monterey Centre, 1442 Monterey Ave
Dance Floor: Large, Linoleum.
Admission: $10

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Advance Tickets:

1) 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 dancevictoria@telus.net. $30/person.

2) 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.

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.

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 msjoycee@rogers.com

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 dancevictoria@telus.net. Visit the website for more info: http://ballroomnanaimo.ca/events/dance-fest/

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Seniors view on Face Book:

For those of my generation who do not and cannot comprehend why Facebook exists: I am trying to make friends outside of Facebook while applying the same principles.

Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell each passerby what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later, and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog, and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch, and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them the "thumbs up" and tell them I like them. And it works just like Facebook.

I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator, and a psychiatrist.