Life’s a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow. - John Michael Montgomery

Learn more about the dance of life when you go to Swing City this Friday. Dancing the waltz is as easy as 1, 2, 3... with a few variations. Add some of those variations to your waltz in the 8pm workshop before the Ballroom dance at Swing City this Friday.

NEW Classes for May and June are listed on the Lessons Page and start this week.

NEW: West Coast Swing Flashmob 2017 will be taught Wednesdays and Sundays.

NEW: Beginner Night Club 2 Step will start this Wednesday.

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

Happy Birthday to 26 dancers who celebrate birthdays in June - you get a free ticket to Swing City this month. Send me your birthday info (month & day only) and you will get a free ticket to swing city in your birthday month. Happy Birthday to: Shelley H, Rosanna G, Melanie M, Douglas F, Liam A, Terry Ann L, Faye M, Danielle B, Kathryn J, Waterfall G, Chris M, Steffi T, Chris M, Doneen S, Greg L, Alan T, Denis H, Jean D, Diane M, Kim M, Linda N, Christine H, Herta S, Julie T, Lynn T and James N.


Dances for the next week

Tuesday, May 30 -----------

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 31 -----------

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, June 2 ----------

Event: Swing City Ballroom Dance: 8-11pm
Workshop: Waltz with John at 8pm
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, June 3 ----------

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


Advance Tickets:

1) 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 Visit the website at:

2) 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 This is the 6th year for this fantastic event - great value, great venue, great workshops and great fun. Info on the event is at:


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 A healthy, nutritious and enjoyable dance diet is only a few steps away.

A toothpaste factory had a problem. They sometimes shipped empty boxes without the tube of toothpaste inside. This challenged their perceived quality with the buyers and distributors. Understanding how important the relationship with them was, the CEO of the company assembled his top people. They decided to hire an external engineering company to solve their empty boxes problem.

The project followed the usual process: budget and project sponsor allocated, RFP (Request For Proposal), and third-parties selected. Six months (and $8 million) later they had a fantastic solution - on time, on budget, and high quality. Everyone in the project was pleased.

They solved the problem by using a high-tech precision scale that would sound a bell and flash lights whenever a toothpaste box weighed less than it should. The line would stop, someone would walk over, remove the defective box, and then press another button to re-start the line. As a result of the new package monitoring process, no empty boxes were being shipped out of the factory.

With no more customer complaints, the CEO felt the $8 million was well spent. He then reviewed the line statistics report and discovered the number of empty boxes picked up by the scale in the first week was consistent with projections, however, the next three weeks were zero! The estimated rate should have been at least a dozen boxes a day. He had the engineers check the equipment, they verified the report as accurate.

Puzzled, the CEO travelled down to the factory, viewed the part of the line where the precision scale was installed, and observed just ahead of the new $8 million dollar solution sat a $20 desk fan blowing the empty boxes off the belt and into a bin. He asked the line supervisor what that was about.

"Oh, that," the supervisor replied, "Bert, the Canadian kid from maintenance, put it there because he was tired of walking over, removing the box and re-starting the line every time the bell rang."