Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right, just dance. - Anon

Swing City is cancelled this week due to another function at the hall: We are back next week with a West Coast Swing workshop and dance. Don't check with your feet, just bring them along for some fun.

Happy Birthday to 18 dancers who celebrate birthdays in November - you get a free ticket to Swing City in November. Get a free ticket to Swing City in your birthday month - enter your birthday info (month & day only) when you click on "update your preferences" at the bottom of my weekly newsletter. Happy Birthday to: Margaret M, Valerie C, Virginia D, Savanta L, Vince L, Leah M, Roy B, Dan G, Leroy H, Peggie O, Helen P, Lynne J, Adele W, Rosalinde P, Michele L, David R and Donna Y.

SINGLES: I have started a list for those dancers who do not have regular dance partners (a singles list). I plan to use this to help keep the classes balanced, advertise events of interest to singles and couples and set up classes and events for singles. Please note: Information on the sign up sheet is for my eyes only and will not be shared - you do not need to fill in all sections of the sign up form. If you would like to be on this list you can sign up for it at:

Check out Advance Tickets below.


Dances for the next week:

Tuesday, November 1 -----------

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

Wednesday, November 2 -----------

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, November 4 ----------

Event: Swing City Cancelled this week

Event: CCPA Fundraising Swing Dance: 7:30pm-midnight
Featuring: The Commodores Big Band
Place: CCPA Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Rd
Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood
Admission: $15 Students/$20 Regular Folk: See Advance Tickets

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, November 5 ----------

Event: Liz & Ron Social Ballroom Dance: 8-10:30pm
Place: Commonwealth Place Gym
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $9/$12

Event: Nothin' But Swing, 8:45pm-midnight
Place: Centennial United Church, 612 David St.
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) Canadian College of Performing Arts Fundraising Swing Dance featuring the Commodores Big Band from 7:30-11pm at the CCPA Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Rd. Admission is $15 for Students and $20 for the General Public. Call 250-595-9970 for info and tickets. Tickets also available at the door.

2) The Decades of Rock Dance presented by the West Shore Lions Club features 3 bands: Younger Than Yesterday, Free Ride and Rock of Ages playing Beatles and 60's, 70's and 80's music on Saturday, November 19th from 8:30pm to 12:30am at the Canadian Legion at 761 Station Road in Langford. Advance Tickets are $20 each from 250-478-8365 or 250-384-3622.

3) UVic Ballroom Club Semi-Formal Winter Dance - Saturday, November 19th, 7:30 to 11pm. Advance tickets cost $10 dollars or $15 at the door. Tickets will be available from John de Pfyffer after November 1st.

4) The Victoria West Coast Swing Collective Fall Frolic: Saturday, November 19 featuring Claudia Houwers & David Tolksdorff from Vancouver, teaching west coast swing in afternoon workshops followed by an evening west coast swing dance from 7:30 to 11pm at the Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road. Evening Dance: $10, All workshops and evening dance: $40. Email with ‘Register Me’ in the subject line and please include your name and phone number in the body of the email.

5) Everyone's a Local - A Night of Local Food, Wine and Music with live music by Louise Rose & Friends on Saturday, November 19th at Cadboro Bay United Church. Featuring a Silent Auction, a Live Auction, Local Wine & Beer and Local Food (appetizers). Tickets are $15 at or in the church office at 2625 Arbutus Road. (There may or may not be dancing...)

6) Victoria Chinese Ladies Club Winter Gala Dance, Saturday, November 26th, 8pm - midnight at Commonwealth Place. Live music with MC2, refreshments, dance demonstrations and lots of door prizes. Tickets are $25 each and are available from Linda Ng at 250-727-5838 or Betty Choy at 250-658-0308.

7) NBDS Christmas Gala Dinner & Dance - Saturday December 17th from 5 pm until midnight on the BIG dance floor at Beban Park, Nanaimo. 5pm – 6pm Cocktail hour; 6pm Dinner; 7:30pm Dancing - your DJ is John Maher. Details are posted at Tickets are on sale now - email - $50, $45 for NBDS and VBDS members.

8) VBDS New Year's Eve Ball featuring the Commodores Big Band - Saturday, December 31st at Commonwealth Place. Includes late evening snacks. Early bird tickets are $65 each and are now available. I have tables set aside - let me know soon if you wish to be at one of them at the early bird rate - email me at

9) NBDS New Year’s Eve Ball - December 31st 2016 at Nanoose Place Community Centre 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose BC 9pm–1am Annual New Year’s Eve Party Dance with DJ Andy Mundy. Licensed bar. Pot luck finger foods and/or appetizers – please bring some festive edibles to share. Admission: $20 – includes complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Tickets MUST be either purchased or reserved in advance. For tickets email Sara at



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