Talk about dance? Dance is not something to talk about. Dance is to dance. - Peter St. James

The Swing City Halloween Birthday Bash was a blast - a sold out event with amazing costumes, fun music and incredible energy. I think I frightened a few people when I took my pants off in the middle of the workshop though - not a regular occurrence at a dance... Yes, the exposed neon tights were scary, but the looks on several faces were worth it. Technically, my costume was that of a modern day Harlequin or Jester - letting my inner colourful character out. Pictures were taken - so now is the time to be very afraid. If you have pictures from the dance please forward them to me as others might like to see them. Also, I inherited a water bottle at the end of the night - let me know if it is yours.

There is no Swing City dance this Friday - we resume with a new format on Friday the 13th.

Free 6’ x 3’ Mirror for your home dance studio - call Barb at 250-920-8077.

If you would like information on my 30th Anniversary dance cruises to Europe or the Caribbean please email me at

Tuesday, November 3 -----------------------------

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

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

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

Friday, November 6 -------------------------------

Event: Swing City cancelled this week

Event: Not Your Usual Ballroom Dance (non-traditional partnering) 7-9pm Place: St. George's Anglican Church Hall, 3909 St. George’s Lane Dance Floor: Medium/Wood Admission: By donation

Event: “Company C” Fundraising Swing Dance 7:30-10:30pm With the Commodores Big Band Place: Canadian College of Performing Arts Performance Hall, 1701 Elgin Rd. Dance Floor: Medium, Wood. Admission: Adult $20 / Student $15

Event: Red Hot Swing, 8:30pm - 12:30am Place: Dance Victoria on Quadra Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood. Admission: $10/$13

Event: Argentine Tango (7:30pm-1am) Gabriel and Monica intermediate class - 7.30pm-9pm Place: Café Casablanca, 2524 Bridge Street Dance Floor: Small/Medium, wood Admission: $20 workshop & dance, $10 Dance plus $2 consumption charge

Saturday, November 7 ----------------------

Event: IDHHC Fundraising Big Band Bash with 3 Big Bands: 7-11pm Bands: Commodores Big Band, Island Big Band and the Swiftsure Big Band Place: Our Lady of Fatima Portuguese Hall, 4635 Elk Lake Drive Dance Floor: Large/Wood Admission: $35pp visit

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) Fundraising Dance for Lions Local Charity & Community Projects - The Decades of Rock Show with 3 bands: Younger than Yesterday, Free Ride and Rock of Ages playing Beatles and 60’S, 70’s & 80’S dance music. Saturday, November 14th from 8:30pm-12:30am at the Royal Canadian Legion, 761 Station Rd, in Langford. Advance Tickets are $17 .....or $22 at the door Tickets available on line at the West Shore Lions website Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave..ph250-478-8365 Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Avenue, Victoria ph250-384-3622.

2) NBDS Christmas Dinner Dance Saturday, December 5th. 5 pm Cocktails, 6 pm dinner, 7:30 pm dance at Bowen Park Complex, 500 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo Ticket Sales contact: Sara ph#1-250-468-2095. Members $40., non-members $45. Dinner/dance tickets must be paid in Advance.

3) Edelweiss Club New Year’s Eve Big Band Bash featuring the Commodores Big Band. Tickets available at 250-383-4823.

4) VBDS New Year’s Eve Dance with Chris Millington Band at Commonwealth Place. Tickets available soon.


And a little lightness to start your week:

REPEAL THE LAW OF GRAVITY! (okay, maybe that is a little too light)

Little things come in small packages.


It is better to sit idle than to do nothing at all.

Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.

Nudists wear one-button suits.

Give your child mental blocks for Christmas.

An elephant is a mouse drawn to government specifications.

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

Milk is the udder cola.

Powdered milk is an udder fraud.

How would you like it if you were the Good Fairy, and no one believed you?

The devil does a great business, for such a lousy location.

A pessimist with a choice of two evils picks both.

People who claim they've met you halfway are poor judges of distance.