To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance. - Aubrey Lynch

We danced a West Coast Swing Flash Mob at Blues Fest in front of a big crowd and then again at Bastion Square on Saturday. You can see it at Congratulations to everyone who took part. Some of the mob resting after a vigorous day flashing: I will teach East Coast Swing in the workshop at 8pm on Friday at Swing City - more info below.

New dance classes start this week - see the list below and register soon.

Jim Minty (world class judge and instructor) is coming to Victoria to teach some West Coast Swing workshops on September 19th. Advance tickets are available now - see information below.

Advance Tickets for the Diamond Revue Ballroom Dance on September 26th are also available now - see information below.

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

Wednesday, September 9 ---------------------------

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

Friday, September 11 -------------------------------

Event: Swing City 8pm-midnight Workshop: East Coast Swing/Jive with John at 8pm Place: Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara. Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: $10/$12

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, September 12 ----------------------

Event: VBDS Reunion Dance 7:30-10:30pm Place: Les Passmore Centre 286 Hampton Road Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood Admission: $10

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, September 13 ------------------------------

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


Advance Tickets:

1) West Coast Swing workshops with Jim Minty (Chief Judge at several top west coast swing competitions) - Saturday, September 19th, Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road - 1-5pm. Advance tickets available from John at 250-920-7556 or Tickets are $15 for one workshop, $25 for two workshops, $35 for three workshops or $40 for an all day pass including the evening workshop and dance. Tickets for the evening workshop and dance are $15 each. More info on workshops is available at

2) Diamond Revue Ballroom Dance - in memory of Victoria’s first Ballroom Dance Instructor Elsie Diamond 1918-2015 - Saturday, September 26th, Cadboro Bay United Church, 2625 Arbutus Road - 8-10:30pm. Advance tickets available from John at 250-920-7556 or Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

3) NBDS 34th Anniversary dinner and dance: Saturday, October 3rd Bowen Park Rec. Centre, Bowen Road, Nanaimo. 6pm-7pm Cocktail hour, 7pm-8.30pm Catered dinner by Coastal Culinary Creations, 8.30pm until late - social dance with DJ John Maher. Tickets now on sale by email: Dinner & Dance – members $35; Non members $40; Dance Only – members $10, Non members $15

4) Fundraising Dance for Lions Local Charity & Community Projects - The Decades of Rock Show with YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY/FREE RIDE/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.


Political Humour:

Telling the truth means never having to say you're Tory. - Dennis Brady


Stalin's grave is a Communist plot.

Politicians stand for what they think people will fall for.

90% of all politicians give the other 10% a bad name.

Politicians stand on their record so no one can read it.

The two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change. - Seth MacFarlane

Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. - H.L. Mencken

Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it. - Dr. Laurence J. Peter

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects. - Lester B. Pearson

A man who has both feet planted firmly in the air can be safely called a liberal as opposed to the conservative, who has both feet firmly planted in his mouth. - Jacques Barzun

In Politics, stupidity is not a handicap. - Napoleon Bonaparte

I think it will be a clash between the political will and the administrative won’t. - Jonathan Lynn