There was a star danced, and under that was I born. ~ William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616), Much Ado About Nothing

It is time to celebrate the end of one marvellous year and the start of another with "much ado about something" at the stroke of midnight. Wishing you all the best in 2017 both on and off the dance floor.

If you like 'formal' then here is a ball you might like to attend: "The Tsar's Ball" held in St Petersburg, Russia at St Catherine's Palace (we danced through here on our summer cruise). We need a ballroom like this one in Victoria:

The Gift of Dance Private Lesson Dance Cards are still available - I am offering a great 5 for 4 private lesson dance card again this year, but only for a limited time so get your card soon. Email me at or call 250-920-7556 for more info.

New classes for January are listed on the lessons page and are now open for registration. Classes start very early in the new year so register early.

Check out Advance Tickets below.

Dances for the next week:

Friday, December 30 ----------

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, December 31 - Happy New Year!!

Event: VBDS New Year's Dance with the Commodore Big Band: 8pm-1am
Place: Commonwealth Place Gym
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $75 - See Advance Tickets

Event: NBDS New Year's Potluck Dance: 9pm-1am
Place: Nanoose Plase Community Ctr, 2925 Northwest Bay, Rd, Nanoose, BC
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $20 - See Advance Tickets

Event: Red Ginger New Year's Dinner/Dance: 7pm-1am
Place: Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $65 - See Advance Tickets

Event: Latin New Year's Dance with two Latin Bands: 9:30pm-1:30am
Place: Ukrainian Cultural Centre, Douglas St.
Dance Floor: Medium/Hardwood.
Admission: $15 - See Advance Tickets

Event: Edelweiss New Year's Dinner/Dance with the SBahn Band: 7pm-1am
Place: Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $170/$190 per couple - See Advance Tickets

Event: Da Vinci New Year's Dinner/Dance with MC2: 7pm-1am
Place: Da Vinci Centre, 195 Bay St.
Dance Floor: Large/Hardwood.
Admission: $80 - See Advance Tickets

Event: Latin New Year's Dance, (8:30pm-1am)
Place: Café Casablanca 2524 Bridge Street
Dance Floor: Medium/Small, Hardwood.
Admission: $10 plus $2 consumption charge

Event: New Year's Dinner/Dance with Yesterdays Wine - 8pm-1am
Place: Esquimalt Legion, 622 Admirals Rd
Dance Floor: Medium/Wood
Admission: $40/person - See Advance Tickets

Event: New Year's Dance with Ron King - 8pm-1am
Place: Pro Patria Legion, 411 Gorge Rd East
Dance Floor: Small/Hardwood
Admission: $25/person - See Advance Tickets


Advance Tickets - New Year's Eve: 

1) VBDS New Year's Eve Ball featuring the Commodores Big Band - Saturday, December 31st at Commonwealth Place. Includes late evening snacks. A few tickets have magically come available - they are $75 each and are available from the VBDS at their practices.

2) NBDS New Year’s Eve Ball - Saturday, December 31st, 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

3) Red Ginger New Year's Eve Dinner & Dance Party - Saturday, December 31st, 7pm - 12:30am (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the Les Passmore Centre, 286 Hampton Road. Includes a fantastic hot buffet dinner with a wide variety of choices, door prizes, party favors and bubblies at midnight! Music by DJ Roman Yue. Advance tickets are $60 per person. Please contact Linda Ng at 250-727-5838 or Betty Choy at   

4) Latin New Year's Eve Dance - Dance to the live tunes of two latin bands: Latin Project & Edgar y Los Amigos on Saturday, December 31st, 9:30pm-1:30am. At the Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Tickets are $15. Visit http://www.LatinProject.Ca for more info.

5) New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance at the Edelweiss Club with the SBahn Band: Buffet Dinner by Connoissseur Catering - 7pm-1am. $170/couple members, $190/couple guests. Tickets – or call 250 383-4823.

6) New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance at the Da Vinci Centre with MC2: Doors open at 6pm with dinner at 7pm catered by the Island Culinary Service. Dancing to MC2 from 9pm to 1am. Tickets are $80pp from 250-383-8041.

7) New Year's Eve Dinner/Dance at The Esquimalt Legion with "Yesterday's Wine" - this is the last New Year's Dance at this venue before it closes down. Tickets are $40 each - 250-385-0213 or

8) New Year's Eve Dance at Pro Patria Legion with Ron King - Tickets are $25 in advance - 250-384-7814 or


I resolve to...

I need to start eating more healthy, but first I need to eat all of the junk food in the house to make sure that it's not there to tempt me anymore.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Bill Vaughn

My resolutions are:
1. Stop making lists
B. Be more consistent.
7. Learn to count.

I'm gonna lose weight. I'm going to exercise every day. I'm gonna go on a diet and stick to it...
Is that cake?

Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year's resolutions and I've stuck with it ever since.
Dave Beard

I'm opening a bar called "Resolutions".  It will have exercise equipment in it for the first 2 weeks and then turn into a bar for the rest of the year.

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that requires personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.
Eric Zorn

I resolve to improve my mind, my body and my soul for 2017. All I have to do is dance as often as possible.

I hope you always find a reason to smile. 

Happy New Year!!