Dancers are the messengers of the gods. ~Martha Graham

The messengers of the gods say it is a good time to dance - especially at Swing City. Celebrate Canada Day in style this Friday at Swing City with a Waltz Workshop with John at 8pm and a Ballroom Dance from 9 to 11pm.

New Classes for June and July just started. This is the last series of classes before September - there is still some space in a few classes - see list on the Lessons Page.

Outdoor Summer Dances kick off this Weekend with concerts in Beacon Hill Park on Saturday & Sunday and dances at Butchart Gardens and Goward House on Tuesday. Other events, like Dancing in the Square will start the following week - see more information and links below.

The last Summer Dance Camp on the island takes place in July - talk to John soon for tickets:

Happy Birthday to 35 dancers who celebrate birthdays in July & August - you get a free ticket to Swing City in July to celebrate your birthday (Swing City is closed for August). Get your free ticket to Swing City in your birthday month by entering your birthday info (month & day only) when you click on "update your preferences" at the bottom of the newsletter. Happy Birthday to: Christina M, Bruce M, Susan M, Maria C, Leslie-Ann C, Rolands M, Roz H, Valentin A, Jan J, John Ross B, Marg R, Jane T, Hana S, Valerie C, Alan L, Marilyn S, Larry V, Barbara D, Marilyn T, Naomi L, Joyce W, Rosalinde C, Michael K, Rick T, Deb W, Frances M, Emilee M, Jay H, Rosemary T, Patricia F, Paula B, Larry K, Sheila H, Julia B and Adam G.

Do you want to take a dance cruise to the Caribbean in February? You could get the last cabin for our group. Email me at for more information.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dances for the next week:

Friday, July 1 ----Happy Canada Day------

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: 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, July 2 ---------

Event: Afternoon Concerts in the Park: 1:30-3:20pm
Band: Calypso Jazz Ensemble (Jazz)
Place: Beacon Hill Park Bandshell
Dance Floor: Grass
Admission: FREE:

Event: Nothin' But Swing, 8:30pm-12:30am
Place: Burnside Gorge Community Centre, 3130 Jutland 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, July 3 -------------

Event: Afternoon Concerts in the Park: 1:30-3:20pm
Band: Maureen Washington Quartet (Jazz)
Place: Beacon Hill Park Bandshell
Dance Floor: Grass
Admission: FREE:


Advance Tickets: Dance Camps:

1) Dance Fest - a great annual event - 6 Ballroom Dance workshops with several instructors and 2 evening dances on Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th for only $50pp for early bird tickets. The event is held at the 5000 square foot Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay. Tickets are available from John de Pfyffer at Visit the website for more info:


Canada Day - Celebrate Canadian Comedy - Even though he passed away in 2010 at the age of 84 Leslie Nielsen is still fondly remembered for the more than 100 films he starred in. Here are a few of his quotes:

It was a boy's name first...

The reason they call it 'golf' is that all the other 4 letter words were used up.

Yes, it's true, I've been called the Laurence Olivier of spoofs. I guess that would make Laurence Olivier the Leslie Nielsen of Shakespeare.

Doing nothing is very hard to do... you never know when you're finished.

I really have to keep an eye on myself, because sometimes I think I might say something important.

I played a lot of leaders, autocratic sorts; perhaps it was my Canadian accent.

Dr Rumack (played by Nielsen): Can you fly this plane, and land it? Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious. Dr Rumack: I am serious ... and don't call me Shirley.