If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance. - George Bernard Shaw

It's time to get our skeletons out of the closet, dress them up, put masks on them and go to the Ball. My 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, May 28th at SJ Willis Auditorium. Masks are encouraged, but not required. The two tables that were at the end of the dance floor at the last Formal will be removed to increase the size of the dance floor resulting in 20 fewer tickets for this event. There will be a slight price increase due to fewer tickets. To keep the numbers balanced the tickets will again be sold to couples and tables of ten so start planning your table of ten now. If the last Formal Ball is any indication then tickets will go very quickly for this event again. See Advance Tickets below for more info.

Masquerade Masks: A local fellow makes Venetian and other styles of Masks and you can view his creations on line at http://www.thevenetianmask.com/. He can do a showing in his home if there are enough people interested in these - let me know. Also: Jeannie has a selection of masquerade masks in her store for under $5 if you want to go a less expensive route. Check out some pictures below. Her Dollar Store is at 5138 Cordova Bay Road.

Keep your bones moving in the Waltz workshop at Swing City at 8pm on Friday, May 6th. After the workshop I will play a fun mix of Ballroom, Latin and Swing music for the dance from 9 to 11pm.

Dance Classes for April and May are listed on the Lessons Page. Teach your skeleton new dance moves in these fun classes. Single Lady needed for Friday Beginner West Coast Swing - contact John at dancevictoria@telus.net if you are interested in this class.

Found: One ladies dance shoe and one tie left behind at the highly energetic 30th Anniversary Social Dance on April 30th. Let me know if you are missing one or both.

There are only three cabins left for my Caribbean Dance Cruise in February 2017. There are only 3 balcony cabins left at the group rate - the inside and outside group rate cabins are sold out, but you can still get an inside or outside cabin at the regular cruise rate and join our group. Email me at dancevictoria@telus.net for more information.

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Dances for the next week:

Tuesday, May 3 -----------

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

Wednesday, May 4 ----------

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

Friday, May 6 ----------

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, May 7 ---------

Event: Celebration of Love Ballroom Dance, 8-10:30pm To celebrate the anniversaries of the following couples: Don and Else 60 years, Roman and Rennie 45 years, Gary and Nancy 49 years, Kenn and Alana 42 years Place: Les Passmore Center, 286 Hampton Road Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: $10

Event: New Imperial Social Club: 8-10:30pm Place: Chief & Petty Officer's Mess, 1575 Lyall St, Esquimalt Dance Floor: Medium, Hardwood Admission: $14

Event: Island Fantasy Ball, 10am to 11pm Place: Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: Various prices - see Advance Tickets below

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, May 8 ---------

Event: Island Fantasy Ball, 10am to 5:30pm Place: Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo Dance Floor: Large, Hardwood. Admission: Various prices - see Advance Tickets below Wednesday, May 11 ---------

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

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Advance Tickets:

1) The Island Fantasy Ball - Nanaimo, May 7th and 8th. Tickets and full tables are available through John de Pfyffer at dancevictoria@telus.net. This is a great event featuring two days of competition and a full buffet dinner on Saturday. Check out the YouTube video of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fj9562UQvbE. More info at http://www.islandfantasyball.com/ or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/islandfantasyball/

2) West Shore Lions Club Fundraiser Dance - Decades of Rock Show - featuring 3 bands "Younger than Yesterday", "Free Ride," and "Rock of Ages" from 8:30 to 12:30 on Saturday, May 21st at the Royal Canadian Legion #91, Langford, 761 Station Ave. Tickets are $18 in advance and $25 at the door - ph 250-478-8365 or at Long and McQuade, 756 Hillside Ave - ph 250-384-3622. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/dance-decades-of-rock-show-may-21-2016-tickets-23723449476

3) John's 30th Anniversary Big Band Formal Masquerade Ball - Saturday, May 28th featuring the Commodores 18 Piece Big Band in the SJ Willis Auditorium from 8 to 11pm. Tickets will be sold for couples and for tables of ten only and go on sale on May 10th at 9am when you can reserve by email at dancevictoria@telus.net. Tickets are $35 per person.

4) Summer Vibrations - a Victoria West Coast Swing event on Saturday, June 11th with Sheila & John Criton at Silver Threads Hall, 286 Hampton Road. 3 afternoon workshops starting at 2pm followed by an evening beginner workshop and dance starting at 7:30pm. To register email vwcsc@yahoo.ca with ‘Register Me’ in the subject line and please include your name and phone number in the body of the email. The cost is $40 for an event pass / wristband for all 3 workshops and dance plus the free lesson for newbie’s. Payment is due on or before June 7th. Payments options will be sent by email once you have registered.

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And I quote:

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln

Every novel is a mystery novel if you never finish it. Megan Amram

I got my hair highlighted because I thought some strands were more important than others. Mitch Hedberg

Give me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, “On the one hand … on the other.” Harry Truman

A watched pot never boils, but it does get paranoid. Lesley Wake

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. Theodore Roosevelt

I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of a national emergency—even if I’m in a Cabinet meeting. Ronald Reagan

Being president is like running a cemetery: You’ve got a lot of people under you, and nobody’s listening. Bill Clinton

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain