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Saturday, July 29 will feature an Intermediate Foxtrot lesson - I got a lot of great feedback on the music at my last dance, so I'll be repeating many tunes by popular demand!  Come in out of the heat into our air conditioned room...

I've got a lot of exciting CUBAN salsa's including a WCS!   I searched the 10 leading Northwest Swing DJ's and out of 100 of their top recommended songs I found 5 great enough for my dances, so I'm playing them again this dance, so come out for exciting dance music!

Please note the date change in October.  I've had to change it from Oct 7 to Oct 14.

Travel a lot?  For $50 you can apply for a 5-year Nexus card.  Use this link only because there are other companies who'll do this service for extra charges.  Nexus is better than a Passport, and you can pass by long airport and border crossings. 

Watch Dancing with the Stars?   Ever wonder how much time they spend practising to win an event?  the latest winner  Rashad Jennings stated that to get there he spent 362 hours rehearsing!  For most contestants it means 6 hours of rehearsal each day.  I've often wondered how this is all accomplished and I found all the answers after a lot of googling HERE!  Very interesting reading.

Before I promote the following 2 events note that while these events are free, please show up with a donation.   There are costs involved with putting these events on AND at the Friday event hosted by DanceSport BC they will ask for donations to support the amateur competitors.  The Sunday Salsa is hosted by the Dancey Ballroom and SalsaVancouver.

Robson Square Friday dancing - There are 2 main changes this year.   there's a beginner at 7-7:30 and a beginner lesson 8-8:30pm with follow-up dancing till 11:30.   Second change is there are only 6 events starting July 7 and ending Aug 11.

Robson Square Sunday Salsa dancing - There are also 2 changes this year.  First there's an "After Party" and again there are only 6 events starting July 9 and going to Aug 13.  These run from 3:30 - 9:30pm. as follows:   
     - 3-3:30 - Salsa lesson
     - 3:30-5pm - Dancing
     - 5-5:30 - show dance
     - 5:30-7 - Dancing
     - 7-7:30 - (see website - Hustle, WCS or Kizomba lesson)
     - 7:30-9:30 - Dancing

Sophie has a 15 day DANCE cruise available from Sept Sept 23 - Oct 8 2017.  This is a Vancouver - Hawaii - Vancouver cruise.  Book soon as Final payment is July 10, 2017.   It's on the same ship we just sailed on - Star Princess.  
Vancouver, British Columbia 23SEP17 SAT DEPART 4:30PM

At Sea 24SEP17 SUN

At Sea 25SEP17 MON

At Sea 26SEP17 TUE

At Sea 27SEP17 WED

At Sea 28SEP17 THU

Honolulu, Hawaii 29SEP17 FRI ARRIVE 7:00AM DEPART 11:00PM

Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawaii 30SEP17 SAT ARRIVE 8:00AM DEPART 5:00PM

Hilo, Hawaii 01OCT17 SUN ARRIVE 9:00AM DEPART 6:00PM

Maui (Lahaina), Hawaii 02OCT17 MON ARRIVE 7:00AM DEPART 6:00PM

At Sea 03OCT17 TUE

At Sea 04OCT17 WED

At Sea 05OCT17 THU

At Sea 06OCT17 FRI

At Sea 07OCT17 SAT

Vancouver, British Columbia 08OCT17 SUN ARRIVE 7:30AM

Dance classes and social dance onboard
Single per person rate fromCAD$4748.91 ( DEPOSIT $130 )
Double Occupancy rate per person from CAD$2475.21 (DEPOSIT $100)
Triple Occupancy rate per person from CAD$1977
Quad Occupancy rate per person from CAD$1728
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Build the dance community - bring friends out to see what the fun is all about. Robyn and I are offering the first dance FREE. For my free dance I ask that:

1 - you've never been to my dances before
2 - sign up for my monthly email
3 - free dance can only be used for regular dances (not special dances including Valentines, Christmas and New Years)

My upcoming 2017 dances

Jan 21 - Jive

Feb 11 Valentines - NC 2-step

March 18 - WCS

April 22 - Country 2-step

May 20 - NO LESSON

Jun 17 - Cha Cha

Jul 29 - Foxtrot

Aug 26 - Slow Waltz

Sep 16 - Salsa

Oct 14 - Bachata DATE CHANGE

Nov 4 - Street Hustle

Nov 25 Xmas - Rumba

Dec 31 2018


Is dancing expensive? The better question is are you a social or a competitive dancer? My son told me lift tickets for skiing were $150, so I went looking at how much low-cost hobbies are. On one well know site Dancing was listed as #20 out of #50 along with gardening, learning to cook, knitting, playing cards, running, yoga, cycling, and teaching your pets tricks! The rest of the story is they suggest you can learn to dance with YouTube videos (watching other people dance) and of course it's silly to suggest you can get the same quality of lessons from a YouTube video as you would from a Professional Dance teacher. Plus every other thing listed on the "Top 50" doesn't have the physical, mental and social benefits that dancing does. So even when we do pay more, the price we pay is well worth it.

On the other hand, another site lists Competitive Dancing as the 2nd most expensive hobby!

Check out this video. It's World Boogie Woogie 2013 dance championships held in Taiwan that's boiled down to 20 minutes immense fun. There's just so much to love in their performances, from the facial expressions, the timing to the music (a great study in dancing to the breaks in the music), the fun stuff they throw in and the joy in what they're doing - and what energy. Mid way one fellow uses his gal as an air-guitar!

Some Dance thoughts:

1 - If you love to dance just do it - no excuses! Take lessons from a professional in a group class. DON'T go to a dance expecting to just pick stuff up. Good leads don't prefer to dance with follows with rubber arms and no technique, Good follows don't prefer to dance with guys who've watched someone and think they can just copy and have no rhythm to follow.
2 - Ladies you don't HAVE to only be a follow! A couple of the best (non-teacher) dancers I've ever danced with are among my FAVOURITE dancers of all time. I'm sure their talents as a follow is partly due to their ability to understand what leads do.
3 - If you take lessons get OUT and practice, that's the only way you'll get better
4 - While the dance styles may be limited, Salsa dances, Country dances, WCS dances are ideal for singles and there's lots of those dances around. At these events changing partners is the name of the game and the better the dancer you are the more dancing you'll get. If you're not a great dancer (and I did this in the beginning) practice at home and get the basics down SOLID!
5 - Join in the mixers! This is the easiest way to meet someone without the awkwardness of crossing the floor to ask someone. I'm always amazed at the dancers I briefly meet who have excellent skills. And even if they don't have great skills just imagine you're "paying it forward" like someone else probably did to you!
6 - Couples PLEASE dance with other people! For two great reasons. First your partner knows all your moves and you anticipate each other - not good if you're trying to be a BETTER lead or follower because with someone else you're all on your own! Being a lead means you can lead with any partner and vice versa. Second an email I sent out last year highlighted research about how dancing is the VERY BEST activity to ward off AZ or dementia, BUT..., only when you don't dance by rote. If you dance without thinking it's just exercise!
7 - Practice dances are where you work your stuff out. When you go to a real dance dance like your life depended on it! Ladies don't ask your partner to do such and such move. Guys while it's great to give a new partner some verbal direction on what's coming up, other comments aren't necessary! It's a downer for your partner and others around you will notice!


Further notes:
- Single Ladies you can ask guys to dance - don't assume men are solely responsible for YOUR dance enjoyment! If you LOVE to dance, take lessons, practice on your own (which I did for 3 years because I had no partner in the early days), and be proactive with your dance enjoyment. Also by definition there's a lot more partner switching at WCS, Country and Salsa dances, so those are options you can explore.
- Couples - let your partner dance with others! Believe me - it's to YOUR benefit as couples can get into bad habits - (I speak from experience).
- Gents - Pay it forward to newer dancers like someone probably did for you. You may know 15 moves with your partner, but guaranteed, you'll only be able to do 5 basic ones with a new partner and whatever you do will be appreciated as it's 1,000% better than sitting down!

Regulation Ballroom dance floor size – I did a little research to see what are actual WDSF size standards.  Turns out it depends on what country you’re in!


Europe – 85.3 x 52.5

China – 75.5 x 49

USA – 60 x 36

Canada 60 x 35


My regular dances – 75 x 34

My Special dances – 105 x 34 (Valentines, Xmas, New Years) as shown below.

Our NEW refinished dance floor (July 2016)

Picture shows the $3,000 chandelier (that we picked up for $1,100) we installed in Dec 2006 half with donations from dance friends and half I paid for.

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