Great Dancing comes

from Great Music!

 

My Dances


Simply put you come to our dances because you want to dance to incredible and inspiring music and are tired of dancing on cramped dance floors at dances with no personality!


Dancers Comments 
Thank you for the great dance on June 23  ..  simply marvelous .. 
&  the music  ..  WOW  ..
All lessons are Intermediate/Advanced levelsKeep up the good work  ..  V&B   MORE HERE!

All Lessons at my dances are courtesy of Robyn & Donn Picard
Intermediate dance lesson 7-8 pm
Dancing 8pm - 11pm (sometimes 11:30 if there are still dancers dancing)


ALL my dances are held at the

"RMSS Ballroom" - 12150 - 224th St Maple Ridge

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 - Single Rhythm Jive

Nov 4 - Street Hustle

Nov 25 Xmas - Rumba

Dec 31 2018


2018 dates

Jan 20 - Feb 17 - Mar 17

April 28 - May 19 - Jun 16

July 14 - Aug 18 - Sep 15

Oct 20 - Nov 3 - Nov 24 Dec 31


Dance Info
$20.00 per person
$30 Xmas & Valentines
 
Includes FREE!
Int/Adv Lessons
 The largest food and refreshement layout in the lower mainlandAVAILABLE ALL NIGHT

Reservations
Table Reservations available upon request, send me an email rayj@ilovetodance.ca

Who Can come?

This is a dance for dancers of all ages, novice to professional. We promote a fun, inclusive atmosphere.
Median age range is 45-65, but we have dancers from 20-85
 
Singles
 This is NOT a "couples" dance. All singles are welcome.
Male dancers are always in demand, but remember this is Ballroom/Latin/Swing/Country dancing, not freestyle dancingLadies are always welcome, but I would add this:

1 - This is the new age - if you want to dance - ASK someone. I've gotten a lot of emails saying essentially:
"I'd love to come out but I don't expect to ask men to dance, and I just don't want to sit all night bored"
My response is "This isn't a dance cruise, we don't hire dance hosts"
2 - We love beginners, but there is an expectation that:

- If you LOVE dancing, you'll have taken lessons (as we have)
- NO MAN is born knowing how to lead:
- and only a handful of ladies have natural abilities to follow without taking lessons

If you've taken lessons in a variety of dances the mans job to lead is immeasurably easier -
and more FUN
Otherwise we're just pushing you around the floor counting down for the song to end.

THE MUSIC & Interactive DJ

My background - I have my Grade 10 Conservatory of Music in Piano.   I played as a professional musician for over 15 years playing keyboards, guitar and bass.   I have an EXTENSIVE music collection spanning over 70 years of music.  I constantly listen for new and interesting music.  Music You'll LOVE to dance to!As a DJ I entertain my crowd and make your visit as fun and interesting as possible.  EVERY dance my dancers come up to me and thank Bertha and I for these dances and many tell me how much they LOVED the music - or they send me emails telling me how much fun they had!
 

- Generally from 8-10pm the music is new, innovative and interesting

- From 10-11:15 we play great music including old favourites and take requests which we can play as the NEXT song!

This is not tired old 50's/60's ballroom music played at other dances


This is FUN music

- We play several really FUN line dances each dance. You don't have to join in, but can dance as you want
 
Floor
Large well maintained wooden floor 34' x 75' in size for most dances and when I rent the whole room 34' x 100' in size. When we use the whole floor we have the largest dance floor in the lower mainland
 
Chandelier
In Dec 2006 we purchased and mounted a beautiful chandelier for our dances
 
Dress Code
Simple - no rules, just dress appropriately as all dancers do
 
New Years
Our NY dances are affordable, fun and open to all dancers

more about my music!

I'd like to address dancers who expect music to be like other dances or ballrooms.  

Every DJ plays different music.  I play new songs every dance that you'll never have dance to before.   I introduce music from other cultures that is appropriatte for the dances styles we all know.  No one else does that.  I'll introduce new music and play them for the next few dances.  Dancers tend to like them the first time but love them more and more as they learn to recognize them.  

Keeping dancing fresh like this is an experiment and all DJ's should expand their repretoire or go stale. 

I loved out "Battle of the DJ's" because Maggie has often has different music than I do.   I like to think that it's her signature style.   Same with Robyn's dances or Byrons.  How boring it would be if every DJ played the same music!  

Since March 2005 I've tried to play a "little of everything", thus catering to dancers who are "jack of all trades" who will get a little of everything each dance as I try to cover Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country.  To keep dancers on the floor I like to look for songs that are more flexible than strict ballroom music.  I understand that new dancers may need to hear a standard stylised beat, (for instance)  Cha Cha, however, my belief has always been that "Great Music inspires Great Dancing" (quote from Len Goodman) and if the latest song on the radio (or one you love but haven't heard in a long time) inspires you to get on the dance floor, then fabulous.

Music has changed.  For instance it's hard to find fresh new Jive's, but there are new bands that have the same basic rhythm without having to sound like something from the 50's.  Some people like the original Argentine Tango music, but for me - like much early Bachata's - it's very stylised and I'm not inspired, so I look for modern songs that breath new life into these dance styles.

This is a format I've used for over 11 years now successfully, and I spend a lot of time looking for great music to inspire all my dancers.  No DJ is capable of striking gold on every song for all dancers. I know I'm on the right track when dancers leave and tell me how much they loved the music, or when dancers come up and asked "what band is that" or when dancers are on their phone using Shazam to find out what the song is!  In a night I'll play over 60 songs and if you didn't like several songs, that's OK because I've been to many dances where I've liked almost nothing.