Frank’s Picks

 

Pre Christmas Dancing Month is Here

posted november 2017

This is information as I understand it today.

Please always check directly with the host.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix north of the Fraser

Lou Marocco will be playing the last friday each month starting January in the hall at the Coquitlam Legion.

Maggie Bretton’s at Scottish Cultural in Marpole, Fridays nov 17. dec 1. Terrific variety of dancing from Viennese to Western. And ladies. 90% of the men can dance 90% of the dances. No kidding!

Austria Club in Richmond – saturday november 18 and major NYE.

Alpen Club Euro Band. Always very danceable variety of ballroom/latin with a mix of other music. One friday each month Nov 24 and Dec 15. Jan 19 Feb 16. Euro band will also play valentines at the Austria feb 17.

Alpen Club Mr. Dance every sunday until dec 17.

Alpen NYE banquet. Dancing with the Euro Band.

Bonsor thursday always 100+ Confederation monday, Century House sunday; and other community centres in Burnaby and New West.

Let’s Dance Studiio downtown saturdays. Ballroom/latin(American) a bit of mix.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix South of the Fraser and in the Valley

Maureen Perry is hosting a dance at Star of the Sea, sat dec 2. Band is “The Beaten Path”. Doors and bar at 6, dancing 7. A “lunch” is included. Advance tickets only. www.LetsdanceEvents.ca

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights Kennedy Hall scott road, nov 25. Includes a 15 minute fashion show, sale of dance wear and accessories, even formal wear; and of course shoes. Excellent “Dancers Dinner”.

Ray’s saturday dances – RMSS Maple Ridge. Nov 25, Christmas dance $30. Huge food layout, 2 sets of beautiful danceable Christmas music no one else plays for most dance styles. Features a rhumba lesson from Robyn ad Donn Picard. Beautiul Christmas décor on each table to be give away plus 2 large pointsettias. Lesson 7-8 dance till 11:15.

New Years Eve. $50. Doors 7, dancing 7:30 to 12:30 a.m.

RMSS has a 5,250 square foot floor with danceable area 34 ft by 100.

Dancing for Desert in Walnut Grove. Tuesdays and fridays.

Roca Blanca in White Rock saturdays. Dates?

Kent street wednesdays in White Rock

Ray Johnson’s website and newsletter cover a wide range of dancing mostly in the Valley. http://www.ILoveToDance.ca.

Studio International Style Ballroom/Latin

A dozen studios and restaurants offer music for the 10 standard international style ballroom and latin dances. Latin meaning cha-cha-cha, rhumba, samba, … not salsa. Excellent dance floors and good sound systems. No live music.

Delta Dance fridays kin village Tsawwassen. Lovely dance floor.

Broadway and Crystal Ballrooms many evenings a week.

Andy Koo at St. Mary’s Ukrainian tuesdays

Continental Seafoods and other Richmond restaurants; also Pink Pearl, Fraser Fitness. Bonsor wednesday afternoon.

Swing’s the Thing

West Coast Swing Club at Confederation dec 9. Jan 13, feb 17, mar 17, apr 14.

Urban Beat downtown west coast swing sundays.

Royal City Swing, some lindy, fridays pensioners hall in Sapperton. Easy skytrain.

St. Michael’s on prince edward tuesdays dates?

Anza Club Atomic — Port-O-Swing sundays, Lindy. Plan is for 2nd and last sundays, keep in touch, live bands tba. See Meetup.com Group 40+ and absolutely fabulous.

Royal Canadian Legions – Dancing in the lounge. Several venues, various dates.

Argentine Tango

Tango runs 7+ days a week. Two websites www.YVRTango.com and www.AllVancouverTango.com between them provide dates and links to the host’s websites for 90+% of tango events. Frequent revisions, very current. This is a tremendous communication system with competing instructors and hosts co-operating to provide dancers with two-stop shopping. Frank knows most of them in some detail. E-mail for info. If you know of any other milongas please drop me a note, I’ll add them here.

Latino

Salsa and Supper is moving. A fun restaurant evening of latino, about 20 people, everyone mingling. Last Mex style at Pepitas is thursday november 16. First Greek style is thursday january 4 at Saloniki’s t 1815 commercial.

Salsa is everywhere all the time it seems, with just a bit of bacatta and meringue. Search it online.

General

Frank has danced at a great many of these throughout the Region. . . Really! If you would like more info please e-mail.

Frank Jameson Frank@Vancouverrr.ca www.VancouveRRR.ca

  Let’s Dance As The Leaves Change Colour

Posted september 2017

A World of Dance

Dance is too big to be defined by a single word. For a comprehensive view of Dance come to www.thedancecentre.ca in downtown Vancouver on saturday september 16. 6 hours of presentations and lessons on several floors. Coast Salish, ballet, mid-east, highland, contemporary, street, hula, and more; as well as several of our usuals. This is an opportunity to truly broaden one’s perspective. Street shoes are not allowed when dancing. Their many dance floors are in beautiful shape. Forget the car, go transit! Free!

Delta Cup Ballroom Latin.

Delta Cup is a DanceSport Gala being held at Kin Village in Tswaassen. Saturday and Sunday october 7 and 8. It’s being hosted by George and Wendy Pytlik of Delta Dance. Ballroom and latin (cha-cha not salsa) in both international and American styles.

Competitions at multiple levels from newcomer to open Gold. Competitions from breakfast time till well into the evening. There is also a formation team competition on saturday, probably late afternoon. Professional showcase each evening. Dinner available on site.

Kin Village has a beautiful dance floor with quite a bit of seating. Not as large as Grand but pretty good. Closer to the City of Vancouver than many think. Recently I drove from marine drive and oak to the Pytlik’s regular friday evening dance at Kin Village in a pleasant 30 minutes. But avoid the evening peak.

The event is TICKETED. www.DeltaCup.dance 5430 10th avenue, Delta.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix north of the Fraser

Maggie Bretton’s at Scottish Cultural in Marpole, Fridays sept 15, oct 6, 20. nov 3. 17. dec 1. Terrific variety of dancing from Viennese to Western. And ladies. 90% of the men can dance 90% of the dances. No kidding!

Austria Club in Richmond – saturdays sep 9 Rhinelander, 23 silverstars, 30 rhinelander, oct 14 Al Pichler (he’s back) 28 silverstars nov 18 Al Pichler, dec 31 silver stars. Sept 23, 30 and oct 14 are Oktoberfests with Edelweiss dancers.

Weaver and Werth at the Fairview thursday september 7, 7 p.m. Great music, great company, tiny floor.

Alpen Club Euro Band sep 22. Always very danceable music.

Alpen Club Oktoberfests Friday saturday Oct 6 7 13 14 21 22 $35 dance only. $75. with meal. bands tba. I’ve never been to the modern version, comments appreciated.

Alpen Club Mr. Dance sundays re-started sep 3

Bonsor thursday, Confederation monday, Century House sunday; and several other community centres in Burnaby and New West.

Let’s Dance Studio downtown saturdays. Ballroom/latin(American) a bit of mix.

D2 all day 30 minute sample lessons in a variety of dances. Saturday september 9 noon until 5 p.m. see venues page.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix South of the Fraser and in the Valley

Ray Johnson’s website and newsletter cover a wide range of dancing http://www.ILoveToDance.ca

Ray’s saturday dances – RMSS Maple Ridge Sept 16, oct 14, nov 4, 25, dec 31. Ray and Bertha are joining a dance cruise to Hawaii, Star Princess, Sept 23.

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights Kennedy Hall scott road, sep 30 nov 25. “Dancer’s Dinner” This is well worth investing an evening if your enjoy ballroom/latin. Vintage hall great floor.

Dancing for Desert in Walnut Grove. Tuesdays and fridays.

Roca Blanca in White Rock saturdays. Dates? Do they have a new website? I’ll follow up on this and post whatever news there is on Vancouverrr.ca

Kent street wednesdays in White Rock re-start sept 12

Studio International Style Ballroom/Latin

A dozen studios and restaurants offer music for the 10 standard international style ballroom and latin dances. Latin meaning cha-cha-cha, rhumba, samba, … not salsa. Excellent dance floors and good sound systems. No live music.

Delta Dance fridays kin village Tsawwassen. Lovely dance floor.

Broadway and Crystal Ballrooms many evenings a week.

Andy Koo at St. Mary’s Ukrainian tuesdays

Continental Seafoods and other Richmond restaurants; also Pink Pearl, Fraser Fitness. Bonsor wednesday afternoon.

Swing’s the Thing

West Coast Swing Club at Confederation sept 9, oct 14, nov 4, dec 9.

Urban Beat downtown west coast swing sundays starting sept 10.

Royal City Swing lindy fridays pensioners hall in Sapperton, easy skytrain.

St. Michael’s on prince edward tuesdays dates?

Anza Club Atomic — Port-O-Swing sundays Lindy Sept 10 is a go. Plan is for 2nd and last sundays, keep in touch, live bands tba.

Royal Canadian Legions – Several venues, various dates.

Argentine Tango

Tango runs 7+ days a week. Two websites www.YVRTango.com and www.AllVancouverTango.com between them provide dates and links to the host’s websites for 90+% of tango events. Frequent revisions, very current. This is a tremendous communication system with competing instructors and hosts co-operating to provide dancers with a one-stop (ok 2 stop) shop shop. Frank knows most of them in some detail. E-mail for info.

Latino

Salsa is everywhere all the time it seems, with just a bit of bacatta and meringue. Search it online. Have a look in at Pepita’s on top on thursdays. Casual mexican style tapas or full meals, beverages, music, and dancing. We need more of that sort of thing, casual mixed evening with some dancing.

General

Frank has danced at a great many of these north of the Fraser, and a few on the south side, even in walnut grove and maple ridge. Really! If you would like more info please e-mail.

Frank@Vancouverrr.ca www.VancouveRRR.ca

Summer Dance Dates in 2017

Posted june 2017

Here are the summer dates as best I know them. Errors are likely. Also, things change. Lower than expected attendance can alter plans. So please check for yourself at the time.

Cheek to Cheek, a duo who offer smooth cha-cha-cha and the like, and are also versatile, playing this saturday june 17 at Daniel’s restaurant on king george highway. www.CheektoCheek.ca www.ChefDanielRestaurant.com

Rob Weather and Laura Werth are at the fairview thursday june 22

Argentine Tango

Tango runs 7+ days a week through the winter. Summertime quieter yet still many milongas, practicas, and courses. Two websites www.YVRTango.com and www.AllVancouverTango.com between them provide dates and links to the hosts websites for 90+% of tango events. Frequent revisions, very current.

On one of them the hosts update their own data directly. This seems the ideal information system. At events, announcements are made for competing events, and competitors flyers are set out on the counter. Logically the apparent cohesion of the community is one reason Tango is in the ascendency. Virtually all the info needed is on these two sites. Would be ideal for ballroom/latin/mix.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix north of the Fraser

Maggie Bretton’s Scottish Cultural in Marpole Fridays jun 16, jul 7, spt 15.

Alpen Club Euro Band Friday jun 16, jul 14, aug 18, sep 22 (4th)

Alpen Club Mr. Dance Sunday jun 25 summer off sep 03

Austria Club in Richmond june 10 sep 9 — Gartenfests jul 9 aug 13

Bonsor thursday, Confederation monday, Century House sunday; and several other community centres. All summer??

Robson Square fridays DanceSport BC jul 7 to aug 11 7 o’clock. Sundays :Salsa Hustle, Kizomba, or WVS 3:30 jul 9 to aug 13.

Ballroom/Latin/Mix South of the Fraser and in the Valley

Ray Johnson website and newsletter cover a wide range of dancing http://www.ILoveToDance.ca

Ray’s saturday dances – RMSS Maple Ridge jun 17 jul 29 aug 26 Spt 16

Ray and Bertha are joining a dance cruise to Hawaii, Star Princess, Spt 23.

Delta Dance fridays kin village Tsawwassen – Website shows every friday.

Dancing for Desert in Walnut Grove. Tue Fri Dates?

Roca Blanca in White Rock saturdays. Dates?

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights on scott road not until sep 30.

Kent Avenue wednesdays in White Rock Does anyone know the dates?

Studio International Style Ballroom/Latin

A dozen hosts offer music for the 11 standard international style ballroom and latin dances. Latin meaning cha-cha-cha, rhumba, samba, … not salsa.

Broadway and Crystal Ballrooms many evenings.

Andy Koo at St. Mary’s Ukrainian tuesdays dates?

Several Richmond restaurants especially Continental Seafoods; Pink Pearl, Fraser Fitness. Bonsor community centre

Swing’s the Thing

West Coast Swing Club – www.SweetSideofSwing.com multi day event june 22. www.bcswingdance.ca jul 15 bbq aug 12 aug 25. Urban Beat. Royal City Swing fridays in Sapperton

St. Michael’s dates Anza Club Atomic — Port-O-Swing sundays Plan is for 2nd and last sundays through summer, live bands tba.

Royal Canadian Legions – Several venues, various dates.

Latino

Salsa is everywhere all the time it seems. A novelty is the informal evening at PepitasOnTop restaurant thursdays. Some bachata interspersed with salsa; just a bit of meringue.

Summertime Specials

Douglas Park in downtown Langley. Dancing for Desert. Ballroom/Latin evenings jun 30 and jul 7. Milongas with Bobbie and Patricia june 23 and aug 25. 7 to 9 p.m.

Additional one time summer events will be posted on www.VancouveRRR.ca

First Dance Dates in 2017

Posted january 2, 2017

Jan

Cheek to Cheek at the Wild Fig – North Road

 www.WildFig.ca two weekends 

 february 3, 4, 24, and 25. Great duo for dancing. She has a lovely voice.
02 monday Tango all over town. Only a couple are catching their breath the first week. See websites.
03 tuesday Gordon Koo St Mary’s Ukrainian Tuesdays
06 friday Maggie Bretton’s at Scottish 1st and 3rd friday jan 6 20, feb 3 17, mar 3 17, apr 7 21 may 5 19 jun 2 16 jul 7
06 friday Delta Dance at Kin Village Fridays
06 friday Dancing for Desert Fridays
08 sunday Mr. Dance at the Alpen Sundays. New instructor in january. january lesson rhumba international
12 thurs Ceroc at Cambrian Jan 12 19 26, Feb 2 “So Long Ceroc”
12 thursday Bonsor thursday thursdays evening
14 saturday B.C.Swing – Confederation One a month. january lesson Night Club 2 inter with Claudia and David.
14 saturday Austria Club jan 14, 28 usual 2nd and 4th saturday
14 saturday Roca Blanca 7 to 9 1/mth incl half hour lesson
21 saturday Marriott Pinnacle SwingCouver 20 21 22
20 friday Euroband at the Alpen 3rd friday of each month jan 20 feb 17 mar 17 apr 22 may 19 jun 16
21 saturday Ray Johnson at RMSS jan 21 feb 11 mar 18 apr 22 may 20 jun 17
28 saturday Ballroom Nights jan 28, mar 25, may 27
99 sunday Swing at the Backstage were 1st and 3rd sunday in 2016, see their website, They never post early.

Christmas dance attendance was terrific. Maggie Bretton 160, Bonsor 120, Mr. Dance 100+, BCSwing 80 on an evening with very icy streets. 60 at the Fairview thursday. At each dance I recognized several people from prior times but who haven’t been there recently. We need them more often.

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SwingCouver January 20-22 at the Marriott Pinnacle downtown. A 3 day extravaganza of West Coast Swing. Dozens of workshops at 4 levels within a 48 hour period. 3 hours of level 2 social at 5 on friday and 3 hours at 10 a.m. saturday. Jack and Jill from newcomers to masters. High end partnership competitions. Open dancing from midnight on! Until 4 a.m.? Very little at other times.

www.SwingCouver.com Search Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver 1128 Hastings

Terrific venue. Huge attendance. Main ballroom of the Marriot with 3 side rooms for workshops. When I went recently, the ballroom was so full at midnight that they had to re-network the music in order to open a smaller room for dancing as well.

You who are WCS afficiandos are already familiar with SwingCouver and are surely choosing your workshops already. Full passes are now on sale (early bird pricing end date?)

For the remaining readers of either Frank or Joan’s newsletters, I suggest full day saturday. We have both Maggie Bretton’s and Euro Band’s dances on Friday evening, and Mr. Dance on Sunday. Saturday’s program is oriented to the Social+ dancer with some WCS. I have emailed SwingCouver for pricing of the one day ticket, which I have purchased in prior years. It is probably only available on the day.

Or a person could do workshops at any level at 5 and 6 on friday, then to Maggie’s, back to the Marriott to watch the high end jack and jill at 10:30, and dance from midnight until whenever. Well, some might do it.

For anyone with no WCS at all they have three freebie classes. See “Couver Class” on their website.

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Kerry is wrapping up Ceroc Vancouver after 11 years. Kerry has been a vibrant person on the dancing scene in Vancouver. Truly one of a kind. She intends to spend more time with family. 3 dances in january and a grand finale at Cambrian february 2.

Welcome Dale Neale, the new owner at Roca Blanca in White Rock. Dale is a career dancer. Certified in both international and American ballroom/latin. Please keep an eye on his website.

Fridays at the Alpen Club cut to only the 3rd friday each month. Only the Euro Band. Different weekend from the Austrian club. Same evening as Maggie’s. Does not affect Mr. Dance on sunday. Euroband will be playing at West Van Seniors thursday march 23.

Swing Dancing: 20’s, 40’s music and some big band. Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Typically 2 sundays a month, probably 1st and 3rd. Super lively bands as large as 8 pieces, Floor is bar size. Advance information is scarce, so visit the backstage website. Nik of 40+ and Ab-Fabs on Meetup sometimes hosts a really fun group of a dozen.

Royal City Swing at the pensioners’ hall in Sapperton. Lively Swing, (lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing). Well patronized by the 20’s crowd. Bring your own table and have a great evening.

Argentine Tango. 20 unique events each month. Two excellent websites. Tango dancers are aficionados.

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Frank’s Picks won’t be e-mailed as often in 2017. More people are visiting the website www.VancouveRRR.ca so updates will simply be posted there.

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For location details please see ‘Dancing Venues’ on the dancing page of my website www.VancouveRRR.ca

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. .

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Several studios have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public; although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Please see studios on my website. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios in the ballroom/latin dancing scene. They would be so much more vibrant if there were. Salsa cross promotes, so do Argentine and West Coast. These are in the ascendancy. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter. Find them in yellow pages.

For more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links page. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

I Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Posted january 2, 2017

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

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December – Plenty of Date Changes

Posted December 2016

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Plenty of dancing, not enough dancers. West to East. Tsawwassen, scott road, White Rock, Whalley, Cloverdale, Langley.

Brian Udal will be handing Roca Blanca over to Dale Neale. Brian and Natalie will be moving to the Okanogan. Dale is a career dancer proficient in both American Smooth and International styles. Please see their e-mail attached. Roca Blanca’s December dance will be on the 3rd at SandCastle 7 to 10:30.

Kin Village in Tsawwassen on fridays, Wendy and George Pytlik formerly of Grand Ballroom, ballroom/latin. Beautiful dance hall. Professionally run.

Kennedy Hall on Scott road. Karen Lovey’s own mix: western, ballroom/latin swing. Parking right at the door. Ballroom Nights finished for 2016;

Langley (Walnut Grove) Dancing for Desert, fridays, Dec. 23, Christmas party, 8:30 – 10:30 pot-luck. New Years Eve see their website.

Cedar Creek Estates has square and line dancing and some other.

Austria Vancouver Club saturdays finished for the year. New Year’s Eve Formal Dinner Dance.

Maggie’s Langley dances suspended.

And of course the Crescent Beach, Cloverdale, and Whalley branches of the Canadian Legion

.Christmas – Tis the season for Greeting and Eating.

Secret to moderation on the eating aspect. Attend dances where a “Dancers’ Dinner” is included. Decline invitations to anywhere where food is the major feature. Simple. Yes?

Maggie Bretton’s regular friday dances at the Scottish Centre. Wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast, a line dance or 2. Attendance 60 to 90. Excellent mingling. Special dinner event december 2. Advance tickets strongly recommended, see attachment.

Mr. Dance sundays at the Alpen. Good group, sprung floor. lesson 6:30. December 4 and 11 only, bolero (change).

B.C.Swng Dance Club’s (West Coast) at Confederation in North Burnaby. Large floor. Very well attended and good music. Plenty of mingling. Christmas pot-luck dance december 10.

Ray Johnson’s RMSS Maple Ridge. 2500 sq ft dance floor. Top teachers. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride, some innovative music, good munchies. November 26 and New Years Eve

Vancouver Alpen Club almost every friday. Two very good trios play a very danceable mix of ballroom/latin/swing music in that excellent ballroom, arguably the best sprung dance floor in the City since they ruined the commodore. Usually it’s the Euro Band: Allan, lead guitar & vocals; Don keyboard; Colin lead vocals & percussion. They are playing new years eve banquet.

Al Pichler’s Alpiners also play a variety of ballroom/latin/mixed. Additionally some continental. Search youtube for “Al Pichler”, Alpiners dec 16. See the Alpen website for missed dates.

Royal City Swing at the pensioners’ hall in Sapperton. The hall is a survivor from the decades when a good dance floor was first priority and the rest of the building simply came around it to keep the rain off. Swing is enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. Well patronized by the 20’s crowd. Maybe best to bring your own table.

Bonsor senior centre at Metrotown Every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dances, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and just a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling. Last regular dances thursday dec 1, tuesday 6th. .

Swing Dancing: 20’s, 40’s music and some big band. Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Typically 2 sundays a month, probably 1st and 3rd. Super lively bands as large as 8 pieces, Floor is bar size. Advance information is scarce, so visit the backstage website. Nick of 40+ and Ab-Fabs on Meetup sometimes hosts a group.

Latino (Salsa, Bacatta, Meringue) is on the upswing. Both Roca Blanca and Dancing for Desert studios gave it a larger share recently. I went to a salsa showcase last week, over 200 dancers. Baci is mostly latino now. Also at Pepitas “Bistro Salsa/Bachata” every thursday 7 to 10.

Argentine Tango. 20 unique events each month. Most run as usual right through december. Watch for new Tango page on www.VancouveRRR.ca in december.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. .

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios in the ballroom/latin dancing scene. They would be so much more vibrant if there were. Salsa cross promotes, so do Argentine and West Coast. These are in the ascendancy. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter. Find them in yellow pages.

For more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Posted december 2016

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

  

The Leaves are turning

Posted october 5, 2016

Frank@Vancouverrr.ca

Laura Werth on Vocals, Rob Weaver on Keyboard, with friends, Fairview on Broadway.   Thursdays 7 to 10  nov 3, nov 17, dec 15, dec 22.  The roast beef dinner is pretty good.

Want a challenging new dance style? Give Scandinavian folk dancing a whirl. The line dances are more elaborate than Irish, but dancers can learn them quickly. Squares are simple. Surprise. Not only are the dances from five nations, but it seems every fjord has its own variation of polka. Timings vary: left right tap tap left; right right left right left, whatever. Scandinavian Cultural Centre in Burnaby. First-Timers welcome.

For a more casual approach to European Folk Dancing try the Burnaby International Folk Dancing group in Burnaby. More south-eastern Europe. Open house september 20. Charles Rummel Centre. See Venues.

Many other styles are danced seasonally in Vancouver. Simply search for folk dancing and any nationality. Folk dancing tends to be mid-week, a fill in between weekends of partnership dancing

 “Bistro Salsa/Bachata” every thursday 7 to 10 at Pepitas on Top in Kitsilano. And on friday and saturday Latino with Jeannie on vocals from 8 o’clock. So few dine and dance venues left.

Maggie Bretton’s regular friday dances at the Scottish Centre., oct 7 28(costume), nov 4 18. Wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast, a line dance or 2. Attendance 60 to 90. Excellent mingling. Special event december 2.

Maggie’s saturdays in Langley. Eureka Masonic Hall  Not in october 2016.  Future uncertain.  

Delta Dance fridays 8 p.m. at Kin Village in Tsawwassen. George and Wendy Pytlik, formerly of Grand Ballroom. Excellent hall for dancing. Check Delta Dance’s website.

Mr. Dance sundays at the Alpen.

B.C.Swng Dance Club’s (West Coast) monthly dances at Confederation in North Burnaby. Great floor. Very well attended and good music. Plenty of mingling.  October 22.   Major workshop weekend with Ben Morris, Champion dancer.  

Greg Marchand’s “Ballroom Nights” at Kennedy Hall on Scott Road. Very good sprung dance floor. Good cd’s. “Dancers’ Dinner” more than simply nibbles, arriving in phases through much of the evening. Well attended but plenty of room on the sprung floor for more dancers. Doors at 7.  Nov 19. Parking at the door. Bus 319. $25. Excellent value!

Brian Udal of Roca Blanca is hosting a dance one saturday a month at “Sandcastle Ballroom” (aka sandcastle fitness) in White Rock. It’s a good venue, wood floor, medium size, previous times when I’ve been there it was just right for the number of dancers. Light snacks.     Nov 5   7 to 9  ,   December    tba.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge. Oc 8 Nv 5 26 NYE . 2500 sq ft dance floor. Well selected cd’s. Top teachers. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride. Bertha has scaled back the food, it is now referred to as snacks but I think that would be an understatement.

Vancouver Alpen Club almost every friday. Two very good trios play a very danceable mix of ballroom/latin/swing music in that excellent ballroom, arguably the best dance floor in the City since they ruined the commodore. Usually it’s the Euro Band: Allan, lead guitar & vocals; Don keyboard; Colin  lead vocals & percussion.  Al Pichler’s Alpiners also play a variety of ballroom/latin/mixed and here’s a link to their added style . Alpiners  nov 4, dec 16. maybe one in october.  See the Alpen Club website for missed dates.  (Ooops it’s often out of date dancing wise).

Every friday with Royal City Swing at the pensioners’ hall in Sapperton. The hall is a survivor from the decades when a good dance floor was first priority and the rest of the building simply came around it to keep the rain off. Swing is enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. Well patronized by the 20’s crowd. Maybe best to bring your own table.

Austria Club with a variety of bands, oct 1 15 29, nov 19 dec 31. Music is Continental/Ballroom/latin. Pork schnitzel and black forest cake. Reservations strongly recommended. Joan books a few tables of minglers, email Joan or Frank if interested.

Bonsor senior centre at Metrotown  Closed for Renovations.  Due to open in November.   Every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and just a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling.  I couldn’t see why the places needed a 4 month closure for renovations. It was working just fine for us.

For Swing Dancing: 20’s, 40’s, east coast, 50’s rock, lindy, Irish jive; everything except west coast, check out the Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Typically 2 sundays a month, probably 1st and 3rd.   Oct 16 is the Rugcutters, 6 to 8 pieces, very lively.  Good mingling. Super lively bands as large as 8 pieces, Floor is bar size. Rob only publishes firm dates and which bands a couple of weeks ahead, so visit the backstage website.   BEWARE.  Canucks are in town at 7 p.m.   

Some of the same bands sometimes play on tuesdays at the Backstage. Lower turnout, more room to dance. Best to bring your own table, 2 or 20. Music starts at 9:30. On a weeknight. Why?

Beware Sports Bars! At almost all restaurant/bar venues(not Pepitas), when a major sports event comes along, dancing plays second fiddle or is cut completely.  (TVSports people drink more $$). Always check whether a major professional sports event is on that evening. June 5 the Backstage kept 50 dancers, who come regularly 20 evenings a year, waiting 45 minutes till both NBA games had completed. 10 people were sitting on the dance floor watching the NBA on the big screen. Gunther was playing with a 7 piece band at Speakeasy on broadway weekly. Although the majority of patrons were seated near the dance floor, and the rest were twosomes more interested in their conversation than TV sports, he would be repeatedly told not to start playing until after the first period of the hockey game. I believe it killed the event.

So at any venue which has TV screens, keep an ear open as to whether NHL playoffs, Copa America, Euro Cup, New Zealand cricket finals, whatever major sports event is on. I’ve been at dance events which were intruded on by all of these, well ok not cricket but practically everything else. And when we’re dancing do we need a TV screen showing mixed martial arts? I ask for the screens to be switched off. The following day I e-mail to complain! We’re customers. We need to be heard from.

D V D ‘ s and Y o u t u b e

DanceVision.com are clearing their dvd’s. U$15.++ if any are left, 25 including online. They will continue view online. Huge range of dances at all levels by champion instructors.

www.GrandBallroom.com says that the video lessons which Wendy and Andy prepared are still available. These cover bronze, silver, and gold levels of the syllabus for international style ballroom and latin.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. or send for his bi-weekly newsletter.

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios in the ballroom/latin dancing scene. They would be so much more vibrant if there were. Salsa cross promotes, so do Argentine and West Coast. These are in the ascendancy. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter. Find them in yellow pages.

For more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Posted august 2016    A few updates october 5.

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

Frank’s Picks

Summertime So Soon – Who’s Dancing

Who has Air Conditioning? A/C

Posted june , 2016

Dave Guiney’s octet will be at http://www.StudioRecords.ca on downtown granville street on sunday august 14.

Super lively swing music. Dance floor is doable, typical downtown.
Find them on YouTube    Swing Aggregation Lux Lounge.
8 o’clock for the dancing. 7:15 for an introductory lesson in swing dancing.

Ray Johnson and Bertha hosting a great evening of dancing saturday july 23 at the great RMSS hall in maple ridge.  7:30 for intermediate fox-trot with Robyn Picard.  8:00 for dancing.  Good cd’s.  Good munchies, more than nibbles but not supper.  

Vanessa Nausbaum of Step by Step dancing studio is hosting an evening of primarily ballroom/latin dancing at the Slovenian hall in central Burnaby on tuesday july 26.  Nice hall, good wood floor.  Not large but plenty of dancing room for the usual attendance.  Lots of mingling.  Lesson is Viennese waltz.  Nice munchies.  

Porto-Swing at “TheBackstageLounge.com” on granville island.   Lively swing bands, 5 to 8 pieces.  Beginner swing lesson at 7, dancing 8 till 11. July 3 and 17.  Next september 4.  Great group, plenty of mingling.  A/C so-so, but simply head out on the deck to cool off.

I virtually never say anything negative about any event which people have taken the effort to organize for our dancing pleasure. With the possibility that we might have another hot summer like 2015, have to make an exception for air conditioning. Dancing is a very physical activity. In many cases I haven’t been there in such weather so don’t know.

If specific dates for dances have been published, they are shown. Whether weekly and monthly dances will continue through july and august is up to the reader.

Robson square fridays june 24 through sept 2. Best A/C. It’s a fun evening. Includes exhibitions and possibly a small competition. Meet most of the dancers you know, and a lot more. Can be excessively crowded for dancing. Floor is for ice skating, a coating over concrete. It does work so-so for dancing but don’t overdo it or your calves will talk to you the following day.

Delta Dance fridays 8 p.m. at Kin Village in Tsawwassen. George and Wendy Pytlik, formerly of Grand Ballroom.  Excellent hall for dancing. Check Delta Dance’s website.

Fridays in the Ballroom at the Alpen Club. Al Pichler’s Alpiners are playing jun 17, jul 15, aug 5, sep 2, oct 14. Al’s group play plenty of ballroom/latin/mix with more continental. The Alpen ballroom has an A/C unit large enough for Roger’s arena.

Most other fridays the ever popular “Euro Band” with Allan, Colin, and Roy will be playing. Variety of dance music, Mostly ballroom/latin, some swing, a bit of Continental. Some specialty dances later in the evening. Jun 24; Jul 8, 22, 29; aug 12, 19, 26; sep 9, 16, 23, 30.

Dancing on Old 99.  Brian Udall of Roca Blanca dance is hosting a dance about one saturday a month at “Sandcastle Ballroom” (aka sandcastle fitness) in White Rock. It’s a good venue, not large, but previous times when I’ve been there it was just right for the number of dancers. Early 7 to 9 p.m. Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 6, Sep 17, Oct 8, Nov 5, Dec 3.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge. Next dance is Jn 18 Jl 23 Au 20 Sp 17 Oc 8 Nv 5 26 NYE . 2500 sq ft dance floor. Well selected cd’s. Top teachers. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride. Bertha has scaled back the food, it is now referred to as snacks but I think that would be an understatement..

For Swing Dancing: east coast, 50’s rock, lindy, everything except west coast, check out the Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Typically 2 sundays a month, probably 1st and 3rd. Good mingling. They ran all last summer. A/C is stretched on warm evenings. Live bands as large as 8 pieces, Floor is small. Rob only publishes firm dates and which bands a couple of weeks ahead, so visit the backstage website.

Like so many restaurant/bar venues, when a major sports event comes along, dancing plays second fiddle. June 5 the Backstage kept 50 dancers, who come regularly 20 evenings a year, waiting 45 minutes till both NBA games had completed. 10 people were sitting on the dance floor watching the NBA on the big screen. So at any venue which has TV screens, keep an ear open as to whether playoffs, Copa America, Euro Cup, whatever major sports event is on. I’ve been at dance events which were intruded on by all of these. The Olympics of course might supplant dancing even at places where you would not have expected them.

Every friday with Royal City Swing at the pensioners hall in Sapperton. The hall is another survivor from the decades when a good dance floor was first priority and the rest of the building simply came around it to keep the rain off. Swing is enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. I’ve even danced Irish jive. Several really good local bands with as many 8 musicians plus a vocalist or 2, play super lively music from the 20’s, 40’s, maybe even a tiny bit of 50’s and 60’s . Ask about A/C. Well patronized by the 20’s crowd. Maybe bring your own table.

Austria Club with a variety of bands. Saturdays june 11, summer break, sep 10, 24, oct 1 15 29, nov 19 dec 31. ‘Gartenfests’ in the afternoon with dancing, sundays jul 10 and aug 4. Fairly good A/C. Reservations strongly recommended.

Bonsor senior centre at Metrotown every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and just a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling.

B.C.Swng Dance Club’s monthly dances at Confederation in North Burnaby. jn 19, Very well attended and good music. Plenty of mingling. Their website isn’t showing summer dates. Lot’s more wcs around town as well.

Bistro style salsa. Every thursday at Pepita’s on Top restaurant in kitsilano. some A/C. A group of latino dance fans convene for a few tapas and a beverage and some salsa and bachata.

Maggie Bretton’s @ Scottish Cultural – very good A/C wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast, a line dance or 2. Attendance as many as 100 but fading in june. Excellent mingling. Fridays, Jn 17 Jl 1 summer break Sp 16 30 Oc 7 21 Nv 4 18

In the Valley, 2 venues, no A/C Jn 11 25 Jy 9 summer break Sp 10 24 Oc 15 29 Nv 12.

Greg Marchand’s “Ballroom Nights” at Kennedy Hall are finished until Autumn because of no A/C Very nice dance floor. Good cd’s. “Dancers’ Dinner” arriving in phases through much of the evening. Well attended but plenty of room on the floor for more dancers. Doors at 7. Sep 24, Nov 30. Parking at the door. Bus 319. $25. Excellent value!

Vanessa’s Step by Step studio is having one dance in July, none in june.

B.C.Swing Club is hosting one dance at Rhoodes Wellness College downtown july 16. Their members only BBQ is august 20

SweetSideOfSwing.com is a 4 day WCS event, june 23 to 26 at the Marriot Vancouver Airport.

D V D ‘ s and Y o u t u b e

DanceVision.com. Huge range of dances at all levels by champion instructors. DVD’s. View online included, sample first lesson free.

www.GrandBallroom.com says that the video lessons which Wendy and Andy prepared are still available. These cover bronze, silver, and gold levels of the syllabus for international style ballroom and latin.

Beginning Argentine Tango

Tango is danced every day of the week in Vancouver, even in june. A dozen venues offer a wide range of weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly events. Interestingly, the further east one goes, the more relaxed the venue.

A person who is beginning golf will feel at home on a putting green or at Stanley Park where the longest hole is 100 yards, and that is downhill. Going to a club on marine drive at 9 on a saturday morning with a bag of clubs from a thrift store is not recommended. Same for a tennis or yacht clubs and skiing. Similarly, a person beginning tango will assimilate more easily at the more relaxed venues.

Being the classic Libra, I’ve categorized virtually all milongas and practicas from pt Grey to Surrey for the ease with which a Nueva or Nuevo can integrate. The most casual which I’ve found is a saturday afternoon on old 99. The monthly event at a fencing studio is as formal as they get. If you’d like my listing, please e-mail me.

As for Argentine being difficult to learn. Achieving excellence in anything requires commitment. A large number of tango dancers in our city strive for excellence. Trips to Buenos Aires are common. One lady told me she’d stayed for 2 years. But most people participating in most activities enjoy their chosen activity at a more moderate level.

Ana Pedron and Diego Blanco are a couple from a university in Florida. They operate out of New York as TangoForAll.com. They offer an online curriculum of several dozen items in what I classify as the “8 step Basico” style. Available on YouTube. Search HowCast and Tango. Currently without either charge or interruption but that could change.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. or send for his bi-weekly newsletter.

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios. The ballroom/latin dancing scene would be so much more vibrant if there were. Salsa cross promotes, so does Argentine, and both are in the ascendancy. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter.

For more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Posted june 2016

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

Frank’s Picks

Ballroom -Latin – Mixed

Ken Kirby has decided he’s taught enough classes. He hasn’t hung up his dancing shoes completely, I’ve seen him around several evenings since, but he decided to call it a wrap as far as group classes are concerned. We’ll miss him. He was a prominent feature on the ballroom/latin dance scene for several years.

Dancing on Old 99. Brian Udall of Roca Blanca dance is hosting a dance this saturday april 30. “Sandcastle Ballroom” (aka sandcastle fitness) in White Rock. It’s a good venue, not large, but previous times when I’ve been there it was just right for the number of dancers.

Greg Marchand will be hosting Ballroom Nights at Kennedy Hall saturday May 28th. Very nice dance floor. Good cd’s. “Dancers’ Dinner” arriving in phases through much of the evening. Well attended but plenty of room on the floor for more dancers. Doors at 7. May 28, Sep 24, Nov 30. Parking at the door. Bus 319. $25. Excellent value.

Fridays in the Ballroom at the Alpen Club. Al Pichler’s Alpiners are playing this friday, april 29, and may 13th. Also jun 17, jul 15, aug 5, sep 2, oct 14. Al’s group play plenty of ballroom/latin/mix with more continental.

Most other fridays the ever popular “Euro Band” with Allan, Colin, and Roy will be playing. Variety of dance music, Mostly ballroom/latin, some swing, a bit of Continental. Some specialty dances later in the evening. May 6, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 24; Jul 8, 22, 29; aug 12, 19, 26; sep 9, 16, 23, 30.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge. Next dance is May 14 Jn 18 Jl 23 Au 20 Sp 17 Oc 8 Nv 5 26 NYE . 2500 sq ft dance floor. Well selected cd’s. Top teachers. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride. Bertha has scaled back the food, it is now referred to as snacks.

Maggie Bretton’s @ Scottish Cultural – wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast, a line dance or 2. Attendance as many as 100. Excellent mingling. Fridays, My 6 20 Jn 3 17 Jl 1 summer break Sp 16 30 Oc 7 21 Nv 4 18

In the Valley, 2 venues, My 14 28 Jn 11 25 Jy 9 Sp 10 24 Oc 15 29 Nv 12.

For Swing Dancing: east coast, 50’s rock, lindy, everything except west coast, check out the Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Look for 1 or 2 sundays a month with live bands as large as 8 pieces, Floor is small. They refuse to provide me with advance dates so visit the backstage website.

Every friday with Royal City Swing at the pensioners hall in Sapperton. It’s another survivor from the decades when a good dance floor was first priority and the rest of the building simply came around it to keep the rain off. It’s enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. I’ve even danced Irish jive. Several really good local bands with as many 8 musicians plus a vocalist or 2, play super lively music from the 20’s, 40’s, maybe even a tiny bit of 50’s and 60’s .

Austria Club with a variety of bands. Saturdays may 14, 28, june 11 sep 10, 24, oct 1 15 29, nov 19 dec 31. ‘Gartenfests’ with dancing sundays jul 10 and aug 4. Reservations strongly recommended.

Bonsor at Metrotown every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and just a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling $.

DVD Dance vision all U$20. plus postage (no handling charge).

www.GrandBallroom.com says that the video lessons which Wendy and Andy prepared are still available. These cover bronze, silver, and gold levels of the syllabus for international style ballroom and latin. Also private lessons.

B.C.Swng Dance Club’s monthly dances at Confederation in North Burnaby. My 14, jn 19, Very well attended. Plenty of mingling. Lot’s more wcs around town as well.

Bistro style salsa. Every thursday at Pepita’s on Top restaurant in kitsilano, a group of latino dance fans convene for a few tapas and a beverage and some salsa and bacatta.

Beginninng Argentine Tango

Tango is danced every day of the week in Vancouver. A dozen venues offer a wide range of weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly events. Interestingly, the further east one goes, the more relaxed the venue.

A person who is beginning golf will feel right at home at Stanley Park where the longest hole is 100 yards, and that is downhill. Going to a club on marine drive a 9 on a saturday morning is not recommended. Similarly, a person beginning tango will assimilate more easily at the more relaxed venues.

Being the classic Libra, I’ve categorized virtually all milongas and practicas from pt Grey to Surrey for the ease with which a Nueva or Nuevo can integrate. The most casual which I’ve found is a saturday afternoon on old 99. The monthly event at a fencing studio is as formal as they get. If you’d like my listing, please e-mail me.

As for Argentine being difficult to learn. Achieving excellence in anything requires commitment and many tango dancers in our city strive for excellence. Trips to Buenos Aires are common. But most people participating in most activities enjoy their chosen activity at a more moderate level.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. or send for his bi-weekly newsletter.

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios. The dancing scene would be so much more vibrant if there were. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter.

For more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

Picks For Valentines 2016

Go Big Or Go Home” the kids say. Swingcouver seems to have taken that as their motto. Their 6th annual 3 day extravaganza at a downtown harbour hotel was full throttle. Attendance way up over last year. Looking around the ballroom at Midnight on friday there must have been 350+ people. The dance floor was getting crowded, slots were overlapping.. So the MC asked for a windows network specialist, one appeared in seconds. The hotel opened a secondary room for dancing and the specialist piped the music there simultaneously. The music was superb. Many numbers integrated groove with the basic swing tempo. The entire event was video’d. Look for it on the web.

I met a couple from South Carolina who were missing the snowfall of the century in their home state. Met a lady from Nice who left 15 degrees and sunshine on the Mediterranean coast to fly here specifically for Swingcouver.

What a contrast to the day to day west coast swing scene in Vancouver. The 10 dances a year at the wonderful confederation centre in north Burnaby are great, always 100+. There are several weekly dances but all on small floors and nearly all in the downtown peninsula. We need at least one more dance a month on a large wooden floor. Preferably on a weeknight and outside of downtown,

The exception: Maggie Bretton’s 20 dances a year in marpole, 30% wcs.

Crystal Ballroom H A S moved to 11780 River Road in Richmond. Facility is huge. We again have a purpose built dancing facility suitable for competitions. Sprung floors are 70×38, 56×38, plus teaching spaces. (Including seating?) Plenty of on and off street evening parking. Buses doable, 407 and 430, see Translink.ca.

See http://www.CrystalBallroom.ca for additional features, too many for me to transcribe here. People have put their hearts into this project! Plenty of on and off street parking. Buses doable, 407 and 430, see Translink.ca.

Greg Marchand is hosting more “Ballroom Nights” in 2016. Hooray! Surrey needs more dancing and this is class. Kennedy hall on Scott Road. Very nice dance floor. Good cd’s. “Dancers’ Dinner” arriving in phases through much of the evening. Well attended but plenty of room on the for more dancers. Doors at 7. Mar 26, May 28, Sep 24, Nov 30. Parking at the door. Bus 319. $25. Excellent value.

B.C.Swng Dance Club has a special event february 13 at Confederation in North Burnaby. Lesson at 5:30, then annual general meeting, and dance at 9. Lovely large hall. Solid WCS cd’s. 100+ dancers. Dates Mar 12 ap 9 my 14 jn 11 sp 10 oc 15 nv 19 dc 17.

The Alpen Club have published their band schedule for friday evenings. Feb 26, the annual “Sailors Dance” with Silver Stars, a Club event. Separate event with Euro Band in the Jaegerstube (downstairs).

Al Pichler’s Alpiners will play in the ballroom feb 5, mar 11, apr 29, may 13, jun 17, jul 15, aug 5, sep 2, oct 14. Al’s group play plenty of ballroom/latin/mix with more Continental.

MOST other fridays the ever popular “Euro Band” with Allan, Colin, and Roy will be playing. Variety of dance music, Mostly ballroom/latin, some swing, a bit of Continental. Some specialty dances later in the evening. Jan 22, 29; Feb 12, 19, 26; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22; May 6, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 24; Jul 8, 22, 29; aug 12, 19, 26; sep 9, 16, 23, 30.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge. Next dance is February 20 Mr 19 Ap 16 May 14 Jn 18 Jl 23 Au 20 Sp 17 Oc 8 Nv 5 26 NYE . 2500 sq ft dance floor. Well selected cd’s. Top teachers. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride.

Maggie Bretton’s @ Scottish Cultural – wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast. Excellent mingling. Fridays, february 19. Mr 4 18 Ap 1 15 My 6 20 Jn 3 17 Jl 1 Sp 16 30 Oc 7 21 Nv 4 18

In the Valley, 2 venues, february 6, Mr 12 26, Ap 9 23 My 14 28 Jn 11 25 Jy 9 Sp 10 24 Oc 15 29 Nv 12.

Swing dancing (not west coast). Look for 2 sundays a month with live bands as large as 8 pieces at the Backstage Lounge on GIsle. Floor is small. Every friday with Royal City Swing at the pensioners hall in Sapperton. It’s another survivor from the decades when a good dance floor was first priority and the rest of the building simply came around it. , is enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. I’ve even danced Irish jive. Several really good local bands with as many 8 musicians plus a vocalist or 2, play super lively music from the 20’s, 40’s, maybe even a tiny bit of 50’s and 60’s .

Vancouver Ballroom” with Ken Kirby teaching every tuesday at “St Mary’s Ukrainian” Some mingling. One dance taught per month. January will start 3 months of silver level in 3 international style dances. Lesson at 7, dancing at 8.

Mr. Dance sundays at the Alpen Club, Lesson with Ken 6:30, dance 7:30. Every sunday. One dance taught per month. Jan waltz, feb jive, march Argentine.

Austria Club saturdays feb 13, mar 5(formal dress), apr 9, 23, may 14, 28, june 11 sep 10, 24, oct 1 15 29, nov 19 dec 31. ‘Gartenfests’ with dancing sundays jul 10 and aug 4.

Bonsor at Metrotown every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and just a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling $.

Kathy Bradley’s “Let’s Dance Studio” most saturdays. Nice studio floor. Ballroom/latin and a bit of mixed. Small group. Plenty of mingling. Newcomers welcome. Studio level dancing.

DVD Dance vision all U$20. plus postage (no handling charge).

www.GrandBallroom.com says that the video lessons which Wendy and Andy prepared are still available. These cover bronze, silver, and gold levels of the syllabus for international style ballroom and latin. Also private lessons.

Grand Ballroom was the only venue in town which offered private and group lessons, frequent dances open to the public, and accompanied their lesson program with dvd’s of what they were teaching in class. They appear to have been very successful.

Jeannie and Jorge at Pepitas on Top every friday and saturday. Latino music, beverages, full Mexican menu, no cover. Small floor. When it comes to dine and dance north of the Fraser we have, Baci, Federico’s, and Pepita’s. However Richmond offers several venues.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. or send for his bi-weekly newsletter.

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios. The dancing scene would be so much more vibrant if there were. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included in this newsletter..

Bistro Tango” A more leisurely approach to Argentine Tango. It’s a new idea. Please see separate attachment.

For Argentine Tango, more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance. I could probably count 99.

Dancing Our Way Into 2016

In Memoriam. Dal Richards. Vancouver’s classic big band leader. Dal’s orchestra played for dancing on 79 New Years Eves right up to december 2014. He was a regular headliner at the “Jazz Festival”. The Panorama Roof of the Hotel Vancouver was his for 2 decades. Dine and dance with class. The number of times a couple enjoyed and evening there runs easily into 6 figures.

Dal’s reign at the Panorama Roof was before my time but I did enjoy dancing to Claude Logan, the band which followed him. The space is still there but only a the restaurant. Surely it could be re-initiated.

Today we have Baci, Federico’s, Stefano’s, and the Fairview. Vancouver has so many musicians who could play for an evening of dining and dancing. But licensing a dine and dance is like paddling a kayak up the Capilano. Hundreds of bars with big screen NHL. Virtually nowhere for dancing. A catalyst is missing. Someone with patience and deep pockets to make it happen.

West Coast Swing explodes in January with SwingCouver. January 21-24. 4 days with competitions and top level dancers handling workshops. Yet also free intro lesson sessions for newbies. And everything else for everybody inbetween. Have a couple of days of unused vacation from 2015? This would be a vacation put to good use. www.SwingCouver.com

Usual monthly swing club dance at Confederation january 16.

Let’s welcome Al Pichler’s “Alpiners” back for the occasional friday evening at the Alpen Club, upstairs in the ballroom. They have been playing some saturdays at the Austria Club. Al’s accordion anchors a great little dance band.

Most fridays the every popular “Euro Band” with Allan, Colin, and Roy will be playing. First 2016 dance january 8 and virtually every friday following. Variety of dance music, ballroom latin strudel swing a bit of latino.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge. Next dance is FEBruary 20 Mr 19 Ap 16 May 14 Jn 18 Jl 23 Au 20 Sp 17 Oc 8 Nv 5 26 NYE . 2500 sq ft dance floor. Well selected cd’s. Excellent munchies. The evening is well worth a bit of a drive, make up a foursome for the ride.

Maggie Bretton’s @ Scottish Cultural – wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast. Excellent mingling. Fridays january 15 and 29, february 19. Mr 4 18 Ap 1 15 My 6 20 Jn 3 17 Jl 1 Sp 16 30 Oc 7 21 Nv 4 18

In the Valley, 2 venues, january 9, february 6, Mr 12 26, Ap 9 23 My 14 28 Jn 11 25 Jy 9 Sp 10 24 Oc 15 29 Nv 12.

Swing dancing (not wcs) is enjoying a tremendous resurgence throughout our Region. It goes by different names in different decades. Swing, lindy-hop, jive, rock and roll, modern jive, east coast swing. I’ve even danced Irish jive. Several really good local bands with as many 8 musicians plus a vocalist or 2, play super lively music from the 20’s, 40’s, maybe even a tiny bit of 50’s and 60’s .

Swing’s popularity over the decades has been aided by the simplicity of the dance, yet it lends itself to unlimited creativity. Just a few numbers to catch on to the beat, acquire the basic step and a pattern or two, and adapt your muscle tone(essential), and you are set to enjoy an evening of swing dancing. Here are upcoming dates for 3 of these bands. Find them on YouTube. Also see the bands file.

Swing Aggregation, my fav – 8 piece “Big Band” – Studio Records jan 10.

RugCutters Jazz Band – 8 pieces jazz/swing – Backstage, january 17.

RugCutters Jazz Band – Oddfellows hall some date in january.

The Rossi Gang, Smaller New Orleans street style – Backstage february 7.

Backstage and Studio are tiny floors, and swing is a very lively dance, but good dancers still manage not to kick or anything more than a bump. We usually have a table of a couple of dozen dancers, many from Meetup.com, who socialize well together. Please come and join us. Want a light bite before dancing at the Backstage? Check out the bar menu at the Keg nearby. Several nice “Dancers’ Dinners”. $$. Nothing similar at the backstage whose kitchen closes at 8.

Vancouver Ballroom” with Ken Kirby teaching every tuesday at “St Mary’s Ukrainian” Some mingling. One dance taught per month. January will start 3 months of silver level in 3 international style dances.

Mr. Dance sundays at the Alpen Club, Lesson with Ken 6:30, dance 7:30. Every sunday. One dance taught per month. Jan waltz, feb jive, march Argentine.

Austria Club saturdays jan 16, 30, feb 13, mar 5(formal dress), apr 9, 23, may 14, 28, june 11 sep 10, 24, oct 1 15 29, nov 19 dec 31. Picnics with dancing jul 10 and aug 4. A few 4 piece bands, generous set plate meal. Ballroom/latin and strudel. 150 people. Good medium size floor.

Bonsor at Metrotown every thursday still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Break for tea and bickies. First dance january 14. Ballroom, English novelty dances, and a bit of latin and swing. Plenty of mingling $.

Kathy Bradley’s “Let’s Dance Studio” most saturdays. Nice studio floor. Ballroom/latin and a bit of mixed. Small group. Plenty of mingling. Newcomers welcome. Studio level dancing.

Crystal Ballroom IS Moving across the north arm into Richmond in January. Facility is huge. The largest dance floor is the size of RMSS, Scottish full hall, or the Alpen. A second one still fair size. Additional dance space instruction space. http://www.CrystalBallroom.ca for all the information..

www.GrandBallroom.com says that the video lessons which Wendy and Andy prepared are still available. These cover bronze, silver, and gold levels of the syllabus for international style ballroom and latin. Also private lessons.

Jeannie and Jorge at Pepitos on Top every friday and saturday. Latino music, beverages, full Mexican menu, no cover. Small dance floor.

Be careful of websites which have not updated for skipped dates, so it’s best to e-mail or phone for yourself.

Have added two details, dance floor size on the dancing venues page, and a separate page for decibel level; both important information. Both are works in process, so please send me any info you have about either.

Thanks to those dance providers who have already posted the first months of 2016 to their website, or have e-mailed me their info. It is always reassuring when looking at a website to see that there have been recent updates.

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For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank@.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray Johnson’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca. or send for his bi-weekly newsletter.

Emphasis is on dances frequented by the general public. Please see the studios attachment for studios, most of which have dance evenings many days a week, and some tea dances, which are open to the general public, although most of the attendees seem to be their students. Unfortunately there is very little crossover among studios. The dancing scene would be so much more vibrant if there were. Closed studios which permit only their active students to come to their dances are not included.

Bistro Tango” A more leisurely approach to Argentine Tango. It’s a new idea. Please see separate attachment.

For Argentine Tango, more West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, Square, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries, often 3 styles of the same dance.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but a few of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

 

Frank’s Picks
Halloween was really busy dancing wise. So much dancing not enough people to go around.
Here are a few changes and one times before Christmas.
Porto Swing at the backstage on granville island with Swing Aggregation on december 6.
Mr. Dance sundays at the Alpen, Ken’s teaching night club 2 in december. No dance december 20.
Swing Aggregation, the 8 piece “Big Band” at Studio Records downtown granville, sunday december 13. No DJ or lesson. Great 20’s and 40’s music.
Maggie Bretton Scottish Hall  Christmas party dec 4, $25/30. Langley nov 14.
BC Swing  –  Confederation  north Burnaby- dec 12
Ray Johnson in Maple Ridge november 28, big Christmas dance – Big New Years Eve Dance.
For a casual evening of Latino dancing with Mexican munchies and a beverage, Pepitas on Top  on wednesdays
Austria Club nov 14, more dates, New Years Eve

As always if more info is wanted just email Frank@VancouveRRR.ca
Sorry about the font, laptop acting up.

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The Leaves on the Deciduous are Dropping

Time to Buff up the Dancing Shoes

September Starts Dancing Season!

                                                                                                                                                                                 August 25, 2015

Cheek to Cheek will be playing the 50’s and 60’s at the “Whalley Legion” sunday august 30 4 p.m. Find on maps.google.ca. Frank will be hosting a table.

Daniel, formerly of SenHor Rooster’s will be opening in Surrey. If anyone has details please send to me.

Ray Johnson’s Maple Ridge saturdays, ballroom/latin/mixed, excellent munchies. Sep 19 cha-cha intermediate, American; oct 3 salsa; nov 7 west coast; nov 28 night club 2. Lesson’s with Robyn and Donn.

Maggie Bretton’s Scottish Cultural – wide variety of dance styles with plenty of West Coast. Plenty of mingling. Sept , 18; oct 2, 16; nov 6, 20; dec 4.    No dance september 4.

Maggie Bretton’s Cloverdale – sept 26, oct 24, Langley nov 14.

Alpen Club ballroom almost all fridays with the Euro Band: Variety of dance music, ballroom/latin/latino/swing,

Vancouver Ballroom” with Ken Kirby every tuesday at the Ukrainian hall. Some mingling. Starting a one semester of bronze level ballroom/latin lessons. Best to get there for the first week of each month. Sept fox-trot, oct waltz, nov quick-step, dec tango (international, not Argentine, not American).

Mr Dance resumes sundays at the Alpen Club, september 6. Lesson 6:30, dance 7:30. Mingling. Ken Kirby teaching. sept tango, probably American; oct fox trot; nov samba; dec night club 2. Closed nov 29 and dec 20.

Austria Club sept 12, 26; oct 3, 24; nov 14. A bit of mingling. Sometimes full house so good to reserve.

Kathy Bradley’s “Let’s Dance” most saturdays. Plenty of mingling.

Swing Aggregation, an 8 piece “Big Band” will be at the backstage lounge september 6. Usually 1st sunday each month. Lively evening of 20’s – 40’s swing music. Plenty of mingling.

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights at Kennedy Hall, great dance floor. Ballroom/latin. sept 26; Nov 21; excellent light meal Parking right at the door.

Lou Marocco at the Coquitlam Legion, separate hall, saturday october 2. Smooth vocals and elaborate keyboard accompaniment.

Roca Blanca Sand Castle Ballroom Brian, don’t see any dates for your dances. Three day workshops on individual dances. Salsa aug 24. Hustle aug 31.

Bonsor at Metrotown still draws the highest of any weekly dancing, consistently 100. Thursdays. Ballroom, a bit of latin, and novelty dances.

B.C.Swing Dance Club Sept 12, oct 10 nov 7.

Sylvio’s every thursday at Dogwood in Coquitlam..

Jeannie and George at Pepitos on Top every friday and saturday. Latino music, beverages, full Mexican menu.

Frank hosts a table sometimes on fridays when Maggie does not have a dance. Email Frank for dates.

Bistro Tango wednesdays at Pepitos on Top. Casual evening – tango cd’s

For location details see the Dancing Venues attachment or page.

Occasional updates www.VancouveRRR.ca dancing page or e-mail Frank.

Frank’s newsletter is oriented to Ballroom/Latin/Swing and a variety of partnership dancing in the western section of our Region. For dancing further east, and Western, please visit Ray’s site, www.ILoveToDance.ca.

For Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, Western, Salsa, and a few more styles please see the Links attachment. There are more styles of dancing in Vancouver than one would find in half a dozen countries.

Confirming what people were telling me that they’d heard, yes, Rosario did go to China, whether Mainland or Hong Kong I don’t know.

Disclaimer

I’ve danced at all but one or two of these venues, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going. If in doubt, e-mail me for more info. And please email me with any corrections.

Frank Jameson

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

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Summer Time Summer Time

 One Time Events

                                                  Note to Debra.  Urban beat has no A/C.  Go to Arts Club sunday.

Sundays july 12 and august 9 Garden Fest at the Austria Club.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smVWZddAjmc

The band on youtube look like Silver Stars, a regular dance band at the Austrian.  There may be dancing in the hall as well.   It’s a fun day.  Vancouverites must be the most traveled people in the world, yet why travel?  So many cultures are right here.

Sunday july 12 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra “Outdoor Concert Stage at Deer Lake”. Sorry no dance floor. Several years ago though I enjoyed three lavish dine and dance evenings held at a major hotel. The symphony played the dinner music. The symphony also played for the dancing.  As of July 3, I cannot find anything about special transportation arrangements.   Tried Tranlink, City of Burnaby, and the VSO.   Nobody nos nada.

July 14 tuesday – Graduation evening for a WCS class by Maggie Bretton. Confederation 4585 Albert Burnaby. Invitation for any west coast dancers to join. Good idea. Welcome newer people into the circuit. We need new people!

August 22 saturday – B C Swing Club BBQ and Dance. 7646 Prince Albert, Vancouver. Members only. Join on their website. Cost included in annual membership. Great idea, preps people for a new season.

Who’s Dancing All Summer? Almost Everybody!

Sundays July 5 Dave Guiney’s 8 piece big band at the backstage lounge on granville island. None in august.

Mondays Step by Step at Slovenian Hall june 29 july 27  sept 28.

Tuesdays Ken – Downsized Vancouver Ballroom at “St. Mary’s Ukrainian”.

Wednesdays Bistro Tango at Pepitas on Top restaurant kitsilano, but not until it cools a bit. 

Thursdays – Bonsor ,           the Fairview (not sept 10)

Fridays Delta Dance social dance at Kin Village – Not thursdays.

Fridays Robson Square june 26 through sept 4.

Fridays – Alpen club ballroom

Saturdays Kathy Bradley’s Let’s dance studio

Saturdays Ray Johnson’s Jul 25, aug 15 sep 19.

Sundays Mr. Dance at the Alpen Club Ken teaching; Closed August

CheektoCheek.ca  Wild FIg. Coquitlam  august 15 and 22  various locations and dates.

For dancing in the Valley RayJ@ILoveToDance.ca for newsletter.

Also the Legions and Army and Navy clubs. Coquitlam is too crowded. Try Grimmer.

Regular Dances Taking a Summer Break

Maggie Bretton’s friday dance – Scottish Cultural Centre July 3, Sep 4. Saturdays in Cloverdale june 27 sept 26

West Coast Swing Club resumes sept 12.

Austria Club resumes sept 12

Ballroom nights resumes sept 26

I welcome all comments, corrections, suggestions, praise, criticism, or just plain thx.

Dance providers especially, if it seems that your event is not well portrayed, please send me more info, especially changes. Please include Frank@VancouveRRR.ca on your e-mail list so that I don’t have to search for the info.

Updates will be posted on the dancing page on my website www.VancouveRRR.ca.             Next newsletter probably pre-Autumn edition.

C U on the dance floor somewhere sometime soon! Yes?

June 23, 2015

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Some Extra Dances In Late May,

Band Change – Arnt Arntzen will have a band at the Arts Club backstage sunday 17th. Very versatile musician. Woods, strings, keyboard. I’ve even seen him do a cameo with a strudel band at the Austria Club. www.ArntArntzen.com Plenty of examples on YouTube.

Cheek to Cheek at Kin Village in Tsaawwassen Saturday May 23. Lovely dance floor. Great duo for dancing www.CheektoCheek.ca.

Step by Step dance studio – monthly dance – Slovenian Hall Monday May 25. www.StepbyStepStudio.ca

Dancing for Desert are doing a major student showcase may 23.

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights – Kennedy Hall – June 13, next Sept.

Alpen Club saturday dj international ballroom latin may 9 drew about half the people who go to Ukrainian hall on tuesday, no one else. No more dances planned.

Dance Tango as if no one is watching. A new group doing Argentine tango with a more relaxed approach. See details on www.VancouveRRR.ca / dancing / tango as the idea evolves.

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Maggie Bretton’s May 15 wcs. June 5 salsa, June 19 meringue, July 3 50’s 60’s 70’s; then summer vacation. Drawing well est 80. Plenty of mingling.

Austria Club May 23 Wunderbar, June 13 summernights dance, July 12, gardenfest in the afternoon. no evening dances in summer. Joan hosts a couple of tables, email me I’ll forward to her.

Arts Club Backstage Lounge, June 7 Swing Aggregation, a terrific 8 piece ‘Big Band’, plus 2 vocalists. If you haven’t been to this evening you should really come and have a listen, even if you don’t usually dance to such lively swing music. I never miss it.

B.C. Swing Club at Confederation June 6 then summer break,

Every tuesday, former Vancouver Ballroom at the Ukrainian centre 3150 Ash. International ballroom latin, est 80 people, everyone mingles. Dance starts at 8. Lesson at 7, gold level, Ken Kirby.

Bonsor Community Centre every thursday

Silvio’s in Coquitlam every thursday.

Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre some thursday afternoons, Delta Dance.

Dancing for Desert every friday.

Kathy Bradley’s 3 saturdays a month. Small studio, medium size dance floor, ballroom and American style latin, plenty of mingling. Ask me which saturdays. No website.

Mr. Dance at the Alpen every sunday. May Paso Doble. June country 2-step.

Ray Johnson’s May 23. For a wide range of dancing in the central and eastern valley see Ray Johnson’s website www.ILoveToDance.ca or get on his mailing list. Check out Robyn Picard’s “ACT” events.

For a casual social evening with informal dancing, sort of western/rock, the Canadian Legions in Coquitlam, Whalley, Cloverdale, and Burnaby; the A&N in Steveston, Fraser&49, have musicians many fridays and saturdays, sometimes bands, often solos. Check with others for details. Who’s playing? What’s the decibel level? Room to dance? Less than critical mass? Port Moody has closed. My guess they’re building a seniors residence and lounge similar to Grimmer in Burnaby and probably on hastings near willingdon.

Coquitlam is far too crowded on fridays for dancing, but still a pleasant evening with friends, music, a brew or two, and pub grub.

Please forward this email freely, recognizing the source. The more people who know what the opportunities for dancing are in Greater Vancouver, the more vibrant the entire dancing community will be.

I welcome comments, corrections, suggestions, praise, criticism, simply thx.

Dance providers, especially if it seems that your event is not well portrayed, please send me more info with lead time, especially cancellations and date changes. Put Frank@VancouveRRR.ca on your e-mail list so that I don’t have to search for the info.

Need more info simply email me with a phone number for reply.

C U on the dance floor somewhere sometime soon! Yes?

Disclaimer

I have been to most of these places, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. In a few instances I’m relying on friends who have been there. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going, or ask me regarding specifics.

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

May 17, 2015

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Lot’s Of Good News

Cheek to Cheek will be at Kin Village in Tsaawassen saturday may 23. Beautiful large hall – maybe lounge service, great duo for dancing

Alpen Club have changed things again! Starting april 10, dances are in the upstairs ballroom on fridays, probably with only Allan Mulholland’s Euro band for now. The other bands are playing the Austria Club

So for a diversity of good dancing in the western section of our Region on fridays: twice a month at Maggie’s, alpen club the remaining fridays, and Delta Dance at Kin Village most fridays..

Ken K i r b y will be teaching and dj’ing at the Alpen one saturday a month starting May 9. 7:30, dance 8:30, . Ken teaches international style cha-cha-cha and rhumba; probably English waltz, two styles of foxtrot, usually modern jive.

Ken’s e-mail is Dance.Teacher@Shaw.ca

Vancouver Ballroom has packed it in after eons of providing a classy dancing venue, although it was looking tired compared to Crystal and Broadway. Gordon Koo, the most recent operator, has booked “St. Mary’s Ukrainian Cultural Centre” on tuesdays from noon through the evening. Smooth hardwood floor, 1500 sq ft. Plus 1000 practice area. Lesson with Ken Kirby at 7, dance 8 to 11. Standard ballroom/latin. Same style as at Vancouver, Crystal, Broadway Delta, and ex-Grand. Lessons from May through August are Gold level! Autumn 2015 will be bronze, 4 months, 4 dances. Great opportunity for newbies.

Anyone have ideas to use the space for dance activities noon to 7? Contact Gordon Koo.

FIND IT on maps.google.ca, enter from 16th on ash. Large free shared parking. #15 bus on cambie, 33 crosstown. Good chance for car2go and Evo. 50 people on April 14 including several who were not at Prior. Plenty of mingling. More details soon at VancouveRRR.ca or linking from ILoveToDance.ca. Should be a great mid-week evening.

I hear, unverified, that the space at Vancouver Ballroom is empty, development plans have an extraordinarily long lead time, and the property owner will lose cash by premature termination. Again! This happened at Laguna Blu New West, Howie’s, Laguna Blu downtown, none of which were re-leased, all were vacant for two years. Major property owners boot us dancers out and find themselves paying property taxes, insurance, security on empty space. How about charging double property tax for unleased space to encourage the big property holders to negotiate lease renewals?

Saturday remains a wide selection.

Thursdays we have Poirer and Bonsor.

Sundays the Backstage lounge and Mr. Dance.

This just in from Ray Johnson

New Ballroom in Richmond. (Thanks Gaby). It’s called . “The happening’, 7 days a week. They say the studio dance floor is 2,000 sq ft. “

That’s all I know so far. Whenever more info comes in, it will be posted on my dancing page on www.VancouveRRR.ca. and be accessible from Ray’s website. If that’s all usable dance floor, not tables and chairs, that’s as large as the Alpen.

Richmond is our capital for ballroom/latin dancing, Continental seafoods, royal cafe. Common to go to a restaurant and see a dance lesson before dinner. Pink Pearl on hastings in Vancouver is similar

Tea dances are a great way to have a couple of hours of dancing in the afternoon. Most studios have them, mostly on weekdays but maybe on sunday. Usually byop. Please see studios attachment/page.

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Maggie Bretton’s Apr 17 rock and roll, May 1 cross step waltz, May 15 wcs.

Austria Club Apr 25 Wunderbar, May 9 Retroband, May 23 Wunderbar.

Arts Club Backstage Lounge, May 3 and June 7 Swing Aggregation, a terrific 8 piece ‘Big Band’, plus vocalist. April 19 Rugcutters, also 8 pieces.

Greg Marchand’s Ballroom Nights – June 13 (none on May 9).

B.C. Swing Club at Confederation May 9 June 6

Bonsor Community Centre every thursday

Silvio’s in Coquitlam every thursday.

Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre some thursday afternoons, Delta Dance.

Dancing for Desert every friday.

Kathy Bradley’s 3 saturdays a month. Ask me which, no website.

Mr. Dance at the Alpen every sunday. May is paso doble – June country 2-step.

Ray Johnson’s 10th anniversary dance extravaganza was, so I’ve been told, a great evening. Next dances Apr 18. May 23. For a wide range of dancing in the central and eastern valley see Ray Johnson’s website www.ILoveToDance.ca or get on his mailing list.

For a casual social evening with informal dancing, sort of western/rock, the Canadian Legions in Coquitlam, Whalley, Cloverdale, and Burnaby; the A&N in Steveston, Fraser&49, have musicians many fridays and saturdays, sometimes bands, often solos. Check with others for details. Who’s playing? What’s the decibel level? Room to dance? Less than critical mass? Port Moody has closed. My guess they’re building a seniors residence and lounge similar to Grimmer in Burnaby and probably on hastings near willingdon.

Coquitlam is far too crowded on fridays for dancing, but still a pleasant evening with friends, music, a brew or two, and pub grub.

Please forward this email freely, recognizing the source. The more people who know what the opportunities for dancing are in Greater Vancouver, the more vibrant the entire dancing community will be.

I welcome all comments, corrections, suggestions, praise, criticism, or just plain thx.

Dance providers especially, if it seems that your event is not well portrayed, please send me more info, especially changes. Put Frank@VancouveRRR.ca on your e-mail list so that I don’t have to search for the info. Thanks to those who do send comprehensive information

C U on the dance floor somewhere sometime soon! Yes?

Disclaimer

I have been to most of these places, enjoyed them enough to tell you. That’s all I’m doing, passing on information, not “Recommending” anything. In a few instances I’m relying on friends who have been there. Things change, the venue may have vanished, gone condo; maybe there’s a new band or chef. Or the host may have decided to discontinue the event or be on vacation. Different people have different expectations and experiences. So please check for yourself before going, or ask me regarding specifics.

Frank Jameson

Frank@VancouveRRR.ca

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