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Sept 17 is our next dance and it'll feature a Salsa lesson courtesy Robyn and Donn Picard. NEW MUSIC - Went to the PNE, did a lot of rides and found an fabulous new (from a movie just released) Street Hustle/Cha Cha/WCS that is so catchy you'll have NO choice but to get up and DANCE! Also I've discovered two new Rumba's, a BB king/Eric Clapton WCS, FOUR new Foxtrots you'll only hear at my dances(!), a new Ballroom Tango, 2 new Merenge's, one featuring Michael Jackson...

Summer's Over and all our dance teachers and hosts are gearing up for new Fall lessons and dances. (see Weekend & Weekday dancing section below. Notably Byron's DFF is starting tonight, I've updated Robyn Picards page with Fall lessons and Friday Night dances, Greg Marchand has 5 new dance dates for 2017, Tom Selzler in Chilliwack has new lessons and dances, Silvio's starts again tomorrow night, ... Build the dance community - bring friends out to see what the fun is all about. Robyn and I are offering the first dance FREE. For my free dance I ask that:

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


Carlos Loyola Fans must-see - Carlos Loyola started life as a regular young man, and on a dare went to a ballet lesson. He knew nothing, but stuck it out (what's not to like dancing around beautiful ballerina's, and for years travelled the world in various ballet companies. After years of professional dancing he settled in Vancouver as a Salsa and Argentine Tango Master. He's had to give all that up and now works in Health Care. However it's facinating to be able to view him at his peak, and more interesting, in the 2nd video that someone has taken various clips throuighout the years, and put them together so we can see him at his peak.

 

My upcoming dances

Jun 18-Cha Cha

Jul 23-Foxtrot

Aug 20-Slow Waltz

Sep 17-Salsa

Oct 8-Bachata

Nov 5-Street Hustle

Nov 26 (Xmas)-Rumba

Dec 31 

 

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

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


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


Some Dance thoughts:

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

 

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

 

NEW!

 

Do you know people in your life who should be dancing??

Download my Dance FAQ print, fax or email it to them!!

Post it at work, at your community centers....

If you email it the embedded web links will work

 

All they need to do is 3 easy steps on my Start Here page!!

 

NOTE:  I make no money for this, I'm just trying to build the dance community

and you and everyone you know can help!!

 


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

 

Europe – 85.3 x 52.5

China – 75.5 x 49

USA – 60 x 36

Canada 60 x 35

 

My regular dances – 75 x 34

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


 

Our NEW refinished dance floor (July 2016)

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

Robyn Picard

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Donn Picard

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Maggie Bretton

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"Queen of WCS"

Alberto Gonzalez

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Jason Warner

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Arthur Murray

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Salsa, AT, Bachata Merengue...

Mr Dance

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Michael & Elsie

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George Kao

Ballroom Beg & up

Abbotsford area

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LGDance@shaw.ca

Brian Udal

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604-541-1313

brian@rocablancadance.ca

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778-773-9904

dancetangonow@gmail.com

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604-881-1234

 

 

  

 

 

 

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