Who can come? - Anyone who can dance, age is
not a criterion. We've had teens and dancers in their 80's at our
dances. The majority of dancers are aged 40-60 usually.
Where are they held? - See the picture in the
top right of your screen? 12150 - 224th Street Maple Ridge.
Map & driving directions HERE
This is the Activity Center at what some refer to as ECRA, RfMSS or Ridge
Meadows Seniors Society. I am not affiliated with them, I just rent
Chandelier - In December 2006, I purchased a
beautiful chandelier, got some donations from dancers, and dance friend Zale Hammren installed it, and now we have a room that truly has a beautiful
ballroom feel to it.
Prices - Dances have been $20.00 per person for
most dances that don't feature a live band. Other dances such as
Valentines and Xmas are bigger events with more stuff and generally $25 p/p
Eats & drinks -
Dance price alwasy includes a large food layout that no one else at any other dance offers.
This includes Aqua Fresh filtered spring water, tea, Tim Horton's coffee and
Tim Horton's decaf, Starbucks Teas, plus assorted brand name pops, lemonade
and Iced Tea.
all our dances since 2012 are "dry"
Parking - There is
substantial parking, although please don't park on the South side which is
for residents in the apartments above. The south side is the right
hand parking lot as you drive in.
MUSIC - This is what makes my dance different
from every other dance anywhere. If you dance and don't care what the
music is, then there are dozens of places to dance, but if fabulous music
makes you dance 100% better then you need to come to my dances. 95% of the music
I play is Top 40 contemporary music suitable for Ballroom & Swing dancing. I have a CD player that can speed
up or slow down songs as needed.
Atmosphere - This is a dance for novice to
professional dancers. The atmosphere is casual even at my formal
Valentines and New Years dances.
Space - Tired of dancing in sardine cans?
You'll love our spacious floor, in fact you'll be spoiled to anything else.
It's a room that's potentially (when I rent the entire hall) 5,250 square
feet. Take away room for tables, and you still have a dance
floor (for our bigger dances) that's 34' wide by 105' feet long and 34' x
75' for most dances! Try finding that
anywhere else in Vancouver! The room is also air conditioned,
and in December 2006 the wood floor was refinished.
International vs American Social - Because of
the floor size we can dance together successfully! For dances such as
Tango, Argentine Tango, most Foxtrots, most Waltz's, Quickstep..., I use
music that has tempo's that are appropriate.
Table Reservations - For the bigger dances -
generally formal dances & dances featuring live bands, you can reserve
tables. I would ask though that you reserve for 6-8 people (complete
table), and someone from your party be there by 7:30 to claim your
reservation. Seating for New Years is typically 80% reserved,
but all seating is pre-assigned when you purchase your tickets.
Please respect other dancers assigned seating.
Dress code - Formal dances are tux or suit &
tie with dress pants for gents, and ladies dress to impress. Regular
dances are casual - no ripped clothes, jeans or t-shirts ever. For the
Swing dances, dress jeans are OK, but these are not codes I enforce, you'll
just feel out of place!
Lessons - Most dances feature a
one hour dance
lesson usually given by Robyn Picard and/or Don Picard. Lessons today
are intermedate to advanced and are different for each dance.
Line dances - We know
many line dances which are
sometimes played at each dance.
Mixers - Every dance features
one mixer with two songs - 4 dance partner chages. That is guys line up on one side, ladies on the
other, they meet in the middle and travel down the center of the floor to
dance. The music I play is generally West Coast Swing.