Events

ValDance Friday Night Workshops 7-8 p.m.

Workshops offer students opportunities to explore new dance styles and polish their technique. It's very important to experiment with a variety of rhythms and movements when you are first learning to dance. For people who are unable to attend regular classes, workshops are an excellent option. You can drop-in to any Friday night class that interests you. Workshops are suitable for beginners and advanced dancers. Come with or without a partner and stay for the party!


Friday night dances 8-10 p.m.

It's a chance to socialize with new and old friends and to practice dancing in a party setting. Fellow students and teachers are happy to help if you get stuck on a step. Theme nights are especially popular. Everyone likes to dress accordingly and get into the spirit of the party. Music is always a balanced mix of Ballroom, Latin and Swing music. Refreshments, prizes and many other surprises add to the fun.

Cost: $15 for Workshop and/or Dance. Comox Rec. Centre, 1855 Noel Avenue, Comox

Sept. 8Fox Trot
Sept. 15Rumba
Sept. 22Swing
Sept. 29Waltz
Oct. 6Cha Cha
Oct. 13West Coast Swing
Oct. 20Lindy-Hop
Oct. 27Hallowee'n Party - Salsa
Nov. 3Nightclub
Nov. 10Tango
Nov. 17Mambo
Nov. 24Argentine Tango
Dec. 1Samba
Dec. 8Viennese Waltz

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ValDance t-shirts
Our t-shirts are made of a lightweight breathable fabric that wicks away moisture and keeps you dry and cool in class. V-necks, golf shirts and fleece jackets are available for men and ladies. Ladies V-necks and golf shirts have a tapered fit. The golf style is a dressier look in a slightly heavier fabric and has contrasting piping. Our fleece jackets have raglan sleeves, side zippered pockets, elastic cuffs and drawstring hem for a perfect fit. They are lightweight, very soft and cozy. They all come in black with the ValDance logo embroidered on the front.

V-necks and golf shirts are $50.00. Fleeces are $70.00. For a few dollars more you may have your name embroidered beneath the logo.

Contact Val to order.

Dance DVD's
Some dance DVD's you might enjoy:
  • "Take the Lead" Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, an inspirational Manhattan dance teacher who volunteers his time to teach ballroom dancing to a group of New York high school students serving detention (inspired by a true story)
  • "Mad Hot Ballroom" Dance program and competitions among the inner city schools of New York (watch this with your children!)
  • "Shall We Dance" (Richard Gere & JLO), and the more poignant Japanese version by the same name
  • "Dance with Me" (Vanessa Williams and Chayanne) Good story about a competitive professional Latin dancer and the Cuban Salsa dancer she meets. Great Salsa and Latin dancing!
  • "The Tango Lesson" A provocative and passionate story inspired by filmmaker Sally Potter's own experiences with the great dancer Pablo Veron. Lots of fabulous Argentine Tango.
  • "Swing Kids" A powerful and moving story of what the young people faced during the swing craze in Nazi Germany. Great dance numbers!
  • "Dirty Dancing" (Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey) A dance instructor in the catskills meets small town girl. Classic Mambo number.
  • "Dirty Dancing, Havana Nights" Patrick Swayze returns as older instructor to hot young dancers. Lots of Salsa. Good story line.
  • "Saturday Night Fever" (John Travolta) Life and times during the disco phenomenon. Classic.
  • "Staying Alive" (John Travolta) Tony's dance career rises to star in modern ballet production with more female trouble. Theatrical dance numbers.
Ballroom Boom!
It's official, North America is experiencing a Ballroom Boom. Primetime devoted 1 hour to this phenomenon. It began 2 years ago when "Shall We Dance" was released. Usually these trends take 5 or 6 years to trickle into the smaller communities but we felt it here immediately too. Not a day goes by when I don't get inquiries about lessons. Last Thursday a lady phoned me at 10 p.m., inspired after seeing "Dancing with the Stars" wanting to add her name to the wait list for September. As well as teaching our group classes and private lessons we have been teaching in the middle schools and doing weekend workshops for private functions. I have had to turn down many requests locally and some wanting me to go out of town to teach. It's an exciting time for all of us. There are some dance events in the planning stages that you will be the first to know about!


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