McGregorDanceStudios

GOOD NEWS:  Now that the circuit breaker has been lifted, and we are still in possession of our permission from Island Health, we are excited to be able to offer a few group dance classes. 

Historically we have offered a wide range of ballroom dance classes.  We have not been able to do that over the past several months due to restrictions related to Covid 19 and therefore we realise people will be feeling quite rusty (although you may be surprised how quickly it all comes back).  For example, if you have taken Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 previously, you may not need to repeat the entire course, but a 5-week refresher could be just the ticket to bring it all back.  At this time of year, demand for dance classes is usually on the wane with the nicer weather, but it's also possible people may have itchy feet and be anxious to resume dancing, so we are offering 4 or 5 week Social Ballroom Dance refresher courses and other one-dance mini-courses.  

Please be aware that minimums and maximums are in place.  A minimum number of registrants is required for the course to be viable, and maximums are also in place to respect physical distancing protocols.  We cannot wait until the last minute to make a decision whether or not a course can run or not, so if you wish to participate in a class please register as soon as possible.  We have provided the course ID numbers which will facilite the registration process, whether you register on-line or by phone.

We want to assure you that E & R Ballroom Dance, and the recreation centres where the classes are held, will be scrupulous about following all required safety protocols to keep everyone safe.  We have missed dancing and teaching and look forward to welcoming you back into dance class.

Please scroll down or click on the group classes link to the left in order to see all classes on offer later this month. 

PROFESSIONAL BALLROOM DANCE INSTRUCTORS OFFERING

Private Lessons
or Group Lessons (click here for schedule)

Daytime or Evening Sessions

Standard, Latin & Swing

International & American Styles

Choreography for Special Occasions (weddings, parties, cruises...)

Monthly Social Dances

Practice sessions

 ELIZABETH SMAILES
CDTA BC Br. Fellowship Member, Ballroom (Standard)
CDTA BC Br. Licentiate Member, Ballroom (Latin)
ISTD Associate Member, Ballroom (Standard)

RON SMAILES

TELEPHONE: (250) 479-7492
E-MAIL: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Class Day Dates Times Location Phone Course ID
Level 1 Mondays June 21 - July 5 7:00 - 8:20 Panorama Leisure Cent. 250 656 7271 78893
Level 1 Mondays June 21 - July 19 6:55 - 7:55 Westshore Parks & Rec. 250 478 8384  41662
Level 3 Tuesdays June 22 - July 20 6:55 - 7:55 Cowichan Com. Centre, 250 748 7529 37108
Pre-Bronze Tuesdays June 22 - July 20 8:05 - 9:05 Cowichan Com. Centre 250 748 7529 37106
Level 1 Thursdays June 24 - July 29 6:55 - 7:55 Cowichan Com. Centre, 250 748 7529 37107
Level 2 Thursdays June 24 - July 29 8:05 - 9:05 Cowichan Com. Centre 250 748 7529 37105
Level 1 Sundays June 27 - July 11 4:00 - 5:20 Saanich Commonwealth 250 475 7600 43865
Level 2 Sundays June 27 - July 11 5:30 - 6:50 Saanich Commonwealth 250 475 7600 43866
Level 3 Sundays July 18 - August 8 4:00 - 5:20 Saanich Commonwealth 250 475 7600 43867
Pre-Bronze Sundays July 18 - August 8 5:30 - 6:50 Saanich Commonwealth 250 475 7600 43868
Class  Day Dates
Times Location  Phone Course ID
Intro to East Coast
Swing
 Wednesdays June 16 - July 7 6:55 - 7:55 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 250 743 5922 34500
Nightclub Slow
Dancing
Wednesdays June 16 - July 7 8:10 - 9:10 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 250 743 5922 35534
Wedding Dance
Preparation
Mondays June 21 - July 19 8:05 - 9:05 Westshore Parks & Rec. 250 478 8384  41663
Our Studio

PRIVATE LESSONS FOR INDIVIDUALS, COUPLES & SMALL GROUPS

 Our Studio is available for private lessons for

  • extra help with the class material
  • to learn a particular dance
  • work on your technique
  • your own small group dance class

The Wedding Reception traditionally includes a solo dance for the Bride and Groom. This aspect of your special day deserves as much attention to detail as the ceremony, bridal dress and banquet, yet is often overlooked and too often the Bride and Groom simply "hug and sway", simply because they do not know what else to do. We do a great deal of wedding dance preparation and would be pleased to assist you.

We would like to invite and encourage you to put those ballroom dance lessons to good use and please join us for one of our hosted social ballroom dances.  They are fun, safe, friendly and non-intimidating and an opportunity to meet and make friends with others in the ballroom dance community while keeping your dance skills fresh.  It doesn't matter if you've been dancing for one week or 20 years; all are welcome.  If you would like to have a table set aside for you and group of friends and classmates, just let us know.  There is always one table set aside for those arriving without regular dance partners so single leaders and followers are very welcome.  The dances at Saanich Commonwealth Place are usually preceded by a workshop focusing on a particular dance style and featuring a small routine or selection of figures suitable for all levels of dancer.  We are open to suggestions and requests so if there is a particular dance style that you'd like to see us feature, simply send us your suggestions or requests by e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We offer two dances per month, one at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Saanich, usually on the 1st Saturday of each month, and the other at The Hub in Cowichan, usually on the 2nd Saturday of each month.  The dances at Saanich Commonwealth Place are usually preceded by a workshop.  Here is information on our next two ballroom dances:

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1)  Saturday, October 3rd at Saanich Commonwealth Place, with Cha Cha workshop, 4636 Elk Lake Dr. , hosted by Elizabeth & Ron
WHEN: doors open 7:00, Cha Cha workshop 7:15 - 8:00, general dancing 8:00 - 10:30
PRICES:
IN ADVANCE: workshop + dance $13 pp.....only general dancing $10 pp
AT THE DOOR: workshop + dance $15 pp.....only general dancing $12 pp
If you want to attend only the workshop, it is $5 pp at the door

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2)  Saturday, October 10th at The Hub, Cowichan Station, 2375 Koksilah Rd., hosted by David & Pennie Scott on behalf of E & R Ballroom Dance
WHEN:  doors open 7:15, general dancing from 7:30 - 10:00
PRICES:
IN ADVANCE:  $10 pp
AT THE DOOR:  $12 pp
IMPORTANT:  With respect to the size of this venue, ticket sales will be limited to a maximum of 60.  We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment at the door.

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Vera Lin of Impetus Dance Store usually has a table set up during the dances at Saanich Commonwealth Place with ballroom dance shoes for sale.  She has a nice selection at reasonable prices so if you've been considering the purchase of a pair of ballroom dance shoes, do stop by and have a browse.

Both venues feature smooth hardwood floors and the gym at Saanich Commownealth Place is particularly generous so there is plenty of room.  At Saanich Commonwealth Place, the tables are arranged in an "L" shape in the corner to create a cozy and friendly atmosphere and encourage mixing and mingling. In another corner there is a practice area, which has been a huge success for many reasons. It's a safe area to work out something that's not going quite as planned on the dance floor, or perhaps review what you just learned in the workshop. It has been a big boost to the confidence of lower level dancers, who now can come to a dance, meet everyone, join in on the fun and feel that they have a safe place to dance. 

We take great care with the music that we choose, and many people tell us our music is the best!  The playlist is carefully compiled to emphasise the most popular ballroom, latin and jive/swing dance styles. A few line dances are always included, and our dance cards (optional, but fun!) give you a chance to mix and mingle with other dancers, and we welcome special requests, such as for a Hustle, Salsa or Argentine Tango. 

Complimentary beverages and finger foods are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if preferred.  To help the environment, please bring your own re-usable & non-breakable drinks container (although we will have a small supply of plastic cups on hand).

To purchase in advance, please contact us and we can arrange to connect with you in class, at practice, or make other arrangements, including e-transfer.

For more information, please call (250) 479-7492 or e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will get so much more out of your dance classes if you are able to find a little time to practice in between to keep your dancing skills refresh and help you retain what you are working on in class.  Plus they are a great opportunity to enjoy a social night out with others in the ballroom dance community and spend some time with your friends (or make new ones!).  We offer two practice session nights per week, from 7:00 - 8:30:

1)  Tuesday nights - in the gym at Lochside Elementary School, 1145 Royal Oak Dr.
2)  Friday nights - in the gym at North Saanich Middle School, 10400 McDonald Park Rd.

Both venues are large school gyms so there is lots of space for you to practice with the music that we play, or for you to focus on your own without disturbing anyone else.  A staff member is on hand to provide music and help you where possible with material that you personally have previously encountered in one of our classes or workshops.

In lieu of a membership fee, you pay only for the sessions that you attend. This small charge helps to cover the cost of the hall and staff. A single session costs $6 pp, or you can purchase a punchcard, which is good for ten sessions for $52.50.

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