McGregorDanceStudios

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  We are sure that everybody is aware that, due to Covid 19, all ballroom dance practice sessions, group classes and social monthly dances are on hold until further notice.  We have kept all the various pages intact for the future when normal activities can resume but any group classes or monthly dances that you see listed for the foreseeable future should be considered cancelled.  We continue to hope and pray that we all pull together and do our bit to defeat Covid 19. 

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

Workshops 

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/ Time Location
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Sun. 4:00 - 5:00   Jan. 19 - Mar. 29 Saanich Commonwealth Pl. 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Mon. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 20 - Mar. 30 Panorama Leisure Centre, 656-7271
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Mon. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 20 - Mar. 30 Westshore Parks & Rec. 478-8384
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Tues. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 21 - Mar. 24 Monterey Centre, 370-7300
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 23 - Mar. 26 Gordon Head Recreation, 475-7100
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 23 - Mar. 26 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 2 - June 4 Gordon Head Recreation, 475-7100
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Tues. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 14 - June 16 Monterey Centre, 370-7300
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Thurs. 8:15 - 9:15   Apr. 16 - June 18 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Mon. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 20 - June 29 Panorama Leisure Centre, 656-7271
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Mon. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 20 - June 22 Westshore Parks & Rec. 478-8384
Social Ballroom Dance Level 1 Sun. 4:00 - 5:00   Apr. 26 - June 28 Saanich Commonwealth Pl. 475-7600
 Class Day/ Dates/ Time Location
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Sun. 5:05 - 6:05   Jan. 19 - Mar. 29 Saanich Commonwealth Pl 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Mon. 8:00 - 9:00   Jan. 20 - Mar. 30 Panorama Leisure Centre, 656-7271
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Mon. 8:00 - 9:00   Jan. 20 - Mar. 30 Westshore Parks & Rec. 478-8384
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Tues. 8:00 - 9:00   Jan. 21 - Mar. 24 Monterey Centre 370-7300
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Tues. 7:00 - 8:00   Jan. 21 - Mar. 24 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Tues. 8:00 - 9:00   Apr. 14 - June 16 Monterey Centre 370-7300
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Thurs. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 16 - June 18 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Mon. 8:00 - 9:00   Apr. 20 - June 29 Panorama Leisure Centre, 656,7271
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Mon. 8:00 - 9:00   Apr. 20 - June 22 Westshore Parks & Rec. 478-8384
Social Ballroom Dance Level 2 Sun. 5:05 - 6:05   Apr. 26 - June 28 Saanich Commonwealth Pl 475-7600
Class Day/ Dates/ Time Location
Social Ballroom Dance Level 3 Sun. 6:10 - 7:10   Jan. 19 - Mar. 29 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Level 3 Thurs. 8:15 - 9:15   Jan. 23 - Mar. 26 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 3 Tues. 7:00 - 8:00   Apr. 14 - June 16 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Level 3 Sun. 6:10 - 7:10   Apr. 26 - June 28 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Class Day/ Dates/ Time Location
Social Ballroom Dance Pre-Bronze Sun. 4:00 - 5:10   Jan. 19 - Mar. 22 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Bronze Sun. 5:15 - 6:25   Jan. 19 - Mar. 22 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Beyond Bronze Sun. 6:30 - 7:40   Jan. 19 - Mar. 22 Saanich Commonwealth  Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Pre-Bronze Tues. 8:15 - 9:15   Jan. 21 - Mar. 24 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Pre-Bronze Tues. 8:15 - 9:15   Apr. 14 - June 16 Island Savings Centre, Duncan 748-7529
Social Ballroom Dance Pre-Bronze Sun. 4:00 - 5:10   Apr. 26 - June 14 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Bronze Sun. 5:15 - 6:25   Apr. 26 - June 14 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Social Ballroom Dance Beyond Bronze Sun. 6:30 - 7:40   Apr. 26 - June 14 Saanich Commonwealth Place 475-7600
Class Day/ Dates/ Time Location
Introduction to West Coast Swing Mon. 7:15 - 8:30   Jan. 20 - Feb. 10 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Introduction to West Coast Swing Wed. 7:15 - 8:15   Jan. 22 - Feb. 19 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Intermediate Waltz Wed. 8:15 - 9:15   Jan. 22 - Feb. 19 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Introduction to Jive Thurs. 8:00 - 9:00   Jan. 23 - Feb. 20 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Intermediate West Coast Swing Mon. 7:15 - 8:30   Feb. 24 - Mar. 16 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Wedding Dance Preparation Wed. 7:15 - 8:15   Feb. 26 - Mar. 25 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Intermediate Cha Cha Wed. 8:15 - 9:15   Feb. 26 - Mar. 25 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Intermediate Jive Thurs. 8:00 - 9:00   Feb. 27 - Mar. 26 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Introduction to Jive Thurs. 8:00 - 9:00   Apr. 2 - Apr. 30 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Introduction to East Coast Swing Wed. 7:15 - 8:15   Apr. 15 - May 13 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Slow Dancing Wed. 8:15 - 9:15   Apr. 15 - May 13 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Introduction to West Coast Swing Mon. 7:15 - 8:30   Apr. 20 - May 11 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Intermediate Jive Thurs. 8:00 - 9:00   May 7 - June 4 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
Intermediate East Coast Swing Wed. 7:15 - 8:15   May 20 - June 17 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Wedding Dance Preparation Wed. 8:15 - 9:15   May 20 - June 17 Kerry Park, Mill Bay 743-5922
Intermediate West Coast Swing Mon. 7:15 - 8:30   May 25 - June 15 Gordon Head Recreation 475-7100
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 The Hub in Cowichan, usually on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and the other at Saanich Commonwealth Place in Saanich, usually on the 4th 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, March 14th 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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1)  Saturday, March 28th 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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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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