Swing Favourites classes for February

Swing Favourites classes for February kick off tonight with Doin’ the Jive!  This is a fun and popular solo jazz dance typically danced to the song of the same name as recorded by the Careless Lovers.

Here are all the Swing Favourites classes for the month of February!

  1. February 3 – Doin’ the Jive
  2. February 10 – Partner Stealing
  3. February 17 – The Stew
  4. February 24 – Partner Charleston

Swing Favourites runs every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm, 1303 Broad Street.  Cost is $14 to drop in, or $10 per class with the purchase of an SDAV Swing Passport!

Classes tonight – Charleston and First Stops

Tonight’s Lindy Hop 2 class is on Charleston – learn some new moves and improve your Charleston technique at 7:30 pm!

Our Swing Favourites class this week is on First Stops! This is another great classic routine that is a ton of fun to learn. Check out the attached demo by Dan and Lainey! Swing Favourites starts at 8:30 pm.

Both classes take place at 1303 Broad Street. Check out our calendar for more details!

SDAV Annual General Meeting 2016 Announcement

Hello everyone!

It is that time of year again: the Swing Dance Association of Victoria’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is around the corner.  If you are ready to hear what the plans are for 2016, want to have your voice and opinions heard, or perhaps want to take a more active role in SDAV, then join us!

The meeting will be held February 21 at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre on 471 Cecelia Road. Time for the meeting will be between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.  SDAV members are encouraged to come and vote on major decisions, but non-members are welcome to attend.  If you wish to run for the board, or to vote in general, memberships will be available at the AGM ($12 for one year).

Updates and announcements related to this event will be posted here and on our Facebook page for anyone wishing to know more.

Name Change & Tonight’s Classes

Hi All!

After listening to feedback from students, we have renamed some of our class series to clarify the order in which a new dancer would want to take the classes. We are offering 4 different classes in total! Our beginner lesson, Intro to Swing, will stay the same. Our next level class, formerly Swing Dance Basics, is being renamed Lindy Hop 1. This class is for people who have taken a few Intro to Swing classes and are ready to learn more. Our Wednesday class series, aimed at dancers who have taken Lindy Hop 1, is now called Lindy Hop 2. The rotating special topics class, Swing Favourites, is staying the same – this is an all levels class which has different content each week. For more information on each of these classes and what they are about, check out our Learn to Dance page: http://swingvictoria.net/where-to-learn/

On to the fun stuff!

We have two classes happening tonight at 1303 Broad Street. First, at 7:30, our Lindy Hop 2 class focuses on Swing Movement: how to get that Lindy Hop look and feel in your dance. The Swing Favourites class this week is the Tranky Doo! Come learn this classic jazz routine starting at 8:30 pm. Never seen the Tranky Doo? Check out this performance by some top Lindy Hoppers in Montreal! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPghQy1OViI

This week: Learn the Lindy Chorus!

This Wednesday, Kyle Murray and Carrie Kobelsky will teach the Lindy Chorus! This is a fun routine choreographed by lindy hop legend Frankie Manning.

This class is part of SDAV’s Swing Favourites series, where you’ll learn an exciting new dance style or routine every week on Wednesday at 8:30. 1303 Broad Street, $14 at the door, or $10 per class when you buy a Swing Passport.

See all of SDAV’s Swing Favourites classes at http://swingvictoria.net/where-to-learn/swing-favourites/

Dancin’ in a Winter Wonderland

Nothing But Swing’s winter gala is here! Come dressed in your best for this formal event on Saturday, December 19th. There will be holiday music and cheer, baked goods (by donation), and special events throughout the night!


You, too, can be this magical.

Lessons will proceed as usual: 7:30-8:30 Swing Dance Basics, 8:30-9:15 Intro to Swing, and dancing from 9:15 to midnight.

Beach Night at Nothin’ But Swing!


Saturday is beach night at Nothin’ but Swing! Come decked out in your finest summer wear to chase the winter blues away. There will be lots of fun and games to be had, including a costume contest (with prizes!), themed music, and a limbo contest.

Stay tuned for more information on our Winter Formal later this month!

“Yule Be Swinging” 2015 Santa’s Lights Parade November 28

Hey Everyone,

Well we got the final orders from the parade Society and here is the scoop.

I will be lined up on the north side of Superior St, behind the BC Legislative Buildings in my red Dodge pick up.

We are entry #22 of 82 entries.

It is going to be a big parade this year and luckily we are near the beginning.

I will arrive by around 4:30pm.

The parade kicks off at 5:45pm, but they are hoping as many of you can be at the truck by around 5pm or so.

We will have music and lights covering the truck.

This years theme is “Yule be Swinging” .  Imagine you are sitting, standing and dancing around a nice big outdoor Yule fire.  Think big warm sweaters, gloves, leggings, jeans, toques, fleece, etc.

I will keep updating the SDAV facebook page with new info as we get it.

See you guys soon


P.s.  Everyone in attendance to our entry for the parade will receive free entry to Nothn’ But Swing afterwards on Saturday night.



Christmas Lighted Parades and SDAV SGM (Special General Meeting)


Hey Victoria,

SDAV is excited to announce 2 upcoming events in November for the Victoria Swing Dance scene.

1st – Tuesday November 24th 7-9pm is our SGM (Special General Meeting)

Burnside Gorge Community Centre  –   471 Cecelia Rd, Victoria, BC 

This is YOUR chance to tell us what you want, to see how we are doing and engage our Board and members. Remember SDAV is Victoria’s only not-for-profit Swing dance association. Everything we bring bring in is directed back to the swing dance scene and the more you tell us what you want, the better we can serve you, our swing dance population.

2nd- Saturday November 28th, 5pm (approx.) Back by popular demand, SDAV is once again entered in the City of Victoria Island Farms Santa’s Lights Parade. As in the past, we will have a Christmas light covered truck, speakers playing the best of the Christmas and Holiday jazz music we can find and YOU, dancers, dancers, dancers, – dancing your way down the brief Christmas route.

More details to come on both of these events so stay tuned or come see me for information.
Have a great night

P.s.  We are also entertaining entering both the Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade and lighted ships sail-past on Sunday December 6  http://www.peninsulacelebrations.ca/events/sidney-sparkles


the Esquimalt Celebration of Lights parade http://www.esquimaltcelebrationoflights.ca/