Victoria English Country Dance Society

2015 - 2016 Dance Season


Weekly dancing Thursday evenings 14 January to 26 May 2016

Live Music from The Dancehall Players!

Upcoming and Danced programs/schedule Autumn 2015/Winter-Spring 2016

The Dancehall Players, our lovely house band, also performs about the Victoria and Vancouver area

TDP has a new, third album out now

Dancehall Players @ Dan's Hall, by Mikkel Schau, 2001 - used by permissionThe Dancehall Players at VECDS 12th Night dinner dance 2014. Photo by S. Kirkvold, used by permission

The VECDS is a group of friendly people who gather once a week to dance. We dance in longways sets, circles and squares

These are "old" dances from the 18th and 19th centuries and "new" dances in the English style created in the 20th and 21st centuries. Not all are "Playford" as some new quirks have been added, and olde ones found

Each dance has its own music played wonderfully by our musicians, The Dancehall Players

It is easy to learn the dances and we always have a caller

We welcome newcomers, whether dancers or musicians.  No dance partner or experience is required - just a desire to have fun

Come play with us! The 2015/2016 dance season will sport an Open Band evening the 4th Thursday of each month
Some event details may intentionally not be published so please ask at a dance session, or by e-mail or telephone call. Be on our local e-mail list to receive updates

Check Island Dance (a web site & e-mail list) for various forms of Country & Folk dance in town or the Island(s)


Hear The Dancehall Players about the local area

including the CD release party for their third album, Sat. 7 May 2016. 2 p.m. reservations suggested, entry by donation


11 Jun 2016 Mayne Island English Country Ball, "In an English Coutnry Garden". John D. Erskine leads
8 - 9 July 2016 Jane Austen Festival - Port Alberni - readings, dance workshops, costume workshops and dance.  Stand and be counted as a part of a Guinness World Record - “the most people dressed in Regency costume at one gathering”

9 - 11 Sept 2016 Hands Across the Water 2016 ECD workshop weekend. Gene Murrow leads,  music, The Dancehall Players. Registration is open

Folk & Country Dance - Vancouver Island & southern BC islands at Island Dance, site & list. By John D. Erskine

VECDS hosts our biennial English Country ball (we alternate with Vancouver ECD) in the spring of the "odd" years

Our thus far brief ball history collection hosts links to these earlier ball pages. Some have links for pictures and videos of the events, including parts of our world famous post-lunch entertainment

March of 2015, & 2013, and Apr 2011 

The first offerings of our 2015 Ball imagery has been posted. Expect more as folks share their imagery via our Flickr Group

We hosted our 14th Annual Hands Across the Water workshop weekend,  5 - 7 September 2014
Music by The Dancehall Players, dance workshops and evening dances with Colin Hume. If you have photos or videos, please send a link to the webminister for publishing
We are an affiliate of the Country Dance & Song Society

The Dancehall Players albums  - reviews - cover& contents  Their second CD More From Dan's Hall is now available

Dance & event photo gallery

CDSS Newsletter article by Lael Whitehead about Dance On Mayne (Mayne Island, two-stop ferry ride away)


About VECDS including Location/Directions, Dance/dancer queriesWebmaster, Contact us
Fragrance Free information please read
Caller Resources -- Thursday schedule and dance program