Victoria English Country Dance Society

2019 Autumn Dance Season


Weekly dancing Thursday evenings 19 September to 12 December  2019

Live Music from The Dancehall Players!

Upcoming and Danced schedule and programs  (directly to next program)

We've MOVED! Please enter by the Harriet St. door

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

has a fourth album out!

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 permissionThe Dancehall Players 2018

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, and reinterpreted

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 2019 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Some event details may intentionally not be published so please ask at a dance session, or by e-mail or telephone call.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


6 - 8 Sept 2019 Hands Across the Water. VECDS annual dance weekend, caller and dancer workshops, Bruce Hamilton, Nan Evans. Music The Dancehall Players and Friends

22 Feb 2020 Seattle ECD Ball. Orly Krasner leads, Music by Persons of Quality (Jon Berger, Rebecca King, Jim Oakden.) Registration is open

Folk & Country Dance - Vancouver Island & southern BC islands at Island Dance, site & list. By John D. Erskine -  hosting kindly provided by VECDS

VECDS annually hosts Hands Across the Water, an annual workshop weekend for English Country dance, the weekend after Labour Day. See our program from the 2017 weekend with Graham Christian
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, 2015, 2017, 2019

Some imagery from our 2015 Ball  is available. Share more via our Flickr Group, or send your link along

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 fourth CD An Evening at 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