Victoria English Country Dance Society

2018 Autumnal Dance Season


Weekly dancing Thursday evenings 20 September to 06 December 2018

Live Music from The Dancehall Players!

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

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

hasthird 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 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, 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 2017/2018 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Some event details may intentionally not be published so please ask at a dance session, or by e-mail or telephone call.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


7 - 9 September 2018 Hands Across the Water, Victoria, BC -- a workshop weekend
Trevor Monson (UK) leads. Music by  The Dancehall Players  

22 - 24 February 2019 Seattle English Country Ball

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson leads Friday evening, and Saturday workshop and ball programs.

Music: Friday evening - The Fine Companions (Betsy Branch, Lisa Scott, Bill Tomczak, Erik Weberg); Saturday - MI-5 (Dave Bartley, Claude Ginsburg, Julie King.)

Registration is open including on-line 

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 and 2015

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 third CD Fresh 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