Victoria English Country Dance Society


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. Some may be gentle, others energetic, a few intricate, others fairly straightforward. Lots of different figures (the patterns), types of stepping or musical time signatures. In other words there is great variety

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 who will briefly teach the dance and then prompt us during it as  necessary

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

Dancers, please bring indoor shoes to keep the floor from becoming overly worn. There is often a wood stove, hmm, okay a wood burning stove, in operation from autumn to spring, so light layered clothing is best any time of the year

Musicians, come play with us! For the 2017/2018 dance year an Open Band evening is planned for the 4th Thursday of each month, Sept. on. For details and music please contact band leader

If you have your own copies of Barnes I & II that is a bonus, however not required. Some notice is nice as most callers distribute their program to our band leader with a bit of lead time

VECDS is an affiliate of the Country Dance & Song Society. We are listed on their site, have copies of the CDSS newsletter for perusal and some advance opportunities exist in CDSS programs for VECDS members

Finding us

Thursday dancing is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., often ending with a waltz. We have a tea break midway to socialise with those we haven't danced with, pass on announcements and the like. Sometimes an activity may occur prior to the social dance program. It may be for all, or for those interested in the workshop or session, or our dance callers may be messing about with something

We are hosted in a private venue so please do not publish the location. It is in the Victoria area, Saanich, BC actually, and may prove a little difficult to navigate to the first time. Please get in touch early enough for us to respond, which we will!

This is the closest major intersection (map from Open Street Map)

We ask you arrive as fragrance or scent free as possible. It's not a large place and any whiff of chemical from various products is quickly distributed among a group of people. Even gardening (say up to ones elbows in roses)  may prepare one to be quite pleasantly pungent in the confines of the hall. Please read the info page about this


VECDS maintains a manually/human administered General for local dancers. Via it one may receive notices of dance & dance music events. These usually have a focus of our group and relaying that of neighbouring dance groups and activities in the region. Please see Claudia at a dance evening or write to the Dance query or Webmaster addresses to be added. We do not use this list for other purposes and do not release or share it

Our  is used solely for the purpose of announcing  when registration is open and distributing our ball weekend application every two years. If you are on the General VECDS mailing there is no need to sign up for this one

Directions - how to find us/Dancing - something about what is coming up, etc. -- inquiries, via

The webminsiter is often available via Skype, for a text chat (Instant Messaging), perhaps a voice call. Please note your intereste in VECDS/ECD as he covers a few styles. Refresh/Reload page to confirm status My status

Dance Callers have a resource and info page, which includes a link to their e-mail messaging list for information or to subscribe


2017.09.01 Posted dates for weekly dancing 2017 Autumn. Updated all coypright dates. Archived 2016-17 dance programs
2016.10.08 TDP updates: third album FFDH and notation book; gigs
2016.09.05 Schedule dates posted
2015.09.17 Added that the Fourth Thursday Open Band starts in Sept.
2015.09.09 News of TDPCD16 in the works
2015.08.27 included that registration for HAW 2015 is closed
2015.08.19 Moved 2014/2015 programs to archive, new season schedule posted, updated index, caller info and schedule pages
2015.04.11 Edited former ball pages to all be Historic. When imagery available will link from each of the these pages, or display it, and have a collection of these links as well on a general imagery page
2015.02.05 Updates Caller resources page
2015.01.29 Ongoing, weekly dance program note updates. Ensured photo credits included in Alt. Text and Tooltip areas for TDP photos on landing page and TDP page
2014.12.30 Added amplifying notes re VECDS Ball 2015. First dances of 2015 added
2014.11.13 Removed old Webmaster e-mail address on Ball Info (2013) page, changed to Contact. Added basic VECDS Ball (2014) info, removed broken link to Ball 2013 entertainment imagery, tidied events & their dates on index page
2014.10.24 Added dance caller e-mail listserver links to caller resource/info page, added caller info on About page
2014.10.15 Dance event updates. Tidied first page Open Band entry, directed to About/Musicians for contact info
2014.09.12 Posted confirmed days of dance. Major edit of Caller events/resources page, mostly re music & program submission for band/librarian and for posting/email dissemination, product link examples, deprecated New category comments
2014.09.10 Over the summer added the DIY Barn Dance and others. Today posted dance caller schedule and program page, archived the program we danced in 2013/2014 with links
2014.05.09 Posted link to HAW2014 flyer/application
2014.05.06 as well as weekly dance program additions, added track listing for Live From Dan's hall to TDP page
2014.03.07 Added index file of David Gallop's gift to the VECDS library, updated main page contact links, updated contact addresses, "covered" all e-mail addies
2014.03.05 Updated events, Mayne Is. ball info/registration added, Van ball reg form, added our dance times, moved Island Dance entry. Added many site page to page links, esp. for TDP, OSM map link for Wilkinson/Interurban/Helmcken Roads intersection
2014.01.08  Included 12th Night what-we-danced-program, started caller schedule for winter session
2013.12.06 Added 12th Night entries (main, TDP) & PDF registration form, first Thur. date 2014, dates to calling schedule to end year
2013.11.30 Added link to on page anchor for upcoming dance program to top of ma page & schedule page
2013.11.28 Updated Cascadia link, added TDP flyer, added HAW2014 entry, latest dance program update
2013.09.13 First of autumnal caller sked updates
2013.05.11 Added Jim W.'s many contributions to our caller resources library, updated that page with links to sources, indexes, etc. Last update to public caller's schedule for the season
2013.03.15 Ides of March update: caller sked & format, TDP EFDSS EDS review added, TDP Reviews page anchor moved. Mayne Island Ball & HAW entries & MIB form on main page. Reposted a searchable version of the taped music index. Addition of Title attribute to forms/files (PDFs) & external links (done: Index, About, TDP, Caller resources)
2013.10.16 TDP updates
2013.09 Caller sked, major update
2013.02.07 Caller sked, major update
2013.01.04 Reviews for More From Dan's Hall, updating copyright dates
2013.01.03 Corrected strange text on the Ball Info page, interim update to sked
2012.12.03 Added Vic ECD ball registration info/form, other edits & links
2012.11.21 Added TDP More From Dan's Hall cover image and release date
2012.11.02 Removed Education Fund page, added initial Ball 2013 info, moved Ball 2012 to a new Ball History page, corrected some old webmaster address entries & broken/unreported page links
2012.10.27 Event updates, TDP appearances/CD release, caller sked, removed extraneous sked calendar formats
2012.09.22 Post HAW edits, added: public schedule, caller sked/program, Dances Danced, CD listings for POQ
2012.08.19 For Caller page: spliced together the dance music tape index file, added feedback book info & resources from our CDSS order spring 2010
2012.08.11 Added weekly dance season start date, tidied event dates, added 2013 Cascadia wknd date, put this section below Contact section, commenced rebuild of Caller page
2012.07.15 TDP 2nd CD track info & release date posted
2012.04.19 Updated HAW entry. Found new address for old/favourite javascript text obfuscator
2012.03.29 Added Mayne Is. Ball & June Dance Party info. Had to find new e-mail obfuscator script
2012.03.10 Tidied up e-mail addresses and changed margins on this About page
2012.02.06 event registrations open, Dance Party postponed. Video player info
2012.01.19 Snow day. Updated event info
2011.05.18 Added ball video & photo links, updated e-mail "covering"/encryption, rejigged entire file structure
2011.05.16 Recognising a new site would not be ready for the spring season and other important notices, added same (final dance, HAW, TDP dates, first of the summer garden parties)
2011.05 working on new site version, index page work-in-progress, comments and ideas welcome
2011.02.23/24 Added snow conditions warning, then cancellation for 24 Feb 2011
2011.01.07 Corrected Mayne Is. Ball file to 2011
2010.11.23 Added snow conditions warning
2010.11.07 Removed autostart on Mayne Is. movie on Newsletter page
2010.11.05 Added page titles to all pages. Added the About page. Footer on TDP, direct link to TDP at CDbaby. Noted file type & size for PDFs. Ensured all off-site links from updated pages open in a new window/tab. Converted updated page file names to .html
2010.11.04 Copied footer to and applied page settings as Index to Edu & FF pages. Conducted quick search of current dance community fragrance free info to verify currency. Discovered many more useful sources/resources, to be chosen and added
2010.11.04. Added footer to main page, inc. CDSS logo/link, copyright and update date. Added discrete VECDS URI link to footer in the event someone downloads a page or arrives at an individual page via a search, they may easily get to Index page. Employed page specific settings for text, link & background
2010.11.03 Updated currency of program and band appearance dates on main page. Initial rearrangement of contact info. Changed to smaller CDSS logo, removed same from prominent position to "links area". Added caption of Affiliate, as before