The Victoria English Ball

History Page 2011


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"Simply Elegant"

was held 2 April 2011

at the First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road, Saanich, BC


Dance Leader: Brooke Friendly

Brooke Friendly photo

Brooke is an energetic, community oriented teacher and dance choreographer. She has been on staff at numerous dance camps and events around North America and was recently program director of the Bay Area Country Dance Society English Dance and Music Week. Since 1996, Brooke and Chris Sackett - her partner in life and dance - have devised English and Scottish Country Dances to increasing national acclaim. They have published three four books of their dances, available from the Country Dance and Song Society.
For more information about Brooke, BrookeFriendlyDance.com





Music: The Dancehall Players

Dancehall Players photo on Dan's porchVictoria dancers have been enjoying the unique sound of the Dancehall Players for many years. It is a pleasure to be able to share their sound with the dance community at large.

Their CD, Live from Dan’s Hall is available from the Country Dance and Song Society (or CD Baby)

Gregory Brown, flute and guitar; Susan Larkin, fiddle and recorder; Keith Malcolm, fiddle; Karen McIvor, cello; Dan Page, mandolin; Ann Schau, keyboard and musical arrangements



A number of photographs were taken and videos shot during the weekend. Here is a smattering of links to them:

Morning workshop, lunch, Saturday evening ball and Sunday brunch all for $45 CAD.

The Ball is limited to 80 people so register early.

Everyone welcome. No partner necessary.

This is a fragrance-free event. Festive attire encouraged.


April Fools’ Day! Please join us for our Friday night dance, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. $10 at the door

Come and join us for a light-hearted pre-ball dance, called by Rosemary Lach


Saturday morning dance workshop, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road, Saanich, BC

Brooke will review some of the Ball dances and, if time permits, may present other dances. Brooke chose a programme of dances that she thought might be less familiar to the dancers. She would like to focus on specific figures and how to dance them well.


Saturday lunch and a time for socializing 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The afternoon is free for visiting and sightseeing.


The Victoria English Ball, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m., preceded by couple dancing 7:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Dances will be chosen from the following list.   St. Margaret’s Hill will not be called or prompted at the Ball. Workshop attendance is advised.

Banish Misfortune    Chocolate Equation    Concealed Health

    Cumberland Square 8    Easter Thursday    Footprints in the Sand

    Impropriety    Jamaica    Knole Park

Orleans Baffled    The Play’s the Thing    Punch Bowl

Rock the Boat    St. Margaret’s Hill*    To Dance Devine

Tributary    Upon a Summer’s Day


Sunday brunch time

Finish off your weekend by joining us for a luscious brunch at a dear member's home (included in weekend rate)

Line drawing courtesy of/ Joanne Thomson, www.joannethomson.com

Fragrance Free information

Dancehall Players CD  - reviews - cover& contents (pdf)

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