About Victoria English Country Dance

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 newer dances in the English style created in the 20th and 21st centuries

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 cue us during it as necessary

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

Dancers, please bring some indoor shoes to keep the floor from becoming overly worn. There is often a wood stove, well, a wood burning stove in operation, so light layered clothing is best.

Musicians wishing to sit in during the week may contact our band matriarch. If you have your own copies of Barnes I & II that is a bonus, however it's 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 and matching funding exist for VECDS members to participate in CDSS programs.

Finding us

We are hosted in a private venue so we do not publish the location. It is in the Victoria area, Saanich, BC actually, and a little difficult to navigate to the first time for some folks. Please get in touch early enough to respond, which we will! (telephone or e-mail)

We ask you arrive as fragrance free or scent free as possible. It's not a large place and any whiff of chemical, manufactured or dervied, used in various products is quickly distributed among a group of people during full room/group social dance.

E-mail addresses

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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 DHP, direct link to DHP 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 (as ours) to "links area". Added caption of Affiliate, as before.


VECDS maintains a manually/human administered e-mail notification list for members and those interested. Through it one may receive notices of dance and dance music events from our group and relaying that of neighbouring groups. Please see Suzanne at a dance evening or write to the Dance Query or Webmaster addresses. We do not use this list for other purposes and do not release it to anyone.

Our English Country Ball mailing list is used solely for the purpose of announcing open registration 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.

Dancing inquiries, via e-mail or to 250.479.8662

Webmaster e-mail, 250.812.0481 or contact is often available via Skype. Please commence Skype contact with a text chat (Instant Messaging) before ringing through. Refresh/Reload page to confirm status.

250.812.0481 Victoria, BC

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