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5-Step Competition Warmup

A good warmup is essential for competition success.  Not only does it prime your body to perform at its best, but it also prevents injury and is good for your health in the long run.  Don’t go straight into a 5-dance cold and expect to dance well.  You need to spend a good chunk of…

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Another Birthday To Be Thankful For

2018 BC Legends of Dance Award goes to Joel & Clara Marasigan This past weekend, another birthday has gone by.  After 40-something years, I am pretty used to the fact that my birthday often coincides with Thanksgiving weekend.  For the last 2 years though, not only has it coincided with Thanksgiving, but also the Delta…

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3 Tips for Dance Lesson Success

So you’re considering going to your first ballroom dance lesson, eh?  Fear not, because here are some simple yet very helpful tips to find dance lesson success. Be a pattern pro. Beginner dance lessons are all about learning simple patterns of steps and timings.  Try to group the steps into simple patterns and understand how…

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An Interview with Simon & Frances

Meet Simon & Frances… A retired Financier & Sociology professor, husband & wife team, who seek fulfillment in life through ballroom dancing. Names:  Simon Pau & Frances Chiang Age:  Simon: 69 years old;  Frances: 64 years old Education:  Simon: Postgraduate in Business and Undergraduate in Economics & Sociology Frances: Ph.D in Sociology Occupation:  Simon: retired Financier Frances:…

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An Interview with Amber Blair

Meet Amber Blair… Chemist during the day, outdoors aficionado on weekends and ballroom dancer at night.   Name: Amber Blair Nickname: “Bambi” Age:  27 years old Education:  Master of Science in Chemistry Current Occupation:  Scientific Communications and Publishing Coordinator at STEMCELL Technologies.  Amber’s main role is to write weekly science newsletters covering a variety of immunology…

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Free Ballroom Dance Lesson

Happy 150th birthday, Canada! In celebration of our nation’s important milestone, we at JC Dance Co are giving you a free ballroom dance lesson, eh!   Canadians are known for our hockey and our maple syrup, but wouldn’t it be great to be known for having a great time on the dance floor too?!  Teacher…

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55th Annual UBC Gala Ball

The 55th annual UBC Gala Ball took place earlier this month at the UBC Nest on March 10 & 11th, 2017.  Each year, this ballroom dance competition, organized by the UBC Dance Club, is infused with a young, infectious enthusiasm that only a student-run club can produce!  Congratulations to the 2016-2017 executive board members and to Crystal Cheng,…

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5 Tips For a Great Robson Square Summertime Experience

Congrats to all you newcomers who have completed the UBC Dance Club 16 week newcomer program.  Although it’s sad that classes are coming to an end, this doesn’t mean you can’t have a great summer of ballroom dancing here in Vancouver.  Here are 5 insider tips to get the most out of the much anticipated…

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Dancing with the Richmond Stars

“Dancing with the Stars” has been such a huge hit over the past several years.  Now, in it’s 24th season, it is still going strong!  When I allow my girls to watch it (which is not very often, as I’m very low tech with the kids), they are glued to the screen.  They love hearing the personal…

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Vancouver Challenge Cup – The Aftermath

This was my fourth year as co-organizer of the Vancouver Challenge Cup (which was held on January 20 & 21, 2017).  The event was another huge success!  We had a packed house on the Saturday evening; in fact, the most people we have ever had to date!  I was elated by the enormity of positive vibes…

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