Westside Youth Team Dance Club 

KELOWNAWEST KELOWNA – PEACHLAND
British Columbia, Canada

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WELCOME!

The weekly fun is underway!

There’s still time to join us and have loads of laughs!

 

We offer 90 minutes of dancing every Tuesday night for a small fee and it’s awesome!
Every week there’s free popcorn!

 

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Brian Elmer of West Kelowna is the instructor and he’s been really busy in Central Okanagan elementary schools teaching hundreds of students today’s style of square dancing—we like to call it “Team Dancing.”
His music includes some great pop/rock tunes.

 

We also teach some simple two-person dances and circle mixers.
We plan to introduce some basic “round dancing,” which is choreographed ballroom dancing.

Yes—kids can do it!

 

Contact us to inquire about joining-in:

teamdancing@hotmail.com – phone: 250-768-2694

 

THE BASIC DETAILS

The kind of dancing that we enjoy is not hard. It’s based upon today’s style of square dancing in which the only “step” is to walk. It can be the perfect thing for those kids who aren’t interested in traditional sports activities.

We’re grateful to have a special arrangement with Lil’ Sproutz Clothing Boutique in West Kelowna to be able to dance at the store every Tuesday. In the daytime, it’s a kids clothing and accessory shop, but Tuesday nights it’s a dance hall for kids 8+, complete with a disco light. You’ll find it at

Unit #24, 2475 Dobbin Road (the Highway 97 northbound couplet), right next door to the Buck or Two. 

The start time is 6:00 p.m. and we continue the fun until 7:30. We break half-way through for water and free popcorn.

The admission is only $5 per dancer.

We suggest that our group is most ideal for children aged 8 & up. Younger kids will be considered if their parents feel that they have the attention span to focus on 90 minutes of instruction. 

We’re interested in establishing a dance session just for teens and, if there’s enough interest, will consider a session to include them.

The Westside Youth Team Dance Club is a non-profit youth group that was originally formed in February, 2003. The club had been on hiatus for a while until a new caller-teacher was identified. Now, we’re ready to help pre-teens and teens discover more of what we call Team Dancing!

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ABOUT TEAM DANCING

Team Dancing involves working in teams of two or more. It's social dancing featuring a high energy form of modern square dancing that requires a team of eight. It presents lively music to which the children relate, such as tunes by One Direction, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and others.

For the younger ones, we have tunes like Gummi Bear and Hamster Dance. We'll also introduce some 2-person dances.


 

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It’s awesome fun and laughs, cool music and new friends that make our dance club great. We've added special effects lights that create a disco-style show with coloured beams that move to the music. We’ve introduced our light show every day of our school program. See our "School Program" category on this web site for more information.

 
 

SUGGESTED AGE – ATTIRE 

Newcomers are very welcome, both boys and girls, and parents are invited to step onto the dance floor and learn too.

It's family-style dance fun -- and fitness too!

No previous dance experience is necessary. The suggested minimum age is 8 years old because we find that this kind of dancing requires a good attention span. If parents of a younger child know that he or she has the ability to concentrate for the 90-minute instruction period, their child will be welcomed. We encourage you to car pool with your friends to make it fun to travel to the dance and save on gas too. 

Just come as you are in comfortable clothing and shoes that will not leave marks on the floor. The dancing that we do requires that you listen carefully to the instructions, so bring your “listening ears!” 

The instruction is progressive, so a drop-in structure is not appropriate.

 

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BENEFITS OF DANCING

Kids like this kind of dancing just for the fun of it but parents see how it benefits a child's physical and mental health and social interactivity. The instruction improves listening skills, cognitive skills, laterality and general socialization in young people.

Also of benefit is the aerobic fitness element where a couple hours of team dancing can equal a walk of several kilometres. 

Mental health benefits exist too by the fact that the fun experienced by moving to music and concentrating on the calls helps relieve stress, tension and the worries of the day. Success on the dance floor contributes to a young person's self-esteem and builds a positive outlook.

Today's kind of square dancing fits perfectly under the "Team Dancing" title because you have to co-operate with seven other dancers in order to be successful--it's teamwork! Of interest to parents is that team dancing is ideal to introduce young people to social graces and the values that go along with them including courtesy, respect and tolerance. It's particularly good to develop wholesome boy/girl relationships. 

The dance program that we offer serves an ever increasing need for active living among children.  It's a problem that the majority of kids remain sedentary during the after-school hours. Research going back to 2007 reveals "a troubling association between sedentary behaviours and increased reports of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem among adolescents." This information was released in a report card on physical activity for children and youth. It was published by the non-profit group Active Healthy Kids Canada.

 

 


 

THE FUN AHEAD & SPECIAL DANCES

We’ll also introduce some basic choreographed ballroom dancing which is called round dancing. In that kind of team dancing, the direction you'll move and the steps you'll take have been planned ahead to a particular piece of music. It’s similar to what you see on the tv show "Dancing With the Stars" but a lot easier. We enjoy circle mixers as well, where everybody dances at once in a big circle and changes partners. We also learn some special dances for extra fun.

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At our club, our dancers have enjoyed special cool parties! We’ve had a Halloween party with scary decorations complete with a toy bat that flies down from the ceiling. We closed the dance with cake and ice cream. At one of our Christmas parties we all danced in Santa hats and the dancers got a gift and treats including Christmas punch, Christmas cookies and Christmas Ice Cream Floats topped with red and green candies and whipped cream. In February we’ve also held a Valentines Party, complete with decorations, a ring toss and prizes.

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2007 was an exciting year for us because, for the first time ever, we brought the 58th Annual Pacific Northwest Teen Square Dance Festival to the Mount Boucherie Complex in late April. It’s an international dance competition that attracts hundreds of pre-teen and teen competitors from Washington and B.C. Several Central Okanagan schools competed in the schools category.

The Festival has been a big motivator for youth in the recreation, having a track record exceeding 50 years


ABOUT OUR GROUP & ITS PEOPLE

Our club is operated by volunteers from the adult square dance community in the District of West Kelowna. These volunteers give their time to support the young dancers because they believe this type of dancing is a valuable social recreation for kids. The volunteers have assisted with dance instruction in local schools and all passed the required criminal record checks.

 

The Dance Club is a safe, well-supervised environment for children where they can have fun and learn an excellent dance form at the same time. Please support your child in their interest in our group and their discovery of the fun, fitness and friendship found in team dancing.

 

We look forward to meeting you on the dance floor!
 

CONTACTS AND MORE INFORMATION

For more information about our club,

contact Brian and Rosalyn at 250-768-2694

e-mail: teamdancing@hotmail.com

 

A promotional web page promoting youth in square dancing, produced by SQUAREUPB.C. for the B.C. Square and Round Dance Federation, provides more general information about youth involvement with photos, a video and links at:

http://www.KidsLoveToDance.squaredance.bc.ca


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