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Kinvillage Community Centre in Tsawwassen and Delta Dance have enjoyed a long-time relationship. We began teaching there back in 2013 and even ran our popular Delta Cup competition there for five years.

Delta Cup ran successfully at Kinvillage for five years.

But Kinvillage has always been an awkward teaching arrangement because they wanted to operate the teaching programs there, hiring us only to do the actual instruction.

While we had autonomy in how we taught the classes, we couldn’t include the Kinvillage group under the Delta Dance umbrella. Students had to pay Kinvillage and deal directly with the facility. Making it even more challenging was that the volunteers operating the front desk often had no idea how to deal with people inquiring about dance classes. At times, they even sent people away, saying that there were no dance classes!

That’s all changing as of this month. Starting on Sunday, December 4, Delta Dance will now operate the Sunday morning ballroom dance classes at Kinvillage. We’ll teach private lessons and group classes.

Kinvillage will continue to operate the Sunday afternoon tea dance.

The exact schedule will go through some changes as we figure out what will work best. For now, we’ll run private lessons from 10am until 12:30pm, followed by an intermediate group class from 12:30pm until the start of the tea dance at 1:30pm.

During the private lessons, the floor will be open for anyone to practice, whether or not you are involved in our dance classes. There will be a nominal cost of $5 per person for practice time, but those attending the class can practice for free.

Some of the Kinvillage students have punch cards from Kinvillage. We will swap those out for an equal value of Delta Dance punch cards. Please be patient as we will have to do the necessary calculations for each person. Our fees for the private lessons and classes will match what we charge now. Kinvillage group class students will now be included in the monthly prize draw, and can use their punch cards interchangeably at either Kennedy or Kinvillage facilities.

We’ll be changing the schedule in January. We will add a Beginner Class from 12:00pm until 12:45pm. It will follow the same format as the Level 1 program at Kennedy. The only difference is that the class will be a bit shorter due to the time crunch with our contract. The Intermediate class will change to a special kind of class, also 45 minutes in length, focused on specific aspects of dance such as choreography, musicality or modifying basic figures to make them more interesting. At this point we are still planning everything, but the Intermediate class won’t be a duplicate of the Kennedy Intermediate classes. It will feel more like a weekly workshop.

If you’re located in Ladner or Tsawwassen, or you know people who are and who want to dance, let us know so that we can get a better understanding of who is interested and what kind of classes to arrange for the future.

George Pytlik

Author George Pytlik

Before turning pro, George achieved impressive results as an amateur competitor, holding the Senior (30+) Latin championship in BC, Canada for 7 consecutive years with his wife Wendy. The couple twice achieved a top-3 Canadian ranking in Senior Latin as well as a 3rd place Canadian ranking in 30+ Ten Dance. Today, George and Wendy are professional teachers with a vision of growing a strong dance community in Delta near Vancouver, BC.

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