Westside Youth Team Dance Club 

British Columbia, Canada

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Update for early 2015




The excitement is building!

Here comes great fun, cool music and disco lights too!


Weekly new dancer sessions in Team Dancing

for kids 8 & up come to the

Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre in West 

Kelowna starting Friday January 30, 2015.


We’ll offer 75 minutes of dancing every Friday

and it will be awesome! We’re calling it an

“Introduction to Team Dancing.”

Register at the pool now or online.




Brian Elmer of West Kelowna is the instructor and he’s

been really busy in Central Okanagan elementary schools

teaching team dancing to hundreds of students.


Team Dancing is based upon today’s style of square dancing

but the tempo is faster and the music includes some great

youth-friendly pop/rock tunes.


The sessions might include instruction in some simple

two-person dances and circle mixers.

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



The kind of dancing that we enjoy is not hard. The only

“step” is to walk. It can be the perfect thing for those kids

who aren’t interested in traditional sports activities.


The start time is 7:00 p.m. 

and we’ll continue the fun until

8:15--not too late for the younger children even though it

won’t be a school night.


We suggest that our group is most ideal for children aged 8

& up because it is generally so that they have the attention

span to focus on the 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 was on hiatus for a while until a new caller-teacher was

identified. Now, we’re ready to help pre-teens and teens

discoverTeam Dancing!


The fee for the upcoming 7 sessions is $70.

Pre-registrations are being accepted now.


The program name and code are:

Introduction to Team Dancing - #14472


The Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre

is located at 3737 Old Okanagan Highway

in West Kelowna.

Phone: 250-768-4442 - e-mail: info@jbmac.ca

Online registration is availableonce you call the Centre at

the above number to acquire a log-in ID and account PIN 

with a valid VISA or Mastercard.


To access the online registration, go to the following page

then scroll down and click on:

“Register for JBMAC

Programs” where you enter code 14472:



For more information about the dance program,

contact the instructor at:

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




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.


ring dancing


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.



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.





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.





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.

dancers with hats

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.



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


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!


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:



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