Vancouver Competition & Culinary Trip
January 17 & 18
Dancesport (Smooth Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Social/Club) competitions for all ages. Day sessions include all levels and ages of competitions (different styles different days). Evening includes more competitions, fun lesson as part of evening session to meet others, Jack & Jill competitions (random partner!), signature drink for purchase, social dancing, and shows. Here’s a link to their description of all the above!
Hellenic Community Centre – 4500 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC
Attending competing: Natasha, Wes, Benny, Heather, Allen, Natalia, Kirsty, Jennifer, Kristal, Sabrina, Chris.
Attending spectators: Sarah, Marissa M, Tim, and Ed.
Schedule: This year’s schedule is squeezed into 1 less day then normal so be ready roll from one thing to the next!
- Friday morning caravan:
Car: Natasha & Wes
Car: Benny with Marissa, Natalia, Allen
Car: Sabrina with Chris
Car: Kirsty with Kristal
Car: Jennifer with Sarah, Tim
- Friday after work: Heather & Ed
Sandman Hotel City Centre
180 W Georgia St, Downtown Vancouver, BC
Rooms are booked for everyone with 2 double beds for special rate I have access to as your travel agent, $111/night plus taxes & fees payable directly to the hotel when you check out. Couples have been booked with 1 king bed for $126/night plus taxes & fees payable directly to hotel when you check out. Parking approx $25/night. Includes pool, hot tub, gym, bar, restaurant,….
Your savings of over $80 off the regular price and $35 off their special sale rate!
Situated in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is located directly across the street from both Rogers Arena and BC Place making this the ideal spot for all concerts, sporting events, and everything downtown has to offer.
Because of its central location, this downtown hotel provides perfect walking distances to Vancouver’s famous shopping street, Robson Street, and to the multitude of restaurants and lounges Vancouver is known for.
A simple 10-minute walk from this downtown hotel puts you in historic Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. With cobblestone streets, shopping, and nightlife, this district closely resembles Europe. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, stylish boutiques, pubs, upscale restaurants, clubs, or for the perfect patio to gaze at both the mountains and ocean, Gastown has it all.
A 10-minute walk in the opposite direction from Sandman will take you into the hip neighbourhood of Yaletown, the city’s trendy and upscale district where restaurants and lounges are plentiful. This beautiful community is located on the waters of False Creek, an inlet located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. As the host of the 1986 Expo, Yaletown has undergone serious transformations from its old warehouse days to its current chic status of sidewalk cafes and a thriving nightlife.
Aside from the absolute perfect location, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre has everything to make your stay comfortable and cozy: an indoor pool, business centre, fitness centre, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, and Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill. Let us focus on your stay, and you focus on sightseeing.
How to get your tickets
To avoid confusion for you and the organizers (and having to spend time fixing anything), we will pre-order your tickets as well as pick them up to give to you. Do not try to pick up your tickets from the event staff as they are not listed under individual names, ONLY pick them up from us (event organizers & staff appreciate this very much). Remember, you are on a tour…let the tour guide do their job 🙂
Best to order your tickets through us ahead of time so that you can be sure to have a seat with the rest of the group. With that said, if you find out last minute that you can make it to the event, we can still help you get tickets since we know the organizers (unless it’s sold out) 🙂
Photo & Video
Most competitions have a professional photographer and/or a professional video company to follow you! What that means:
-You can let the photographer know you’re interested in pictures to ensure they catch some of you that will be available for purchase. You are also still allowed to take your own pictures.
-You can hire (prior to dancing) the video company to video specific dances of yours you choose. You are generally not able to video any aspect of a competition unless the event gives you permission. However, when there is not a professional video company present, that generally means you can video to your hearts content!
**This event does not have a videographer for hire so, yes, you can video! We will set up someone to take video on our device.**
**This event does have a professional photographer so you can ask them to take shots of you, you can purchase shots they took, and you and teammates can take photos from your own devices.**
Hair & Makeup
Make sure you tan as the lights can wash you out. HM Spa & Salon across the street from S6 does spray at a good price. Best idea is to ask for the darkest level and sleep with it on as some will wash off in the shower (don’t shower until the next day).
Hair & makeup artists, including myself (Natasha), are available to hire at some competitions. You can generally find out on the competition’s website ahead of time and/or in the program you can purchase at the door (generally $5-$20 for a program). Depending on the schedule, I have also offered hair & makeup services at a discounted rate to our students. Check out online makeup tips and hair and face decorative jewelry and add-on’s – especially the “files/documents” section of the Students Facebook group page. Be sure to create your own kit of make-up and brushes. Local salons don’t always know competition makeup or hair styles. I do have relatives in the area if you need a referral.
Be ready to dance an hour before your approximate scheduled dance time. Be warmed up and ready to dance a half hour before approximate scheduled dance time.
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Friday, Jan 17
- 10a Carpool/Caravan
- Check in to hotel – I confirmed they will give us early check-in if rooms are available. If not available, be ready to get dressed for the evening in the lobby facilities and the hotel will hold our bags until we return after the evening dance event session.
- Leave hotel no later than 3p for 4:30p Dinner on Grouse Mountain (remember to dress nicely for both restaurant & dance event) – it’s “Dine Out Vancouver” specials weekend! Leave earlier if you want to enjoy any mountain activities.
- straight from Dinner to Event Evening Session & Dancing so bring your dancing shoes!
Doors Open 6:30pm / competition starts 7:15pm
Amateur Adult Latin (Newcomer to Gold)
Pro-Am One Dance Standard & Smooth
Amateur Pre-Championship Standard
Pro-Am 3 & 5 Dance Scholarship Latin
Pro-Am 3 & 4 Dance Scholarship Smooth
Amateur Senior I Open Standard
Open Amateur Latin
VCC Team Match
Social Dancing, Jack & Jill, and mixer (throughout the night)
ends about 11pm
Saturday, Jan 18
Saturday daytime team – Allen, Benny, Chris, Natalia, Heather, Jennifer, Kirsty, Kristal, Sabrina.
Breakfast on your own (recommend Melu). Remember, weekend breakfast/brunch is popular in Vancouver.
Leave for competition 11:30a
Our group begins competing at 1:30p
ends about 6PM
Food available for purchase at event and Starbucks on the next block.
Event starts close to 8PM
Pro-Am One Dance Latin & Rhythm
Amateur Adult Standard (all levels)
Amateur Pre-Champ Latin
Pro-Am 3 & 5 Dance Scholarship Latin
Pro-Am 3 & 4 Dance Scholarship Rhythm
Amateur Senior Open Latin
Amateur Open Standard
Social dancing, Jack & Jill and mixer throughout event
ends about midnight
Find the secret bar before we return to hotel
Sunday, Jan 19
- Check out
- 12:30p Brunch at Chewies (Kitsilano) – have coins for parking meter
- Optional: Parisian bakery for macarons, croissants, and more (no rez needed)
- Optional: hot chocolate festival (multiple locations, no rez needed)
- Optional: Join Wes & Natasha for D-Box movie (moving seats!).
- Optional: 5-8p flexible, no rez or cover needed, live music bar.
- Head home (most people head home right after brunch but welcome to join the other activities)