Vancouver Competition & Culinary Trip
February 26-27, 2022
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!
989 West 28th Ave, Vancouver BC
Attending competing: Natasha, Josh, Kawika, Mark.
Attending spectators: Paul, Deborah
Schedule (more detail bellow):
Fri – For those who want to arrive on Fri, out on the town for Fri evening dinner & secret bar.
Sat – “Afternoon Tea” 12:30p, free time, dinner on the town, dance event (6:30p-11:30p) – Mark dances championship Smooth.
Sun – Dance event – 2:30-5p Kawika dances Silver Smooth & Silver Rhythm championships and Josh dances Bronze Smooth Chamionship (full event runs 9:30a-8p beginning with youth categories), 5p food on the town, head home
- Friday carpool:
Car: Natasha, Josh
Car: Paul, Deborah
- Saturday early morning:
Car: Mark, Kawika
Let me know asap if you will be arriving Fri or Sat so that I can book your hotel for you under my special rate.
Coast Coal Harbor
1180 Hastings Street W, Vancouver, V6E 4R5, BC, Canada
$90 front row / $75 second row (4% credit card fee)
(ordered ahead & purchase through Studio 6)
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.
Click here for more on Competition/Performance Grooming
Click here for more on attending competitions
Entries can be paid to Studio 6 by cash or credit card (competition charges 4% credit card fee). A competitor’s weekend pass is required.
Friday, Feb 25
For those arriving Friday,
- Check in to hotel
- 8:30p Dinner at Como Taperia
(on East 7th Ave)
- Secret Bar
Saturday, Feb 26
Saturday evening team – Mark & Natasha
- 12:30-2p Afternoon Tea at Neverland, $52 CAN or include champagne $62 CAN. Reservation for Natasha, Josh, Kawika, Mark, Deborah, Paul.
- 4:30p Dinner at The Eatery (Broadway)
- 5:30p Mark & Natasha head to competition
- 6:30p Dance event begins.
7-7:20p & 8:40-8:50p Mark competes.
Event estimated to finish 11:30p.
- Late snack at the 24 hour bakery downtown
Covid Testing & crossing boarder
Be sure to get your PCR test within 72 hours of traveling to Canada.
I found availability at Vashon Pharmacy for $125 with results in about 30 minutes good for travel. Also checking into RAIN Incubator where there may be testing for $50 for results within 24 hours.
You need to download the ArriveCAN app and fill in your info.