About Westview Dance Club
In 1970 a small group of people were dancing at a street party on a Cortez Bay driveway in the Westwood area of Winnipeg. While they were dancing the rumba, fox-trot, swing and waltz, they came up with the idea for starting a dance club. That idea became the Westview Dance Club. It started with 13 couples practicing in a local St. James-Assiniboia Church and developed into the oldest dance club in Winnipeg and one of the longest running in western Canada.
The Westview Dance Club is a non – profit, volunteer run, organization providing ballroom dance lessons to member couples in a social, non competitive setting. Westview Dance Club offers lessons in Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha-cha, Swing and Tango. Our professional dance instructor structures the lessons to accommodate dance couples at all levels of proficiency. Our Club’s dance lessons, socials and dinner dances provide fun, entertainment and great opportunity to utilize the lessons learned! Good friendships result from the friendly atmosphere of Westview.
The annual Club membership runs from September to May with a cost of $295 per couple. A membership entitles you to the following:
- 30 - fifty minute dance lessons with a certified instructor
- a 2 hour practice session each week
- a discount to all Club social and dinner dances
- special dance workshops at a reduced rate
The Westview Dance Club hosts three social dances along with three dinner dances and a New Year's Eve dinner dance each dance season. Tickets for these occasions are sold separately.
Monique started Ballroom Dancing as a way to meet people when she moved from Brazil, she has been dancing Ballroom and Latin for more than 20 years. She entered into competitions in the Bronze, Full Bronze and Silver levels, winning top honors in each case. In 1997 she enrolled in an instructor’s course at Dance Class Saskatoon and graduated as a certified dance instructor for Bronze and Silver levels. Monique became a full time dance instructor in 1998 and taught dancing until she left Saskatoon in 2001 when she moved to Winnipeg. After a short break, she started teaching at a Winnipeg studio in 2005 and worked there until 2008. In the fall of 2010 she became the dance instructor for the Westview Dance Club.
4 years ago, Monique started “Shoe Glamour” as a way to provide stylish, comfortable Ballroom Dance Shoes at an affordable price.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What are the dances that we will be taught? How many lessons will we receive?
A - You will be taught the standard ballroom dances which include the modern waltz, foxtrot, tango, rumba, samba, cha cha and swing. You will receive thirty 50 minute lessons in a group setting.
Q - Where are these lessons taught?
A - The Westview Dance club operates out of schools in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg.
Q - Who are the members of the Westview Dance Club?
A - Our membership is based on people from all walks of life who enjoy dancing socially.
Q - Will my class be large in number?
A - Each class is limited to twelve couples in order that each couple will receive the proper attention from the instructor.
Q - Will my class be made up of people of varying dance experience?
A - If you are a novice dancer, you will be placed in a Newcomer's class. If you have dancing experience, our instructor will evaluate your skill level and place you in a class that is appropriate to your ability.
Q - We have very little room at home to practice the dance steps that we have been taught. Is there somewhere we can go to practice?
A - Yes! As a member of Westview, you are entitled and encouraged to attend the open practices each Tuesday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm.
Q - We understand that the Westview Dance Club hosts a combination of social dances and dinner dances throughout the year. Will we feel out of place since we only know the basics to a few dances?
A - We hope that you will attend as many of the Club dances as you can. One of the objectives of the Club is to enjoy the social aspects of ballroom dancing and we encourage you to come out and try the dances that you do know.
Q - I love to dance but I don't have a partner - can I join the club?
A - No, you must have a dance partner to join.
Q - Are we tested or graded by the instructor?
A - No. We are not into competitive ballroom dancing. We emphasize the social fun and enjoyment of dancing.
Q - We're ready to join! What do we do next?
A - Visit our Contact Page for more Information on who to contact