Canada Day Parade 2017

Robson in the 2017 Canada Day Parade

July 2, 2017 – Sunday at 4:00 pm

About the Parade
Hosted by Port Metro Vancouver, the Canada Day Parade celebrates 150 years of Canada by bringing bright and colourful performances to the streets of Downtown Vancouver. With well over 100 entries, ranging from cultural groups to marching bands, our aim is to enlighten Vancouver with the wonderful world of Ballroom Dancing!

Robson Square Summer Dance Series Parade
Plan for lots and lots of dancing! The Canada Day Parade is an experience you’ll never forget!  Send an email to canadadayparade@dancesportbc.com  .  We will keep you up to date with practice sessions, answer any questions and let you know the time and location details for the day of the parade.

Time and Location
Yes, the Parade is happening on Sunday July 2nd, the day after Canada Day. The tentative meeting time will be 3:30 pm near Broughton and Alberni. This part of downtown will be closed off to vehicles and very busy, so public transit should be the easiest method to get there.

What to Wear (Past years have been very warm!)
Top: Red Shirt/T-Shirt (Nice Strong 150 Canada Day RED please)
Bottoms: Black Shorts/Short Tights (Black is strongly preferred)
Wrist Floats: Red scrunchies with ribbons will be provided
Footwear: Do not wear dance shoes! Wear comfortable street shoes
Bags and personal items can be stored and kept safe in the truck, please keep to a minimum.

Wait! What do I Dance?
Don’t fret! We have simple routines that all dancers can learn in no time!
This year we will be rotating through 4 dances: Samba, Cha-Cha, Jive, Vogue

 

Practice Times for the Parade Routines

Imperial Ballroom (7900 River Road, Richmond)

Sunday June 11th at 5:00 pm
Wednesday June 14th at 6:00 pm
Wednesday June 28th at 6:00 pm – Free BBQ following parade practice!

 

Crystal Ballroom (145- River Road, Richmond)

Saturday June 17th at 4:30 pm
Thursday June 22nd at 7:30 pm

Thursday June 29th at 6:30 pm

 

Thank You
Han and Crystal at Imperial Ballroom ( imperialballroom.ca )
for creating the routines.

The parade float is organized by the Robson Square Summer Dance Series Committee, with support from DanceSportBC and the Roy Hamlyn Foundation.

Canada Day Parade Facebook page facebook.com/r2dance
Email:  canadadayparade@dancesportbc.com

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Routines

Cha Cha

Count

Lead starts with

Count in “Two, Three, Cha-Cha, One”
Group 1:
Prep Step Right on 1 1 Right foot to right
Basic Step – Forward 2,3 Left foot forward
Side Chasse to Left 4&1 Left foot to left
New York 2,3 Right foot forward
Side Chasse to Right 4&1 Right foot to right
Hand to Hand 2,3 Left foot back
Group 2:
3 Cha Cha Chas 4&1 2&3 4&1 Left foot forward
Turn – Full 360 (Right to Left) 2,3 Right foot forward
Lock – Right/Left/Right 4&1 2&3 4&1 Right foot forward
Group 3:
Cuban Breaks to Left 2&3&4& Left foot crosses right
Side Step 1 Left foot to left
Cuban Breaks to Right 2&3&4& Right foot crosses left
Side Step 1 Right foot to right
Spot Turn – Full 360 2,3 Left foot open right
Group 4:
Side Chasse to Left 4&1 Left foot to left
Aida 2,3 4&1 Right foot backward
Forward Check 2,3 Left foot forward
Side Chasse to Left 4&1 Left foot to left
  — Repeat from beginning —

Jive

Count

Lead starts with

Count in “Five, Six, Seven, Eight”
Group 1:
Basic in Place 1,2 3a4 5a6 Left foot back
Walks – Rock Step 7,8 Left foot back
Walks – Triple Step (facing) 1a2 Left foot slightly left
Walks – Triple Step (forward) 3a4 Right foot forward
Walks – Hip Twists 5,6,7,8 Left foot forward
Fallaway Throwaway 1a2 3a4 Left foot slightly left
Group 2:
American Spin 5,6 7a8 1a2 Left foot back
Change of Hands Behind Back 3,4 5a6 7a8 Left foot back
Change of Places – Left to Right 1,2 3a4 5a6 Left foot back
Hip bump 7,8 1a2 3a4 Left foot back
Group 3:
Rock Step 5,6 Left foot back
Forward Chasse Left/Right/Left/Right 7a8 1a2 3a4 5a6 Left foot slightly left
Change of Places – Left to Right 7,8 1a2 3a4 Left foot back
  — Repeat from beginning —

Samba

Count

Lead starts with

Count in “Five, Six, Seven, Eight”
Group 1:
Cruzados Walks and Locks 1,2 3a4 Right foot
Cruzados Walks and Locks 5,6 7a8 Left foot
Three Step Turn 1a2 Right foot
Shadow Bota Fogos x3 3a4 5a6 7a8 Left-Right-Left
Group 2:
Shadow Travelling Volta 1a2a3a4 Right foot
Shadow Travelling Volta 5a6a7a8 Left foot
Carioca Runs 1a2 a 3a4 Right foot
Three Step Turn 5a6 Left foot
Three Step Turn 7a8 Right foot
Back to beginning – Group 1:
Foot Change 1
Cruzados … 2 3a4
  — Repeat from beginning —

Vogue – amended for parade movement

Action starts with

Count in “Five, Six, Seven, Eight”
Group 1:
Left,Right  Left-Right-Left Left foot to left
Forward,Cross  Back-Side-Forward Right foot forward
Group 2:
Cross-Side-Point* Left foot cross front of right
Step-Cross-Side-Point* Left foot step in place
Step-Cross-Side-Point* Right foot step in place
Step-Cross-Side-Point* Left foot step in place
Group 3:
Step, Drag Right foot forward
Step, Drag Right foot forward
Step, Drag Right foot forward
Step, Drag (with clap) Right foot forward
Group 4:
Walk Forward (Left,Right,Left,Right) Left foot forward
Cucaracha Left, Cucaracha Right, and Spin (180°) Left foot to left
  — Repeat from beginning —
*= No weight transfer on Point