Friday Night in Vancouver: Robson Square Summertime Dancing + Singapore cuisine
Friday Night Dance lessons and Dance Sport demonstrations at Robson Square – photo Todd Wong
Every Friday night at Robson Square in Vancouver, there is dancing… Last Friday night was tango night. I joined some Gung Haggis dragon boat food and social club members, for dinner at Primataste Singapore style restaurant. 570 Robson Street, 604-685-7881. Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. I couldn't remember the last time I had ever been a to Singapore restaurant before… but my cousin's wife is from Singapore, and I have eaten Singapore cuisine many times.
The food was good, and it was fast, once we ordered. My girlfriend ordered a curry chicken noodle dish for me. My mistake was in casually adding in the spicy paste that sat on a corner of the dish. Hot! Her noodle dish with prawns and calamari was much more mild and very tasty. The service was friendly and helpful, and we all enjoyed it.
Then we walked the block over to Robson Square. Tonight was Tango Night. While I have played tangos on my accordion such as La Cumparsita and El Choclo… I have never before danced a tango.
“Step, step, step, stop, rock, rock, back…”
The instructors were good and Asian!!! Gee… that would make sense in multicultural Vancouver, with so many Asians practicing ball room dancing. They explained and demonstrated each of the opening steps. But the “dance floor” was crowded and not easy to see up close. My girlfriend and I tried the steps again. “Oops…” missed a step. “Oops…” wrong foot. It was good to try. I had taken ballroom dance lessons many many years ago… and it all came back to me quickly – the mis-steps, the hesitations, the clumsy feeling like I had two left feet. But we were having fun, and if we knew that if we really wanted to be good, we would have to take some lessons.
At 9pm, the first evening showcase began. Competitive dancers stepped onto the floor to demonstrate the tango, and other dances. Beautiful. Then the couple that had been giving the tango lessons did a wonderful dance performance to the same music used in the movie: “Shall We Dance” with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez. Beautiful. Wow!
We tried some more general dancing – then a few of us headed back to my girlfriend's apartment and we watched “Shall We Dance” leaving the dancing to to the experts. Of of course, I just had to watch the Richard Gere/ Jennifer Lopez tango dance scene twice!
Check out the DanceSport BC website for information:
DanceSport BC (DSBC) is proud to present the Robson Square Summertime Dance Series 2007.
This free community event has been held every summer since 1979. It is
open to the general public, and people of all ages and backgrounds are
encouraged to join in the fun. Spectators and participants range from
children to the elderly and ballroom enthusiasts to interested downtown
Each week we start the night with a free dance lesson given by a
local hand-picked dance instructor. Lessons will vary each week
providing a fun, social atmosphere. Show-case dancers perform dressed
in full competitive costumes, making the two twenty-minute show-cases
the highlights of each night. Dance couples and teams have been chosen
from local dance studios to perform. This is a chance to see ballroom
at its best with performances which may include Standard, Latin or
Social dances; such as Waltz, Cha-Cha, Tango, Jive, Swing and Salsa.
During the general dancing, DJs will play a mixed selection of ballroom
and social dance music for the audience to enjoy.
- 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Professional dance lesson
- 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: General Dancing
- 9:00 pm – 9:20 pm: First Dance Performance
- 9:20 pm – 10:00 pm: General Dancing
- 10:00 pm – 10:20 pm: Second Dance Performance
- 10:20 pm – 11:30 pm: General Dancing
- 11:30 pm: Last Waltz