Author Archives: Vanessa Winn

Workshop on Gabriola Island

This Valentine’s Day, February 14th, I am pleased to be joining Gwen Spinks on beautiful Gabriola Island, teaching a tango workshop in keeping with the spirit of the day. Preceded by Gwen’s Feldenkrais for Dancers, and followed in the evening by Dances of Love & Seduction, with live music and DJ Gwen. Please visit:

Where Fact and Fiction Overlap

Review of The Private Journal of Captain G.H. Richards: The Vancouver Island Survey (1860-1862), mentions an overlap with The Chief Factor’s Daughter, in the character of Lieutenant R.C. Mayne. Captain Richards’ journal offers additional historical insights through supplemented journal excerpts from another junior officer, John Gowlland.

Winner in the Burnaby Writers’ Society 2014 Poetry Contest

My poem, Madrona sheds her skin, won an Honourable Mention in the Burnaby Writers’ Society competition, with the theme of “Wood”. This year’s judge was Calvin Wharton, Chair of Creative Writing at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC. Winners and finalists are invited to read their entries at the society’s Awards Night on October 21st. […]

Tango Workshop in Crofton, September 21st

I look forward to returning to Crofton to teach on Sunday, September 21st, 4 pm. The workshop will explore tango’s rhythm, including accents, pauses, double time, and syncopation. Followed by the “Meet-in-the-Middle” Milonga, where dancers gather from across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Tango Performance at the University of Victoria

This week, it was a pleasure to dance with Roland Grittani at the celebration for Dr. Oscar Casiro, retiring Dean of the Island Medical Program. The event was blessed with a sunny evening on the beautiful grounds of UVic’s campus, and we especially appreciated the warm response from the audience. Following our dances, Dr. Casiro […]

Book Review by Victoria Miles

Award-winning author Victoria Miles reviews The Chief Factor’s Daughter. Winn’s is a convincing voice from a bygone era. In bringing colour and life to the very real families of colonial Victoria, she stays closely on the side of history…

RCLAS E-zine Special Contest Edition

The Royal City Literary Arts Society’s June E-zine, Wordplay at work, features the winning entries from their Write On! Contest, including my poem, Western Bleeding Heart (p. 45). This page has the link to their online magazine.

Runway Tango Class, May 25th

I will be teaching a warm-up class at Runway Tango this Sunday, May 25th, 2:30 – 3 pm.  Catalina Grill House, 9800 McDonald Park Rd, Saanich. Developing the Connection:  Increase awareness of your partner with some fun, simple exercises, including changing roles and communicating clearly with the upper-body frame. Milonga following, 3 – 7 pm. […]

Tango Workshop in Crofton, May 18th

I am pleased to be offering another tango workshop at the Crofton Community Centre.  The focus will be musicality (the essence of dance!), and techniques to express it.  Although a ‘led’ dance, tango is most dynamic when both partners connect to the music together.  I will be joined by Roland Grittani in exploring the styles […]

Tea & Tango, in Cowichan Valley

I will be performing tango at the TeaFarm in Cowichan Valley, April 26th, with Roland Grittani, who will also play accordion.  Guests will get a taste of tango at this beautiful, rustic setting, where they grow their own tea!  Now sold out. And a short clip of the event…