Everything you need to know about youth dances

Throughout the school year, the Youth Services Team is proud to host Preteen Dances for youth in grades 6 and 7. The 2019/20 school year will feature dances in September, November, February, April and June.

Preteen dances are scheduled from 7–9 p.m. and are held at the Gleneagles Community Centre. For a complete list of dates for the dances and information on how to register, please visit the Leisure Guide website.

Leisure Guide

Number of youth at the dances

All of our dances can typically accommodate up to 360 youth and most participants are students from West Vancouver; however, we occasionally have students attend from outside of our municipality. 

What to wear

You are encouraged to dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to move around and have fun! You already know what is expected of you at school and our outlook is the same. Here are some examples of clothing that are not welcome at the dances because they prohibit youth from having fun and feeling safe:

  • exposed midriff or backsides
  • skirts and shorts that are extremely high cut
  • shirts and dresses with low necklines
  • strapless shirts and dresses
  • clothing with unsuitable messages or symbols

Parents/guardians, please take an active interest in monitoring your child’s clothing selection for the evening and offer guidance to help them make positive decisions regarding their choice. 

When to arrive

Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dance begins at 7 p.m.

Signing in

Upon arrival, please line up at the sign-in table and we will check-off that you are registered and have arrived! You will then receive a wristband. If you are not on our registration list, this means you have not registered with us and will not be able to enter the dance—you must register and sign in under your own name.

Personal items

You will also be asked to “check” or leave all of your personal items—phones, jackets, sweaters, backpacks, purses, etc—with us. These items will be monitored by staff during the event; however, since we cannot completely guarantee the safety of all items, we strongly recommend you leave anything of value at home.


The District of West Vancouver prohibits the use of personal cell phones or cameras to take photos or video of dance participants, staff, volunteers, or our facilities while attending our events.

We recommend that you leave your phone and/or camera with a parent/guardian, or you will be required to check those items in our coat check for the duration of the dance.

If you would like to have a photo taken of you and your friends at the dance, please arrange to do this before or after the event.


Once inside the dance, you will not have the freedom to come and go, so please be prepared with everything that you will need for the dance, including a small amount of money for the concession. Only small change will be accepted—nothing over $5 please! 


Our dances are parent-and guardian-free zones! In fact, we encourage parents/guardians to take advantage of the few hours of freedom and go for a nice dinner or a walk, knowing that all dance participants are safe and having a good time.

Our dances end at 9 p.m. and parents/guardians should be ready to pick up on time and, if they so choose, are welcome to return as early as 8:45 p.m. to watch the fun wrap up and to meet their children as they exit the dance.


Appropriate behaviour

We want you to have a great time at the dances and remember that the way they behave affects everyone. Youth who display behaviours that are undesirable or unsafe, such as violence or the use of alcohol and/or other drugs, will remain in the care of a staff member until a parent/guardian arrives to take them home. In extreme circumstances, we will call 911. 


We maintain a minimum ratio of one Dance Crew member for every 20 youth and we adjust this based on the number of participants. The Dance Crew is made up of staff from the Youth Services team and other District staff and trained volunteers. In addition, a security company provides support to the Dance Crew the night of the dances and staff trained in first aid are also on-site.

Registering on dance night

It is not recommended, so please plan ahead! Since our dances are so popular, they often sell out many days in advance. In addition, knowing how many youth to expect in advance assists us in making sure we have the appropriate number of pit crew members and helps us plan the safest event possible. 

You’ve registered but now you can’t attend

We value your feedback and participation and offers options for a refund:

  • full refunds will be given for any program cancelled by the Community Services Department
  • full refunds will be given to the end of the business day of the previous Wednesday for all short programs, camps, workshops and special events which start the following week
Risks to parents and guardians

By registering your child for the dance, you are giving permission for your child to attend and confirm that your child or any child you are registering is in the appropriate grade for the activity (a dance). You understand that your child is not allowed to walk home or leave the dance without a parent/guardian. Accidents can be the result of the nature of the activity and can occur with or without fault on either the part of your child, the District of West Vancouver or its employees or agents, or the facility where the activity is taking place. By allowing your child to participate in this activity, you are accepting the risk of an accident occurring, and agree that this activity, as described above, is suitable for your child. 


For specific enquiries about these dances or any other youth program, please contact:

Melanie Clark
Youth Services Program Coordinator