West Coast Swing Dance Lessons

By on January 1, 2017

West Coast Swing (WCS) Guest instructors, Larry Hough and Debbie Russell, are experienced specialists in this fun style of partner dancing. In fact, Larry regularly travels the U.S. competing in the Masters Division, as well as regularly seeks upgrading and fine-tuning of his WCS skills from Pro’s. He teaches a Beginner series for those who have never danced WECS before and would like to solidify skills. Or learn the opposite role to improve your understanding of connection and what the other role thinks about during the dance.

This West Coast Swing beginner course will take you through the basic patterns of the dance, timing, navigating the “slot”, how to end each pattern before starting the next (“anchoring”) and an introduction to how West Coast Swing leaders and followers use the connection throughout a dance. The goal of this course is to teach you enough about West Coast Swing that you can dance an entire song with any familiar or unfamiliar partner using all of the fundamentals.

Level 1 Advanced is a continuation of the West Coast Swing Beginner’s course. To take this course you will require a good understanding of the basic 6 and 8 beat patterns of West Coast Swing. After completing this course you will have taken your basic patterns to a new level adding many variations. Learning to lead and to follow these variations will allow you to dance more towards the tempo and tone of one song vs. the next song. This is where you will really begin to feel the excitement of West Coast Swing and how much personal expression is valued.

A partner is not required to take this introduction course! During the lesson, there may be rotation of partners so you get to meet and dance with everyone in the class; that is all leaders will dance with all followers. If you have come with a partner and prefer not to rotate, we will accommodate but encourage you to dance with others from time to time, as you will learn faster!

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