West Coast Swing



West Coast Swing Level One. This course is developed with the beginning dancer in mind, with basics taught from the ground up. Basic rhythms, connection, technique, and patterns will be introduced. As West Coast Swing has more than one basic pattern, it is recommended for students to take this class a minimum of three sessions (3-6 months). Each session will focus on a variety of basic patterns, so that continuing students can learn new patterns each session, as well as help to solidify some already introduced patterns.


West Coast Swing Level Two. A continuation course focused on giving the student an expanding West Coast Swing skill-set. This is one of our most popular courses. Some of the various elements to be explored (new each session): catches, closed dance position variations, split-weight tucks, lady’s double turns and the standard variations of the whip including reverse, underarm, locked, closed, inside, outside and continuous, all with different hand combinations.

It is strongly recommended that students have a solid grasp on the basics taught in WCS I before progressing to WCS II. The schedule is set up so that students transitioning from WCS I to II (or, later on, from II to III) may take BOTH classes in the same evening.


West Coast Swing Level Three. There is always something new to learn; this is why we love West Coast Swing! Focus will be on advanced patterns and combos, syncopations, styling and musicality (including: “hitting the breaks” and accenting the music).

Students must have a strong grasp of the patterns and technique presented in WCS I & II in order to succeed in level three. Teacher recommendation may be required; ask your level two instructor if you are unsure. The schedule is set up so that students can take WCS II along with WCS III, as different information is presented in each class.


But what exactly is West Coast Swing?

West Coast Swing is the state dance of California! One of many varieties of swing, West Coast Swing is the only variety that is a “live dance”. The term “live” means that the dance style evolves and changes with the times; often dependent upon what music it is being danced to, who is dancing it, and how. In contrast, other dances are danced the same now as they were when first introduced; for example, Lindy Hop, which is the dance that West Coast Swing originated from, is danced the same now as it was in the 1930’s and ’40’s. It is a partner dance which can be danced to a large variety of music, including: popular, blues, country-westen, old school, rock, R & B, and even hip-hop. West Coast Swing dance enthusiasts often find pleasure in finding new/different music to challenge themselves with.

Some of the words often used to describe WCS include: smooth, playful, musical, elastic, sexy, and fun!

A dance that is difficult to describe, if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video might be a better way to see what the dance looks like.