West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is a partner dance with its roots in Lindy Hop. There is a lot to read about West Coast Swing on Wikipedia and even more to see on YouTube.

This dance is characteristic by the substantial degree of improvisation (both by her and him) and by a technique called “compression”. Compression is the controlled catching of the energy/momentum of your dance partner, when she comes relatively quick towards you, often after fulfilling her dance pattern.

In West Coast Swing you have different fundamental basic patterns, these can be expanded with alternative basic patterns, as there are the Starter Step, the Side Pass, a Push Break, and a Whip. Among alternative patterns are the Left Side Pass, the Right Side Pass, the Turn Tuck, the Sugar Tuck and the Whip. Nearly all patterns in West Coast Swing are variations on these basic patterns.

The counterpart of the Anchor Step in West Coast Swing could be compared to the Cross Body Lead in Salsa. This Anchor Step is used to mark the end of a figure and re-establish connection between partners. Besides that, partners use a lot of nimbleness (or: elasticity) in their dance, created by the push and pull effect.

The main difference between West Coast Swing and other dance styles is, West Coast Swing may be danced to almost any music. And because of that, it became one of the most popular partner dances in the United States for some years now. On the other hand, just that makes it hard to combine West Coast Swing with dances like Salsa, Bachata or Kizomba. Although you can dance West Coast Swing on all this kind of music, it has no direct link to Latin.

De course
You will learn the fundamentals of West Coast Swing: connecting with your dance partner. Upon which will be the emphasis/focus throughout the whole course. The basic steps and techniques will be taught. Once you are familiar with the fundamentals or basics, we will expand your techniques and you will learn new dance steps/turn patterns, so taking lessons from our professional and skilled instructors will improve your dance skills.

Further on during the course, there will be time to learn about musicality, rhythm, body posture, body movement, styling and personal improvements.

During the course you will change dance partners, so you learn dancing with different people and you get to know your fellow dancemates better.

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