West Coast Swing
Classes on Wednesdays from 6.30pm
West Coast Swing/Modern swing
Unlike other forms of Swing Dancing, West Coast Swing has changed and shifted with he times and popular music.
West Coast Swing was one of the 3 founding dances of Juan Rando Dance Academy in 1998. Juan has been passionately involved in West Coast Swing since 1998, and is still actively attending national and international events and competitions, updating his knowledge and bringing the latest techniques from around the world to Perth.
Also an active competitor, Juan competes in the Advanced division and has trained many dancers to a high level, for those who are interested in taking their dancing beyond the social level.
We currently have 2 programmes of West Coast Swing Classes
Wednesdays (Regular Social Programme - Play Time
Level 1 : For absolute beginners. No need to worry if it's your first time. A great introduction.
Level 2 : Building on the basics, you'll stay in level 2 for while until you are confident social dancing the basics.
Level 3 : Open and anything goes.
Example level 1 syllabus
- Push Break
- Left Side Pass
- Underarm Pass
- Push Tuck
- Passing Tuck
Once these have been achieved understood and executed with confidence, you'll be moved to the level 2. (No exceptions ;) It's tough, but it's for those who are serious.
What is West Coast Swing/Modern Swing
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. Within the spectrum of partner dances, WCS is one of the most improvisational.
West Coast Swing originated from an earlier dance known as the Savoy Style Lindy, which was done at the Savoy Ballroom in New York in the early 1930’s. Although WCS was not invented by, it was indirectly spawned by a man whose name was Dean Collins, who also danced at the Savoy while living in New York.
Collins came to California in the 1930’s to get into the movie business and brought with him ‘his version’ of the “Savoy Style Lindy.” Collins, after dancing in Hollywood for a couple years and dancing in many nightclubs began dancing and competing. He would get to know some of the other local dancers, which have been said too have “not seen that style of the swing before, but they liked it very much.” It was a lot different than what they were doing at the time.