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West Coast Swing

Classes on Wednesdays from 6.30pm

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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.

Stephanie has been dancing West Coast Swing since 2012, and loves introducing new dancers to this style! Having trained with Juan since 2014, Steph has also learned from some of the international scene's top instructors, and her knowledge and love of dance connection makes her popular on the social floor with partners of all levels. While she enjoys competing, and recently placed well in the Intermediate level, Steph mainly loves creating and connecting on the social floor, and watching her students discover the beauty of this dance.

 

Our West Coast Swing Classes


Wednesdays (6 week courses)

  • Level 1 : For absolute beginners.  No need to worry if it's your first time.  A great introduction.

  • Level 2 : Building on the basics - adding turns and whips. You'll stay in level 2 for  while until you are confident social dancing the basics.

  • Level 3 : Open and anything goes.

  • Technique & Styling: Layering extra finesse to your Level 2 basics to get that feeling we're all addicted to! This class is for those who have done Level 2 a couple of times and are reasonably confident with whips and turns, as well as the Level 1 basics

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 to have “not seen that style of the swing before, but they liked it very much.” It was very different to what they were doing at the time.

West Coast Swin Enrolment
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