What is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. In comparison to Lindy Hop, WCS is not danced to the jazz music of the 1920`s-1950`s, but has developed along with the music. WCS is today most commonly danced to blues, r&b, disco, hip-hop and contemporary country western music.
West Coast Swing is a strictly slotted dance, compared to other swing-dances which often are danced with a rotational movement. The stylish stretch and smoothness due to the lead-follow technique in WCS, is what makes this dance so elegant. Improvisation and music interpretation are two very important elements of this dance, which makes it one of the most fun and playful partner dances of today.
West Coast Swing Weekend with Maxime & Virginie
Friday Intro Class (Open for both levels)
This class gives you the basics of West Coast Swing. The class includes some of the most fundamental patterns of West Coast Swing. This class is suitable for beginners as well as higher levels who wants to refresh their memory. If you are new to WCS you should take this class in order to participate the rest of the weekend.
Depending on how much experience you have with this dance the students are asked to choose one of the levels below for the Saturday and Sunday Workshops.
You are not a beginner when it comes to couple dancing. You have tried West Coast Swing before, or you plan to attend the Friday intro class this weekend. You want to improve your basics and technique, and learn more patterns in order to become a better social dancer.
You have been dancing West Coast Swing for a while either in regular classes or workshops. You feel comfortable leading or following. You can dance to slow, medium and fast music with the same fluency, and you like to play with the music with styling and foot variations.
Jack & Jill Competition (You need to participate at the workshops to compete)
A competition that is designed in order for the dancers to show their ability to dance well with several different partners, and to show skills in spontanious swing dancing and lead/follow technique. You don`t need to have a dancepartner to participate in this competition. Several dancepartners will randomly be assigned for you in the competition preliminary rounds, and in the final 1 dancepartner will be assigned for you. You compete as an individual and will be judged as an individual in the prelims, and in the finals you will be judged as a couple. We encourage all workshop participants to take part of this competition. It`s fun!
Intro class (both levels)
Party & teachers US Open routine!
Intermediate (litt øvet)
Party & jack & jill
Intermediate (litt øvet)
"Goodbye dances" until 16.30.
Schedule might change..