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West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is a constantly evolving dance that is always getting more diverse, more ergonomic, and more fun. Unfortunately, this makes it hard for most local dance teachers to keep current, so their material and teaching methods get outdated quickly, which means their students do too. April Morrow is a teacher that continues to evolve through her coaching with some of the top pro’s and world champions in West Coast Swing. April Morrow is certified with “GSDTA” Golden State Dance Teachers Association through Skippy Blair and teaches the most updated patterns, style, and techniques in West Coast Swing.

 

 

Tat~April~Jordan

Tat~April~Jordan

Versatility & Practicality
It can be done slow and sexy, smooth and sophisticated, or fast and rhythmically to most types of music, including Top40, R’n’B, classic Swing, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Pop, and Hip Hop. People of all ages can use it anywhere, anytime, to any kind of music. You can dance it in a club, at a wedding, or in a restaurant. Most anywhere there is music really. It is a slot dance and is designed to take very little space.

Skippy Blair & April Morrow GSDTA Intensives 2009

Skippy Blair & April Morrow
GSDTA Intensives 2009

Relevance to this generation
West Coast Swing adopts the current music, fashion, and movement trends of the times. Right now we dance to mostly Top40 and contemporary R&B. Just as “classic” radio hits are revered and cherished, many dancers also enjoy dancing to old school funk, 60’s, and classic Blues. Since Hip Hop and Jazz are in the dance mainstream, WCS has adopted much of the same movement concepts. Forget high heels and ballgowns – “Westies” dress the same as if they were headed to the bar. Always dress comfortable. West Coast swing is the smoothest, funkiest and most modern form of partner dancing in existence. It has been featured on Star Search, 30 Seconds to Fame, and So You Think You Can Dance. Like Salsa, it is a “street” dance – you can find it all over the city, in the studios and in the clubs. Imagine dancing in the club WITH A PARTNER!

 

Jordan & April

Jordan & April

Freedom & Expression
WCS is the most free and expressive dance in existence. It’s dynamic, sexy and playful. Improvisation and spontenaeity are  encouraged and desirable. People love WCS because it’s like being on a smooth roller-coaster. Once the basic patterns are learned, many surprises can be added. You will find yourself surprised when dancing  spontaneously inventing new steps and patterns!

Jordan~April~Tat Hwy 99 Blues Club 2009

Jordan~April~Tat
Hwy 99 Blues Club 2009

Equality
There is also no other partner dance where women have so much independence and decision making power. In all other partner dances, the man traditionally “leads” and the woman “follows”. In West Coast, the dancing is a co-operative partnership between the dancers. Leads are mostly an “invitation”, not an order, and at an advanced dancing level the lead can pass back and forward between the man and woman during the dance. Finally, along with Argentine Tango, it is the only other Western dance where it is “socially acceptable” for two men or two women to dance with each other (sexual orientation is irrelevant).

Kona Intensives 2011

Kona Intensives 2011

Accessibility
WCS is not the easiest dance to learn, but is definitely your best investment. You don’t have to be amazingly skilled or spend thousands on lessons just to be good enough to have fun. Fun is accessible immediately, and it becomes more and more addictive the better you get at it. The other significant feature of the dance is the fact that advanced West Coasters can happily dance with beginners by entertaining themselves with syncopated footwork.

 

 

 

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