Common Conversations

 

 

 

I don't like blues.

Originally a style of dance that was danced to blues music, WCS continues to evolve which makes it adaptable to a wide range of music genres – blues, contemporary, pop, country and more. Basically, any music that is 4/4 timing and is 80 – 140 beats per minute. I recommend that you try dancing WCS to all genres of music. Depending on your individual style and rhythm, you will find that although you can dance to all genres, you will naturally favor one.

 

Is West Coast Swing hard to learn?

This is a common misconception. The WCS techniques are different from other partner dances, but not harder. All of the techniques are based in sound biomechanical principles so the dance is meant to feel natural and ergonomic. This should make it easy right from day one. If it feels like you’re struggling, you might consider trying other instructors with differing teaching techniques.

 

I just want to learn with my significant other, as "couple time".

If you want to learn with your partner for couple time or to prepare for a special occasion, sign up for private lessons! Here’s why: West Coast Swing is a social dance, intended to be improvised with a variety of partners, like mingling at a party. Most group classes are designed to support this, so rotating partners is required.

 

Why do you rotate partners in a group class?

Dancing with the same partner all class long makes you progress slower – MUCH slower. Because you learn to compensate for the other person’s errors, then you both never learn to do anything properly, but rather just fake it together. Rotating partners allows you to learn the DANCE, not the FAKE.

 

I don't like the idea of my SO dancing with other people.

Social dancing is like going to a dinner party: you’re going to have conversations with lots of different people. The difference is, dances last about 3 minutes and involve consensual, respectful, yet solely platonic physical contact. Social dancing is not flirting behavior as it is in a nightclub atmosphere. There are no expectations beyond having fun. Most people with this concern, shake it off after the first month or so.

 

I took a class last year, so I know my basics. Isn't that enough?

One class will expose you to the basics but will not allow enough time and practice to build proficiency in the foundations of the dance. Like any physical skill, it takes a continuous cycle of lesson-practice-feedback in order to improve. West Coast Swing in particular requires an understanding of the nuance of proper connection with your partner, without which will impede your progress and enjoyment of WCS.

 

Can I use my moves from another dance style?

Absolutely! WCS is the most flexible partner dance. It welcomes the introduction of ideas from other dance styles. They can’t always be used verbatim, but there are lots of ways to convert your favorite moves and a good instructor can show you how.

 

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