Why people might struggle with West Coast Swing

June 7, 2016

 

Although, the basic patterns of West Coast Swing can be learned very quickly, the nuances of technique, musicality, and style is a never-ending educational quest. The basic patterns of West Coast Swing use two different rhythm structures: 2 Walks (double-beat rhythm) and Triple Steps (triple-beat rhythm) done over a 6 beat time frame, which is asynchronous to an 8 beat musical phrase (2 measures of 4 beats). Understanding and overcoming that initial counterintuitive aspect can be challenging to a newcomer to partner dancing. However that off-phrase aspect of the swing family is what makes West Coast Swing so unique and musical.

 

It generally takes a newcomer 2-4 one-hour lessons to begin dancing the basic form of the dance -- approximately 7 patterns. It takes up to 90 days dancing to develop social, functional usage of West Coast Swing. It takes a lifetime of fun to master one of the most versatile and rewarding partner dances.

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