West Coast Swing Utrecht

Ways To Learn

How to learn West Coast Swing 

We like to teach people how to dance, we do not believe in teaching steps or moves. In our classes we focus on learning you the fundamental movement skills, like the connection with your partner,  the music, and quality of movement. Understaning these fundamental skill will make you "get it" quicker, have more fun sooner, and build solid skills that make you progress faster.

Click on the items below to read what you can expect to learn at each class

Beginners

Who can join?
This class is for you if you’re new to West Coast Swing or have very little prior experience with West Coast Swing. 

Class content
In this series we will teach you the basic fundamental movement skills and some fun variations. After this series you will be able to: 

  • dance the basic variations of West Coast Swing
  • dance to any type of song with dancers from any level
  • understand the personal movement skills (basic footwork, 6- and 8-count rhythms, turning, and walk on beat)
  • understand the partnership movement skills (connection and "lead and follow")

when you consistently apply the skills from the Beginner syllabus in your dancing your are ready for the next level.

Beginners Bootcamp Level 1

A few times per year we organize a beginner bootcamp. This bootcamp is designed for anyone with little or no dance experience, and for dancers who would like to refresh their basics, to have them dancing around within a few hours.

Who can join?
Everybody. No experience required to follow our Beginners Bootcamp Level 1.

Content
In 3 hours we teach you the fundmental movement skills of West Coast Swing and some fun moves

After this bootcamp you will be able to: 

  • dance the basic variations of West Coast Swing
  • dance to any type of song with dancers from any level
  • understand the personal movement skills (basic footwork, 6- and 8-count rhythms, turning, and walk on beat)
  • understand the partnership movement skills (connection and "lead and follow")

when you consistently apply the skills from the Beginner syllabus Bootcamp Level 1 in your dancing your are ready for the Beginners Bootcamp Level 2

Beginners Bootcamp Level 2

A few times per year we organize a beginner bootcamp. This bootcamp is designed for anyone with little or no dance experience, and for dancers who would like to refresh their basics, to have them dancing around within a few hours.

Who can join?
This class is for you if you followed our Beginners Bootcamp Level 1 and feel ready for more! But also if you want to refine your basics or if you have taken some West Coast Swing classes before, but you don’t feel quite ready for an improvers class!

Content

  • Refinement of the West Coast Swing fundamental skills (8-count rhythm)
  • Several fun moves (whip and variations)

When you consistently apply the skills from the Beginner syllabus Bootcamp Level 2 in your dancing your are ready for the next Level.

Level Up

The Level Up! series are designed to encourage personal growth in a supportive environment. Students work on personal skills and partnership skills to level up their dancing. 

There’s no need to follow the Level-Up series in a certain order.  A student can join a Level-Up series as soon as a new series is started.

  • Level Up your Footwork
  • Level Up your Connection
  • Level Up your Musicality
  • Level Up your Spinability

Who can join?
Those who can consistently apply the skills from the Beginner syllabus in their dancing .

We expect you have knowledge of basic fundamentals of WCS and know how to dance basic 6-count and 8-count patterns (leftside pass, underarm pass, sugar push, sugar tuck turn, whip).

Content:

  • Improve your quality of movement
  • Enhance your connection and partnership
  • Improve your musical interpretation skills
  • Support you and keep you progressing as you develop your dance
  • Ensure everyone has a positive, engaging, and supportive learning experience
Private lesson

Who can join?
A private lesson is suitable for dancers of all levels (even if you've never danced West Coast Swing before) and can be booked with or without a partner.

Content
A private lesson is completely tailored to your dance level and your wishes. Learn at your own speed, according you your own learning style. Of course the teacher is there to advise and help you to decide what you want to work on.