West Coast Swing

LogoCMJWCSWhat is West Coast Swing?

Extremely popular in the USA & UK and growing across Australia since we launched our “Coasters” classes in 2006, West Coast Swing is characterised as a linear dance, emphasising connection between the partners as well as improvisation and personal interpretation of the music, giving it an elastic, smooth & sexy look & feel.

This style can be danced 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, Country & Western and Hip Hop.

Click this link to see some West Coast Swing performances from our students, teachers and other guest performers!

 

Where Can I Learn?

CMJ runs weekly West Coast Swing classes on Monday nights at Club Willoughby, 26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby recommencing on 6th March 2017.

The first beginner class starts at 7.30pm, followed by social dance time and an intermediate class at 8.50pm – everyone’s welcome, especially first timers!  Plus, if we have enough beginners, we usually run an informal optional second beginner class whilst the intermediate class is on in the other room, giving you a chance to refine your techniques and practise your moves.

Our beginner classes work on a five week rotation – you don’t have to start on Week 1, but it’s great if you can, as that way you’ll be starting with the easier moves and increasing your challenge each week. Our next Week One for beginners is on Monday 10th April 2017. Beginners, we recommend you do at least 5 weeks of classes before stepping up to intermediate.

Beginner and Intermediate teachers include West Coast Swing experts Amanda, Anthony, Dani, Kate, Kirri, Michelle, Peter and Robert, ably assisted by Adam, Julie, Jure, Lidia, Luci, Nathan, Reasmey and Will.

 

WCSDVDPosterWe also have Instructional DVDs available – currently three titles in stock:

West Coast Swing for Beginners – by Allan and Holly Skinner from Raw Connection – only $25

 

Fresh New Moves Volume 1

Stylisations Volume 1 – Funky Footwork

both by Melina Ramirez-Stuart and Scott Stuart

$27 per DVD or $45 for both. Click here to see a trailer of Melina and Scott’s DVDs.

 

Entry Prices:

WCS T Shirt GirlsCasual entry $17 for the whole evening

Full Time Uni Students* $14

Under 18s are FREE! (must be accompanied and supervised by a paying parent/guardian)

5 Class Pass (valid 6 months across West Coast Swing AND Ceroc Modern Jive classes) $75

Ceroc Unlimited Passes give discounted entry to West Coast Swing classes ($15)

* Full Time Students must show relevant Student ID.

 

2017 Dance Party and Event Dates

West Coast Swing Dance Party
Friday 21st April
26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby
8.30pm to 11.30pm
Entry $17

 

Other West Coast Swing Major Events in Asia Pacific:

Australian West Coast Swing and Zouk Championships (Gold Coast – February) - for more details contact Raw Connection

Synergy (Sydney Central Coast – January) - for more details contact danceVibe

Swing Escape (Sydney North Coast – March) - for more details contact danceVibe

Windy Welly Westy Fest (Wellington NZ – February) - for more details contact Third Foot Dance Academy

Asia West Coast Swing Open (Singapore – April) - for more details contact Asia Open

Swingsation (Gold Coast – May)  - for more details contact Raw Connection

CMJ West Coast Swing Dance Championships (Sydney – June) - for more details see our webpage here

New Zealand Open Swing Dance Championships (Auckland NZ – July) - for more details contact NZ Open

Heaps Good Westie Weekend (Adelaide – July/August) - for more details contact Third Foot Dance Academy

Best of the Best (Gold Coast – September) - for more details contact Best of the Best

Australian Open Swing Dance Championships (Melbourne – October) - for more details contact AO

Swingtimate (Gold Coast – December) - for more details contact Raw Connection

 

In addition, Swingdance Downunder, a Sydney based not for profit organisation has various diary dates throughout the year.