What 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.
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, sometimes followed by a sixth week of recap – 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. See below for the syllabus dates. Beginners, we recommend you do at least two rounds of the syllabus before stepping up to intermediate.
Beginner and Intermediate teachers include West Coast Swing experts Amanda, Anthony, Dani, Kate, Kirri, Michelle, Nathan, Peter and Reasmey, ably assisted by Adam, Julie, Jure, Lidia, Lachlan, Luci and Will.
Beginner Syllabus Dates:
Autumn 2017 Syllabus:
5 Weeks – Monday 24th April to Monday 29th May (with one week off on 22nd May)
Winter 2017 Syllabus:
6 Weeks – Monday 19th June to Monday 24th July
6 Weeks – Monday 31st July to Monday 4th September
Bonus Week – Monday 11th September (Whips Revision)
Spring 2017 Syllabus:
6 Weeks – Monday 30th October to Monday 4th December (5 week syllabus plus Christmas Party)
2017 Closure Dates:
Please note we are closed on the following Mondays due to public holidays and events:
Closed Monday 17th April due to Easter
Closed Monday 22nd May due to Swingsation
Closed Monday 5th June and Monday 12th June due to CMJ Championships and June Long Weekend
Closed Monday 18th September to Monday 23rd October inclusive due to events and public holidays
Our last class of the year will be on Monday 4th December 2017, returning in March 2018
We currently have three titles in stock:
West Coast Swing for Beginners – by Allan and Holly Skinner from Raw Connection
Fresh New Moves Volume 1 and Stylisations Volume 1 – Funky Footwork - both by Melina Ramirez-Stuart and Scott Stuart
Only $27 per DVD or $45 for both.
Click here to see a trailer of Melina and Scott’s DVDs.
Class Entry Prices:
Casual 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 22nd September
26 Crabbes Avenue, Willoughby
8.30pm to 11.30pm
Other West Coast Swing Major Events in Asia Pacific:
Australian West Coast Swing and Zouk Championships (Gold Coast – February) - for details contact Raw Connection
Synergy (Sydney Central Coast – January) - for details contact danceVibe
Swing Escape (Sydney North Coast – March) - for details contact danceVibe
Windy Welly Westy Fest (Wellington NZ – February) - for details contact Third Foot Dance Academy
Asia West Coast Swing Open (Singapore – April) - for details contact Asia Open
Swingsation (Gold Coast – May) - for more details contact Raw Connection
CMJ West Coast Swing Dance Championships (Sydney – June) - for details see our webpage here
New Zealand Open Swing Dance Championships (Auckland NZ – July) - for details contact NZ Open
Heaps Good Westie Weekend (Adelaide – July/August) - for details contact Third Foot Dance Academy
Shakedown Swing (Christchurch NZ – August) - for details contact Code 03 Swing
Best of the Best (Gold Coast – September) - for details contact Best of the Best
Australian Open Swing Dance Championships (Melbourne – October) - for details contact AO
Swingtimate (Gold Coast – December) - for details contact Raw Connection
In addition, Swingdance Downunder, a Sydney based not for profit organisation has various diary dates throughout the year.