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, Michelle, Nathan, Peter and Reasmey, ably assisted by Adam, Julie, Jure, Lidia, Lachlan, Luci and Will.
Beginner Syllabus Dates
2018 Summer Syllabus
5 weeks Monday 12th February – Monday 12th March
2018 Autumn Syllabus
6 weeks Monday 16th April – Monday 21st May
2018 Winter Syllabus 1
6 weeks Monday 25th June – Monday 30th July
2018 Winter Syllabus 2
6 weeks Monday 6th August – Monday 10th September
2018 Spring Syllabus
6 weeks Monday 15th October – Monday 19th November followed by our Christmas celebration and last class of the year on Monday 26th November
Please note that although we run a 5 or 6 week syllabus, there is no need to sign up for a course, you can still pay casually from week to week if you prefer.
2018 Closure Dates:
Please note we reopen for 2018 on Monday 12th February and are closed on the following Mondays due to public holidays and events throughout the year:
Monday 19th March – closed due to Swing Escape
Monday 26th March – closed
Monday 2nd April – closed due to Easter
Monday 9th April – closed
Monday 28th May – closed due to Swingsation
Monday 11th June – closed due to Queens Birthday public holiday
Monday 18th June – closed due to CMJ Champs
Monday 17th September – closed due to Best of the Best
Monday 24th September – closed
Monday 1st October – closed due to Labour Day public holiday
Monday 8th October – closed
Monday 3rd December and until 2019 – closed for Christmas break
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.
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.