In the 1940s, ballroom dance teachers sought to adapt the popular but fast-paced Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, and Swing for an eager but less agile public. The results of this effort were East Coast Swing and West Coast Swing, which quickly caught on and spread across America. Originally developed in San Diego, West Coast Swing is characterized by its casual, conversational pace and relaxed expressiveness. Perhaps its most distinguishing feature is its culture of improvisation and informality, which define West Coast Swing as one of the most social and creative of the ballroom dances.
West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from the basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation. Typically the follower walks into new patterns traveling forward, rather than rocking back like in other Swing styles. The Anchor Step is a common ending pattern of many West Coast Swing figures. The musical style and tempos vary more than any other dance style, ranging from Blues, contemporary pop, Country, R&B, and acoustic covers of popular songs. Originating in San Diego California, the popularity of West Coast Swing has exploded all over the World. No partner necessary as the culture of WCS is to dance with many different partners throughout the evening. This dance allows for both partners to be extremely expressive not only to each other but a third partner…”The Music”.
Popular West Coast Swing songs: CAN'T STOP THE FEELING!(Origional Song from DreamWorks Animation's "TROLLS") - (Justin Timberlake), Stuff Like That (Quincy Jones, Charlie Wilson) and Love You Like A Love Song (Selena Gomez & The Scene).
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This program utilizes the Core Step System® method.