West Coast Swing allows two people to improvise whilst dancing together.

 

West Coast Swing is the state dance of California, USA that is derived from Lindy Hop. It is characterised by a distinctive elastic style that results from basic extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted space 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.

 

West Coast Swing is one of 27 known forms of Swing, It is primarily made up of 6 & 8 beat basic patterns. WCS can be danced to any 4/4 timing and is traditionally danced to Blues, it is constantly evolving and is considered a living dance.

WCS has been around since the late 1930's and in the last 20 years has seen an explosion of WCS all over the world.  Hotbeds of WCS are all over Europe, Australasia and Africa.

 

 West Coast Swing been in and out of the UK since the 1960's but it was about 2005 when it really started to grow here with the development of instructors and local events.

 

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