What is West Coast Swing?
West Coast Swing is a dance from California, USA. Born from Lindy Hop and danced to an array of musical styles. Characterised by a distinctive, elastic look that results from basic extension/compression techniques. Danced on a 'Slot', (a rectangluar space on the dance floor) with the Follower dancing forward and backward in this space. Whilst the Leader dances on and off the slot depending on the pattern. The basic steps in the dance are 6 & 8 count combinations of Double and Triple rhythm units i.e. 1 2, 3&4, 5&6 or 1 2, 3&4, 5 6, 7&8. Moving beyond the basics, the dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing patterns together. Putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation and musicality.
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Where did it come from?
What are the 5 basic moves of West Coast Swing?
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Modern West Coast Swing
Who knows what is next for WCS? No-one can know for sure but it is likely to keep adapting and evolving to stay a part of contemporary culture. It’s going to be an exciting journey and we’ll be there to experience it. Sharing our knowledge, insights and observations to help encourage the next generation of West Coast Swing dancers to thrive.