West Coast Swing Music
West Coast Swing music is what keeps us all dancing all night, it evokes our emotions which drives the movement and sensation that rewards on a spiritual level. WCS has always been danced to popular music. Swing, Jazz, Country, Blues, Bebop, Rock n Roll, R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco, Rock, Hip Hop and EDM have all had there time in the pop charts and you can dance WCS to all of them.
It had once shared music more associated with period swing styles but has grown alongside the evolution of music to reflect the changes and technical developments. You can literally dance West Coast Swing to anything with a 4/4 signature as well as a lot of 2/4, 3/4, 6/8 and 12/8 signatures that work too, dependant on tempo. Just because you can dance to it doesn’t mean that it’s good.
Start following your favourite WCS DJ’s as they travel all over playing sets for WCS dancers and you’ll soon realise that there is so much good music that we dance to. YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud are amongst the best platforms for West Coast Swing playlists.
West Coast Swing widely accepts there are 2 rhythmical permutations of music for WCS dancing. Straight Rhythm e.g. 1& 2, and Swing Rhythm 1 a 2. A third rhythm which is more aligned to Samba and Zouk is currently popular but it’s too early to say whether it will stay as a part of Modern West Coast Swing.
12 bar phrase structure