1. Do I have to be a good dancer to do West Coast Swing?
You do not need any prior experience dancing to learn West Coast Swing, but you will need dedication. There is also plenty of challenge for experienced dancers who wish to expand their dance knowledge. West Coast Swing is perfect for anyone who really wants to learn about partner dancing, as well as have some fun, get some exercise and enjoy movement with music.
2. Is it better to dance with one partner only?
We recommend that you practice with different partners. Dancing with only one partner will create good connection between the two people andwill help you practice the patterns that both of you know. BUT there's a risk of learning to dance incorrectly. Plus you won't learn how to adjust dancing with different partners, be flexible as a dancer, or learn new moves.
3. What kind of shoes should I wear?
Wearing special dance shoes will make a difference in your dancing (for a few classes you can wear socks or use shoes with non-sticky soles that allow for pivoting) There are different kinds of dance shoes: for practice, for social dancing, for different types of dance. For beginners/intermediate students any dance shoes that you are comfortable in will work.
4. Do I need a partner?
No, in class there will be a rotation of partners.
5. What is the acceptable age to do West Coast Swing?
Anyone from 8 to 80 and beyond can learn West Coast Swing. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
6. How many classes should I attend?
If you are a Beginner, attend as many as you can. The Beginner curriculum is a progressive one which builds upon the techniques taught during the previous class. For Intermediate and Advanced classes, drop-ins are welcome.
7. Where can I practice?
At home, different dance venues, at parties, your backyard, or any place you have space and time.
8. What is the best music to listen to while practicing?
Just about anything. If it has a beat, you can dance to it. Feel free to stop by our Jukebox section for songs to add to your practice routine.
9. Should I take Group Classes or Private Lessons?
It depends. If you are getting ready for a wedding or some other special event and are under time constraints, private lessons are your best bet. Group classes give you the opportunity to meet others in the dance community, learn more moves, and dance with more people.