West Coast Swing (WCS) is a slotted dance that originated in California in the 1930’s. It is a bar dance, designed to work in narrow spaces, that derived from the Lindy Hop. Though WCS and Lindy Hop share a similar structure and many similar patterns, WCS is danced to R&B, blues, funk, mellow swing (like Ella Fitzgerald, etc) and even Hip Hop. It is characterized by its distinctive ‘elastic’ look and lends itself to improvisation for both the follow and the lead.
WCS continues to evolve as a street dance. It’s capacity to modify for the speed & style of music being played makes it popular amongst dancers of all genres, and the style itself is constantly being influenced by the dancers and trends of today.
This style is great for fans of R&B, blues and club music who want to do more than “bump & grind” on the dance floor. While the dance is challenging, we know how to make it accessible and easy to learn!
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