West Coast Swing is a fun, smooth partner dance. It is a lead and follow dance and very open to musical interpretation.
The patterns are usually in six or eight beats, and incorporate various open and closed positions. The dance features a combination of walks and triple steps.
The biggest difference between West Coast Swing and other partner dances is the freedom both partners have to improvise within the structure. We dance in a slot, in which the follower is led back and forth along this slot by the leader, who leaves the slot to lead the follower past them, building resistance and compression in their connection. This connection makes the dance dynamic, elastic and smooth, and allows for a huge variety of moves beyond the basic six- and eight-count patterns.
1. It means you can partner dance at a club, a wedding, a party, or wherever else you go that plays current music.
2. It is great for anyone who wants to improve their movement, connection, and/or interpretation skills that have learnt other couple dance forms who wish to take their dancing to a new level.
3. It is very social and a great opportunity to make new friends.
4. There is no need to bring a partner.