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LEARN WEST COAST SWING

ONLINE EDITION

Whether you’re looking to try partner dancing for the first time or grow in your journey as a West Coast Swing dancer, our goal is to help you improve your skills and become more confident on the dance floor. The best way to start? With weekly classes and practice!

COVID-19 Impact: On April 21, 2020, the Dutch government increased the country's COVID-19 safety measures, effectively cancelling all public gatherings and events until September 1, 2020. 

In cooperation with this, WCSA will not run the rest of our spring calendar in person. We have transferred our weekly classes into online classes and put all our social dancing activities on hold. In July/August, we will have our usual summer break (no regular classes), instead focusing on learning and practicing the International Rally choreography. Classes will resume in September, pending restrictions being lifted. We are optimistic and can't wait to finally see you in the studios again then! 

 

CLASSES WE OFFER

At West Coast Swing Amsterdam, we offer a complete series of instruction designed to help you develop your technique, have more fun on the social floor, and (if you’re interested in competing) do better in WSDC competitions. Classes run throughout the year, with every series containing 8 weekly classes. Here are the levels and what you can expect to learn in each series:

BEGINNERS LEVEL 1

For beginners to West Coast Swing who are not familiar with the fundamentals, for former Westie dancers who are getting back into it, and for experienced Westies looking to practice applying higher level technique to basics. This course teaches you the minimum you need for your West Coast Swing dancing. After this series you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic 6- and 8-count structure

  • Understand both leaders’ and followers’ connection and footwork

  • Understand the basic side pass, push, and rotational patterns

  • Aware of key technique for leading and following

  • Dance to any type of song during social dance evenings

This class can be repeated until you're ready to move on to more advanced concepts, as you will absorb different tips each time you go through it. Please ask the instructor for an assessment. This is also a great class to repeat throughout your WCS journey in order to focus on improving your "building blocks" to WCS.

BEGINNERS LEVEL 2

Perfect for those who have completed the Beginner L1 course or demonstrated equivalent in assessment. Covers more complex combinations, patterns, and technique: 

  • Technique such as roll-in, roll-out

  • More advanced footwork and technique combinations

  • Building on crafting pattern combinations

  • Dance to any type of song during social dance evenings

This class can be repeated until you're ready to move on to more advanced concepts, as you will absorb different tips each time you go through it. Please ask the instructor for an assessment. This is also a great class to repeat throughout your WCS journey in order to keep improving your toolkit of technique.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

For dancers who have completed the Beginners class with instructors' permission to advance or have completed a WCS basics course elsewhere previously and done a tryout with the instructor. Topics of this series can include any of the following:

  • Creating variations on basic patterns

  • Understanding rolling count

  • Create partner connection during your dance

  • Create different starter-step options, with a focus on fluent transition between patterns

  • Create variations based on your interpretation of the music

  • Create your own ladies’ / men’s styling

  • Design your own musical interpretation of lead and follow

  • Influence pattern intentions during the dance

  • Design your own musical interpretation, separately from your partner’s

  • ... more! 

ADVANCED CLASS

This class is only offered in certain seasons and is invite only depending on performance in the Intermediate classes or by audition. The focus of this level is to:

  • Create your own patterns and go beyond them

  • Incorporate a visible personal styling

  • Hit phrase changes

  • Design your own WCS dance choreography

Not sure which level you belong in? Want to try it out, but we've already started the next series? Send us a message (also possible via Facebook) if you'd like to drop by one of the classes to try it out and chat with the instructor!

 

COURSE DETAILS

Location

Mirror Center, Ter Gouwstraat 3, 1093 JX Amsterdam. (Google maps link)

See the TV screen in the entrance for the correct room.

Course Fee for 8-week Series

Early Bird*: €95 without partner / €180 per couple
Regular Price: €105 without partner / €200 per couple

 

Discount on Additional Courses

Want to take more than one course at the same time? You get a 50% discount on your second course. There is no assessment to join a lower level, but you can only join a higher level after an assessment by our team. Contact us for more details!

 

Drop-in: €15/class possible upon request.

Please contact us first!

*Early bird price is valid up until 1 week before the course start date (see calendar for course start dates).

NEXT CLASS DATES

WCSA Online: Virtual Class #5
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WCSA Online: Virtual Class #2
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WCSA Online: Virtual Class #1
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