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LEARN WEST COAST SWING

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!

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COVID-19 Impact:

Classes are running as normal starting in September. However, we will be following a number of restrictions that were announced by the government. Please see the event descriptions (in the registration pages) and our COVID-19 statement for further details.

 

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. Click on the levels below to read what you can expect to learn at each level.

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 1

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.

BEGINNERS LEVEL 2

INTERMEDIATE

For dancers who have consulted with our instructors and received permission to join the class. Topics of this series can include any of the following:​

  • 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

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)

Classes are in Tuinzaal (on the ground floor).

Course Fee for 8-week Series

Early Bird*: €180 per couple
Regular Price: €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!

 

COVID Details (View full statement here)

  • We respect the regulations set up by RIVM to mitigate the risk of spikes in COVID-19 cases. Until further notice, registration is possible only in couples (you can join the waitlist if you are looking for a partner) and we will not be rotating in class (therefore it will be fixed couples). 

  • In the 15-minute break between consecutive classes, we will be applying cleaning measures. 

  • If the RIVM regulations change during the season and indoor partner dancing classes are no longer permitted, the rest of the season will be refunded. 

  • If you are feeling unwell or have someone in your household that is unwell, please rest at home and do not attend class that week. 


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

 

NEXT 8-WEEK COURSE

  • West Coast Swing (Beginner Level 2) 8-Week Course START!
    Mirror Center, in Tuinzaal
    22 Sep 2020, 21:15 – 22:15
    Mirror Center, in Tuinzaal, Ter Gouwstraat 3, 1093 JX Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Join our 8-week courses and learn West Coast Swing, the popular, smooth, modern swing dance from North America! This partner dance works with most types of music (from contemporary to blues) and we warn you: it's addicting. 😁
  • West Coast Swing (Beginner Level 1) 8-Week Course START!
    Mirror Center, in Tuinzaal
    22 Sep 2020, 20:00 – 21:00
    Mirror Center, in Tuinzaal, Ter Gouwstraat 3, 1093 JX Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Join our 8-week courses and learn West Coast Swing, the popular, smooth, modern swing dance from North America! This partner dance works with most types of music (from contemporary to blues) and we warn you: it's addicting. 😁