West Coast Swing Dance 101

This Class is Sold Out

Instructor: Karen Graham
Saturdays, January 20–February 10*
3–4 p.m.
SVAC Member: $80; Non-member: $95
Ages 16+
*In the event of a class cancellation due to inclement winter weather, we will reschedule, extending the length of the series.

West Coast Swing is a fun, social, versatile partner dance form, danced to a wide range of popular music, from blues to pop, slow swing and R&B. A cousin of traditional swing dances like the Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing is constantly evolving. Today, it combines swing connection and rhythms with independent movement inspired by influences from nearly every other dance style, as well as contemporary music. It is a smooth, cool, laid-back dance that can be funky, groovy or lyrical, depending on the music and your personal style. It’s extremely popular in the U.S.A. and is the official state dance of California. No partner required to take class.

In this class, students will learn the basic six count patterns to start, sometimes integrating an eight count pattern. Students will learn different six count patterns that will then be linked together. This format gives an appearance of a choreographed dance, but it is easier than it looks!

Karen has been dancing West Coast Swing for over 25 years. She has traveled the northeast taking dance workshops from champion pros from the West Coast Swing organization. Karen owned and operated a World Swing Dance council competitive event for 10 years. She teaches in Vermont and New Hampshire. Karen welcomes questions at vtwestiebest@gmail.com.

Photo by Allef Vinicius on Unsplash

January 20 at 3:00 pm
3:00 pm — 4:00 pm (1h)

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