West Coast Swing Classes
FREE West Coast Swing (WCS) Intro Class – Wednesday 6pm
Get ready for Free Dance Classes! Come a give it a try! FREE INTRO CLASSES (30min) at 6pm, Every Monday: Bachata or Tango Every Tuesday: Salsa or Kizomba Every Wednesday: Cuban Salsa or West Coast Swing Every Thursday: Zouk Try as many styles as you like!
WCS is a form of swing dancing characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression techniques of partner.
About West Coast Swing Dance History
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. Within the spectrum of partner dances, WCS is one of the most improvisational.
West Coast Swing originated from an earlier dance known as the Savoy Style Lindy, which was done at the Savoy Ballroom in New York in the early 1930’s. Although WCS was not invented by, it was indirectly spawned by a man whose name was Dean Collins, who also danced at the Savoy while living in New York.
Collins came to California in the 1930’s to get into the movie business and brought with him ‘his version’ of the “Savoy Style Lindy.” Collins, after dancing in Hollywood for a couple years and dancing in many nightclubs began dancing and competing. He would get to know some of the other local dancers, which have been said too have “not seen that style of the swing before, but they liked it very much.” It was a lot different than what they were doing at the time.