West Coast Swing

What is West Coast Swing?

Ever wondered what the difference is between East & West Coast Swing? It’s all about music & style! East Coast Swing & Lindy Hop are danced to big band Swing music and are high energy, bouncy dances. West Coast Swing is smoother in style and danced to almost every kind of groovy music including R&B, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and Blues. It is a slot dance allowing for personal expression for both lead and follow, allowing you to style it funky, jazzy, slinky, or swingin’. Known for its fun rhythm changes and playful syncopations this is a great dance to have in your social repertoire. Check out the video of current West Coast Swing US Open Champions, Jordan & Tatiana to get a sense of what West Coast Swing can look like!

Listed below are the West Coast Swing classes we offer. We don't always offer every class, so make sure to check the Class Schedule to see what is offered each session.

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Classes We Offer

West Coast 1
Partner dance experience recommended (not required)

In West Coast 1, we focus on 6-count rhythm patterns and turns, as well as lead/follow connection and technique.

West Coast 1 Couples Only
None

This class covers the same material as West Coast 1 in a non-rotating format. Great for a couples night out or two friends wanting to learn to dance together!

West Coast 2a/b
West Coast Swing 1 or equivalent experience

(West Coast 2a and 2b can be taken in either order.) Build on your West Coast Swing basics with fancier moves and stronger technique. We'll spice up our 6-count moves and add 8-count patterns, including numerous whip variations!

West Coast 3
West Coast 2a and 2b at least one time each

Broaden your horizons and expand your West Coast repertoire with complex patterns, & styling. These will be your go-to moves on the dance floor!

West Coast Lab
West Coast 2a AND 2b

Apr/May Session
Equivalent to West Coast 3 in level, this class will focus on turning, musicality and styling. We will spend the first two weeks on turning (solo drills, patterns with multiple turns and/or complex turns for both leads & follows), and the last three weeks on choreo to a specific song (focus on musicality, transitions & styling). Please try to make all three weeks of the choreo session (or at least consecutive weeks) as we will be building on the pattern.

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915 E Pine
2nd floor
Seattle WA 98122
Century Ballroom
(206) 324-7263

The Tin Table
(206) 320-8458