Classes are ongoing each month in a 4-WEEK MONTHLY FORMAT (some months are 5 weeks).
**All fees are per person and reflect the "cash discount" pricing. Credit card pricing is +$2**
For class information &
& Thursday) The West Coast Swing classes follow a monthly ongoing
format (4-week series unless otherwise noted). New material, as well as
technique, lead/follow, and styling tips are covered each month. Class
material varies each month. Classes are held in San Francisco on
Tuesday at the Monte Cristo Club and Thursday in Mountain View at the New Century Dance Studio.
The SF schedule consists of two classes per night;
Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced* (Level 3). The Mountain View schedule
offers two class levels the first hour: Basics Plus (Level 1) and
Intermediate (Level 2) followed by the Advanced* class (Level 3) during
the second hour.
West Coast Swing Class Levels & Requirement Guidelines -Basics Plus class level presents the fundamantals and requires no prior experience.
class requires knowledge and proficiency of the basic steps and ability to
dance them to music. WCS Basic Steps include: Sugar Push, Under Arm Turn,
Side Pass, Tuck Turn, Turning Basic, Basic Whip & Variations as well
as some turns. (see instructional video page for more extensive step list) click here -Advanced* class requires solid knowledge and proficiency of the
Intermediate level skills in addition to instructor approval.
Monday Classes: (Located at the Monte Cristo Club in San Francisco) [currently on hiatus]
Monday night typically features Intermediate Night Club Two Step one
week per month. At times a different dance may be presented rotating
between such dances as Hustle, West Coast Swing, Salsa and more.
The Intermediate classes require knowledge of the fundamentals and cover a
variety of material along with technique and styling. Beginning classes,
when offered, are a perfect opportunity to get exposed to a new dance or
add more variety to your current repertoire. Practice time is given during
class. Due to holidays or the need for special scheduling, the Monday
class may vary in length (number of weeks) and the dates held. (see class schedule)
Registration, Policies & Fees
Classes may be taken as a monthly series or on a drop-in
basis -- as space is available. Pre-registration confirms your place in
class and is a commitment to attend. Class fees are as listed above and reflect
the "cash discount" pricing. Credit card pricicng is an additional $2. All
fees listed are per person rates. No refunds or credit for unattended
classes. You may exchange a Tuesday/Thursday WCS class as a make up
for a missed class within a monthly series. Missed classes may not be
carried over to another month. Pre-registration is preferred (or required
as noted) as there is a 10 person mimimum per class; no maximum.
We rotate partners so no partner is necessary and/or guaranteed. Drop-in
registration is available each week, space permitting. Class series
typically begins on the first Tuesday/Thursday/Monday of the month. Call
to confirm a place, verify dates or to receive more information. No
audio/video taping permitted.
TO REGISTER: You may pre-register by sending a check to Michelle Kinkaid, 671
Athens St., SF, CA 94112-3530. Please include the class name, location,
and your telephone number on your check. You may also register at the door
on the first night of class. Other registration options include using a credit card or PayPal online when those options are available.
Various Swing Dance Styles: Visit
Sonny Watson's website for an indepth view into swing dance styles and swing dance history.
West Coast Swing This swing dance style is a
smooth, slotted dance done to many types of music. Traditionally west
coast swing has been danced to rhythm & blues and jazz, however in
recent years the music spectrum has broadened to include many other music
styles such as rock, disco, country, and contemporary/funk. West Coast
Swing is one of the most versatile partner dances there is allowing each
partner to express their individual interpretation while doing the basic dance
patterns, as well as more intricate steps, footwork, and body movement.
Other Swing Styles (listed for informational purpose ... not
taught in the Tues/Thurs classes): East Coast Swing This
is a very common style of swing you might see done socially at parties and
weddings. East Coast Swing is typically danced to big band, rock &
roll, rock-a-billy, jump blues, and some contemporary music. There are two
basic rhythms used in east coast swing... single time (for faster music)
and triple time (for slower to medium speeds of music). This style of
swing dances more in the round contrasting to the slotted style of west
Lindy This is the original form of swing
dance. The Lindy has roots way back to the 1920's when Jazz and Blues hit
the music scene. You can see traces of Lindy in both East Coast Swing and
West Coast Swing. The Lindy is primarily danced to big band, jazz, and
blues music. There are a variety of Lindy styles. Each containing their
own unique characteristics some examples are: Smooth Lindy, Hollywood
Style Lindy, and Flying Lindy. Dance music speed varies from slower to
faster depending on which Lindy style you are
Balboa An upbeat Swing dance style that
originated in Southern California. This dance style was originally danced
totally in closed dance position with emphasis on fast and intricate
footwork. Bal-Swing, which encompases open figures, has evolved from the
original Balboa style.
Carolina Shag A smooth, slow to
medium speed style of slotted swing with emphasis on footwork. Originally
done in the southeastern United States (North & South Carolina &
Virginia, Florida) and primarily danced to beach music ... as well as other more
traditional music styles of the 1950's & 1960's. Ex:
Nikki Kontoulas & Autumn Jones
St. Louis Shag An upbeat swing style with emphasis on footwork & kicks.
Typically danced to big band as well as faster R&B and Rock & Roll
Texas Push A smooth style of swing with emphasis
on 2-hand patterns, wraps, and turns. Done primarily in the midwest area
of the United States. Danced to a variety of traditional R&B, Blues,
and some contemporary music.
Houston Whip Similar to
Texas Push and done in the southern Texas area. Danced primarily to
traditional R&B & Blues.
DC Hand Dance Sort of a
mixture between East and West Coast Swing, this dance uses a variety of music and originates in the Washington DC
Bop Similar to East Coast Swing and done primarily in the
southeastern United States. Danced to more traditional sounds of beach
music, Rock & Roll, and R&B tunes.
Woogie Similar to East Coast Swing. Danced to faster traditional
boogie woogie 1940's style swing music; frequently big band
Jive Similar to East Coast Swing. Danced to faster
traditional swing music; big band tunes.