what is wcs?

/west coast swing

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. In contrast to Lindy or East Coast Swing, WCS is generally danced in a "slot," such that the two partners maintain their orientations to the walls of the dance space.


Two important characteristics of WCS are the use of a stretched connection at the end of each pattern and the use of compression in some of the patterns. In addition, both the leader and the follower (who can be of any gender) contribute to the dance through improvisation as inspired by the music.


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WCS can be danced to a wide variety of music, including blues, R & B, contemporary pop, and jazz. The music can also vary in tempo and feel, from slow and lyrical to fast and energetic. There's no other form of dance quite like it!


Our backgrounds in ballet, contemporary dance, and ballroom dance provide us with a unique perspective on WCS technique. We really enjoy sharing our love and knowledge of WCS with our students!

While we are not able to social dance during this pandemic, we can reach out to each other in different ways.

We are happy to share this video with you, hoping to bring you some happiness! 

"Together in Dance" Featuring West Coast Swing dancers and instructors from the Washington, DC, area

Original song by Bob Marley, "Three Little Birds"
Artist: NuChoyce (Markus Smith)

Free download link: www.nuchoyce.bandcamp.com


Concept and Production: Roger Plaut and Mané Rebelo-Plaut


Dancers: Lemery and Gregory Rollinscott, Dave Moldover, Casey Daniels, Mandy Fried, Erica Smith, Ed Cottrell, Dawn Blorstad Garrish, Gail Crum, Chris Tuey, Lauren Anikis, Carmichael Tavora, Markus Smith, Tren Veal, Lara Deni, David Herrin, Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina, Jeff Steffanina, Laura Watkins, Steve Wilder, Ashritha Mohan Ram, Stefano Stratakis, Margie Tuttle, Curt Kothera, Mané Rebelo-Plaut, Roger Plaut, Kiona Leah, David Modlin, Robyn Walker, Mitch Torton, Steve Johns, Ken Roesel


Facebook version: https://www.facebook.com/maneandroger/videos/193202184986989/

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2020 West Coast Swing International Flashmob Online Classes

Washington, DC, Virtual International Flashmob West Coast Swing 2020

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